A Regency Holiday by Allison Lane, Alicia Rasley, Lynn Kerstan and Rebecca Hagan Lee Review

For some reason I love Christmas Anthologies and I was super excited to see the release of A Regency Holiday by Allison Lane, Alicia Rasley, Lynn Kerstan and Rebecca Hagan Lee. Rebecca Hagan Lee’s  Coventry Christmas begins with Amabel Thurston leaving her home to escape her step-mother’s new husband to find her guardian. Unbeknownst to Amabel her guardian is Deveral Brookfield, known as the Devil of Coventry. Deveral has spent every Christmas trying to forget the family he no longer has but when he meets Amabel he starts to rethink his Christmas plans.

In Lynn Kerstan’s Star of Wonder, Stella has struggled to keep her family retainers and herself fed after her father’s death. But when a stranger arrives Stella must decide whether to trust him or protect her heart from possible hurt.

Alex Northcote has spent the last six years in the army, only to return home to find a houseparty with possible brides at his estate. Allison Lane’s A Christmas Homecoming, widow Sarah has suffered through a horrible marriage and now fears that Alex, her ex-finacee’s, return will ruin the safe home she has finally established for herself and her two daughters. Things aren’t quite what Alex expected, as both Sarah and Alex start to get closer, they realize that both of them made mistakes in the past but can they get past those mistakes to create a better future?

In Home for Christmas by Alicia Rasley, Verity receives an invitation to visit her estranged father for the holidays, if she brings her husband along. Unfortunately, Verity’s husband is made up but luckily a stranger shows up as an answer to her prayer but can her solve her problems?

A Regency Holiday was a fun, quick read. There is nothing like a good regency read around Christmas time. I did feel that Coventry Christmas could have been a full-length novel instead of just a novella but other than that it was a good read. The stories are clean and the romance is sweet.

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Title: A Regency Holiday

Author: Allison Lane, Alicia Rasley, Lynn Kerstan and Rebecca Hagan Lee

Format: Paperback,  eBook

Page Nos.: 298

ISBN: 978-1611940572

Publisher: Bell Bridge Publishing

Release Date: October 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

A Vampire for Christmas Anthology Review

Charlene is surprised to find herself following the instructions of a stranger who saves her from being attacked. Enchanted by the Blood by Laurie London Sweetblood Series 2.5, Charlene allows Trace to hire her to decorate his house for the holidays but wonders why everything seems so familiar.  Trace can’t stay away from Charlene, even though he knows being with her could upset his chances at being allowed on the vampire council and Charlene doesn’t remember their past relationship.

In Monsters Don’t Do Christmas by Michele Hauf, Daniel was a hotshot on Wall Street until he is attacked and turned into a vampire. Left to his own devices, Daniel is trying to find meaning for his existence and to counter the monster he has become. Olivia treasures her time by herself but when she saves what she thinks is a man from being beat up, her alone time is interrupted but she finds herself drawn to this stranger. When reality intrudes upon them, both must come to terms with their perceived inner monsters if they want to find a way to be together.

Damien has one last chance to win his soul mate Angelina, in previous times he was given the opportunity to win Angelina but he failed to see her worth. losing her in the process. When Herald Angels Sing by Caridad Pineiro, Damien remembers the past experiences of the two of them but Angelina does not and Damien must convince her that they are in love or risk losing her forever.

All I Want For Christmas by Alexis Morgan, Egan is an undercover cop and vampire searching for vampires who have attacked and killed teenagers. As he is working, Egan meets Della, a diner owner who is drawn to the loneliness in the mysterious Egan.

The thing I love about anthologies is they give you a taste of new authors that you may not have read otherwise, the thing I hate about anthologies is you never know what you are going to get. Technically, I would rate A Vampire for Christmas as a 3.5 stars, I really enjoyed the first story, the second story was okay, I didn’t really care for the third story and I liked the fourth story. That being said,  A Vampire for Christmas was a quick paranormal Christmassy read, which you don’t find a ton of. Like I said, the stories were a mix of liking and not really caring for them but I am interested in reading the first book in the Sweetblood series by Laurie London because of the sampling of the series I read in this anthology.

You can read an excerpt here.

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Title:  A Vampire for Christmas

Author: Laurie London, Alexis Morgan, Caridad Pineiro and Michele Hauf

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 384

ISBN: 978-0373776443

Publisher: Harlequin

Release Date: November 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon, eHarlequin

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

SEAL of My Dreams Anthology Review

There is nothing sexier and lovable than a man who protects his country but those in the elite services have a special place in our hearts. SEAL of My Dreams is a collection of 18 short-stories about the elite of the elite, Navy SEALs. SEAL of My Dreams is a heartwarming collection that showcases the love, devotion and sacrifices made by these brave soldiers and their families. From soldiers returning home after spending years putting their personal lives on hold and missing out on key family events while they protect their country to running special ops to save the ones they love, this anthology has it all.

A couple of the stories had me tearing up, especially Dog Heart by Barbara Samuel. Marcus Stone finds himself returning to the woman who broke his heart after he is injured while on a mission. Marcus had sworn never to return but when his team’s combat dog shows signs of PTSD after a blast kills three team members and injuries five others, he realizes that Jessie is the only one who can help Sgt. Thor. The scars, both physical and emotional, that Marcus and Thor suffer just touched my heart, causing me to tear up several times when I stopped to think about the real men, women and animals who put themselves on the front line all the time and end up living with the scars of their sacrifice for the rest of their life.

I highly recommend SEAL of My Dreams because besides being a great fundraiser, the authors do a fabulous job of showing the heart, devotion and sacrifice of these elite soldiers. Be aware that there is some use of the f* word in several of the stories and it definitely rates as a five flaming hearts on the sex content scale but it is a great collection of authors.

All proceeds from sales of SEAL of My Dreams goes to the Veterans Research Corporation, a non-profit fundraiser for veterans’ medical research. So not only are you getting some great stories, you are helping raise money for a good cause.

You can read an excerpt from each of the stories here.

The Anthology includes the following:

A foreword by Robyn Carr

Coming Home by Jami Alden

Baby, I’m Back by Stephanie Bond

SEALed Fates by Kylie Brant

Going Dark by Helen Brenna

Finding Home by HelenKay Dimon

SEALed With a Kiss (A Black Ops, Inc story) by Cindy Gerard

Panama Jack by Tara Janzen

Wrapped and SEALed by Leslie Kelly

Worth the Risk by Elle Kennedy

Twenty-One Hours by Alison Kent

Not Waving But Drowning by Jo Leigh

Her Secret Pirate by Gennita Low

SEALed by Fate by Marliss Melton

Signed, SEALed, Delivered…I’m Yours by Christie Ridgway

Dog Heart by Barbara Samuel

Whirlwind  by Roxanne St. Claire

Holding On by Stephanie Tyler

Letters to Ellie by Loreth Anne White

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Title: SEAL of My Dreams

Author: Large collection (see above)

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 396

ISBN: 978-1611940510

Publisher: Belle Bridge Books

Release Date: November 22, 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

Bleeding Hearts by Alyxandra Harvey Review and Blog Tour

Novel Reaction is excited to participate in the Bleeding Hearts by Alyxandra Harvey Blog Tour. Bleeding Hearts is the fourth book in The Drake Chronicles.

Bleeding Hearts by Alyxandra Harvey continues the saga of the Drake Family from the first person point of view of several characters. In Bleeding Hearts, Lucy (from Hearts at Stake) has been banned from the Drake property because a Blood Moon, a rare gathering of vampires, is starting soon so vampires from around the world are congregating on the Drake’s property now that Helena is the vampire queen. As if being banished from the property was not bad enough, the Drake’s told Lucy’s parents the truth about them so they are watching Lucy closely. Lucy’s cousin Christabel has just moved in with them and Lucy can’t tell her the truth about the vampires so she has to try and convince the city raised teenager that the quiet town has a gang problem.

Christabel suspects that not everything is as it appears in this new town she has moved to but she takes it all in stride until she meets Connor Drake, older brother of Nicholas (Lucy’s boyfriend) and admitted techie geek of the family. When the Hel-Blair vampires start attacking strangly, Christabel finds herself in the middle of a vampire battle and Connor does anything he can to track her down and save her.

Bleeding Hearts switches from the first person point of view of Lucy, Nicholas, Christabel and Connor. I was super excited to get more of Lucy and Nicholas because I love Lucy’s attitude and the fact that she constantly breaks Nicholas’s nose. The relationship between Christabel and Connor was great because we really got to know Christabel before she and Connor starting liking each other. Christabel’s personal problems gave her an interesting perspective and I am interested to see where she goes in future stories. Alyxandra Harvey once again entertains with strong female characters and witty, sexy male characters. Harvey left the story line wide open at the end of Bleeding Hearts and I look forward to the further adventures of the Drake Clan and Solange in particular. As always, I highly recommend The Drake Chronicles for anyone who is a fan of the paranormal genre, in my opinion they are much better than the Twilight series because the heroines aren’t whiny and are smart enough to save themselves.

My copy of Bleeding Hearts included a short story “Lost Girls” which is the story of how Solange’s parents, Helena and Liam, met. While I thought that Lucy was a tough individual or that Hunter (from Out for Blood) was tough being a vampire slayer, they are nothing compared to Helena. It is no surprise she was able to defeat the vampire queen in Hearts at Stake. It is my understanding that the print copies of Bleeding Hearts has the story included in it but I am unsure if the ebook copies also include the short story.

I have included a copy of a video of Alyxandra Harvey herself talking about Bleeding Hearts.

You can read an excerpt here.

The Drake Chronicles:

Hearts at Stake

Blood Fued

Out for Blood

Bleeding Hearts 

Blood Moon (release date to be determined)

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Title: Bleeding Hearts 

Author: Alyxandra Harvey

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 304

ISBN: 978-0802722843

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Release Date: December 20, 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.