Wild Holiday Nights: Holiday Rush\Playing Games\All Night Long by Samantha Hunter, Meg Maguire, and Debbi Rawlins
Genre: Erotic Romance
Publication Date: November 18, 2014
ARC Provided by Harlequin and Netgalley
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Before we delve into the Badass review, readers deserve full and honest disclosure: Angie and Regina may be slightly obsessed with Meg Maguire/Cara McKenna. They are slowly (as fast as they can read?) working their way through her back list and acquiring all of her titles in audio. With that in mind, proceed to the reviews.
Angie’s Review – 3 Skulls – B-
Wild Holiday Nights is a Christmas Anthology from Harlequin featuring three short stories that each include a sexy Christmas interlude.
I’m going to kick off this review with my favorite of the trio, and that’s Meg Maguire’s Playing Games. What this woman does with such a limited word count is nothing short of amazing. We’re immediately drawn into the character’s worlds and holiday frenzy when they have to share the last rental car on the lot to make it home in time for Christmas. Toss in a semi-sordid past, and we’re off. Carrie and Daniel thought they were over their high school ‘crushes,’ but after being stranded together for a night, feelings are rekindled. After ironing out some misunderstandings on both sides, hot, meaningful sex ensues. And if you’ve read Meg Maguire or Cara McKenna before, you know I mean it when I say it’s hot. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again: this author has a way of writing a sex scene where it is an integral part of the plot. It always starts out with one character learning more about themselves, but it ends up so both of them are enlightened in some way, and it blows them wide open. The characterization and established pasts here were fantastic! 4 Skulls for this one!
My second favorite of this one was All Night Long from Debbi Rawlins. All Carly wants is to get home for Christmas, but until she can get one of her law firm’s clients to sign on the dotted line, she’s out of luck. Determined as she is, that doesn’t stop her, and she sets off in search of a Christmas miracle. I thought the characterization in this one was great, too. It’s clear from the get-go how kind and compassionate Jack is, and that makes it harder for Carly to try and persuade him to give her what she needs; convincing him to sign means convincing him to compromise his integrity, and Carly’s not sure she can ask him to do that even if it does put her career in jeopardy. This was a nice story about two good-hearted people torn between doing what they’re being pressured to do and doing what’s right. 3 Skulls to this one!
Holiday Rush from Samantha Hunter was a decent read. I loved the premise–a young woman trying to make it in New York whose older brother sics his best friend on her to keep her safe after an attempted robbery. Calla and Gavin had a relationship that never was, because Gavin felt guilty putting the moves on his buddy’s younger sister. It’s been years now, but Gavin is still determined to keep his distance from Calla; Calla, however, is all grown up and resolves not to let him. My issue with this story was that the attraction felt forced at times and a bit awkward. It was still a sweet read, and I enjoyed watching Gavin realize the depth of his feelings for Calla. This one gets 2.5 Skulls!
Regina’s Review – 4 Skulls – A
So my review is only about Meg Maguire’s book. I have an admitted obsession with Meg Maguire/Cara McKenna’s writing style. Badass has interviewed Cara McKenna and reviewed several of her books written under both pen names. Maguire is the kind of author I put down whatever else I am reading to read something of hers. She has this way of writing characters so realistically, like I know them, or maybe I am one of her characters. Playing Games (the second story in the Wild Holiday Nights anthology) is a short story, not a full novel. It is light and fun, but damn reading this story is like sitting down with a good friend for a beer and talking about what she did over her holiday break. It feels real, it feels comfortable and it is just really really good. The setting is perfect — a winter storm, two weary travelers forced to be together to find their way home, long lost friends from high school — what more could readers want for a wild holiday night?
Thank you to Harlequin and Netgalley for providing an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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