Merry Christmas, Baby

Blaze, #651

I really enjoyed this book. It's an anthology of Christmas stories, all very different and all very good! The first story follows Lacey and Tucker, two people who went to high school together and who accidentally run into each other again during a blizzard. Stranded in Lacey's cabin, they try to make amends with their past while making way for each other in their future. I really liked this couple even though they seemed really mismatched. Tucker is a bit of a misfit who sees his new job working on a ranch as a last-ditch effort to redeem himself. Lacey holes up in a cabin after she catches her ex-boyfriend cheating on her. When they come together, you can see the sparks fly!

The second story involves Jared, a Wall Street worker, and Teddy, a bartender who dreams of moving to New York to be an actress. This one was actually my favorite story out of the anthology. Teddy wants to get out of the Alaskan small town she's in and Jared wants nothing more than to move there, if only to get away from the hustle and bustle from New York. Thrown together by a mutual friend's wedding in Alaska, the two immediately recognize and kindle a mutual attraction. I loved this one. The characters were my favorite and I felt like I was able to know them and what drives them more than the other stories in this book.

The last story involved Major Silas Davenport and an interior designer named Delphie. He comes home from Iraq to surprise his parents for Christmas, only to find himself surprised by the way he discovers Delphie in his parent's house. He's only home for a few days and both of them try not to fall too hard for each other because he has to go back overseas. He's charming and witty and Delphie is delightfully quirky.

I really thought this was a great selection of Christmas stories. I enjoyed all of the characters, even though I might think that some of the other characters in these stories may have had their own books already. I'm not 100% sure about that but I am a big series reader and I felt that hunch when I read about some of them. I have read Vicki Lewis Thompson before but not the other authors in this anthology. I may have to look them up and see what else they have written.

Book Blurb for Merry Christmas, Baby

Who will you find under your Christmas tree?

A cowboy?

Ranch hand Tucker Rankin isn't crazy about the holidays.until a wintry night before Christmas, when Lacey Evans shows him how much fun it is to be nestled all snug in her bed..

A wealthy New Yorker?

Stockbroker Jared Martin needs to get away, and Alaska's the perfect place to unwind. Especially once actress Theodora "Teddy" Monroe gets him to loosen his tie-and take it all off!

Or maybe even a man in uniform?

Soldier Silas Davenport is on Christmas leave. But when he arrives at his parents' home, no one is there.except for the irresistible Delphie Moreau. And she's one gift he won't be exchanging!

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2011 4.00