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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.  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 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.  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. 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. 


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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.  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 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.  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. 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. 

30 review for Stranded with a Hero

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nicola

    On a cold winters night, this is the most perfect book to snuggle up with next to a roaring fire. Comprising of four novella's from four wonderful authors, whilst they tie into their book series' (which incidentally I would each recommend), you could easily read it as a standalone. So, as they each deserve their own place centre stage, a short review on each: Saving the Sheriff - Roxanne Snopek (5 stars) I read the last of the four first. None of this patience is a virtue rubbish; the Three River On a cold winters night, this is the most perfect book to snuggle up with next to a roaring fire. Comprising of four novella's from four wonderful authors, whilst they tie into their book series' (which incidentally I would each recommend), you could easily read it as a standalone. So, as they each deserve their own place centre stage, a short review on each: Saving the Sheriff - Roxanne Snopek (5 stars) I read the last of the four first. None of this patience is a virtue rubbish; the Three River Ranch series is up with my fave Bliss books and, like one of Carson's mustangs, I was chomping at the bit! With the romance, touching moments, fun and laugh-out-loud humour of all the TRR full-length offerings, I loved it. Red and Frankie are a fun-loving and sweet prospective couple, their story makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, and I defy anyone not to sing along with the clever witty take on all our favourite carols. Loving Mindy - Karen Erickson (3.5 stars) I always said Mindy deserved her turn at happiness and her time has come. If you've read the Lone Pine Lake series, you'll know that she hasn't had the easiest of times. Throw together an epic snowstorm, a lonely Mindy, her gorgeous ex-best friend Josh and Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year. It's short, sweet and will make you smile, although I do think these characters could have quite easily held us captive with a full length book of their own. White-Hot Holiday - Coleen Kwan (5 stars) Christmas in Oz. Snow? Not so much. Plenty heat though. Of the four, this is the one that stole it for me; the story flowed beautifully, the chemistry between Aaron and Naomi burned wonderfully and with a perfect balance of flirting, romance and touching heartfelt moments, my not-so-inner romantic sighed many rather loud sighs of happiness and had me almost welling up! It's a captivating fabulous addition to the Real Men series and I loved every page. An Officer and a Rebel - Cindi Madsen (4 stars) Last but by no means least, if you have read the Accidentally in Love series you'll know that the books only tentatively tie in together and can easily be read alone. This is no different. It's sweet, sassy, touching, romantic and fun and Nate and Kelsey are testament that opposites really do attract...I loved them together. So to summise, batten down the hatches, hunker down and prepare to swoon, sigh and smile your way towards the festive period. The laws of average make this anthology a 5 star read. (I received a copy of this as an ARC from the publisher for and honest and unbiased opinion)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)

    Reviewed by Kim for Read Your Writes Book Reviews A quote from Roxanne Snopek’s book, Saving the Sheriff sums up this anthology very well. “Life’s too short to say no when love shows up at your door.” Stranded with a Hero will give you four heroes and heroines you will root for and fall in love with. You will smile, laugh, and probably cry a little bit. Without a doubt, this book will put you in the Christmas spirit. If you haven’t read any of these authors before, this is a really great place to Reviewed by Kim for Read Your Writes Book Reviews A quote from Roxanne Snopek’s book, Saving the Sheriff sums up this anthology very well. “Life’s too short to say no when love shows up at your door.” Stranded with a Hero will give you four heroes and heroines you will root for and fall in love with. You will smile, laugh, and probably cry a little bit. Without a doubt, this book will put you in the Christmas spirit. If you haven’t read any of these authors before, this is a really great place to start. I simply love them all. Rating: 4.5 Stars Source: Publisher More detailed review on the individual stories can be found at Read Your Writes Book Reviews in December. (www.readyourwrites.blogspot.com)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Monique

    OMG!!! I just loved this! Full review to come! ************************************************** Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. all opinions expressed are my own. My full review appears on my blog All The Bookish Love I admit, I only signed up for this ARC, because the awesome and amazing Cindi Madsen wrote one of the stories. But everyone one of these authors blew me away with their holiday stories. And I felt a special littl OMG!!! I just loved this! Full review to come! ************************************************** Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. all opinions expressed are my own. My full review appears on my blog All The Bookish Love I admit, I only signed up for this ARC, because the awesome and amazing Cindi Madsen wrote one of the stories. But everyone one of these authors blew me away with their holiday stories. And I felt a special little tug at Colleen Kwan’s story White-hot Holiday. All the Christmas books I normally read, are full of snow and hot cocoa, whilst sitting by a fire and watching the snow fall and as a South-African, our Christmases are blazing hot, and instead of hot cocoa, we usually pick an ice-cold glass of Coke. And Colleen’s Australian Christmas, embodied our Christmases here almost to the tee. The characters are well-written. I especially liked the way that Aaron is such a Christmas downer and Naomi the enthusiastic holiday person. The fire between them fits the heat of an Australian summer perfectly. Such a sweet romance that had me caught up at the first sentence. Karen Erickson’s Loving Mindy had me completely sold. It’s the first story in this book and it grabbed me right at my heartstrings. Mindy’s character has such a lot of shit to deal with from her ex-husband, and then her old best friend from high-school nearly runs over her cat and gets stuck in the snow. They have a bit of hard feelings between them, but the hunky Josh has never truly gotten over Mindy. When a huge snow storm hits and the snow covers everything outside Mindy’s house, they have no choice but to work through their bad blood, and that leads to an amazing romance story. It melted my heart. In Roxanne Snopek’s Saving the Sheriff we have a magical story where Frankie Sylva, does her best to protect five reindeer and saves them from a meat farm. She ends up releasing them on Three River Ranch, but she also ends up getting stuck in the snow. The sexy deputy sheriff Red LeClair ends up helping her, but he still thinks she’s a bit dodgy. I mean, who could blame him? She is dressed as elf, trespassing on private property and he is damn certain that she’s not telling him the whole truth. His chivalrous side wins out though and he helps her for the couple of days that she is stranded there. With the chemistry between Frankie and Red and Red being a little bit of an Ebenezer Scrooge, this story has all the Christmas cheer you could ever want. And finally Cindi Madsen’s An Officer and A Rebel had me laughing out loud and crying ALL the happy tears in the world. I just adored both characters. Kelsey Cooper swerves for a deer and her crappy little car gets stuck. The only person on the road is Nate Walsh, police officer and also big brother to Kelsey’s ex-boyfriend. Nate has always nursed a crush on Kelsey, who is a bit of a wild child and Kelsey has no clue. Kelsey, on the other hand, isn’t very fond of cops, but she’s taken quite a liking to her rescuer. It made for a nice twist, and I might be crushing on Nate a bit, but it’s like Kelsey says, he does look good in uniform. In fact, most men look good in a police uniform. This story just tickled my senses in all the right places. It gave me butterflies in my stomach and made my head dizzy and my world spin. The emotions of Kelsey and Nate jumped off the pages and I felt like I lived in the story. The few pages before the ending had me crying ugly tears and the ending had me crying all sorts of happy tears. Once again Cindi managed to reduce me to a happily crying, aww-ing, feel good mess and I hope she continues to do so. All of these novellas are amazingly written. Each of these novellas are part of a series that the authors have worked on, and I haven’t read any of those books yet. But I will now. This is a perfect romantic Christmas read and it put me in the best holiday spirit. It’s a pity Christmas is still more than a month away.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bette Hansen

    I received an ARC of this in exchange for an honest review. I know it is early in the season and I will read a ton more holiday books but I think this will definitely make my top 5 of the season!!F Four great authors, four wonderful stories, and a whole lot of snow. Karen Erickson takes us back to Lone Pine Lake where Mindy is having to face another Christmas without her kids but the holiday cheer flows when she is stuck with Josh through a blizzard. Hmmm..... Colleen Kwan gives us some holiday joy I received an ARC of this in exchange for an honest review. I know it is early in the season and I will read a ton more holiday books but I think this will definitely make my top 5 of the season!!F Four great authors, four wonderful stories, and a whole lot of snow. Karen Erickson takes us back to Lone Pine Lake where Mindy is having to face another Christmas without her kids but the holiday cheer flows when she is stuck with Josh through a blizzard. Hmmm..... Colleen Kwan gives us some holiday joy Australian style...no snow here. Just a hot guy, a volcano and lots of sparks between Aaron & Naomi. Cindi Madsen shows us sometimes we can go back. Teenage rebel Kelsey returned - well accidentally -to Marion. And who comes to her rescue? Well Nate of course. Older brother of Kelsey's ex boyfriend who has always secretly crushed on Kelsey. Roxanne Snopek has us returning to Three River Ranch were and Elf named Frankie is setting 5 rescued reindeer free. HUH?? Sheriff Red Le Clair is handling the holidays just fine all alone thank you very much then he finds himself stuck in a blizzard with Frankie the elf. HUH?? Who is cute, fun and just a little too tempting...oh and a felon. While all these stories have ties to other books in varies series they are completely stand alone. No need to have read the prior books to enjoy the fun these stories contain. Go now and get it!! Recommend it to everyone.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Anthologies have come a long way from the days of minimal backstory and character development and those annoying ambiguous endings. I've been enjoying them a lot lately. Especially as a quick palate cleanser reads. Stranded with a Hero was perfect for that. I was surprised at how quickly I fell right into their stories, as if I already knew and loved the characters. Other than Cindi Madsen, I haven't read anything by any of these authors previously. I totally bought into the couples HEA's (all of Anthologies have come a long way from the days of minimal backstory and character development and those annoying ambiguous endings. I've been enjoying them a lot lately. Especially as a quick palate cleanser reads. Stranded with a Hero was perfect for that. I was surprised at how quickly I fell right into their stories, as if I already knew and loved the characters. Other than Cindi Madsen, I haven't read anything by any of these authors previously. I totally bought into the couples HEA's (all of the stories had an epilogue which helped with that) The guys were all adorable, NICE and super sexy - the heroines smart, feisty and complex considering these were novella length stories. I enjoyed them all but Loving Mindy and An Officer and a Rebel were my favorites. Those two couples knew each other already so that really added to my belief in the relationship. Stranded with a Hero would make a perfect weekend read to get you ready for the holiday season! I told this story on Twitter but for those of you who missed it - my hubby asked me what I was reading and I told him the title. He made a face and asked - Why would you be stranded if you're with a super hero? LOL Review also posted on my blog: http://www.fwiwreviews.net/2013/11/mi...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I want to be stranded with any of these hero's, I don't care which one, just one will do ! This book consists of four Christmas novellas from 4 amazing authors. Grab a comfort drink, a copy of this book and find a comfy spot to spend a few hours indulging in a Christmas story feast. Each story showcases a couple stuck together under less than ideal circumstances. Be it a snow storm of the century or planes being grounded leading to a sweltering Christmas Day, all four couples make the most of what I want to be stranded with any of these hero's, I don't care which one, just one will do ! This book consists of four Christmas novellas from 4 amazing authors. Grab a comfort drink, a copy of this book and find a comfy spot to spend a few hours indulging in a Christmas story feast. Each story showcases a couple stuck together under less than ideal circumstances. Be it a snow storm of the century or planes being grounded leading to a sweltering Christmas Day, all four couples make the most of what Mother Nature has thrown in their way and find that sometimes the Christmas Spirt can bring you exactly what you need, even if you weren't looking for it. Add in hero's to die for, like, an old friend in Joshua, a hunky American out of his element in Aaron, a man who always liked his brothers one ex in Nate and a rugged Sheriff in Red and you will be like me in wishing to be stranded with any of them this holiday season. As a sucker for holiday themed stories, this one did not disappoint, I would highly recommend it to all who also enjoy seasonal reading, or if you have read and loved all four authors. I'll be no doubt going back and reading more from each. This book was supplied by the publisher for a honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Irene

    4.5 rounding up to 5 stars I loved all four stories, they each touched me and left me wanting to read more from these talented authors. If you are looking for something heartwarming to read over the upcoming holidays Stranded with a Hero is the book for you. As I mentioned I loved all four stories but An Officer and a Rebel by Cindi Madsen was my fav, I loved Nate and Kelsey! You can't help but fall in love with them :) Thank you to Karen Erickson, Coleen Kwan, Cindi Madsen and Roxanne Snopek for wr 4.5 rounding up to 5 stars I loved all four stories, they each touched me and left me wanting to read more from these talented authors. If you are looking for something heartwarming to read over the upcoming holidays Stranded with a Hero is the book for you. As I mentioned I loved all four stories but An Officer and a Rebel by Cindi Madsen was my fav, I loved Nate and Kelsey! You can't help but fall in love with them :) Thank you to Karen Erickson, Coleen Kwan, Cindi Madsen and Roxanne Snopek for writing and sharing these wonderful characters with us. Thank you to NetGalley and Entangled Bliss for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Stranded with a Hero is a collection of sweet holiday romances. Each story centers around a couple who is stranded together for one reason or another around the holidays. Each story is by a different author and each have their own little spin to be stranded. I loved each one and tried to pick a favorite but cant. :)They are all wonderful in their own way! Stranded with a Hero has definitely gotten me into the Christmas mood! *ARC received from publisher

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    My review can be viewed @ No Book Left Behind I will no longer be hosting my reviews in Goodreads. All books I have personally reviewed will be linked back to my blog on BookLikes for all of you to see! :) My review can be viewed @ No Book Left Behind I will no longer be hosting my reviews in Goodreads. All books I have personally reviewed will be linked back to my blog on BookLikes for all of you to see! :)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Simply Love Book Reviews

    Slick‘s review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews Review copy provided for an honest review 4.5 STARS I read many holiday anthologies this season but this is by far my favorite. All of these novellas were strong, their characters interesting, and their stories enchanting and filled with the magic of the season and love. I’m so glad I save this one for last, it’s a winner!! Loving Mindy by Karen Erickson 4.5 stars I’ve loved the Lone Pine Lake series by Karen Erickson and Loving Mindy was a perfe Slick‘s review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews Review copy provided for an honest review 4.5 STARS I read many holiday anthologies this season but this is by far my favorite. All of these novellas were strong, their characters interesting, and their stories enchanting and filled with the magic of the season and love. I’m so glad I save this one for last, it’s a winner!! Loving Mindy by Karen Erickson 4.5 stars I’ve loved the Lone Pine Lake series by Karen Erickson and Loving Mindy was a perfect addition to an already wonderful series. There’s something about this large family that draws me in, they’ve had their issues, they’ve had their battles, some have left home and returned but there is no denying the bond between them all. This is Mindy’s story; she married young, divorced her cheating ex-husband and is now a single mom of two young boys. With the boys unexpectedly with their father over Christmas as he marries the new love of his life in Hawaii, Mindy is at odds. A snowstorm, a lost cat, and some would say karma has Mindy sharing her house with her best guy friend, Josh, who she hasn’t had much to do with since high school when she broke off their friendship to please her boyfriend. A big time second chance and friends to lovers story that will warm your heart and make you realize that time heals old wounds if you let it. Yes, they both said some things they shouldn’t have both in high school and in the present, but I love that they realize no matter what they’re friendship is actually very strong. A heartwarming story that will charm you and make you realize that Christmas really is a time of miracles even when you don’t expect them. White-Hot Holiday by Coleen Kwan 4.5 stars This was an easy story to get into and really made me think about what Christmas in Australia is really like, in my brain I know its summer over there but I never equated that with the fact that they’d celebrate Christmas when it’s blistering hot! The Real Men series by Coleen Kwan has been a favorite and I really enjoyed this novella that features Luke Maquire’s (hero from book #2) niece and his college friend. Aaron Cade is visiting Australia for two weeks just prior to the Christmas holiday; he’s an admitted workaholic and a non lover of Christmas. He’s had some things that didn’t go right during the holidays that have left him soured on it. When he encounters Naomi Spencer who embodies the holiday spirit full tilt, he’s just not sure what to expect. From their first meeting there are some sparks flying and they only get more intense as the time goes on. Aaron’s buddy Luke has warned him away from Naomi who is recovering from a bad breakup but Aaron finds himself wanting to spend as much time as possible with her and while yes he’d like to bed her, he’d like to know her as well. They really do have an impossible situation with Aaron returning to the states soon and Naomi still trying to sort out her life post breakup. I loved how easily they were able to share with each other, things they hadn’t shared with anyone else. There was a real feeling of friendship and rightness about the time they spent together and the kisses….whoa, they would melt your butter in no time flat. While at first Naomi thought Aaron was just like her ex, I like that she began to see him for the genuine person he was. Aaron was equally fantastic with his support of Naomi’s profession and what she wanted out of life. A sweet and sassy love story that I know I’ll read again. An Officer and a Rebel by Cindi Madsen 4.5 stars It’s so hard not t enjoy an opposites attract story and that describes An Officer and a Rebel perfectly. On her way to see her Mom for the Christmas holidays Kelsey decides to swing through the town she spent quite a bit of her youth in; a town she felt smothered in, a town she couldn’t wait to leave, a town she loved to shock, but a town that also felt like home. When she wrecks her car trying to avoid a deer in the road, she never expects to be rescued by a cop and certainly not her ex-boyfriend’s older brother, Nate. With a storm approaching and accommodations limited, Kelsey finds herself accepting shelter from Nate even though she knows it’s not a good idea given the sizzle she feels around him. Nate is an always do the right thing kind of guy and even though he felt something for Kelsey way back when his brother was dating her, he never acted on it and won’t now because of their history. But one kiss and a game of quarters leads to some pretty interesting revelations and the sparks turn into a burning hot flame. I loved watching these two get to know each other as adults, seeing a different side of each other. Yes, their relationship moved fast but yet it didn’t feel rushed, it just felt right. I love that they both accepted the other flaws and all and didn’t let the past affect their future. A great holiday story with a spectacular New Year’s Eve surprise. Saving the Sheriff by Roxanne Snopek 4.5 stars Two lonely strangers meet during a fierce storm, one doing something slightly illegal and the other the town’s sheriff ranch-sitting for friends making Saving the Sheriff an entertaining and sensual holiday story. I really loved these characters; Red LeClair a sheriff trying to get over his divorce and fit in to his new life and Frankie Sylva a traveling teacher and rescuer of mistreated animals. Even when they weren’t sure they could trust one another, there was this underlying sense of rightness between them. I loved the silly songs they made up to the tune of Christmas carols, the way they both stood up for one another, and the joy they got just from being together in adverse conditions. Working side by side to keep the ranch going and the animals safe, they build trust and begin to realize how much they enjoy each other’s company. This is absolutely a feel good story and when you add in the zany secondary characters, I can’t help but smile when I think about this story. Flirty, crazy, and sexy Saving the Sheriff is a holiday treat! I’m so glad I save this one for last, it’s a winner!! Loving Mindy by Karen Erickson 4.5 stars I’ve loved the Lone Pine Lake series by Karen Erickson and Loving Mindy was a perfect addition to an already wonderful series. There’s something about this large family that draws me in, they’ve had their issues, they’ve had their battles, some have left home and returned but there is no denying the bond between them all. This is Mindy’s story; she married young, divorced her cheating ex-husband and is now a single mom of two young boys. With the boys unexpectedly with their father over Christmas as he marries the new love of his life in Hawaii, Mindy is at odds. A snowstorm, a lost cat, and some would say karma has Mindy sharing her house with her best guy friend, Josh, who she hasn’t had much to do with since high school when she broke off their friendship to please her boyfriend. A big time second chance and friends to lovers story that will warm your heart and make you realize that time heals old wounds if you let it. Yes, they both said some things they shouldn’t have both in high school and in the present, but I love that they realize no matter what they’re friendship is actually very strong. A heartwarming story that will charm you and make you realize that Christmas really is a time of miracles even when you don’t expect them. White-Hot Holiday by Coleen Kwan 4.5 stars This was an easy story to get into and really made me think about what Christmas in Australia is really like, in my brain I know its summer over there but I never equated that with the fact that they’d celebrate Christmas when it’s blistering hot! The Real Men series by Coleen Kwan has been a favorite and I really enjoyed this novella that features Luke Maquire’s (hero from book #2) niece and his college friend. Aaron Cade is visiting Australia for two weeks just prior to the Christmas holiday; he’s an admitted workaholic and a non lover of Christmas. He’s had some things that didn’t go right during the holidays that have left him soured on it. When he encounters Naomi Spencer who embodies the holiday spirit full tilt, he’s just not sure what to expect. From their first meeting there are some sparks flying and they only get more intense as the time goes on. Aaron’s buddy Luke has warned him away from Naomi who is recovering from a bad breakup but Aaron finds himself wanting to spend as much time as possible with her and while yes he’d like to bed her, he’d like to know her as well. They really do have an impossible situation with Aaron returning to the states soon and Naomi still trying to sort out her life post breakup. I loved how easily they were able to share with each other, things they hadn’t shared with anyone else. There was a real feeling of friendship and rightness about the time they spent together and the kisses….whoa, they would melt your butter in no time flat. While at first Naomi thought Aaron was just like her ex, I like that she began to see him for the genuine person he was. Aaron was equally fantastic with his support of Naomi’s profession and what she wanted out of life. A sweet and sassy love story that I know I’ll read again. An Officer and a Rebel by Cindi Madsen 4.5 stars It’s so hard not t enjoy an opposites attract story and that describes An Officer and a Rebel perfectly. On her way to see her Mom for the Christmas holidays Kelsey decides to swing through the town she spent quite a bit of her youth in; a town she felt smothered in, a town she couldn’t wait to leave, a town she loved to shock, but a town that also felt like home. When she wrecks her car trying to avoid a deer in the road, she never expects to be rescued by a cop and certainly not her ex-boyfriend’s older brother, Nate. With a storm approaching and accommodations limited, Kelsey finds herself accepting shelter from Nate even though she knows it’s not a good idea given the sizzle she feels around him. Nate is an always do the right thing kind of guy and even though he felt something for Kelsey way back when his brother was dating her, he never acted on it and won’t now because of their history. But one kiss and a game of quarters leads to some pretty interesting revelations and the sparks turn into a burning hot flame. I loved watching these two get to know each other as adults, seeing a different side of each other. Yes, their relationship moved fast but yet it didn’t feel rushed, it just felt right. I love that they both accepted the other flaws and all and didn’t let the past affect their future. A great holiday story with a spectacular New Year’s Eve surprise. Saving the Sheriff by Roxanne Snopek 4.5 stars Two lonely strangers meet during a fierce storm, one doing something slightly illegal and the other the town’s sheriff ranch-sitting for friends making Saving the Sheriff an entertaining and sensual holiday story. I really loved these characters; Red LeClair a sheriff trying to get over his divorce and fit in to his new life and Frankie Sylva a traveling teacher and rescuer of mistreated animals. Even when they weren’t sure they could trust one another, there was this underlying sense of rightness between them. I loved the silly songs they made up to the tune of Christmas carols, the way they both stood up for one another, and the joy they got just from being together in adverse conditions. Working side by side to keep the ranch going and the animals safe, they build trust and begin to realize how much they enjoy each other’s company. This is absolutely a feel good story and when you add in the zany secondary characters, I can’t help but smile when I think about this story. Flirty, crazy, and sexy Saving the Sheriff is a holiday treat!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kinship Press

    Originally reviewed on These Pretty Words. I was really excited to read the Stranded with a Hero anthology. A handful of romantic, snow filled stories? Sounds perfect to this Minnesota gal! I will say that anthologies are a tricky thing. Most often I find that I’ll love one story, like one or two, and not be a fan of at least one and once again, I found that to be true. The first story of the anthology, Loving Mindy, was cute and sweet. Mindy in unexpectedly spending Christmas alone after her ex-h Originally reviewed on These Pretty Words. I was really excited to read the Stranded with a Hero anthology. A handful of romantic, snow filled stories? Sounds perfect to this Minnesota gal! I will say that anthologies are a tricky thing. Most often I find that I’ll love one story, like one or two, and not be a fan of at least one and once again, I found that to be true. The first story of the anthology, Loving Mindy, was cute and sweet. Mindy in unexpectedly spending Christmas alone after her ex-husband sweeps their kids away for a surprise trip to Hawaii to celebrate with him and witness his marriage, even though it was technically Mindy’s year to have Christmas with the boys. Josh is driving past Mindy’s house when he swerves to avoid hitting her cat and ends up stuck in the ditch. Josh and Mindy have known each other since childhood and once upon a time were best friends. That all came to an end when Josh confessed his feelings for her in high school only for Mindy to reject him in favor of her now-ex-husband. Getting stranded together in a snowstorm for a few days gives them plenty of time to hash out the past and work toward rebuilding their friendship and building on those feelings that never quite went away. Josh and Mindy were sweet and once they made it out of the house, the supporting cast was fun and made me excited to read more about them in the authors other full length stories in the series. Next up was White-Hot Holiday, which pairs up workaholic, Scrooge-in-training Aaron with full-of-Christmas-Cheer, Naomi. When his boss orders him to take some vacation time, Aaron travels to Australia to visit old school chum, Luke for a couple weeks leading up to Christmas. While there, he meets Luke’s niece, Naomi, who’s bunking down with Luke and his family after a bad breakup. Aaron’s cynical about Christmas after some past bad experiences and feeling forced into family revelry every year with his family. Naomi loves Christmas and is determined not to let Aaron’s bad attitude get her down. This one started a little slow for me but by the end I was in love. I thought these two were really cute together and I absolutely loved how Aaron’s walls kept getting chipped away little by little as he started feeling the Christmas spirit. The last few chapters and the epilogue are so adorable and really make the whole story shine. The third story, An Officer and a Rebel, was by far my favorite. I’ve read a few things by Cindi Madsen at this point and really like her style and characterizations. I was a little apprehensive after reading the summary – wild girl with tattoos and purple streaks in her hair? Not necessarily a heroine I relate to. On a nostalgic impulse, Kelsey decides to drive through her teenage hometown of Marion, NC on her way to visit her mom for Christmas. Unfortunately her impulse gets her stuck in a snowbank in the middle of a snowstorm, only to be rescued by Nate, her teenage boyfriend’s older brother. Kelsey had never been one to fit in, and Nate had always been one to follow the rules. Kelsey always thought he disapproved of her, when in reality, Nate had always had a secret crush on her. Being the eternal “good guy”, he’d never act on it out of respect for his brother. But a few after a few days alone, Kelsey proves to be a temptation he can’t resist. Nate is just about the sweetest guy ever and I loved how his serious nature gave way to a fun sense of humor. While Kelsey is impulsive and rebellious, she’s also kind hearted, sweet and is clearly yearning to settle down, just in her own way. I love how these two balance each other and bring out the best in each other. As short as the story was, it was so jam packed that I didn’t feel like it was a novella. A bag of chocolate chips might just be the most romantic gesture I’ve read in a while! I had a tough time with the final story, Saving the Sheriff. Red is housesitting his friend’s ranch over Christmas. While out feeding livestock before a major winter storm hits, he comes across a trespasser in Elves clothing. Frankie made it her mission to free the reindeer/elk/caribou from her seasonal Santa’s Helper job. After hijacking the trailer, she drove it out to Three River Ranch, after reading online that it was a reserve for wildlife. From very early on I just didn’t like Frankie. I know she was supposed to come across as a passionate crusader, but I found her flaky and annoying. I actually liked Red, but couldn’t appreciate him once Frankie entered the picture and overshadowed him. The way Frankie teased him came across less as flirtatious and more as condescending. Even when we learned that it was probably justified for Frankie to try and save the reindeer/elk/caribou, the way she went about it was so flawed that I couldn’t find anything good about her actions. The writing itself was fine and it’s very possible another reader will enjoy this one but I just couldn’t get past my distaste for the leading lady. The anthology as a whole was cute and got me in the mood for sitting by the fireplace with some cocoa while the snow falls outside…which is a good thing because I think I saw some flurries this morning! Happy (and warm) reading!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Melody May (What I'm Reading)

    Posted on What I'm Reading Rating 4 1/2 In Stranded with a Hero, we have four authors that are showcasing a Christmas novella that coordinate with there Bliss series books. So, let get started. Loving Mindy Karen Erickson This novella is part of the A Lone Pine Lake stories. In the previous books you actually meet Mindy, and she's stuck in a pretty crappy marriage. By the time we get to Loving Mindy, Mindy is divorce from the douche bag Marty. Now she's spending Christmas alone, because Marty is too Posted on What I'm Reading Rating 4 1/2 In Stranded with a Hero, we have four authors that are showcasing a Christmas novella that coordinate with there Bliss series books. So, let get started. Loving Mindy Karen Erickson This novella is part of the A Lone Pine Lake stories. In the previous books you actually meet Mindy, and she's stuck in a pretty crappy marriage. By the time we get to Loving Mindy, Mindy is divorce from the douche bag Marty. Now she's spending Christmas alone, because Marty is too selfish to give Mindy the kids for Christmas. I really liked the story, because I felt bad for Mindy in the previous stories and I just wanted her happy. Now she gets her happy-ever-after in this story. I like Josh Powers, because he's always had a soft spot for Mindy and he was willing to take a chance even if he might get shot down again. So, getting stranded in a home can be a good thing. At least it worked for Josh and Mindy. I personally would like a part two to their story. White-Hot Holiday Coleen Kwan This story is part of Coleen's Real Men stories. Aaron Cade has a really crappy attitude towards Christmas, I would even say it borderlines Scrooge like qualities. Basically, he goes down to Australia for a few days before heading to his folks house. He ends delayed a little longer. In my opinion doesn't sound bad at all. While he's there he meets his friend's niece Naomi Spencer who has sworn off men. We all know how well this works in the end. Anyway, I really liked this story, because we watch Aaron rediscover that Christmas isn't all that bad and with the right girl you would do anything for her. I love how these two have chemistry, but try to stay away from each other. Honestly, I loved this novella, it had a conclusion. It was complete mini story. Yes, it was a quick read, but I believe Coleen tied it up real nicely and I don't have to wish for another story to see what happens next. So, this made me very happy. An Officer and a Rebel Cindi Madsen All right, I really enjoyed the story and thought this was super cute. Here's why: You have Nate Walsh a local sheriff who finds Kelsey Cooper and basically offers her a place to stay. Back in the day Kelsey dated Nate's younger brother, which marks her off limits. Of course, he kind of had feelings for her and he might still have feelings. Not that would be awkward or anything. However, they end up snowbound for a couple of days. Yes, an enjoyable read and pretty sweet story. Saving the Sheriff Roxanne Snopek This happens to be my favorite story out all of them. I have read all of Three River Ranch stories and I couldn't remember a Sheriff Red LeClair. I even went back to see if he was in the other stories, by the way he's not, so if you haven't read any of the other stories you would be fine just reading this story as a stand alone novella. So, Roxanne introduces a couple of new characters that develop a budding romance while stuck in a blizzard. First off, Red and Frankie's story had me cracking up. You have Red who is basically picking up the pieces from his divorce and he meets Frankie who is like the eternal optimist. She is bubbling over with happy vibes and she's not going to let any get her down even the grumpy sheriff. Plus, there are quite of bit one liners in the story that had me in a stitch. This story will leave with that warm fuzzy feeling. Overall, these ladies did a fantastic job with these novellas and they fit in well with their current series that coordinate. This would be a great way to sample each of their Bliss stories. As always, these stories will leave you with that happy endings and warm fuzzy feelings. So, if you are looking for that heart warming holiday read, you might want to checkout Stranded with a Hero. Copy provided by publisher

  13. 4 out of 5

    Heather Anne

    I received an eARC in exchange for an honest review. What would you do if you were stranded with a hero? With the holidays literally right around the corner, this Bliss anthology featuring short stories from four fabulous authors is sure to get you in the holiday spirit! This is just the kind of book to curl up by a warm fire with a nice cup of hot chocolate. Each of the four stories involves a couple stranded during the holidays and having to make the most of the situation they are in. The best pa I received an eARC in exchange for an honest review. What would you do if you were stranded with a hero? With the holidays literally right around the corner, this Bliss anthology featuring short stories from four fabulous authors is sure to get you in the holiday spirit! This is just the kind of book to curl up by a warm fire with a nice cup of hot chocolate. Each of the four stories involves a couple stranded during the holidays and having to make the most of the situation they are in. The best part is, is that each author puts a different spin on their individual stories making the reader engaged in each and every one. I just loved these short stores and can’t pick just one as my favorite! Nothings worse than having to spend Christmas without your kids, like in Karen Erikson’s story, but her main character, Mindy makes the most of it when she finds herself stuck in a blizzard with Josh. At least she has someone to keep her warm. ;) Take a journey down under for the holidays in Coleen Kwan’s story! Who wouldn’t want to spend the holidays somewhere warm, especially if you live somewhere cold. Cindi Madsen introduces us to Kelsey who accidentally returns to Marion and finds herself in need of a rescue by none other than Nate who just so happens to be her ex-boyfriends older brother. Hmmmm….makes for an interesting story now does it? :) For me, this one definitely put a spin to a holiday story! Finally, Roxanne Snopek takes us back to one of my favorite places – Three Rivers Ranch! This quirky holiday story that involves the town Sheriff and an Elf (?!?) Tables turn for the Sheriff when he ends up being the one needing a rescue. This is just the book to get you in the holiday spirit and it sets the mood for a romantic holiday season.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Michel Reinhard (Saucy Southern Readers)

    ARC provided by the Publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Stranded With A Hero is the perfect romantic Christmas read to get you into the holiday spirit. The anthology, consisting of four novellas, is the perfect read in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Stranded With A Hero will boost your Christmas cheer and heat up the holidays. These novellas were amazingly written. Each is part of a series by these authors, but can be read as a stand alone. I loved each s ARC provided by the Publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Stranded With A Hero is the perfect romantic Christmas read to get you into the holiday spirit. The anthology, consisting of four novellas, is the perfect read in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Stranded With A Hero will boost your Christmas cheer and heat up the holidays. These novellas were amazingly written. Each is part of a series by these authors, but can be read as a stand alone. I loved each story contributed. All the stories draw the reader in and get them hooked. For short stories, each and every one of them was very entertaining, romantic, sexy, and packed full of heart felt emotions. Stranded With A Hero is an anthology not to miss this holiday season. My favorite story of this collection was Loving Mindy, by Karen Erickson (aka Monica Murphy). She is an incredible writer. Her characters come to life and steal your heart. Their story is very realistic and it was wonderful to see them hash out their bad feelings toward one another and move on to a love they both deserve. I must say Cindi Madsen’s contribution, An Officer and A Rebel, had me laughing out loud. I love a story loaded with humor as well as romance. Roxanne Snopek and Coleen Kwan also penned amazing holiday romances. Stranded With A Hero is the perfect romantic Christmas collection. It will lift your spirit and make your holiday bright!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sienna Logan (Lost to Books)

    More reviews at http://losttobooks.blogspot.com 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 an More reviews at http://losttobooks.blogspot.com 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.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    I love reading novellas with stranded couples getting to know each other under weather related circumstances that force them to hole up and shut the world out and focus on each other. Four authors bring snowstorms as Mother Nature allows them to laugh, love and bond intimately and bring out the romance as they focus on each other. "White-Hot Holiday" was a fun read due to the setting being in New Zealand which has hot temperatures and a volcano eruption kept the hero stranded. "An Officer and a I love reading novellas with stranded couples getting to know each other under weather related circumstances that force them to hole up and shut the world out and focus on each other. Four authors bring snowstorms as Mother Nature allows them to laugh, love and bond intimately and bring out the romance as they focus on each other. "White-Hot Holiday" was a fun read due to the setting being in New Zealand which has hot temperatures and a volcano eruption kept the hero stranded. "An Officer and a Rebel" was my favorite as a law enforcement officer rescues a damsel in distress during a snow storm and takes her home with him. "Saving the Sheriff" was a tender tale of an animal lover and a sheriff trying to figure out the best of their situation during their forced sharing of a house. "Loving Mindy" brings ex-best friends together to reconnect and capture a new spark of love and forgiveness as they find their way to each other again. This book was supplied to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Leigh Collazo

    These four novellas aren't going to change the world. They aren't something I'll remember a year from now. They are a little sappy and a lot cliche. If you are looking for something high in literary merit and political cachet, you'll want to stay away from Stranded With A Hero. Go for Killing Kennedy by Bill O'Reilly instead. But if you want something sweet to cozy up with on a cold, snowy night, Stranded With A Hero is a great choice. Of the four stories, I liked Loving Mindy (the first one) the These four novellas aren't going to change the world. They aren't something I'll remember a year from now. They are a little sappy and a lot cliche. If you are looking for something high in literary merit and political cachet, you'll want to stay away from Stranded With A Hero. Go for Killing Kennedy by Bill O'Reilly instead. But if you want something sweet to cozy up with on a cold, snowy night, Stranded With A Hero is a great choice. Of the four stories, I liked Loving Mindy (the first one) the best, followed by An Officer and A Rebel (the third one). All four are sweet enough to make my teeth hurt. They are light, easy reads that I like to call "literary mac-n-cheese." They aren't meant for a steady diet, but who doesn't enjoy some warm, gooey mac-n-cheese every now and then?

  18. 4 out of 5

    Snarky Mom

    STRANDED WITH A HERO is a 350 page, 4 story anthology, that sells for $2.99 at Amazon Kindle. This is an Entangled Bliss publishing house release and as usual, Entangled can be counted upon to put out a worthwhile read! The four stories in this anthology all feature a couple that is stranded at the holiday times… together… and learn how to get past different conflicts that keep them from being together. Past misunderstandings… person is sibling of a friend, etc… Let’s face it – Christmas stuff h STRANDED WITH A HERO is a 350 page, 4 story anthology, that sells for $2.99 at Amazon Kindle. This is an Entangled Bliss publishing house release and as usual, Entangled can be counted upon to put out a worthwhile read! The four stories in this anthology all feature a couple that is stranded at the holiday times… together… and learn how to get past different conflicts that keep them from being together. Past misunderstandings… person is sibling of a friend, etc… Let’s face it – Christmas stuff has been out in the stores since before Halloween – so why not allow this anthology to help you get in the mood for the upcoming holidays? These are all nicely paced, sweet holiday romances, that will make you hope for your very own snowstorm so you can cuddle up with your special someone, too!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shari

    Grab a cup of hot chocolate, a blanket and a roaring fire in the fireplace and you will have a perfect afternoon. This is four novellas with a person being stranded close to the Christmas holidays, with HEA. Each story will not disappoint you, each tied up with an epilogue. I now want to go back and read other stories by these authors. I received this book from the publisher for a honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Donnajo

    From publisher for a honest opinion Four wonderful short stories each a new to me author that I wil for sure add to my future list. Can't pick out on favorite. they are all wonderful with their own stranded storyline, Likable characters, great dialogue. I would for sure recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good group of short story holiday romances. From publisher for a honest opinion Four wonderful short stories each a new to me author that I wil for sure add to my future list. Can't pick out on favorite. they are all wonderful with their own stranded storyline, Likable characters, great dialogue. I would for sure recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good group of short story holiday romances.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alycia

    It's here!!! I love it! The Bliss Xmas anthology that features stories from some of your favorite authors! Each story has a couple stranded and stuck in close proximity for the holidays. :) It's here!!! I love it! The Bliss Xmas anthology that features stories from some of your favorite authors! Each story has a couple stranded and stuck in close proximity for the holidays. :)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    I dont usually like short stories but these were nice and timely, good to read round the christmas chores. Some nice stories and written by authors that I hope to indulge in a little more next year.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne Snopek

    Loved it... because my story is alongside Cindi Madsen, Karen Erickson and Coleen Kwan. Isn't that AWESOME? Loved it... because my story is alongside Cindi Madsen, Karen Erickson and Coleen Kwan. Isn't that AWESOME?

  24. 4 out of 5

    Casey

    Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick Stranded with a Hero is an anthology that contains four short novellas from some of the Bliss authors and series. I have really enjoyed reading some of these series, and I was really excited to see some more stories featuring some well known and loved characters and also some new characters. This anthology is all about Christmas novellas, and is just the thing to put you in the spirit of the holidays. I loved the sweet nature of these stories Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick Stranded with a Hero is an anthology that contains four short novellas from some of the Bliss authors and series. I have really enjoyed reading some of these series, and I was really excited to see some more stories featuring some well known and loved characters and also some new characters. This anthology is all about Christmas novellas, and is just the thing to put you in the spirit of the holidays. I loved the sweet nature of these stories, and this anthology is definitely a fun read to curl up with on a cold winter night. Loving Mindy - Karen Erickson Rating: 4 Stars When Mindy and her ex-best friend Josh get snowed in together, they both agree that it is best to put their past behind them. They haven't spoken in years, but they decide that this is the best way for them to move forward and rekindle the friendship they once shared. But as they spend time together and get to know each other as the adults they are now, the quickly realize that the feelings they once had for each other never went away. I really liked Mindy from the previous two books in Karen Erickson's Lone Pine Lake series and was excited to get her story. We have seen her sort of struggle in the past with the demise of her marriage and the fallout because of her husband cheating on her. So I knew that there had to be someone for her, and I was really glad that she ended up with Josh. Mindy is a very strong woman and very committed to her two boys. I loved how much she cares about them and you can see how important they are to her. I liked Josh also. He was a great guy and I loved that he knew Mindy so well despite all the years that had passed since they were close. He seemed to be the perfect balance for Mindy and they were really cute together. Normally with novellas I have a problem with them being too short and feeling as though the reader never gets a chance to really get to know the characters or their story. They often just feel rushed to me, but that wasn't the case with Loving Mindy. I thought that this was a great story despite the short length and I really felt that Mindy and Josh were believable and real. Their story was a cute and sweet quick read that I really enjoyed. This novella is a great addition to the Lone Pine Lake Series, and I recommend that you check this series out if you haven't already. White-Hot Holiday - Coleen Kwan Rating: 3 Stars Naomi has just moved back home and is throwing herself into getting ready for Christmas. She is still hurting from a bad break-up and has no intention of getting involved with anyone anytime soon. Especially not her Uncle's best friend who just so happens to be very similar to her ex. He is good looking, wealthy and confident to the point of being cocky. But due to a volcano grounding his return flight to the states, he ends up being unable to return home for Christmas. As Naomi and Aaron begin to spend more time together, Naomi quickly realizes that she might have misjudged Aaron. But with them living in different countries and only knowing each other for a short amount of time, can they have anything more than a quick fling? Or will their connection be enough for them to risk their hearts for more? I really liked Aaron. Despite his downer attitude when it came to Christmas, he was a really great guy! I loved how even though he didn't like Christmas he was always helping Naomi out when it came to stuff she was wanting to do. He was sweet and it was really nice to see him start to open up as the story progressed. I liked that he was a better person because of his time with Naomi, and by the end of the story he had turned into this really thoughtful guy who instead of just showing up out of obligation had started actually getting into the spirit of the holiday. I had some issues with Naomi, but for the most part I liked her. I thought that she was a little hard on Aaron at first and seemed to be pretty harsh with her comparisons to her ex. She seemed to jump to all sorts of conclusions based on his wealth, and that sort of made me have a hard time connecting with her. Then she continued to push Aaron away constantly, but several times she would do this right after flirting with him or acting as though she was interested. Her hot and cold temperament just didn't really work for me, and I started to get pretty frustrated with her mixed signals. I wish that Aaron and Naomi's relationship would have grown over a longer period of time, the week that they spent getting to know each other for the first time until really developing feelings for each other just felt extremely rushed to me. I think that because it was so short of a novella, and actual time period of the story just really didn't allow me to truly buy into their feelings for each other beyond the superficial. I did like that the author gave us the time jump at the end of the story to see how their story ended up, and I also liked how their novella ended. I think that this one was a nice holiday read and a good addition to the Real Men Series, and it was fun to see some of the characters from the previous books. An Officer and a Rebel - Cindi Madsen Rating: 4 Stars After crashing her car in order to avoid hitting a deer, Kelsey is stuck in the small town she once left behind. Rather than spending Christmas with her mom, she ends up getting rescued by her ex boyfriend's brother Nate. Nate can't believe that Kelsey the town rebel and and his brother's ex has come crashing into town. He might have acted like he was ignoring her all those years ago, but he was just trying to hide his true feelings for her. Now that she is back all these years later though, he can't help but feel as though things could be different this time. The more time that they are trapped together, the more they get to know each other. Besides the attraction between them, they find out that they are also compatible when it comes to almost everything else. But with them living in different cities, can they figure out a way to make a relationship work between them? I really liked Nate and Kelsey. Nate was a really great guy. He was responsible and thoughtful, and always looking out for others. It was nice to see him sort of loosen up with Kelsey though. I really liked how she brought out this whole other playful and fun side of him. It was nice to see him going after what he wanted after everything he had done for others. Kelsey was fun and quirky. I loved that she wasn't your typical heroine, and she wasn't afraid to be who she was. I liked that she was able to really bring out the other facets of Nate's personality, and even though they were different they worked well together. I also really liked that although she was nervous about what Nate's family would think of her that she didn't let that stop her from being with Nate. It showed just how much she really cared for him. I thought that Nate and Kelsey had a lot of chemistry, and although we didn't get a ton of steam, you could definitely feel the connection they had to each other on every level. This one was a great holiday novella and was a lot of fun to read. I think this was a wonderful addition to Cindi Madsen's Accidentally In Love Series. Saving the Sheriff - Roxanne Snopek Rating: 2 Stars While on winter break from teaching, Frankie Sylva makes it her mission to rescue some reindeer that are being used in a holiday show. Before the reindeer can be hauled off the the slaughter house, Frankie borrows her bosses truck and trailer and dumps the reindeer off at a local wild mustang sanctuary. But with a huge storm also happening she ends up getting stranded and is discovered by sheriff Red LeClair. He is instantly suspicious of what she is doing and decides to hold onto her keys and boots until he can figure out what is really going on. But as they spend time together while stuck in the storm, they begin to realize that not only are the attracted to one another but they are also developing feelings for one another. Can Frankie help Red get over his broken heart and rescue him from the lonely life he has been living? Or will their differences keep them from pursuing a relationship together? I liked Red. I thought that his character was great. I could tell that he was a really great guy right off. Roxanne Snopek did a great job of allowing the reader to see how he had been hurt and was vulnerable from the demise of his marriage. I thought that Frankie was fun and definitely committed to her cause of helping out animals. But I just didn't connect with her character at all. I thought that she was a little over the top for my taste and she just came off as immature to me. I know her heart was in the right place, but it was hard for me to get over how irresponsible it was for her to go about stealing the animals without even knowing what exact animal they were or how/where to properly take care of them. I understood that she was trying to save their lives, but I just thought that her actions were pretty ridiculous even for a story. I did however like that she brought a lightness to Red that he had been missing, and I thought that they were a good balance for each other. Although their witty and original takes on some classic carols were at times funny, they were also a bit much at others. I have not read any of the other books in the Three River Ranch series by Roxanne Snopek, but I think that fans of the series will enjoy this short holiday novella. Overall Overall, I mostly enjoyed these stories and even though they were short in length I thought that they were great additions to each of their series. I have to say my favorites were Loving Mindy and An Officer and A Rebel though. I thought that they both really stood out and they definitely made me want to grab some hot chocolate and start playing Christmas music. If you are a contemporary romance fan or a fan of these Bliss authors, this is definitely one you will want to check out, especially if you are looking for some holiday spirit. **ARC provided by Publisher**

  25. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    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 Three stars. I have recently read some of Coleen Kwan's Accidentally in Love novels and this was the main reason I bought the anthology. TBH, by the time I got around to readi 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 Three stars. I have recently read some of Coleen Kwan's Accidentally in Love novels and this was the main reason I bought the anthology. TBH, by the time I got around to reading the anthology I had forgotten why I bought it and I was probably half way through this before I realised that it was part of the series and who everyone is. Quick recap. Luke Maguire was the writer suffering from writer's block in Real Men Don't Quit who falls for the single mother next door. In this novella Luke invites his old college buddy Aaron to spend a few days with them just before Christmas. Aaron is from New York and is travelling. Luke's niece (daughter of his bossy older sister Helen) has just returned from living in London with her ex-boyfriend and is staying with Luke and Tyler and working in the cafe cum gift shop with Tyler. Naomi is all about Christmas, she loves every part of it and loves spending it with her family. Aaron on the other hand hates being forced to spend Christmas with his family in small town Mecklenberg (sp?), wearing Christmas jumpers, eating turkey etc, etc. Of course the two of them don't get along from the first moment when Aaron flattens Naomi's mini fir trees with his flashy rented Porsche. Neither of them can deny the sparks between them but Aaron reminds Naomi too much of her ex, with his flashy car, big salary and living overseas. For his part, how can Aaron get involved with his best friend's niece? This was perfectly pleasant, I am not a huge fan of Christmas novellas (especially in May) and I found this to be a bit light - I know it's a novella but I didn't really feel I got to understand either Aaron or Naomi and some of her thought processes (she only agrees to sleep with him when she thinks he is leaving the next day - when his plane is grounded by a volcano she starts avoiding him!) were a little unusual. I also felt the end suggested that Naomi had caved on her reason for not getting involved with Aaron in the first place(view spoiler)[, that she wouldn't move abroad to be with a man again, she was concentrating on her own career and wanted to be near her family (hide spoiler)] . An Officer and a Rebel by Cindi Madsen I read this as a stand-alone novella in Christmas 2014 and gave it three stars. A short sweet holiday romance about the local town cop and the bad girl his brother dated in high school. Kelsey was always the bad girl in town but she had a deep love of the place anyway. Driving through on her way to see her mother for Christmas she swerves to avoid a deer and crashes her car. Nate is the older brother of her high school boyfriend. He always liked Kelsey with her tattoos and wild hair colours. When he fishes her out of her car he offers to let her stay with him. But can a romance between a small town cop, who needs to take over his Daddy's farm one day, and a city girl ever work? Well it's Christmas - what do you think? 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.

  26. 5 out of 5

    CL

    Received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review 2.5* Loving Mindy by Karen Erickson 2* White-Hot Holiday by Coleen Kwan 2* An Officer and a Rebel by Cindi Madsen 3* Saving the Sheriff by Roxanne Snopek 3* I usually love the books in Entangled Bliss's series so I was disappointed that this anthology didn't live up to expectations. Unfortunately the characters just failed to make me feel anything except mild irritation and I think the 'strangers-to-marriage-in-a-few-days' arc is just a tad Received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review 2.5* Loving Mindy by Karen Erickson 2* White-Hot Holiday by Coleen Kwan 2* An Officer and a Rebel by Cindi Madsen 3* Saving the Sheriff by Roxanne Snopek 3* I usually love the books in Entangled Bliss's series so I was disappointed that this anthology didn't live up to expectations. Unfortunately the characters just failed to make me feel anything except mild irritation and I think the 'strangers-to-marriage-in-a-few-days' arc is just a tad unbelievable in the majority of cases.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Yazmin

    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 McKenzie Fenton and Josh Powers grew up together and were best friends. But the day she broke his heart they were unable to be friends any more. They have both moved on with their lives, but they have been able to keep track of each other through their friends and family. Read More... 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 McKenzie Fenton and Josh Powers grew up together and were best friends. But the day she broke his heart they were unable to be friends any more. They have both moved on with their lives, but they have been able to keep track of each other through their friends and family. Read More...

  28. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    As a fan of Karen Erickson's and Cindi Madsen's books, I thought I would enjoy this Christmas anthology and sure enough I did. How could you go wrong with four short Christmas novellas filled with fun, sweet story lines and stranded couples who are likeable characters? I would definitely recommend this anthology to anyone looking for a Christmas read filled with tons of holiday cheer! Thank you, Entangled Publishing via NetGalley for providing this ARC for review purposes. As a fan of Karen Erickson's and Cindi Madsen's books, I thought I would enjoy this Christmas anthology and sure enough I did. How could you go wrong with four short Christmas novellas filled with fun, sweet story lines and stranded couples who are likeable characters? I would definitely recommend this anthology to anyone looking for a Christmas read filled with tons of holiday cheer! Thank you, Entangled Publishing via NetGalley for providing this ARC for review purposes.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Peni

    Read: Roxanne Snopek story. Excellent story. This is a novella for the Three River Ranch series and fit in as 3.5. As I have been reading the series (recommended but not necessary) I have come to feel more of a vested interest in the protection of the wildlife around us. I love it when I am able to learn something while I enjoy a good story. WTG Ms. Snopek. I highly recommend this sweet love story both set alone and the series as a whole.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I really enjoyed the Coleen Kwan story and the Cindi Madsen story and would give them 4 stars. The characters were believable and the Christmas aspect of the stories really flowed well. The rest I could not really get into and would only give 2 stars it was slow paced and quite boring which is suprising considering the fact they were short stories! Overall I give it 3 stars.

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