Silent Night, Sinful Night Paperback – Oct 1 2011
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In Sharon Page's Wicked for Christmas the heroine Amelia, is the Governess to a privileged family of the Ton. She falls in love with the family heir and when he vows to marry her against his family's wishes she succumbs to his passionate seduction only to find herself ruined and abandoned in the morning.
Alone, she is left to face the condemnation of her employer and is reduced to a mere servant, as well as the loss and seeming betrayal of the man she loved. Several years elapse and just when Amelia is on the verge of moving on with her life and trying to trust in love again, Dante returns. While his love for Amelia has not wavered he can no longer offer her the love he once did...only the protection of his name. Because on the night he disappeared he was changed into a vampire.
Dante has yearned for his one true love ever since becoming a vampire, even incurring the wrath of his maker to return to her. But now Dante must convince Amelia to marry him once again, even though they cannot be together forever. His determination to win her over results in twelve days of seduction cleverly inspired by the twelve days of Christmas. And while Dante might not be able to be in the light, he makes up for it in his creative erotic nocturnal temptations.
I enjoyed almost every aspects of Ms. Page's story....all except for the parts that dealt with Dante being a vampire which I thought were somewhat laughable in their throw back to Bram Stoker's Dracula. Granted this is a paranormal historical romance, but every reference to vampires in long black capes, or shifting into bats...was just too....Bram Stoker Dracula archaic.
Wicked for Christmas would have been everything that I love about erotic historical romance if Dante would have been kidnapped by just an ordinary person instead of a vampire (though evil in his own way), escaped, then pursued by his abductor...basically removing every element of "vampireness" in the story. In truth, the paranormal aspect actually made me step outside of the story I was enjoying, because I found some of it to be ridiculous. It changed what would have been my favorite of the stories, a 5 star read, into a story that I loved only partially resulting in a 3.5 star read instead. In the end I think I will avoid Ms. Page's stories that contain paranormal elements based on my experience with this story, BUT I enjoyed her writing style, the sensuousness of the story, as well as the historical setting so much that I will most definitely be checking out her Historical Romances like The Club or any of her other Erotic Historical Romances in the very near future. 3.50 stars /3.75 sensuality)
In Naught or Nice? by Melissa MacNeal the heroine Tess is facing her first Christmas alone after the deaths of her husband and daughter, in addition to being pressured by an unwanted suitor to remarry. On a whim she decides to flee and while at the train station she finds an ad in the paper for employment and decides that it is exactly what she needs. So she boards a train for the West to escape her memories and to avoid a man she despises.
This story was my least favorite of the three. I just couldn't get past Tess's need to believe that her employer is Santa, or someone like him. Santa. I don't know why I had a hard time believing that she would believe, considering that I usually try to suspend reality in ANY fiction book that I read, but I just couldn't get past that. I wish the story would have focused more on Tess's loss and learning to live again and finding a new love, as well as a new purpose with the wealth she inherited. Instead the story focuses on a wealthy childish man who is a mix of Willa Wonka and Santa, who lives in a fantasy world of his own creation (helped along with his opium & sexual addiction).
Perhaps I might have enjoyed Naughty or Nice? if the man needing redemption would have been the hero, but he wasn't he was just a secondary character that took up too much page time in my opinion. As a result I felt that the story was very superficial much like the candy that Tess's "Santa" manufactures. All sugar...no not really sugar, more like saccharin...with very little substance. It leaves you craving so much more after you are finished. Naughty or Nice? by Melissa MacNeal gets 2.75 stars /3.50 sensuality
Stolen Chances by Chloe Harris is by far the best story out of the three in this anthology, and in my opinion should have been the headliner...the star, even though the author is not as well known as the other two.
Winston Matthews is the son of an important and corrupt government official whom he basically despises, but because of his love for his mother he returns home for the holidays where he encounters a beautiful woman at a ball with lust in her eyes...except the lust is not for him, but for the jewels that she is planning to steal....at least at the beginning.
Winston begins his seduction of the beautiful woman in order to thwart her attempts to illegally appropriate his guests' valuable possessions only to find himself enthralled by the lady behind the deception. Thus begins their steamy (very steamy) holiday affair where both of them learn a bit about the other, while still protecting their own secrets.
I really loved Stolen Chances, in fact I wish it would have been a full length novel because I loved the setting of the story, I loved the dilemmas that both the heroine and hero found themselves in, as well as watching them learn to trust and believe in each other...which is against both of their skeptical natures and jaded hearts.
I did feel that their intimacy upon meeting each other was rather quick, but when you take into account that they are both attempting to use the other for their own means it becomes more believable. I also wished that there would have been the opportunity to explore both of their histories more than what was possible in the story. I wanted to know more details about Rosie's life, and I also wanted more about Winston's estranged relationship with is father. Both played pivotal roles in who the characters were when they meet each other and colored there actions and reactions to one another.
It's not that the story was lacking those connections to their pasts, they just weren't as in depth as I would have liked because I enjoyed the hero and heroine so much. Stolen Chances is the shining star of this holiday themed erotic romance anthology. With its exotic locale, characters that you are dying to learn more about, not to mention the spicy and steamy love scenes which were positively sinful, this story is the one to buy Silent Night, Sinful Night for. I'm looking forward to reading more by Chloe Harris. Stolen Chances by Chloe Harris gets 4.25 stars/4.00 sensuality.
Wicked for Christmas by Sharon Page 3.50 stars /3.75 sensuality
Stolen Chances by Chloe Harris 4.25 stars / 4.00 sensuality
Naughty or Nice? by Melissa MacNeal 2.75 stars /3.50 sensuality
Overall: 3.50 stars
Sensuality level: 3.75
* I received a copy of this book from Kensington in exchange for an honest review*
Wicked For Christmas Sharon Page
Lord Dante is in love with Amelia but he knows his father will not agree to let them get married, she's their governess. He devises a plan that will ensure Amelia is accepted into his family but he never expected to be taken before he could marry her.
Amelia is thankful that Dante's family kept her on as a serving girl after he disappeared. She misses him terribly but it's been five years and she must think of her future, one without Dante. When Dante calls her to him, she is shocked to see him and can't believe his fanatical story but the proof is there.
Dante knows the only way to save Amelia and ensure a place in his family is to marry her and then disappear for good this time. He has wonderful but wicked plans for the 12 days of Christmas leading up to their wedding. He may be a vampire but he has been able to keep his humanity all this time, now he must kill his sire to survive.
With the help of friends, Amelia gets her Christmas wish, her future with Dante. I loved the ending to this short story; it proves love can conquer all.
Naughty Or Nice? Melissa MacNeal
Tess is a rich widow and her husband's partner has plans to help her take care of all that money, whether she likes it or not. She has lost her family, has a snake on her heels and can't endure another Christmas without them so she escapes with the help of a trusted employee. She leaves with the clothes on her back with no idea where she is going, except on an adventure.
Everything seems to fall into place for her when she sees an employment ad for a new Penney Candy Girl. When she arrives in Colorado, she goes straight to Edgar Penney's to see if the job is still available. She mistakes Johnny for "Santa" but is instantly taken with him; he may be just the one she needs to help her find the magic in Christmas again.
There was something about this story that whimsical and fun, that drew me in from the beginning. Tess is a strong female that isn't willing to let anyone make decisions for her; she may be a widow but she can take care of herself. You can't help but feel for her because she lost her husband and daughter but you don't feel sorry for her. She is trying to make the most of her life and with the help of Johnny and Mr. Penney; she finds the magic of Christmas again.
The author describes Johnny's designs around the underground house and factory in such detail that you can practically taste the candy on the walls. Johnny is lonely and is looking for someone to call his own but he has his own demons he's battling, like the other two Penney Candy girls. Mr. Penney makes them all feel safe and secure, while providing for their needs.
The scenes with Tess and the orphans were touching because you could tell how much she cared about the kids, even though she didn't know them. They all touched something deep inside her that died when her daughter passed away. Between her and Johnny, they will accomplish great things for the orphans of Memphis.
This was my favorite story in this anthology.
Stolen Chances Chloe Harris
This was a fun story too. Winston is from a proper family but he left home to pursue his own interest years ago and has a shady past. He has returned home for the holidays but has no plans of "hooking" up with any of the society daughters. During the Christmas Eve ball he spots a kindred soul and is determined to show her the path to redemption or turn her over to the authorities.
Rosie managed to get an invitation to the Matthews' holiday events hoping to score a big enough payoff that she doesn't have to work for at least another year. She never expected to encounter Winston Matthews. He is not like anyone she has met and she can't read him. Will she be able to unravel his secret before the holidays are over?
Both Winston and Rosie recognize something within each other and gravitate toward one another. They are enjoying their time together until Lady Ponsonby's necklace disappears. They each accuse the other of taking it but soon agree to work together to find the family heirloom. In the end Rosie surprises Winston with her actions and her choice for her future.
Overall these are three very different stories but they are all very enjoyable. I enjoy anthologies because they give you the opportunity to try a new author and I will definitely be looking for more books by these authors. I give Silent Night, Sinful Night 4 Flaming Hearts.
"Stolen Chances" by Chloe Harris. Winston Matthews believes Lady Beatrice Latimer is a thief. When a necklace vanishes, he knows who took it and plans to expose her as the robber using any means possible.
"Naughty Or Nice?" by Melissa MacNeal. Widow Tess Bennett rides the train to Colorado to escape her memories of Christmas pasts. When she and glass artist Johnny Gazara meet, Tess believes he is just what she needs to stuff her stocking.
Though different in tone except for the heat, these three historical romances celebrate the Christmas season with engaging erotic tales.