Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Review: Better Naughty Than Nice (anthology) by Vicki Lewis Thompson, Jill Shalvis, Rhonda Nelson

Title: Better Naughty Than Nice
Series: American Heroes: The Firefighters
Author: Vicki Lewis Thompson, Jill Shalvis, Rhonda Nelson
Read copy: eBook
Published: December 1, 2009
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 1426844387
ISBN-13: 9781426844386

Meet St. Nick's delightfully devilish brother, Damon Claus. He's about to prove to three unsuspecting couples that being naughty is much, much nicer...

No Mistletoe Required by Vicki Lewis Thompson

With Damon's sneaky help, Hayden Manchester and Riley Kinnard rekindle a long-running, very creative rivalry...that leaves them fighting over who's on top!

Her Secret Santa by Jill Shalvis

Workaholic Ally Dauer runs the local toy drive. Only when she discovers some very adult toys, firefighter Eddie Weston convinces her that the best gifts are meant to be shared....

Snug in His Bed by Rhonda Nelson

Viv Foster hates Christmas. Hank Bailey owns a Christmas tree farm. What could they possibly have in common? Sizzling sexual chemistry and, thanks to Damon, the opportunity to act on it. After all, it's the season of miracles...

My rating:

This was a quickie, light-weight Christmas-themed anthology with three hot little stories. Santa's younger brother, Damon Claus, is fed up with the whole Christmas cheer and decides to imbue the season to be jolly with a little naughtiness…His (un)fortunate victims are former high-school sweethearts that rekindle their flame thanks to some healthy Christmas decorations competition, an arson investigator and a firefighter joining forces to find the secret admirer that is sending her sex toys and porn flicks wrapped in naked Santa paper, and a woman who hates Christmas doing "time" at a tree farm for slugging a mall Santa for copping a feel that falls for the Christmas-loving tree farm owner.

What all three stories had in common was an emotionally scarred/insecure/challenged heroine finding the right guy that made the transition from skittish to totally, head-over-heels, starry-eyed in love.
Since everything happens in a span of a few days (if not hours), execution and style is everything to make is believable (and likable). Unfortunately the first two stories lacked in said execution – the second even more than the first. The real gem in this anthology was Rhonda Nelson's contribution with the Santa slugging woman finding her appreciation for Christmas, an addition to her family, and love on a tree farm.

Cute, quick, sweet and hot.

P.S. I wished one of the stories was about Damon Claus, Santa’s naughty little brother, but alas my wish didn’t come true. I would’ve loved to see him squirm receiving some of his own medicine.


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