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Advance Holiday Review- Seduction On A Snowy Night by Hunter, Jeffries and Putney

Seduction on a snowy night

Title: Seduction On A Snowy Night

Genre: Historical Romance Holiday Anthology

Authors: Madeline Hunter, Sabrina Jeffries and Mary Jo Putney

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Publisher: Kensington Books Sept. 24, 2019

Pages: 320

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Christmasy Feeling: 5

Violence Rating:4

Descriptions from Amazon:
A CHRISTMAS ABDUCTION by Madeline Hunter
Caroline Dunham has a bone to pick with notorious rake Baron Thornhill—and a creative plan to insure his undivided attention. Yet once in close quarters, she finds herself beholden to their smoldering connection . .

Deet’s review: He was on his way to his brother’s estate for Christmas and to secure a wealthy wife . Caroline kidnapped him and took him to her crumbling estate because …well, let’s just say she had a reason. But that reason did not include her falling for the handsome baron.

This novella is Madeline Hunter at her best; terrific development of characters and a unique plot. I loved this story. My Rating:5 Christmasy feeling: 4.5
A PERFECT MATCH by Sabrina Jeffries
Whisked away from a wintry ball by the officer she knew only through letters, Cassandra Isles struggles with her feelings for the commanding Colonel Lord Heywood. For he, secretly a fortune-hunter, must marry for money to save his estate—and Cass, secretly an heiress, will accept nothing less than
love . . .

Deet’s review: Melodramatic, but delightfully so. Deliciously sexy. Splendidly entertaining. Everything I expect from Sabrina Jeffries. My Rating:5 Christmasy Feeling: 5

ONE WICKED WINTER NIGHT by Mary Jo Putney
Dressed as a veiled princess, Lady Diana Lawrence is shocked to discover that the mysterious corsair who tempts her away from the costume ball is the duke she once loved and lost. Now snowed in with Castleton at a remote lodge, will she surrender to the passion still burning hotly between them?

Deet’s Review: Mary Jo Putney’s story is an offering of a second chance love story. The hero and heroine were torn apart by his wicked father. She left for the continent and India and has returned seven years later. They accidentally meet again at a ball, Diana, and her cousin Rory, are a bit scandalous in their dancing but it does attract Anthony’s attention. They are at a masquerade, he a pirate and she an Indian dancer. They find their attraction to each other to be still strong. But can the Duke convince Diana that they have a future?

Here is one of those book boyfriends to swoon over; tortured past, heartbroken over Diana’s refusal to marry him seven years ago, determined to sway her to love him again. Sigh…..
So romantic!!
Deet’s Rating: 5 Christmasy Feeling: 5
I’m so used to having at least one “bad” novella in an anthology that it blew me away with this anthology having three five star stories! There are three abductions in this book; two are human and one is feline. You really can’t go wrong with this anthology.

santa-quiet

Here is that elf again! The minute I type Christmas or Holiday they pop into the blog post.

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Deet’s Life- Christmas in Florida

Deet's Fishy Christmas Tree

Deet’s Fishy Christmas Tree

I live by the Gulf of Mexico and I like to decorate for Christmas in a sparkly sea theme.  I thought I’d share my tree and some of my decorations with you.  The Aqua blue tree has glittered shells, crystal chandelier drops and glass sea creature ornaments topped off with a sparkly green starfish.

Some sea life hanging around my Christmas Tree

Some sea life hanging around my Christmas Tree

Glittery balls atop Ikea candlesticks

Glittery balls atop Ikea candlesticks

Shelves over the buffet

Shelves over the buffet

 

wine glass filled with baubles topped off with votive

wine glass filled with baubles topped off with votive

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Deet’s Eats Recipe Re-blog- Filled Shortbread Cookies

I posted this recipe in 2011 at Christmas time but since I’m making these again for the neighbors I thought I’d re-blog the recipe in case you missed it or forgot.  The neighbors all raved about them last year. This will be a lesson for them, if they tell me they like something they will probably get it forever.

This is my attempt at doing some kind of Christmas cookie.  I’m not much of a baker although I do okay and confine baking to holidays and birthdays.  This is one of my favorite cookies so I made a double batch and filled one pan with Apricot filling and the other pan with Raspberry filling.  These remind me a bit of a Linser cookie with the taste but are easier since I don’t have to roll them out.  My neighbor across the street, Gloria, brought me a pot of chicken soup the other day.  This was to help me get over my head cold and I think it worked since I’m feeling much better today.  Anyway, I will return Gloria’s pot with some of the cookies.  Such a pretty pot, don’t you think? The other cookies will go to other dear neighbors on my street.

Filled Shortbread Cookies (Makes one 9”sq. pan of bar cookies)

1 C Butter (I use salted but it will work with unsalted also)

1 C Sugar

2 eggs beaten

½ tsp. vanilla

¼ tsp salt

2 C all purpose flour

1 C chopped walnuts ( use any nut, walnuts are my faves in this recipe)

¾ C Raspberry or Apricot Jam

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Grease a 9” square pan.
  2. Cream together the butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla and salt with an electric mixer or vigorously by hand.
  3. Stir in the flour and then the walnuts.  Divide dough in half.
  4. Spread half of the dough in the greased pan, top with the jam spreading to cover the dough.
  5. Drop the remainder of the dough onto the jam by small spoonfuls until the jam is covered.

Bake for 50-55 minutes.  Cool. Sift Confectioners’ sugar over the top of the cookies. Cut into bars or squares (keep these fairly small, these cookies are very rich) Store in an airtight container.

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Review- All I Want For Christmas by Lilianna Hart (Kindle)

Title: All I want for Christmas

Genre: Short Story/Contemporary Romance

Author: Lilianna Hart

Publisher: Bodysways , Oct 2011

Source: A Kindle Free Book

Rating: 3.5

Sexy Rating: 5, explicit

Description from  Amazon.com:

Naughty or Nice

A blizzard leaves Kate Carson stranded in Chicago on Christmas Eve. When she finds she’s without a place to stay for the night, billionaire Derek Worth tempts her with an offer she can’t refuse, and she finds out it’s a lot easier to stay warm being naughty instead of nice.

A MacKenzie Christmas

Grant MacKenzie is ready to settle down and start a family. The only problem is the one woman he’s interested in doesn’t seem to be ready for the long haul. But fate lends Grant a helping hand in getting exactly what he wants under his Christmas tree.

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This book is only available as an e-book.  It has two short stories that are quick reads.

Naughty or Nice was a bit confusing at times, I believe that was because of the background on the Hero and Heroine coming toward the end of the story. I didn’t enjoy it as much as the second story, A MacKenzie Christmas. The second had more background to the hero and heroine in the beginning so their attraction made more sense. Both were written well and really sizzled. Neither had much of a Christmasy feel except for the fact that they were set during the holiday. I will read more from this author and look forward to her book featuring Grant Mackenzie’s brother, Cade, in 2012.

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