Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Review ~ All I'm Asking For by Brighton Walsh, Christi Barth, Kat Latham

Put love on your wish list

This Christmas, the producer of a small town holiday spectacular is swept away by a handsome Hollywood director. Being stranded in a snowstorm offers a couple a second chance at a future together. And an American in London helps a brooding Brit put the ghosts of Christmas past behind him.

Wherever you are, however you celebrate, this collection of three festive novellas will bring warmth to your holiday season.
All I’m Asking for is a series of short stories Tinsel My Heart by Christi Barth, Season of Second Chances by Brighton Walsh, and Mine Under the Mistletoe by Kat Latham. Ordinarily, I love stories centered around the holidays, but this anthology, though each were interesting in their own ways, was lack luster overall.  Overall, this is a cute set of stories and each on its own is worth picking up for a few minutes.  Most books that I read draw me into their worlds, wishing for more.  With these I was wondering how much longer they would last, and not in a good way.  Were they worth picking up? Yes, but have a cup of caffeine at your side and don’t read these when you’re tired unless you want to fall asleep.

Tinsel My Heart, my favorite of this trio, is about Jack and Becca.  They grew up together doing school/community theatre with their friend Ty.  Jack and Ty moved to Hollywood to become movie directors/directors leaving Becca behind to care for Gran and do local theatre.  Ty and Becca were high school sweethearts though Becca and Jack had crushes on each other back then. 

Though corny in its premise, this story drew me in like neither of the other two.  I cared about the characters, even rooting for their play to do well.  There were definite “Awwww!” moments in this story and I would recommend it as a stand alone or with Season of Second Chances.

Season of Second Chances is about two former lovers who meet at the airport when their flights are cancelled due to inclement weather.  Logan offers Claire a place to stay until the weather clears and she can get a flight out of town.  A short time together and they are stepping on toes catching up before falling straight into bed.

There is some good character development in this story and the author does get you to care about the characters.  Logan’s daughter is a nice addition to the story, showing what a good match, even family they make together.  Like it had been when they were together before, Claire discovers everything else is second place to his work and leaves to go home.  Logan, with a little help from Claire’s sister, gets a reality/priority check and goes chasing after her. 

Mine Under the Mistletoe is a story about two strangers who traded houses for the holidays but due to the weather flights were cancelled and they ended up spending their Christmas vacations together. Ashley is a English teacher from San Diego who took a vacation to London for a chance to experience Christmas the way it was “meant to be.” Ollie is an educational software designer who is running away to San Diego from Christmas.

This unlikely pair has a few ups and downs as we discover that Ollie is a modern day Grinch and why – that this is his first Christmas without his sister who died last year Boxing Day or the day after Christmas.  That Christmas means so much to Ashley due to her connection with her mom who died a few years ago. 

The ending is cute, and I loved the descriptions of the panto. The story was very slow to build and didn’t draw me in though.
Disclosure: This ebook was provided to BBMoreB free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

The Magic of the season has thrown them back together, and Logan's not going to pass up the opportunity for a second chance with Claire.

Author Info – Brighton Walsh
Brighton Walsh is a storyteller at heart. Whether through words or pictures, she's been weaving tales for as long as she can remember. After decades of cultivating her writing, she finally decided to give life to the voices in her head and set forth to write her first novella.

Love is her first love, and writing about it is a dream come true. When she's not overwhelmed by the incessant chatter in her mind, she can generally be found with her nose buried in a steamy book or partaking in some retail therapy. The setting of her life story takes place in the Midwest, characters including her very own real life hero she found in her supportive and swoony husband, and her two energetic kids who (fortunately) know nothing about the naughty things she puts down on paper.

Twitter: @WriteAsRain_
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brightonwalshwrites
Website: http://www.brightonwalsh.com/

Ashley's plan to spend Christmas in London did not include Oliver, the sexy British Stranger, but now she Can't help wondering if Santa delivered early...

Author Info – Kat Latham
Kat Latham writes sexy contemporary romance set all around the world. She’s a California girl who moved to Europe the day after graduating from UCLA, ditching her tank tops for raincoats. She spent several years teaching English in Prague followed by several more working for a humanitarian organization in London. She now lives with her British husband and baby girl in a small town in the rural Netherlands surrounded by miles and miles of green pasture, canals and Shetland ponies. Kat’s slowly adjusting to life in a place where bicycles and cows seem to outnumber people.

With degrees in English lit and human rights, she loves stories that reflect the humor and emotion of real life. Kat’s other career involves writing and editing for charities, and she’s had the privilege of traveling to Kenya, Ethiopia and India to write about the heroic people helping their communities survive disasters.

You can usually find Kat on her blog (katlatham.com), Twitter (@KatrinaLatham), Facebook (facebook.com/KatLathamRomance) and Goodreads. She hopes you’ll hang out with her there!

Twitter: @KatrinaLatham
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KatLathamRomance
Website: http://www.katlatham.com/

Becca and Jack discover that Christmas is about making each other's dreams come true, but will doing so destroy their chance at a Happily-ever-after together?

Author Info – Christi Barth
Christi Barth earned a Master’s degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage.

A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning.

Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes contemporary romance.

She is the award-winning author of the Aisle Bound series. Christi is President of the Maryland Romance Writers and lives in Maryland with her husband.

Twitter: @Christi_Barth
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/christibarthauthor
Website: http://www.christibarth.com

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