Author: Serena Bell


Heating Up the Holidays 3-Story Bundle – Review

December 20, 2013 Review 0 ★★★★

Heating Up the Holidays 3-Story Bundle – ReviewRelease Date: October 28, 2013
Title: Heating Up the Holidays
Author: Lisa Renee Jones, Mary Ann Rivers, Serena Bell
Pages: 356
Publisher: Loveswept
Source: Owned
Available: Barnes and Noble | Kobo | iBookstore
From the Publisher: As leftover turkey and stuffing give way to stockings and little black dresses, this tantalizingly sexy eBook bundle offers up holiday-themed novellas from a trio of beloved romance authors. Lisa Renee Jones gives a dedicated reporter and a powerful businessman a chance to count their Thanksgiving blessings in Play with Me; Mary Ann Rivers presents Snowfall, the story of a woman who confronts a life-changing event—hopefully with a special man by her side—just in time for Christmas; and in Serena Bell’s After Midnight, an explosive New Year’s kiss leaves two strangers wondering whether they’ll ever see each other again.

PLAY WITH ME by Lisa Renee Jones

Kali Miller has spent three years reporting fluff stories, waiting for the article that will launch her career to new heights. When she suddenly finds herself forced to take a job as an executive secretary at a Vegas casino, Kali meets the subject of what will surely be a shocking exposé: her boss, Damion Ward, the arrogant and undeniably sexy CEO. But after Damion invites her to help him plan a Thanksgiving charity event, Kali begins to see another side of the man. And when she surrenders to the exhilarating tension simmering between them, Kali hopes her story will have a happy ending.

SNOWFALL by Mary Ann Rivers

Jenny Wright can’t get enough of her erotic conversations with someone she knows only as “C.” Flirting online helps Jenny temporarily escape confronting the changes to her life as she slowly loses her vision. Jenny’s occupational therapist, Evan Carlisle-Ford, is helping her prepare for the challenges ahead, but the forthright, trustworthy man can no longer ignore his growing attraction to his fiercely intelligent client. Now Jenny must choose between the safe, anonymous “C”—or the flesh-and-blood Evan, whose heated kisses can melt snow faster than it can fall.


The clock is ticking down to midnight on New Year’s Eve, and all Nora Hart and Miles Shephard can think about is kissing each other—even though they met just minutes before. Then, as fast as Miles enters Nora’s life, he’s gone . . . and she never even gets the name of the man she thinks might just be “the one.” One year later, Nora and Miles are reunited. The chemistry between them is just as strong as they remember. But Miles broke her heart once before—and this time around, Nora’s not sure whether she can give love a second chance.
4 Stars

Heating Up the Holidays is a bundle of three holiday novellas that are sure to leave you wishing for someone special this holiday season!

Play With Me by Lisa Renee Jones

This one was probably my least favorite of the three stories (though honestly, it’s hard to rank them). While reading it, I remember thinking that there were some logical inconsistencies in the writing, but now all I can remember is the sizzling romance. And since it was the romance that left a lasting impression – well that should tell you all that you need to know!

Snowfall by Mary Ann Rivers

Mary Ann is one of my very favorite writers. I raved about her debut novella, The Story Guy, and while this one didn’t get me going quite as much as that one did – I wasn’t disappointed. Once I figured out what was going on, I found myself yelling at Evan, begging him to talk to Jenny. Any story that gets me that invested and involved in the characters is an automatic win.

After Midnight by Serena Bell

This one has all of the makings of a fairy tale romance. Kissing at midnight, losing touch for a year, and then reconnecting again. It’s the stuff dreams are made of – with a hefty dose of reality tossed in for good measure. But Nora and Miles muddle through and they certainly had me cheering them on.

Overall, it was a good anthology. The stories were a bit different than what you’d expect from a holiday collection, but there was steam and sizzle and swoon.