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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Christmas Quickies-- Hot Winter Nights by Codi Gary & I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas by Molly Harper

Hot Winter Nights (Bear Mountain Rescue #1) by Codi Gary


This was a fun winter quickie. New girl in town. Two tempting men...who happen to be best friends. Adorable canine companions. A winter storm. Yep. Good times.


So, yes. Allie is new in town and even though one of her co-workers is really perfect for her it's her pain in the butt landlord Dex that causes a little spark every time she sees him. Just what she doesn't need! lol
"Are you going to show me the cabin or kiss me, Dex?"

Her question sent a shock wave of awareness through him, and for a second, he thought it was a proposition. Until...

"Fair warning: if you attempt the latter, I know six easy moves that will leave you broken and bleeding on the floor."
The romance was pretty fun. Allie and Dex have quite the antagonistic dynamic right from the start. They just can't seem to help but bicker and annoy each other but it was pretty fun watching these two battle and take each other down. There's a bit of heat but not too much. I did have a little issue with the love triangle nearly crossing some lines for me but it managed to skirt them.

All in all, a fun wintery read that'll help heat up those oh so cold winter nights. I do want to see what will happen with the guy she didn't pick. I liked him even if he wasn't for her. Hopefully his book is next :)
The Bear Mountain days are cold, but the nights are steamy....

Allie Fairchild made a mistake when she moved to Montana. Her rental is a mess, her coworkers at the trauma center are hostile, and her handsome landlord, Dex Belmont, is far from charming. But just when she's about to throw in the towel, life in Bear Mountain takes a surprisingly sexy turn....

Challenges: Pick Your Genre (contemporary) | New to You (series) | Goodreads


I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas (Half-Moon Hollow #2.7) by Molly Harper


Ahhh Molly Harper. She's always good for a laugh and a giggle.

I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas definitely hit that mark. I did this one on audio.

The Story:

The quick of it is that Gigi is in college and going home for Christmas. No biggie. Other than the fact her sister is now a vampire and it's the first time they've seen each other since the transition. Eeps! It was cute. Her sister's panic and wanting to keep all their traditions alive even though she was a vamp now and some of them were difficult because of it. There's some silly thrown in with their wacky group of paranormal friends. And lots of Christmas spirit. There's no romance but hints of one in the future. You can do this one fairly easy as a standalone.

The Narration:

This was, I think, my first time listening to Amanda Ronconi. It was a mixed experience. Her voice was rather abrasive and nasal for the main storyteller (Gigi) and that took some getting used to. But she also had nice pacing and it was very easy to tell the different characters apart which I seriously appreciate. She hit the humorous parts just right and the serious ones as well. I took me a bit to warm up to her narration but I liked it overall and would definitely listen to another.

It's Christmas in Half-Moon Hollow and newly turned vampire Iris Scanlon-Calix wants to make Gigi's first visit home from college as normal and special as possible. It's taken months for Iris to work up the nerve to spend time around her baby sister after her vampire transition, so she enlists help from Jane Jameson and Company to keep her blood-thirst under control and assure Gigi's safety.

Gigi, on the other hand, has problems of her own, including the demise of her relationship with high school sweetheart, Ben, and a looming job interview with Ophelia Lambert, the scariest potential employer in the Hollow. And then there's the small matter of the handsome, frustrating vampire who keeps appearing in Gigi's peripheral vision, then disappearing before she can talk to him.

Can the Scanlon sisters negotiate romantic problems, vampire politics, and Christmas cookie disasters and enjoy a relatively normal holiday?

*covers link to Amazon

Challenges: Goodreads

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