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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Made the Grade: New Year's Resolution: Romance! by Christie Ridgway, Leslie Kelly, & Tanya Michaels

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Paperback - Pages: 320; Kindle Edition - File Size: 481 KB | Expected Release Date: January 1, 2015 | Publisher: Harlequin : Feature : Anthologies | Obtained: NetGalley

"New Year's Resolution: Romance!" by Christie Ridgway, Leslie Kelly (aka Leslie A. Kelly), & Tanya Michaels

Authors' Book Description : Midnight, January 1: time for a big change. Time to make a New Year's resolution to find romance or else!

Say Yes by Christie Ridgway

Cautious florist Ashley Walker is excited to embark on her "Year of Yes" no matter what happens. But accepting a surprise job offer leads to an awkward discovery: she's hot for her millionaire boss, Chase Bradley!

No More Bad Girls by Leslie Kelly

Scorched by a string of nightmare ex-girlfriends, Lex Rollins resolves to date only nice women then is lured by siren Lia before midnight! But Lia is really Amelia, a good girl playing naughty for a night. Can a blind date as their real selves uncover their true desires?

Just a Fling by Tanya Michaels

Shy, insecure Erin Cross makes two bold resolutions: (A) get on a plane, and (B) have a fling. In pursuit of Option A, she's mistaken for a key witness in a mob trial and whisked away by a sexy FBI agent! Which just leaves Option B



"Say Yes" [New Year's Resolution: Romance! Anthology, Novella 1] by Christie Ridgway

Author's Story Description : Cautious florist Ashley Walker is excited to embark on her "Year of Yes" no matter what happens. But accepting a surprise job offer leads to an awkward discovery: she's hot for her millionaire boss, Chase Bradley!

My Story Review : 4 out of 5 stars, this sweet novella about a woman committing to a year of saying yes to almost any opportunity that comes her way and on New Year’s Eve she agrees to assist a house party for its owner. However, while being there she never imagined opening her heart again to the one man who might make her risk everything she holds dear...

Chase & Ashley are an entertaining duo! I enjoyed how they fell into a relationship while assisting Chase’s guests. Yet, I mostly liked how their feelings for one another was slow building and thrust on them. Very charming with some captivating banter thrown in.

I recommend this novella to anyone who likes contemporary romances!

My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Crush on You

My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : Teaser Tuesdays: Crush On You | The Monday Update [September 13, 2010]

Story Teaser :
"You should dance with me," he said.
She appeared not to hear him. "It's worse because of Moose."
"She has a moose?"
"Moose is a man. She asked him to be my date tonight."
"You'd date a man named Moose?" ~ within Chapter 2
For more information on this book and/or any other books by Christie, then please check out her website.



"No More Bad Girls" [New Year's Resolution: Romance! Anthology, Novella 2] by Leslie Kelly (aka Leslie A. Kelly)

Author's Story Description : Scorched by a string of nightmare ex-girlfriends, Lex Rollins resolves to date only nice women then is lured by siren Lia before midnight! But Lia is really Amelia, a good girl playing naughty for a night. Can a blind date as their real selves uncover their true desires?

My Story Review : 3 out of 5 stars. One good girl tries to break out of her image into something new meets a man whose New Year’s resolution is to date no more bad girls. They find themselves in one big misunderstanding trying to discover the truth about who they are deep down and who they want to be with from now on...

Amelia (Lia) & Alexander (Lex) are an adventurous couple. I liked reading about how their relationship grows from their meeting to how they learn the truth about each other to finding something a whole lot more between each other. Humorously sweet!

I just wish I could have been partial to how their relationship comes together after everything between them comes out. When Lex backtracks a bit I wish it wasn’t so abrupt and could have been smoother.

Nevertheless, I do recommend this novella to those who like contemporary romances that span through a few different holidays.

My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Slow Hands | Overexposed

My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : Second Sentence Saturday: No More Bad Girls

Story Teaser :
"So, Lia," he said in that throaty, husky voice that made her tingle right down to her toes, "what do you do when you're not being grabbed by strangers on crowded dance floors?"
She did not reply that she owned a craft store, was a yarn expert and taught knitting classes. She loved what she did, and supported herself rather well, if simply. But the crafty girl never got the man. The sexy, mysterious temptress did.
"Oh, this and that," she replied, hoping she sounded vague and enigmatic. She wasn't exactly lying, since her shop, located a few blocks from here, was called This 'n' That. "You?"
His eyes gleamed. "This and that."
So he was being mysterious, too. Tonight, that suited her fine. ~ within Chapter 1
For more information on this book and/or any other books by Leslie, then please check out her website.



"Just a Fling" [New Year's Resolution: Romance! Anthology, Novella 3] by Tanya Michaels

Author's Story Description : Shy, insecure Erin Cross makes two bold resolutions: (A) get on a plane, and (B) have a fling. In pursuit of Option A, she's mistaken for a key witness in a mob trial and whisked away by a sexy FBI agent! Which just leaves Option B

My Story Review : NA - DNF. A case of mistaken identity causes Erin & Campbell’s (Foster) lives to be thrown together, which happens to be all for the better for them. Now if they can put the thugs behind bars they’d be all set!

I thought the beginning was very cute, funny, and thrilling. For a time I was enraptured by their romance, since the buildup is that good.

Yet, for me, once they get to Foster’s apartment it seemed that every part of their relationship got so stretched out that it wasn’t holding my attention anymore. However, I am not typically a suspenseful fiction lover, so I wasn’t surprised this happened.

Overall, I recommend it only to those who like suspenseful romances that includes cop heroes!

My Previous Review(s) for this Author : The Texan's Christmas

Story Teaser :
"You think I'm a babe?"
He snorted. "Women. Men are trying to kill you, and you're worried about what you look like. No wonder I never got married."
She resented the implication that she was shallow. "Or maybe you never got married because no woman would put up with you."
"A strong possibility," he admitted. ~ within Chapter 2
For more information on this book and/or any other books by Tanya, then please check out her website.



My Book Review : For the full book I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars (rating not including my not finishing "Just a Fling"). I liked these sweet romances. All of them will keep you on your toes and make you think about your own New Year's Resolution(s).

I recommend this book to everyone who likes holiday contemporary romances!

Purchase This Book Here : KOBO : New Year's Resolution: Romance!


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