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Dreaming of a white Christmas After traveling the world with her parents, Lisa yearned for stability, roots and tradition. Marriage to solid, dependable Henry would help her achieve this ambition, but first she had to meet his parents! Christmas in the snowbound Yorkshire Dales should have been a joyous occasion, but Henry's family home was as cold and chilly as his mother Dreaming of a white Christmas After traveling the world with her parents, Lisa yearned for stability, roots and tradition. Marriage to solid, dependable Henry would help her achieve this ambition, but first she had to meet his parents! Christmas in the snowbound Yorkshire Dales should have been a joyous occasion, but Henry's family home was as cold and chilly as his mother was aloof and unbending. Rescue came in the unlikely guise of the exasperating Oliver Davenport. First, he made outrageous sexual innuendoes in front of Henry's mother. Then he simply carried her off to his more welcoming home where he set about making all her Christmas


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Dreaming of a white Christmas After traveling the world with her parents, Lisa yearned for stability, roots and tradition. Marriage to solid, dependable Henry would help her achieve this ambition, but first she had to meet his parents! Christmas in the snowbound Yorkshire Dales should have been a joyous occasion, but Henry's family home was as cold and chilly as his mother Dreaming of a white Christmas After traveling the world with her parents, Lisa yearned for stability, roots and tradition. Marriage to solid, dependable Henry would help her achieve this ambition, but first she had to meet his parents! Christmas in the snowbound Yorkshire Dales should have been a joyous occasion, but Henry's family home was as cold and chilly as his mother was aloof and unbending. Rescue came in the unlikely guise of the exasperating Oliver Davenport. First, he made outrageous sexual innuendoes in front of Henry's mother. Then he simply carried her off to his more welcoming home where he set about making all her Christmas

30 review for Her Christmas Fantasy

  1. 5 out of 5

    boogenhagen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Re Her Christmas Fantasy - Penny Jordan kicks off the HP 1996 Christmas season with a sweet little holiday romance of a wandering h who wants to settle down and experience a Real English Christmas. The H just wants his cousin's girlfriend's designer clothes back. Who knew that fighting over an Armani suit could lead to a lifetime of love? This one starts when our 24 yr old h is invited to her boyfriend's family estate for Christmas. The h's parents are artists and have spent all of the h's life tr Re Her Christmas Fantasy - Penny Jordan kicks off the HP 1996 Christmas season with a sweet little holiday romance of a wandering h who wants to settle down and experience a Real English Christmas. The H just wants his cousin's girlfriend's designer clothes back. Who knew that fighting over an Armani suit could lead to a lifetime of love? This one starts when our 24 yr old h is invited to her boyfriend's family estate for Christmas. The h's parents are artists and have spent all of the h's life traveling the world, dragging the h along with them. It has been a long time since the h had a permanent base, she hasn't had a Real English Christmas in years and she has been fantasizing about experiencing one for a long time. Maybe the constant travelling and feeling like a third wheel to her parent's epic and devoted romance is the reason the h is dating the Dweeby Mama's Boy. The h THINKS that DMB is a solid, sturdy, reliable type, but her BFF warns her that he is really a chauvinistic, pampered mama's baby and the h is really not going to be happy with him. He is already making noises about the h submersing herself in domestic servitude to him AND his mother, there are also a lot of announcements that the h will need to quit her very interesting job soon. The h is so blinded by her need for solid roots and her fantasies of the perfect Christmas, that she is blinding herself to the Dweeby Mama's Boy less than stellar character aspects, including his insistence that the h dress differently and more expensively to meet his conservative and very snobbish parents. So the h takes herself off to a high-end second hand store. She hits the Armani collection pay dirt when she is there, cause someone just brought in a TON of current season Armani styles and they are just the h's size. She scoops up her find and it is off to home to try out her new wardrobe. As she is going out, a very good looking, but very surly guy comes storming past her and the h is immediately offended by his rude attitude. She makes it home and is living it up trying on her new bargains when the angry man from before shows up at her flat. He wants the h's new wardrobe back and he is REALLY demanding about it. The h isn't giving up her glorious treasure to some jerk that these clothes wouldn't fit anyway. So words are spoken and the H is sent off in a big huff. The h NEEDS these clothes to make the right impression on Dweeb Boy's parents. She and Dweeby are talking marriage and the h is thinking Dweeby ticks all the boxes on her list. The h and Dweeby have NO passion at all, but the h wants a family and security and Dweeby Boy seems to have it in spades. The big Holiday season arrives and Dweeby and the h drive the h's car to Dweeby's family estate. It is a nightmare. Dweeby is a Mama Bootlicker to the nth degree and Dweeby's Mother is a Cast Iron Snobby Witch who DOES NOT APPROVE of the h. She doesn't approve of any woman for her precious Dweeby that she doesn't choose of herself - Cast Iron Mama is determined that she will always be Dweeby's number one girl and she wants a handmaiden whipping girl in place as Dweeby's wife and broodmare. To make things even worse, the Angry Clothes Guy from earlier is a very wealthy neighbor and guess who shows up for dinner? Yep, Angry Clothes Guy is full of innuendo and jibes about how he bought the h's new wardrobe, hinting that the h and he are CLOSE companions. He also makes a lot of remarks about women who dress as something they aren't. (That attitude about the h's new clothes kinda dates this book horribly. Tho I am not sure if consignment designer shops have ever caught on in Great Britain, I know in the US and in Hong Kong those stores are a goldmine of fabulous finds at really great prices. A lot of ladies shop there and Ebay is a treasure trove of Buy It Now half price lovely things.) In response to all of this Angry Guy Baiting, Dweeb Boy starts making some seriously irate faces at the h and cuts her off when she tries to explain. After suffering the cutting wrath of the H, Dweeb Boy and his Cast Iron Witch Horrible Mother, the h has had enough of this fertilizer and packs her bags and makes for her car. There is a final confrontation with Angry Clothes Guy and Dweeb Boy. She tells them both to take a running jump from the nearest promontory and throws all her new clothes at Angry Clothes Guy as she tells him off. The h gets into her car and drives away, but the weather is hideously cold and snowing. Our very unhappy and hurt h gets the full effect of Dweeb Boy's Incompetence, because Dweeb Boy drove her car to his parent's estate, but failed to fill the petrol tank when they stopped along the way. The car is out of petrol and the storm is getting worse and the h isn't even really sure of where she is. Panic is starting to set in, when the h spies a set of headlights drawing near. Guess who shows up to save the h from freezing to death? Yep, it is Angry Clothes Guy and he bundles the h into his nicely warm and very pricey car and takes her back to his Really English Grande Estate. He gets her pretty tipsy and gives her a very roofie kiss. The h explodes inside and here she thought she had a low lurve mojo drive for all this time. Soon the H and h have called a truce and Angry Clothes H explains that the clothes belonged to his cousin's girlfriend. The cousin had paid for them, (with the H's money, but he is rich so it is ok,) and when the lovely, but volatile couple had a fight and the girlfriend stormed off, the cousin took all his girl's designer clothes to the nearest second hand store and sold them. Then the cousin and his girl made up and the cousin called the H up, desperate to get his beloved's clothes back before she found out and went ballistic again. Fortunately, part of the making up process including the cousin taking his girl out and buying Dior, cause the lady went off Armani and so the huge clothes crisis was averted and Angry Clothes Guy H isn't angry anymore. Plus he REALLY likes the h. His libido and the Lurve Force Mojo are saying the h is 'mine, mine, mine', so the H wants to make her stick around. Since the h drunkenly confessed her Real English Christmas Fantasy, the H decides to make that happen. He brings the hungover h breakfast in bed, complete with copperplate written Royal Truce and then sweeps the h up in her Real English Christmas Fantasy. There is church, vintage holiday decorations complete with Victorian Tree, turkey and even Christmas Pudding. The overwhelmed h gets toasted on holiday spirits once again and the Lurve Force Mojo kicks in. The h and H lose themselves on the Transcendent Shores of Golden Rapture and declarations of love ensue. The H is pushing for a big commitment and the h is unsure. Mainly cause Christmas does things to people. But there is also the h's personal operating system to consider. The h plans and thinks things over very carefully, hence the dating Dweeby for eight months. She just doesn't trust impulsive decisions and she isn't ready to upend her life for the H - even tho any myths that she was not a passionate person are forever shattered. This causes the H a lot of tension. His mum died when he was ten and it was just him and his dad and that lack of a mum left him emotionally needy. The H is already jealous of Dweeb Boy, cause the h initially claimed Dweeby was everything she wanted in a husband and the H was definitely NOT. But the H also needs a lot of emotional devotion and reassurance and the h is hesitant to commit. Plus, the H has to go to New York before the New Year and the h doesn't want to go with him. The h and H try to explain their positions to each other, but they don't communicate really well yet, so there is a distance growing. The H promises to be back by New Year's Eve and they will ring the holiday in together. He goes off on his trip and the communication just falls apart. Both the H and the h are wracked by doubt and insecurities and both think the other one is getting ready to dump them. Things take a hugely bad turn when the H's business can't be finished in time for him to get back by New Year's Eve and the h feels abandoned and used. Then the H hears that Dweeby Mama's Boy just got engaged from his cousin's girlfriend and he assumes that the new fiancee is the h. In a jealous fury, the H storms back to England on New Year's day. The h, who had gotten all dressed up the night before, only to get a call saying the H wasn't coming, started double fisting the champagne and then went to her BFF's New Year's Party. She got toasted again and went to bed lonely and woke up hungover, when there was a pounding on the door really bright and early. It turn out to be Dweeby Boy at some awful early hour and he was shocked to see the h in bed after the crack of dawn. Cast Iron Witch Mama sent Dweeby Boy to make sure that the h understood that the relationship was over and Cast Iron Mama got Dweeby Boy attached to a more biddable broodmare and whipping girl. The h just has no goat droppings to give to that announcement, she wishes Dweeby Boy well and coldly kisses his cheek as she boots him out the door. At that moment the H comes storming in, he sees the two champagne glasses and Dweeby Boy running off and angry wall banging Purple Passion moments ensue. The h is horrified at her angry wantonness and the H is horrified at his lack of control, tho they both had a really great lurve club experience. The h kicks the H out with some very icy "I never want to see you again" words and then it is the H's turn to run off. This leads to the PJ Patented Heroine Mopey Moment, which brings the h's mum rushing to London from Japan to coddle her little girl. (For once PJ gave the h some nice parents, the h's mum was all about helping the h through her heartbreak and she gave the h some really nice mum advice and swore that the H would soon be back.) The h's mum also shared that the h was a big blessing in her and the h's dad's life. They loved the h so much that they decided to take her with them on their travels, they couldn't bear the thought of leaving the h at home. This totally gives the h a whole new insight into her parents and she realizes that to them she was never an unwanted third wheel, but a vital part of their happiness. Back on the H's side of things, he gets an engagement announcement from Dweeb Boy's Mama and realizes that the name on the announcement is not the h. The H has his own mopey moment and rushes back to London. The overworked, overtired and entirely too hysterical to be driving H manages to wreck himself on the way up to the City. But after a brief recovery, he makes it to the h's flat. The h had a case of the flu herself in the last few days, so in her recovery progress, her mum made her go take a small outside walk and get some fresh air. The poor battered H is hopefully waiting for the h when she gets back. The h's mum meddled a little bit and then took herself off for the night. Huge big declarations of feelings and True Love Declarations Forever ensue and the h and H are getting married for the pink sparkly HEA. We get a cute little one year later Christmas Epilogue too. The H and h are all lurved up and happy and having a gazillion family members at the H's estate for Christmas, which the H is having a great time teasing her about. But the h just smiles and admits that her Christmas Fantasy is now made real. Because with the H by her side, everyday is Christmas and every night, (and some afternoons,) are a really rockin' New Years Eve. With a very jolly toast to PJ lover's everywhere, we draw the curtains on another PJ Adorable HEA Very Happy Christmas HPlandia outing and wish them a very joyous New Year.

  2. 4 out of 5

    KC

    Her Christmas Fantasy? More like "Her Christmas Miracle" 'cause of all the tasks Oliver accomplished in such a short time to make Lisa's dream of a traditional Christmas come true. I really had to wonder if Oliver had an elf or secret twin hiding in the closet to assist him because the man did more in a few hours than I could do in a WHOLE day. That, or true wuv is apparently one hell of a motivator because it'll make a superhero out of anyone. Or maybe, I just might have to face the fact that I Her Christmas Fantasy? More like "Her Christmas Miracle" 'cause of all the tasks Oliver accomplished in such a short time to make Lisa's dream of a traditional Christmas come true. I really had to wonder if Oliver had an elf or secret twin hiding in the closet to assist him because the man did more in a few hours than I could do in a WHOLE day. That, or true wuv is apparently one hell of a motivator because it'll make a superhero out of anyone. Or maybe, I just might have to face the fact that I am an underachiever. *cries* Anyway, Oliver modestly denied that it didn't take a few hours. I would be shocked if he'd received any sleep regardless. All that excess energy probably kept him too wound up to relax. Read the spoiler and see if you don't agree. (view spoiler)[After arriving back at Oliver's home around 1 a.m. from a party where Lisa was supposed to announce her engagement to her limp-biscuity boyfriend Henry, the two shared a nightcap and talked a bit before Oliver: 1. Kissed and fooled around with Lisa before saying goodnight 2. Dragged in a ginormous tree into his country home 3. Decorated it to the hilt 4. Wrapped a plethora of small gifts to fill a stocking for Lisa 5. Then, for Christ(mas)' sake, finally prepped a turkey. This is all before Lisa woke up later that morning! Is he for real? (hide spoiler)] Joking aside, I liked how the author explored the viability of instant love, which I believe can happen. The real question though is, can such a love last if there's no trust to base that love on particularly if the people involved are full of insecurities? The author seems to posit that it's a leap of faith. Underlying this lack of trust were their respective fears which caused Lisa and Oliver to doubt their love for each other. So it's no surprise then when their HEA encountered some roadblocks. (view spoiler)[Lisa and Oliver fell into a romantic relationship after meeting for the second time. Lisa, being a normally cautious person, didn't want to move too fast because she feared Oliver would fall out of love with her as fast as he fell in love. A valid concern considering they barely knew each other for a week before Oliver pushed for too much commitment, too soon. Oliver, on the other hand, felt jealous of Henry and insecure because he mistakenly believed Lisa didn't think of him as her ideal choice for a husband. When Oliver failed to make it for their pre-arranged New Year's Eve date because he had to finish negotiations in New York for an important business deal, it proved to Lisa how weak his love and commitment were. He only later decided to fly back because he believed she'd become engaged to Henry, whom she'd dumped on Christmas Eve after meeting his harridan of a mother for the first time. Unfortunately, just as Oliver arrived at her flat Henry was just leaving, having arrived there at the request of his mother to ensure Lisa would not be resuming their relationship (fat chance of that happening!). With an extra champagne glass and a messed up bed in the background, it looked as if Lisa had just engaged in some celebratory sex. Of course, this did not help to calm down the already seething Oliver. One thing led to another, and before one can say "punishing kisses" the two engaged in angry, wall-banging action. The cracks in their relationship crumbled further after that interlude, with Lisa kicking Oliver out saying she never wanted to see him again. (hide spoiler)] The weakest point of this story? I think the author spent so much time setting up the conflict that she didn't give the protagonists enough opportunity to eradicate their fears organically on their own. It's only after consulting with outsiders that they are able to see the picture more clearly (in Oliver's case, the Big Misunderstanding is cleared), and give their budding relationship another chance. This may not be a big deal in the scheme of things, but it's always nice to see characters earning their HEA vs. having it handed to them. However, for a Christmas/love-at-first-sight romance this was still a decent offering. Just don't expect an excessive amount of romance, angst or passion. What I didn't expect but welcomed very much at the end was the nice, semi-longish grovel by Oliver—which is one of my favorite romance fantasy tropes.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Penny Watson

    I loved the beginning of the book. However, there were about 4 external conflicts tacked onto the end that were 4 too many and unnecessary. Big Misunderstanding 1 (she loves him, he doesn't know, he loves her, she doesn't know)--she calls out I LOVE YOU as the train is pulling away, he doesn't hear her, etc. Big Misunderstanding Part 2: She thinks he blew her off for New Year's Eve and he doesn't care about her. Big Misunderstanding Part 3: He thinks she reconciled with ex-boyfriend and is marrying I loved the beginning of the book. However, there were about 4 external conflicts tacked onto the end that were 4 too many and unnecessary. Big Misunderstanding 1 (she loves him, he doesn't know, he loves her, she doesn't know)--she calls out I LOVE YOU as the train is pulling away, he doesn't hear her, etc. Big Misunderstanding Part 2: She thinks he blew her off for New Year's Eve and he doesn't care about her. Big Misunderstanding Part 3: He thinks she reconciled with ex-boyfriend and is marrying the other guy. Weird Angry Sex Thing: Weird angry sex thing. Car Accident: For no good reason at all. The end was a hot mess. I loved the beginning and it really captured the magic of Christmas. It did end with a sweet Christmas scene. Overall: Will reread it, but will probably speed-read the messy end just to get to the epilogue.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gemma

    I've enjoyed stories by Penny Jordan before, so I decided to give this one a try. It started off well, with her trademark chemistry between the hero and heroine. While the back cover may make it sound as though Oliver kidnapped Lisa, or something, it doesn't happen quite that way. Lisa leaves the house party, only to run out of gas. Left stranded in the freezing cold, Oliver comes along and rescues her, taking her back to his house, where they end up snowed in for Christmas. I really enjoyed the I've enjoyed stories by Penny Jordan before, so I decided to give this one a try. It started off well, with her trademark chemistry between the hero and heroine. While the back cover may make it sound as though Oliver kidnapped Lisa, or something, it doesn't happen quite that way. Lisa leaves the house party, only to run out of gas. Left stranded in the freezing cold, Oliver comes along and rescues her, taking her back to his house, where they end up snowed in for Christmas. I really enjoyed the part of the story leading up to and including Christmas. The heroine confesses to the hero that she's never had a traditional British Christmas, and the hero sets about making it happen. The little things he does to make Lisa's Christmas special were very touching. And while I felt like they rushed into bed a bit quickly, it was still enjoyable. Unfortunately, after Christmas day, the story started to go downhill. The hero pushes the heroine for a commitment, and gets upset when she says she needs more time. Considering that they've known each other for about a week, I don't think it's unreasonable for Lisa to want to step back a bit. And then the hero morphs into an overbearing, possessive lout. He refuses to trust her, and accuses her of cheating on him. In typical Harlequin style, a series of stupid misunderstandings and miscommunications contrive to keep them apart. They bicker for the rest of the book, only to make up a few pages from the end. I was really disappointed, because the hero seemed very caring in the first half of the book (well, once the characters overcame their antagonism), and then he changed into a such a cold, untrusting person. I found it hard to believe that Lisa would be happy with him. Unfortunately, I ended up feeling a little blue by the time I finished this book, which was not what I was hoping for when I started a Christmas-themed romance. There are better Christmas romances out there.

  5. 4 out of 5

    RomLibrary

    Dreaming of a white Christmas After traveling the world with her parents, Lisa yearned for stability, roots and tradition. Marriage to solid, dependable Henry would help her achieve this ambition, but first she had to meet his parents! Christmas in the snowbound Yorkshire Dales should have been a joyous occasion, but Henry's family home was as cold and chilly as his mother was aloof and unbending. Rescue came in the unlikely guise of the exasperating Oliver Davenport. First, he made outrageous se Dreaming of a white Christmas After traveling the world with her parents, Lisa yearned for stability, roots and tradition. Marriage to solid, dependable Henry would help her achieve this ambition, but first she had to meet his parents! Christmas in the snowbound Yorkshire Dales should have been a joyous occasion, but Henry's family home was as cold and chilly as his mother was aloof and unbending. Rescue came in the unlikely guise of the exasperating Oliver Davenport. First, he made outrageous sexual innuendoes in front of Henry's mother. Then he simply carried her off to his more welcoming home where he set about making all her Christmas.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    I love to read Christmas stories of all kinds during the holidays and this one fit the bill for romance.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rogetwhi

    3 stars for the Hero and epilogue. Zero for the heroine. I couldn’t stand her. She was ridiculous. Oliver is the one who tried to be with her and said he loved her and it was more than sex. Then when the whole scene with Henry came about, she acted like she was the one who had committed and that Oliver only thought of them being together as sex?!?! How could she not see that the whole scene looked bad? Her just getting out of bed, TWO champagne glasses by the bed, her kissing Henry on the cheek 3 stars for the Hero and epilogue. Zero for the heroine. I couldn’t stand her. She was ridiculous. Oliver is the one who tried to be with her and said he loved her and it was more than sex. Then when the whole scene with Henry came about, she acted like she was the one who had committed and that Oliver only thought of them being together as sex?!?! How could she not see that the whole scene looked bad? Her just getting out of bed, TWO champagne glasses by the bed, her kissing Henry on the cheek when Oliver got there?!?! She was awful!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Re-read...multi times usually at Christmas...ahhh...if we could snap our fingers and life could be a Penny Jordan Harlequin.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mrs Deborah A Lampard

    Good read Wish he had got his act together quicker. He was the one pushing and nearly pushed her away completely. The boyfriend Henry was a right mummies boy.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Grace Harwood

    SPOILERS** This book had a really strong start, featuring Lisa, a feisty, independent young woman purchasing some clothes from a dress agency. Enter tall, dark and broodingly handsome Oliver who demands the clothes back, claiming they've been sold in error by his feckless cousin after a row with his girlfriend. Lisa, resenting his arrogance, tells him to sling his hook and she does it in such a way as to show that she is a strong-minded, intelligent woman who is not to be toyed with. It's a bril SPOILERS** This book had a really strong start, featuring Lisa, a feisty, independent young woman purchasing some clothes from a dress agency. Enter tall, dark and broodingly handsome Oliver who demands the clothes back, claiming they've been sold in error by his feckless cousin after a row with his girlfriend. Lisa, resenting his arrogance, tells him to sling his hook and she does it in such a way as to show that she is a strong-minded, intelligent woman who is not to be toyed with. It's a brilliant start to the story. Sadly, it's all downhill from there. Lisa, it transpires, is buying the clothes to impress the mother of her wishy-washy fiance, Henry, a man she is marrying because he is the "safe" choice. Well, you don't have to have ever read a mills and boon before to know that stuffy stuck-up Henry will be dumped by chapter two, leaving Lisa free to get up to all sorts of shenanigans with brooding and sexy Oliver. Lisa, after storming out on Henry (and his controlling mother) ends up stranded on the North Yorkshire moors in the snow, and on Christmas day of all days. It's Oliver to the rescue who then proceeds to give Lisa the kind of Christmas she's always dreamed of. It all seems so perfect: the ideal real Christmas tree with a star on the top, the snow falling on Christmas day, the traditional church service and the perfectly prepared lunch. Sadly, there are quite a few cracks beneath the surface. Oliver is possessive to the point of obsession - by Christmas morning, he's already divulged that his last relationship failed for that very reason. There's also a very worrying scene featuring an axe and when he gets mad with her, he becomes not just a potential axe murderer but a rapist as well. Unfortunately for Lisa, before twelfth night and the decorations have even been taken down, it's all over. The story gets a bit patchy from there on in - it's a Mills and Boon, so obviously they're going to get together in the end; but there's still three chapters to fill. Cue lots of agonising and Lisa being generally pathetic and about as far removed from the feisty independent woman who started the book as it is possible to be. The writing isn't up to Jordan's usual standard - the romantic scenes seem hurried and unpolished - there's even a typo in one bit which makes it a bit confusing as to who's doing the removing of clothes. Some of the main character's actions are a bit incomprehensible and in the end, if it wasn't for her mother doing what mother's do best (interfering in their children's lives) then it would all have ended in disaster. (I can't imagine that I would have ever confided to my mother in the same level of detail as Lisa does, but then again, my mother is a retired tax inspector and not artistic like Lisa's is). All in all the most telling line in the book is "Let's suspend reality, if you like, for a few days..." Suspend reality for the duration of the novel - not a lot of it makes sense, but it is a lot of fun.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tatiana Stefan

    3.50 - 3.75 stars - Not used to Penny Jordan but, August 27, 2008 This review is from: Her Christmas Fantasy (Mass Market Paperback) The story was pretty entertaining. I especially liked their banter in the beginning of the book. However, I've been readings loads and loads of pre-1988 Harlequin Presents so I'm sort of used to hero/heroine battles with each other mentally and physically, the "cruel" controlling hero, etc. so that is why I took out 1 star. Lisa and Oliver definitely had chemistry a 3.50 - 3.75 stars - Not used to Penny Jordan but, August 27, 2008 This review is from: Her Christmas Fantasy (Mass Market Paperback) The story was pretty entertaining. I especially liked their banter in the beginning of the book. However, I've been readings loads and loads of pre-1988 Harlequin Presents so I'm sort of used to hero/heroine battles with each other mentally and physically, the "cruel" controlling hero, etc. so that is why I took out 1 star. Lisa and Oliver definitely had chemistry and the story was believable but I guess it was just too fairytailish for me. This is a "christmas" romance novel so maybe that is why. Im just not used to reading a romance novel where the hero/heroine sort of gets together so fast. Of course Lisa and Oliver did have their misunderstandings but I felt it got resolved right away and there was never any danger of them not getting back together. I gave this book four stars because it was readable, I had no problems with the hero and heroine and Penny Jordan does write a good story. I took out the 1 star because at the moment I personally still used to the Harlequin Presents hero pre1988.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tawnya

    Lisa was a insecure character that was willing to settle on a husband just because they got along well. Oliver had no problem pointing out to her how wrong it would be. It did seemed that most of their problems in the book was caused by one not letting the other talk.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Ich habe die deutsche Version "Wünsche werden wahr" aus dem Sammelband Julia Weihnachtsträume 2011 gelesen. Ich habe die deutsche Version "Wünsche werden wahr" aus dem Sammelband Julia Weihnachtsträume 2011 gelesen.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Amie Doughty

    Pretty mediocre book by Jordan. I didn't hate it, but it didn't do much for me. Pretty mediocre book by Jordan. I didn't hate it, but it didn't do much for me.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lyss

    flaunted

  16. 5 out of 5

    Donna

  17. 5 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress

  18. 5 out of 5

    Aubrey

  19. 5 out of 5

    Eugenia Perevalova

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jaime

  21. 4 out of 5

    Beeg Panda

  22. 4 out of 5

    Katie

  23. 4 out of 5

    Anna

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alisha

  25. 4 out of 5

    Swathy

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sylvia

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Smith

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mommag

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tia

  30. 5 out of 5

    Saly

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