Title: Naughty & Nice
By: Ruthie Knox, Molly O’Keefe, and Stephanie Sloane
My Copy: Ebook from Amazon
ROOM AT THE INN by Ruthie Knox
Carson Vance couldn’t wait to get out of Potter Falls, but now that he’s back to spend Christmas with his ailing father, he must face all the people he left behind . . . like Julie Long, whose heart he broke once upon a time. Now the proprietor of the local inn, Julie is a successful, seductive, independent woman—everything that Carson’s looking for. But despite several steamy encounters under the mistletoe, Julie refuses to believe in happily ever after. Now Carson must prove to Julie that he’s back for good—and that he wants her in his life for all the holidays to come.
Carson’s father, Martin, is not doing well after the death of his wife and Carson comes back for a little while to help him. While staying at his father’s house, Carson must sleep on the couch because Martin has piled all sorts of junk into the bedroom. When Carson complains, Martin suggests that he go and stay at the local inn; a in which Julie runs. And so starts all the feelings that Carson and Julie feel for each other and how they try to tame them until they can no longer hide it.
Out of the entire book, this story was my favorite for many reasons. First, it took up about half of the book, giving the reader time to really get to know the characters and get settled into the plot. Oh, and it was the steamiest book.
ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU by Molly O’Keefe
Maddy Baumgarten and Billy Wilkins are spontaneous, in love, and prepared to elope the day after Christmas—that is, if Maddy’s family doesn’t throw a wrench in their plans. After all, Maddy’s barely out of high school and Billy’s a notorious bad boy. Maddy doesn’t care about Billy’s rough past—all she cares about is living in the here and now. But after Maddy’s mother stops speaking to her in protest, and a Christmas Eve heart-to-heart with her father leaves her with butterflies, Maddy starts to get cold feet. She loves Billy, but is she taking this big step too soon?
I really wanted to like this story. It is about young love during Christmas; how could I not? However, I didn’t. I couldn’t really get into the characters so I couldn’t connect with their love for each other. I think that really hurt me with the plot line. I couldn’t understand how one minute Maddy was so ready to marry Billy and the next minute, she was reconsidering her decision.
I really disliked the interaction between Maddy and Billy’s older sister in the beginning of the book. That whole disdain for each other threw me off. It made me really not like Billy’s sister and Maddy.
ONE PERFECT CHRISTMAS by Stephanie Sloane
After being jilted by her fiancé, Jane Merriweather turns to her dear childhood friend, the Honorable Lucas Cavanaugh, for support—and unlocks the smoldering desire simmering in the man’s troubled heart. Frightened by his newfound feelings, Lucas flees to Scotland. But when the Christmas season brings them together again, one glance is all that’s needed to reignite his yearning. If Lucas can convince Jane that his intentions are as pure as the falling snow, they’ll turn a dreary December into a joyous Yuletide affair.
One Perfect Christmas surprised me because it is set in the past; like 1886 past. It was definitely not what I was expecting in this book but it worked out well.
As the reader, you can tell that Jane and Lucas are meant to be no matter how hard they push each other away however fate keeps putting them in each other’s paths making it hard to stay away. Lucas realizes this once Jane finds a possible suitor and he decides that he is not going to manipulate her thoughts but will fight for her love.