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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Review: Winter Wishes

Winter Wishes
by Moira Rogers, Vivi Andrews, Vivian Arends
Release Date: December 6, 2010
Genre: FICTION - ADULT: Anthologies & Short Stories: Anthologies/Paranormal Romance
Rating: 4 STARS
E-ARC was provided by publisher through NetGalley. 
I received no compensation for this review and my opinions are my own.

BOOK BLURB (provided by NetGalley)

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Tangled Tinsel by Vivian Arend
She's the cat's meow, and he's ready to pounce!
Five miles of leather-clad leg is all it takes to lure Kyle Branegan out from his carefully hidden lifestyle as part of the Cougar Corp, a secret branch of the Shifter Enforcer League. He's hoping for a night of fun and frolic, cat-style, no strings attached. With a sultry swing of her hips, Eloise Scott tangles him up in her ball of tricks, and just when he thinks he's about to get lucky, she cuffs him-naked-to her bed.
An undercover cop in the human police force, El's been given a top-secret mission to keep the big cat under her paw until he's needed to testify in court in the New Year. Her decision to take him home for a quiet Christmas in her sleepy hometown turns out to be far more interesting than she expected. Her parents are suddenly rich, her old boyfriend is sniffing around and all six-feet-plus of sexy cougar male is sleeping in her bed. And that's before they announce their fake engagement...

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No Angel by Vivi Andrews 
When Sasha's boyfriend, Jay, is sucked through a fiery vortex to Hell, an angel reveals that Sasha's been chosen as the Champion of Virtue in the battle for his immortal soul. As a perennial offender on Santa's naughty list, Sasha can't believe she's anyone's idea of a girl fighting on the side of the angels. But if she doesn't save Jay, he'll be stuck in Hell forever!
Jay-aka Jevroth-isn't surprised to find himself back in Hell. His visa to visit the mortal plane expired three months ago, but to steal more time with Sasha he's been ignoring his mother's demands that he come home to spend time with his new stepfather: Lucifer.
Sasha has until dawn on the twenty-fifth of December to fight the Legions of Hell and rescue Jay, or be trapped there for eternity herself. But now she must decide if the lying son-of-a-demon is even worth saving...

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Freeze Line by Moira Rogers
She can't survive in his world; he can't stay sane in hers
A twenty-first century ice age dulls the magic that emanates from the earth. Shane Sullivan is a lone wolf above the freeze line. He has no desire to join the packs that range closer to the border, where feral instincts can turn a man into a monster. Not until the winter solstice, when he stumbles across a dying witch who needs his help to get back to her people-and her magic-in the south.
Nadia is a powerful woman in her own world, but she's been drained by her escape from captivity in a northern lab. She knows it's foolhardy to trust a werewolf, but he's her only chance to survive the vast white wilderness. The farther south they travel, the harder it is for Shane to keep the beast within under control, and as their mutual attraction intensifies, Nadia's no longer sure she wants him to.


All three of these stories can be purchased separately or in this one volume. Overall these were three good stories. Nothing in the wow factor in any of them, they are just fun, quick reads. My favorite story was No Angel and my least favorite was Freeze Line.

In Tangled Tinsel two cougar shifters are handcuffed (literally) together for the holiday season. Their attraction to each other is very obvious. Kyle Branegan comes from a wealthy cougar clan and has been on his own for quite some time. Eloise Scott (not a fan of the name, sorry) works as an undercover cop and she is in charge of keeping Kyle safe until he can testify in court after the holidays.

No Angel was the best story of them all. Angels are out in the open in this story and the demons keep a low profile. Jay is a half demon whose mother has just married Lucifer (how would you like to have him as your step-father?). He has been living topside but now his time has ran out and his mom is summoning him back. Unfortunately he has met a wonderful woman named Sasha who he has fallen in love with. Sasha is a very insecure women who still can't believe Jay is with her. When he starts making excuses as to why he can't meet her mom on Christmas Day, she thinks he doesn't want to be with her. Then he is sucked back into hell. Now she has been chosen to bring him  back or let him stay there. In her quest she finds out that there is more to her then she ever knew also.

Freeze Line just wasn't my cup of tea. Wasn't a bad story, I just didn't attach to the characters or storyline. Shane is a lone wolf living above the freeze line. One day he comes upon Nadia wandering out in the cold. Nadia is a witch that was sold to scientists for experiments. She escapes and needs Shane's help to get home because witches don't do well when the ground is frozen, it takes their energy away.


Melissa (i swim for oceans) said...

I love your reviews of these Kelsey! I've never heard of them, but they're definitely intriguing, so I'm going to have to look into them some more :)