ON THE NAUGHTY LIST: I’m a Big Scrooge on this One.

On the Naughty List

 
On The Naughty List CoverLori Foster, Carly Phillips, Sugar Jamison, Beth Ciotta
St. Martin’s Press/ St. Martin’s Paperbacks/Macmillan
Oct 14 2014
ebook and Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages

 

E-Galley provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.

 

The most wonderful time of the year is back with On The Naughty List, bringing perennial favorite holiday stories from Lori Foster and Carly Phillips, along with two Christmas stories that delighted readers a year ago.
This sexy anthology will make you want to give your heart to Christmas again and again…

Lori Foster has two co-workers plan a Christmas party side-by-side-and discover a love worth celebrating in Christmas Bonus.

Carly Phillips explores a “mistletoe moment” when a no-nonsense lawyer intent on seducing her boss meets his twin instead–and gives him a scintillating kiss that leaves him begging for more in Naughty Under the Mistletoe.

In Sugar Jamison’s Have Yourself a Curvy Little Christmas, former wild child Dina Gregory returns home to New York to find the father of her young son. Instead, she finds his stuffy older brother, Ben. Ben can’t help but admire her tenacity—and her bold beauty. Could it be that Dina has reignited his Christmas spirit?

Beth Ciotta brings two friends who, after years apart, together at home for the holidays. They don’t seem to have much in common anymore, but when the two get stranded together during a blizzard, they are forced to reexamine if they are better off as “just friends”? Or could it be that true love was there all along? in Some Kind of Wonderful.
http://us.macmillan.com/books/9781466866010

 

 

Short Take

Well, I wanted to get this out before Christmas so I brought it down to the wire.

I don’t get reissuing stuff that’s already out and asking over seven dollars for it.
And I wouldn’t pay that much for this – I thought it was really sub-par for the authors involved.

Actually, I only really liked Sugar Jamison’s story: HAVE YOURSELF A CURVY LITTLE CHRISTMAS.  It had an old-fashioned, retro, old movie feel to it.   And I got a kick when Sugar named Dina’s Mom, Philippa Gregory. Philippa Gregory is, of course, a major writer of Historical fiction.

But, I liked the characters and the way they came together.   It had a lovely fee to it and was a “feel good” Christmas story! This one is available on it’s own.

I found the sweet love story in Beth Ciotta’s SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL to be a refreshing take on Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL.  And, you could share this one with your grannie without embarrassment.

The story by Lori Foster was my major disappointment here.  Have you ever read a character and thought, “Is this guy just super sleazy or is he also super bad?” That’s how I felt about Eric, the male love interest in CHRISTMAS BONUS, which also features a sexually-inexperienced woman who writes erotic romance.  I was surprised because everyone loves Lori’s books but Eric made my flesh crawl. I also found the plot absolutely ridiculous.

And, mega multi-best selling Carly Phillips story was halfway between sweet and icky. I had not read her before and while the story was cute I thought the sex writing made ME uncomfortable.

So, the upshot here is that I did not think this was a good value.  I would probably buy Sugar Jamison’s novella on its own.  There are a lot of great anthologies and novellas out there to choose from that cost less.

 

 

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