MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY – Vicki Lewis Thompson, Jennifer LaBrecque, Rhonda Nelson
Harlequin Blaze #651
ISBN: 978-0-373-796557
December 2011
Contemporary Series Romance Anthology

Wyoming, Alaska, and South Carolina – Present Day

Three sexy tales of hot romance to warm up the holidays.

It's Christmas, Cowboy! – Vicki Lewis Thompson

Last Chance Ranch, Wyoming

With it being Christmas Eve and the Chance family gathering to celebrate, ranch hand Tucker Ramsey doesn't hesitate to volunteer to go after a horse that escaped from the barn, despite an impending blizzard. That wily horse leads Tucker to an isolated cabin where Tucker runs into Lacey Evans, a girl he knew (and kissed) from high school. With the blizzard swirling outside, she invites him to stay with her to wait it out. Like Tucker, Lacey isn't really into the Christmas spirit, but soon they're getting hot and heavy with each other.

It's like the horse knew this couple needed to get together and Tucker was led to Lacey. Lacey recently dumped her cheating boyfriend and looks at Tucker as rebound sex, yet he means more than just that. Tucker, despite his anti-Christmas spirit, is determined to make the tiny cabin rock with the holidays, such as a makeshift tree they decorate with foil and popcorn. They may have started out hating this time of the year, but Lacey and Tucker are making their own memories—together. Of course, their presents to each other are themselves. After years apart, they connect. Can they even think of a future together?

Vicki Lewis Thompson knows how to write a hot Christmas story, and It's Christmas, Cowboy is another gem for readers to enjoy.

Northern Fantasy – Jennifer LaBrecque

Good Riddance, Alaska

Stockbroker Jared Martin is burned out and, as he flies to Alaska for his best friend's wedding, he wonders if maybe he should entertain the idea of relocating there. His introduction to the tiny town makes a good impression on him, but none more so than Jill-of-all-trades Teddy Monroe. From the moment they meet, sparks fly and they use a little bit of creativity to find time alone. While Jared likes Alaska , Teddy is doing her best to get out of town as fast as she can. Will they have found each other, only to let love slip away?

Teddy dreams of being an actress, and New York City is her destination. After years working in the rat race, Jared wants to get out of the city. Can they compromise and make a future together? Surrounding Teddy and Jared are the wedding preparations of Nick and Gus from Northern Escape (Dec. 2010) plus a few eccentric folks who live in Good Riddance, and they all provide for some entertaining reading.

Lots of good fun and cheer in Northern Fantasy , plus sizzling sex scenes between Teddy and Jared. Will Santa pull a present out of his bag and bring them together?


He'll be Home for Christmas – Rhonda Nelson

Folly, South Carolina

Soldier Silas Davenport thought he'd surprise his parents with a Christmas visit, but turns out he's the one surprised when he arrives to discover they've left on a cruise—with pretty next door neighbor Delphie Moreau minding the place. She catches Silas's eye right away since she's very wet and naked in his parents' hot tub. Delphie is embarrassed, but thinks Silas can come in handy as her escort to her sister's Christmas Eve wedding. Silas thinks Delphie can come in handy as a nice little Christmas fling to pass the holiday. Yet, can this fling turn into a forever kind of thing?

Dedicated military man Silas is disappointed at first in not finding his parents home, but that quickly turns into a lucky break when he meets Delphie. Their instant attraction means time spent between the sheets. Delphie wasn't sure Christmas was going to be fun (while she's happy for her sister, it's hard being single at a wedding), but the arrival of Silas certainly brightens her holiday. As the time grows closer for Silas to leave, the more Silas and Delphie begin to see their magical time together as fate. Yet, dare they take the leap for love?

He'll be Home for Christmas is a scorcher of a read and a wonderful way to finish MERRY CHRISMAS, BABY. Silas isn't going to give up the military for Delphie, but can he give her up?

If you're looking for some sizzling reading for the Christmas holiday, then I highly recommend MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY. All three authors were a win-win read in this fun book.

Patti Fischer