Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Book Review & Giveaway - Snowbound at Christmas by Jennifer Ryan, Lia Riley and Maisey Yates

 
 
Blurb
 
When a snowstorm pummels the western half of the country, three couples find once off-limits love just in time for Christmas. An unforgettable holiday anthology from bestselling authors Jennifer Ryan, Maisey Yates, and Lia Riley.
 
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Close to Perfect: A Montana Men Novella by Jennifer Ryan
 
Review by Suze
 
Dex and Abby found real love with each other when they were still in their teens. Unfortunately something awful happened and Abby was forced to leave. Dex never stopped missing her. When after ten years Abby returns he finds out she kept a secret, something that will change his life completely. Will Dex be able to forgive her?
 
Abby and Dex are both sweethearts and I instantly liked them. They have good hearts and had plenty of undeserved back luck in their lives. They could certainly use a happy Christmas. When Abby returns after many years of absence Dex has the opportunity to get to know her again. The surprise she has for him is adorable, but it's also a lot to take in for him. I kept hoping their childhood love would still be there as the main characters of this novella deserve another chance. They are incredibly brave and their personalities are truly amazing.
 
Jennifer Ryan's writing style flows easily and I enjoyed the way she describes her settings. She writes in a vivid way that makes her stories come to life very well. I immediately fell in love with this series and will definitely come back for more.
 
About Jennifer Ryan


Jennifer Ryan is the New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of The Hunted Series and The McBrides Series. She writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances featuring strong men and equally resilient women. Her stories are filled with love, family, friendship, and the happily-ever-after we all hope to find.

Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home and in how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.
 
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 Interview

Describe yourself in five words or less.

Smart, spunky, giggly, fun-size, chocoholic.

What types of scenes are your most favorite to write?

The first kiss. I love the buildup to that moment, the anticipation, and the spark that finally ignites when two people give in to the connection that draws them together.

What are you favorite types of stories to read?

I write suspenseful contemporary romance, and I love to read suspense, but when I need a break from that, I escape into historical romance. I love a roguish Viscount or sexy Scottish Laird.

What are some books that you enjoyed recently?

All Chained Up by Sophie Jordan
Troublemaker by Linda Howard
Breath of Scandal by Sandra Brown

What comes next?

 Why, another Montana Men novel, of course.

Ford Kendrick gave up his one true love ten years ago to save the legacy his parents left behind for him and his brothers and get Jamie away from her abusive mother. He thought he sent Jamie away for her own good, but when she returns from the military broken in body, heart, and soul, he’ll do everything in his power to make his Firefly happy and shine again. When a friend from her past shows up and a secret revealed puts Jamie’s life at risk, Ford will put HIS COWBOY HEART on the line to protect Jamie.
 
Hot Winter’s Night: A Brightwater Novella by Lia Riley
 
Review by Suze
 
Brightwater's residents have to prepare for heavy snow. Goldie has recently opened a flower shop and remains at work while she should have gone home and gets stuck. Kit helps her out. They aren't on speaking terms any longer, but when Goldie can't go back to her house he takes her to his family instead. Kit and Goldie used to be the one for each other, but something came between them. Will they get a second chance?
 
Goldie is driven and kind. She wants to make a success of her shop as it makes her happy to be there. I loved that she is so passionate. Kit made her angry and broke her heart, but fortunately Christmas is the perfect time for forgiveness, so I hoped he could still make things right. Kit didn't have many good prospects when he was younger and he left Brightwater. He gave up everything he loved for it, which also included Goldie. It's obvious he missed her and his happiness about finally being on speaking terms again made me smile. Kit didn't come out of his years before his return to Brightwater unscathed and I liked how that brought him and Goldie closer together. I loved the tension between them and it's clear from the start they are still attracted to one another on many different levels.
 
I love Lia Riley's Brightwater series and was happy to be able to read about this wonderful place again. I really enjoyed reading more about Kit. He's from a close family and it was fun to read about them from a different perspective. I liked this warm winter novella a lot and think it's a great addition to the series.
 
About Lia Riley
 
 
After studying at the University of Montana-Missoula, Lia Riley scoured the world armed only with a backpack, overconfidence and a terrible sense of direction. She counts shooting vodka with a Ukranian mechanic in Antarctica, sipping yerba mate with gauchos in Chile and swilling fourex with stationhands in Outback Australia among her accomplishments.

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Interview

A la Twitter style, please describe your book in 140 characters or less.

 Wise-cracking ex marine gets stranded in blizzard with the ex-girlfriend who never forgave him for breaking her heart.

What types of scenes are your most favorite to write?

 I love me a good kissing scene.

What gave you the most trouble with this story?

 Keeping it short, novellas are such fun to write, but a little challenging because there is always a little more you wish you could include.

If you had a theme song, what would it be?

 Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

Name one thing you won’t leave home without.

 My baby.
 
Snowed in at Copper Ridge: A Copper Ridge Novella by Maisey Yates
 
Review by Suze
 
Mia has secretly been in love with Devlin, her best friend's brother, for years. Mia always celebrates the holidays with his family and this year isn't any different. They've rented a lodge and Mia and Devlin are the first ones to arrive. Because of heavy snowfall the roads are being closed and they can't go anywhere while the rest of the family is still at home. For Mia Devlin is it and a night alone with him might be the best opportunity she's ever been given.
 
Mia isn't experienced when it comes to love. She doesn't feel comfortable around men, but with Devlin she can be herself. She's smart and creative and I liked her quirky and honest personality. Devlin is insecure, he knows what he wants, but he thinks he isn't good enough for the people he loves. My heart ached for him. Mia brings out the best in him and they're endearing together. A night without anyone else to disturb them is a lovely gift and I enjoyed reading about the feelings the main characters have for each other.
 
Maisy Yates writes about family in a warm and sympathetic way and I immediately liked that about Snowed in at Copper Ridge. There's so much love and understanding between all members of the family. Being stranded is an interesting theme for a story and there's a large amount of fabulous tenderness and yearning. This cute winter novella really made my heart melt.
 
About Maisey Yates 
 

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard. She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.

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Interview
 
Can you tell us a little about your book?

 Mia is visiting her friend’s family for Christmas in Copper Ridge, and she and her friend’s older brother, Devlin, are the first to arrive at the lodge. Mia has always had a crush on Devlin, but she’s never had the courage to make a move. But then a storm whips up and leaves the two of them stranded overnight…and Mia figures it might be about time to make her some Christmas magic with the man she’s always fantasized about.

How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

 Well, I love a cheerful heroine and a grumpy hero, especially for a holiday story. And I also love a good girl and a bad boy (with tattoos no less). Adding that forbidden element of her being his younger sister’s BFF, and a snowstorm, just seemed logical. ;)

Name three things on your desk right now.

 A Diet Coke can (don’t judge me) my RITA (yay!) and a little iron mouse my husband gave me for Christmas.

What types of scenes are your most favorite to write?

 I love banter. I love writing fights, I love any back and forth between the hero and heroine. And I love it most of all when a scene of banter takes a nosedive into double entendre and suddenly what started out light gets really tense and sexy.

What 5 things should readers know about you?
 
I don’t take myself very seriously. I really do love sweet potato fries (which is why they’re mentioned in a lot of my books). I LOVE writing, I really do. I’m left handed. I can sing a mean country song.

How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?

 I’ve always fiddled around with stories, but I first finished a book in 2007. I was inspired by reading the Harlequin Presents line, and then by a contest Harlequin ran. I thought: Well, I should write something and enter the contest! That won’t feel like real rejection! I didn’t place in the contest, but at that point I’d written so much of the book I knew I had to finish. I did, and I sent it in, and eventually sold that book.

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

 They say writers should write every day, and I think that’s great advice to build good habits. But I would also add: finish the book. Don’t just write beginnings over and over. You need to practice seeing a project through to completion. No excuses. The biggest trap I see people falling into is being eternal starters, or eternal polishers or editors. Nope. Write the book, finish the book. Let it go. Do it all over again.

Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?

 Thanks for all the support. Readers are so important, and I’m so, so grateful for mine!

Advice

If you're looking for great Christmas stories that will lift your spirits Snowbound at Christmas is a wonderful book to read. The stories are good introductions to the series or wonderful additions for those who already know them.
 
Giveaway
 
 One very lucky winner will receive a print copy of Snowbound at Christmas
 


7 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this fun holiday anthology! Hope you are feeling better!

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  2. I'm so excited to read this book. Thank you for posting.

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  3. Thanks for the great review. I have been looking forward to reading this. After your review I'm more anxious.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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  4. Thanks for the great review. I have been looking forward to reading this. After your review I'm more anxious.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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  5. Thanks for the review, i love the interview!

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  6. Sounds like a great book. I will have to check it out.

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