Sunday, 1 December 2013

Review ~ Stranded with a Hero (Lone Pine Lake #2.5)

Stranded with a HeroeARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: 11th November 2013

Publisher: Entangled Bliss

Getting snowed in never felt so good as boundaries are crossed, opposites attract, and friends discovering more promise a Christmas no one will ever forget.

Loving Mindy by Karen Erickson

Mindy can’t believe she's stuck with her ex–best friend—and the man whose heart she broke years ago—for the holidays, though the tension between them is more than enough to keep them warm. Josh Powers never forgot Mindy, but he can’t risk his heart a second time. 

White-Hot Holiday by Coleen Kwan 
Naomi’s sworn off men like Aaron—rich, cocky, and dismissive of holiday traditions. Aaron decided to spend Christmas in sunny Australia to avoid snowy New York, not to fall for the woman his best friend warned him away from. But when a volcano grounds him, Aaron and Naomi's relationship becomes eruptive. 

An Officer and a Rebel by Cindi Madsen
The last person police officer Nate Walsh expected to discover in a snowstorm is his brother's ex and former town rebel, Kelsey Cooper. She’s his complete opposite and totally off-limits, but as they wait out the storm together, all he can think is how he wishes she'd stay forever. 

Saving the Sheriff by Roxanne Snopek
Frankie Sylva was determined to free the reindeer cruelly held for a holiday roadshow, even if it meant risking her own life. Deputy Sheriff Red LeClair set out to save a stranger in a snowstorm, never expecting he’d be the one to be rescued.

My Opinion

The four novellas in this anthology were exactly what I expected and needed: short, sweet, slightly cheesy and sappy romances that kept you reading with a smile on your face. Also, you add Christmas to the mix and some festivities and my heart just melts. This anthology was the perfect fireside read for dark winter nights.

They were short, feel good reads that flowed easily and were great to chill out to in the evenings. I read a novella a night and each time I fell straight into the story and world the author created. The relationships were playful and the authors crammed a lot of backstory and build up into the small amount of pages which was a nice change from the usual. 

Although the romances were instant, fast and slightly cheesy, they were happy and you couldn't help but smile from them. It's what I expect from a Christmas romance book really so it didn't disappoint on that side of things. My favourites where the first novella 'Loving Mindy' by Karen Erickson and the third 'An Officer and a Rebel' by Cindi Madsen. These were the sweetest novellas in the anthology for me. I wasn't as keen on 'White-Hot Holiday' but that was only because it was set in Australia so didn't have the winter wonderland theme. It just felt odd to me but everything else in the story was good.

Overall it was a sweet, fun, feel good anthology that is perfect for the Christmas season. An enjoyable read.

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