Berkley brings four gifted authors together in An Enchanted Season for a magical book filled with some delightful tales of romance and inspiration.
~Melting Frosty by Maggie Shayne~
Matt and Holly both suffered tragic loss during the Christmas holidays when they were children, but each reacted completely differently to the pain. While Holly looks for the joy and love in all things, Matt expects only emptiness and sorrow. Brought together by a series of miracles, stranded together by a snowstorm, this pair will have an everlasting effect on each other...
If ever a story were written that made one believe in miracles - especially the miracle of love - it would be Maggie Shayne's Melting Frosty. She had my eyes watering by page three of her story and the waterworks never really stopped after that. I don't truly know which touched me more - Matt's despair or Holly's hope. Both were palpable in their intensity and made for an unforgettable and heart-warming read.
~Charlotte's Web by Erin McCarthy~
Friends. That's what Will and Charlotte have always been, much to her dismay. Oh, it isn't that she doesn't want his friendship, it's just that she has longed for much more than that for years. But Will doesn't seem to see her as anything more than a buddy. It's time for Charlotte to tap into the magic of the holiday season and her family's own witchy heritage to try and catch Will's attention in a big, romantic way...
I am always a sucker for romances with friends who have loved each other from afar for too long. In Charlotte's Web, Erin McCarthy does the theme right with the love affair between Will and Charlotte. Pair Charlotte's barely hidden desire with long-stifled magical abilities that have a delicious way of granting her fondest wishes where Will is concerned and you have a sexy, fun tale that you will be more than happy to snuggle up with on a cold winter's night...
A Date with the Other Side
Heiress For Hire
~Beat of Temptation by Nalini Singh~
It is years before most shape shifters find their mate - years during which they enjoy independence and sexual freedom with multiple partners before settling down. Nate was always drawn to Tamsyn, although he was much older than her. But when she turned fifteen, something clicked and they recognized each other as mates.
Still, Nate was determined to allow her space and freedom in which to mature and find herself before he claimed her as his. Admirable enough, but that very space and freedom turned torturous for the frustrated Tammy, until four years later when she is so ready to explode she'll do anything to break Nate's hated self-control...
With the first book in the Psy/Changeling series, Nalini Singh garnered another fan with this reviewer. With each subsequent story in this riveting series, she proves she is no one-hit wonder, delivering intense stories filled with passion, intrigue, and best of all, love.
Beat of Temptation follows very admirably in that vein. While it is technically the fourth story in the series, the fact that it is a prequel makes it easy to read out of series order, granting newcomers the chance to sample this talented author's work without first needing to read the other books in the series. Of course, I fully expect anyone who reads Beast of Temptation will rush right out to purchase all of the other books in this series.
The first in this saga to mate two Changelings together rather than a Changeling with a Psy, this tale was no less fascinating for it. In fact, watching Tammy and Nate's denied lust for each other escalate into uncontrollable passion made for some extremely powerful scenes that defy the reader to put the book down until the story's end.
Throughout it all, we still enjoy glimpses of the Psy world as they plot against the Changeling packs for their own financial gain.
Fans of the Psy/Changeling series will adore this glimpse into Nate and Tammy's past, and new fans will find it an excellent entry point to this mesmerizing world.
Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changelings, Book 1)
Visions of Heat (Psy-Changelings, Book 2)
Caressed By Ice (Psy-Changelings, Book 3)
Mine to Possess (Psy-Changelings, Book 4)
~Gifts of the Magi by Jean Johnson~
Steve and Rachel are just one mortgage payment away from losing their cherished bed and breakfast inn. The biggest blizzard to hit town in years seems to dash all of their hopes and dreams as reservations go unfulfilled from guests unable to make it to the inn. But the blizzard brings some very unusual miracles, too...
Jean Johnson is a new author for me. I found her story, Gifts of the Magi to be just as spellbinding and emotional as the other stories in An Enchanted Season! Truly, Ms. Johnson easily holds her own in this roster of very talented authors and is a writer I will be looking for more from in the future.
In her story, she brings us the gift of miracles large and small - some magical and some simply born of the human spirit. These miracles will stay in my heart for a long time to come and I daresay will have me considering people in real life a little differently from now on.