On duty and taken to ER where Lorelei treats him and he remembers her she of course remembers him he dances around his mbarrassment of how he treated her in high schooland she walks away ignores his calls and then that night a storm her neglected cottage has a leaky roof she climbs up ladder to nail down tarp nails down her pant leg calls 911 and he is the one to rescue her both are attracted to the other he returns thenext day with a proper apology with flowers and a gift certificate to the hot springs and invites her on a date there fate and all they go he sings her the apology song he wrote she seduces him again in the hot springs with a lot sophistication and walks away ignoring his calls for the next few daysand she decides maybe and tracks him down and before she can knock on his door she hears him singing again a lonely sad song and knocks and into his arms and ahhh a year later back in Africa where her best friend insists she marry Ryan ahhh WINTER S COMING SO WARM IT UP WITH5 LOGS ON THE FIRE forHEATING UP THE HOLIDAYSLisa Renee JonesMary Ann RiversSerena BellPLAY WITH MELisa Renee JonesOkay so I ll admit to it up frontI m a HUGE Lisa fan And I mean HUG Every now and then you run into a multi author series with mixed results They run the gamut fromthey must have wrote these while on a holiday together through guess they shared a few notes via Aristotle Detective (Aristotle email to wellI think they re all set in the same communitymaybeI pondered if anditor pulled a handful of authors names out of a hat gave them the basic theme and didn t bother to put them in touch with Bones, Clones, and Biomes each other Supposedly they re all centered around a florist shop located not too terribly far from a fire and rescue station I say supposedly because all three heroes purchase annvelope from said florist shop as a charitable donation One of the heroines was the owner of the shop You d think all these people would be tripping over Bringing the Empire Home each other Neither the owner nor hermployee were mentioned by name in the other two stories and I thought initially there was a vague set up for the third one at the nd of the second one but the timing was offEnough of that The novellas themselvesThe first one brings to mind the thought of not shitting in your sandbox The heroine apparently not only shit she did it in than one spot Even better if a H did what she did use someone lse for sex then friendzone them afterwards like nothing happened at least until she needed that itch scratched again we d be roasting him over a hot flame The H got tired of it decided he didn t really want to be an EMT any longer it was a way of Building the Cold War earning his keep while his brother was off in the military and uit She freaked out because she hadn txpected him to NOT be there whenever she was readySecond one H spots h and falls for her instantly She displayed polite indifference because he was a fire fighter He asks her out freuently for months before she finally gives in Then after she almost forgot about a big floral order she tells him she has no time in her life for him Later she gets word that a couple of firefighters were injured freaks out and hunts him downThird one seems to initially be about one of the injured firefighters but the timing was off that happened on Christmas Eve and this was at least a week prior The h was one of those girls stuck in a mental time warp over the H
Due To Her Jumping to her jumping bones and him being too chicken to acknowledge that he d boinked the weird girl Seriously how do authors Canadian Art, Volume 1 (A-F) expect me to take their heroines seriously when they pull this crap Revenge sex over something that happened when you were 16 Get over it girl In any case she succeeds not that he put up a fight since he had the hots for her had them for her as a teen too but there s that peer pressure thing then figures out that revenge isn t as sweet as you think it ll be I really liked all three of the stories Heating Up The Holidays was a collection of 3 holiday stories by authors Jill Shalvis Jacuie D Alessandro and Jamie Sobrato I loved Shalvis s All He Wants for Christmas American Heroes The Firefighters 3 Shalvis delivers lovely characters with wonderful chemistry Ispecially loved the push and pull between them 5 starsD Alessandro s My Grown Up Christmas List was ually good I thought D Alessandro s writing style and storytelling fit perfectly with Shalvis s story Firefighter Brad falls for flower store owner Toni the first time he sees her but she won t give him the time of day After his buddy overhears why she might
be giving Brad the cold shoulder Brad does a full court giving Brad the cold shoulder Brad does a full court to try and win Toni s heart I adored both of them I honestly don t know how Toni resisted Brad for as long as she did This guy is romantic and charming on top of being drop dead gorgeous Toni is definitely stubborn but I actually liked how independent she was 5 starsSobrato s Up On The Housetop was cute but not as good as the first two Lorelei had her heart broken as a teen and decides to return to her home town to face down her demon namely firefighter Ryan uinn Ryan knows he was a jerk when he was younger and he wants forgiveness and a chance to make it up to her I don t love revenge plots in romance but as they go this one was decently done It helped that Lorelei s behaviour provided some laughs But the cheese was turned way up on this for me view spoilerI m sure I was supposed to find the song Ryan wrote for Lorelei romantic but it didn t feel that way to me just kind of juvenile for 2 people in their 30s hide spoiler These were three short holiday novellas They are great for when you are pressed. Wn Up Christmas List by Jacuie D'AlessandroToni Rizzo is done with obnoxious firefighters But flirtatious fireman Brad Griffin is managing to put himself at the top of her holiday list one steamy kiss at a time Up on the Stories of firefighters chasing women around christmas apparently with an affinity for the same florist This is only a review of the RITA finalist novella All He Wants for Christmas by Jill Shalvis It was a cute well written story with a bit of a twist the hero wants commitment and the heroine is reluctant EMT Dustin Mauer and firefighter Cristina Lewis have worked together for uite some time They shared a night of super duper passion and Dustin want a real relationship Cristina has a troubled past and a great fear of involvement She keeps veryone at arms length She likes the sex but is afraid of Dustin refused to settle for less Can they find their wayNicely done novella long Dancing at Armageddon enough for things to happen and feelings to grow I liked it a lot All He Wants for Christmas by Jill ShalvisEMT Dustin Mauer thoughxcellent EMT always planned to go into construction with brother has worked alongside Cristina for years admiring her they finally have one fantastic night of sex but she ducks out in the morning wanting to keep things light but he wants Cristina Lewis tough firefighter tough childhood that taught her not to trust scared by feelings Dustin stimulates has gained respect and love of fellow fire fighters many who have found their lifemates though she keeps putting up barriers Dustin keeps being there when she needs him Double Jeopardy even though it means sex and hisxpectations for As she realizes she might be able to open up he decides he needs to cut things off it hurts too much when she steps back then his last night before resigning they are both at a liuor store crazy guy and gun he steps in front of her to take the bullet in the shoulder she panics accompanies him to hospital wants to tell him she loves him but he checks out before she returns thenext day she tracks him to his parent s house Christmas Day and she presents herself as the fulfillment of his Christmas list she loves him and wants to give them a chance ahhhMy Grown Up Christmas List by Jacuie D AlessandroToni Rizzo tried to be a fire fighter against her Italian familynursery business family s advice hired by a small town department who never had a female fighter and is subject to all sorts of harassment when she realizes it s a dead Composition and Literature end that they don t have her back in dangerous situations she leaves moves away from her well intentioned but loving family to our small town and opens up a flower shop she wants nothing to do with firemen Brad Griffin firefighter good natured 2 years ago Mr December in the charity calendar wearing andlf s hat hence nickname Elf 3 months ago went into the new flower shop and was flattened by his response to the Toni but she passively responds to his flirting by telling him she is involved with someone still weekly he comes in friendly like and buys a plant or flowers til his mother is worried she is dying and he doesn t want to tell her Until through the grapevine bartender privy to her talking with a friend who thenr tells one of the firemen Brad learns she is not dating anyone but that she
wants nothing to do with a fireman he s going to change her mind he nothing to do with a fireman he s going to change her mind he up at her shop and buys 2 gift nvelopes money to charity one to a lingerie shop the other to a restaurant
he sexily invites her take the lingerie one and asks her to dinner telling her he knows she isn t involved sexily invites her take the lingerie one and asks her to dinner telling her he knows she isn t involved anyone she says no too busy he says I know you don t like firemen she says no he asks if he was an accountant a cowboy a clown she says maybe so he returns an hour later dressed as a nerdy accountant high water pants belted high white shirt pocket protector hair combed over she still says no he graciously leaves her friendworker pushes her to accept his date he returns this time dressed as a cowboy having spent 3 months on his uncle s ranch with cowboy wisdom she still says no her friend chides her again he returns a 3rd time as himself and she finally agrees to one dinner not a date Over the restaurant table he caresses her hand her wrist driving her crazy and she takes up by caressing his leg with her foot til he s crazy they get dinner to go and have one intense night of nergizing passion She reluctantly goes on a few dates show up at his place in a raincoat and the thong she purchased with the the other gift card but then it is Christmas Dark Voices eve he invites her to his faily s for dessert she balks then her friend calls with a note for a big order that she forgot tonter in the book she takes it as a warning she s too involved with him and her business is going to suffer and she wants to avoid Contested Reproduction entanglements is miserable with family hears that two firefighters were injured panics that one was him realizes she loves him rushes to his side he was okayUp on the Housetop by Jamie SobratoDr Lorelei Gibson in high school she was the geek skipped two grades way too smart but not a smart dresser paired with Ryan on a science project at the local hot springs she clumsily gives him a kiss and invitation to sex in the hot springs he can t say no but ismbarrassed and ignores her the next day and for the rest of the school year hurting her tremendously she goes on to become a doctor serves two years in the peace corp and becomes best friends with an lderly native with 3 wives who never steers her wrong and when it is time to go home he tellsher to track down the man who broke her heart sleep with and take back her power she returns to her hometown firefighter Ryan uinn tired of one night two longer term relationships one too clingy the other wanting him to uit occasionally would wonder about Lorelei from High School bumped on head. All He Wants for Christmas by Jill ShalvisEMT Dustin Mauer has one Christmas wish to make tough firefighter Cristina Lewis realize she's in love with him And he's using his considerable bedside charm to convince her My Gro. ,
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For time and still want a steamy read I read this mainly for the Jill Shalvis story All He Wants For Christmas as it contained characters from the Firefighters series I thought it was ok and would have liked to see a longer story tied into the other two This was almost like an after thought that I really felt could have been a lot betterThe Jamie Sobrato title Up On The Housetop I am sorry but I didn t really get this story at all It was almost like a little page filler that really was a load of nonsense and I could uite happily forget that I ver read itThe best story of all three of them would definitely be the Jacuie D Allesandro story My Grown Up Christmas List I really liked this little story and wished it had been full length and published on its own as it had a lot of potential This anthology contains 3 short stories that take place around Christmas time but to be honest I didn t get much of a Christmas feeling out of them The stories aren t particularly connected to Creating Country Music each other aside from the fact that the Hh in these stories live in the same city Santa Rey CA or in the vicinity and the heroine in the 2nd story is the owner of the florist shop where the heroine in the 1st story and the hero in the 3rd story buy some flowers and a Christmas charity card somewhere down the road Confusing Not really asach story stands on its own and you can read them separately All He Wants for Christmas by Jill Shalvis 3 starsThis story is the seuel to Flashpoint and Flashback but you don t have to read those books to understand it Dustin and Christine work together at the Fire Station 34 he s an EMT and she s a firefighter and one could say their relationship is complicated They had a one night stand a few months ago but things got stalled after that she s than willing to have a friends with benefits relationship with him but he wants and won t settle for a casual affair with her So where does that leave them Will she come to her senses and realize he s worth keeping forever before he gets tired of waiting and leavesBased on the previous books I knew I d have a hard time with Christina and sadly I was right She grated on my nerves with her stubbornness and refusal to accept a true relationship with Dustin Okay she had some abandonment issues she didn t know who her father was and her mother wasn t Blacklands exactly maternal but she d known Dustin for 5 years and should be able to trust him after all that time Anyway Christina aside this was an OK read for what it was worth to give closure to Dustin and Christine s story that started in Flashpoint and was left hanging in Flashback My Grown Up Christmas List by Jacuie D Alessandro 4 starsBrad Griffin has had hisye on Toni Rizzo since she opened her florist shop 3 months ago but he s kept his distance because she told him she was already involved when he asked her out What #SHE DIDN T TELL HIM WAS #didn t tell him was she was involved with her new business and not xactly with
Someone No Toni DoesnNo Toni doesn have a boyfriend but she needs to keep Brad at bay because she s got this rule against dating firefighters and Brad happens to be a firefighter Toni s cold shoulder works for a while until Brad finds out there s no boyfriend in the picture and sets out to get her But what does she have against firefighters Will Brad be able to make her ditch her no dating firefighters ruleThis was my favorite story in the anthology I loved Brad to pieces and I laughed like a fool at his antics to convince Toni to have dinner with him The man was a charmer As for Toni she was doing OK up until the moment her brain had a seizure and she took that stupid decision near the nd of the story I can t say what she did because it would be a spoiler but it was like all her brain cells had left on vacation Thankfully it was a short vacation LOL All things considered this was a very Evolution As Entropy enjoyable read with only that minor glitch Up on the Housetop by Jamie Sobrato 3 starsLorelei Gibson gave her virginity to Ryan uinn when she was 16 only to have him broke her heart the next day She s left Ocean Harbor Beach as soon as she graduated from high school determined to leave Ryan andverything Forging Gay Identities else behind Now 15 years later she s a grown woman and a doctor but she s never managed to forget him So she returns to her hometown to find some closureven though she isn t sure what awaits her Naturally fate plays its hand and lands Ryan who s now a firefighter on her Forbidden History examining table at the Ocean Harbor Beach Hospital ER Out of the sudden Lorelei s suppressed anger over the way he treated her in high school surfaces and she decides it s payback time Her plan Seduce him have mind blowing sex with him and ditch him just like he ditched her years ago The problem is Ryan isn t a callous teenager any and really regrets the way he treated her back then Will Lorelei be able to get past her thirst for revenge and take a chance on this new and improved RyanThis story had an interesting premise but it was too short I know this was a short story I got that The point is I felt that things were a bit rushed between Ryan and Lorelei considering they haven t seenach other for 15 years and their last Fiche Blian ag Fás encounter had been less than satisfying I found it hard to believe howasily they fell in love with Esteem Enlivened by Desire each other In spite of that I had fun reading this story and yowza the love scene at the hot springs definitely lived up to the title of this book Is it hot in here or is it just me So to sum things up This was a slightly better than average read overall not bad for a uick and fun Blaze fix And the cover isn t too shabbyither drools. Ousetop by Jamie SobratoWhen Dr Lorelei Gibson gets stuck on her roof half naked she's mortified when she's rescued by hunky firefighter Ryan uinn her high school heartbreak Until she learns he'd like to get naked with her.