Review: Red Hot Holiday (Red Hot Holiday) by Anne Calhoun, K.A. Mitchell, Leah Braemel and Angela James (Editor)

Red Hot Holiday

  • By Annie Calhoun, K.A. Mitchell, Leah Braemel, Angela James (Editor)
  • Editions: ebook
  • Expected publication December 3rd 2012 by Carina Press
  • Genre: Adult Contemporary / Romance {hot}
  • Source: NetGalley
  • I’ll be home for Christmas…to fulfill all your dreams.

    This holiday, a Mountie is determined to get her man. A widow finds a fireman who ignites her passions again. And two men unsure of their commitment discover a happily ever after—and a blindfold—under their tree. No matter your desires, this collection of three shorts is bound to treat you to all the joys of the season.

    Edited by Angela James, this anthology includes:

    I Need You for Christmas by Leah Braemel
    Breath on Embers by Annie Calhoun
    Wish List by K.A. Mitchell

    99,000 words
    ~ Goodreads

  • Bomy’s Flutter: good read, diverse and hot
  • Before we begin, let me confess that I have the absolute worst headache ever. It’s like a pack of rhinos is having wild monkey smex on the top of my head. Now that I’ve enriched you with that visual, let’s talk about this anthology.

    I’ll begin by saying this anthology is one of my absolute favorites because of its diversity, not only in couples but also in themes. We’ve got reinventing and reaffirming love, conquers-all sweet and spicy love, burning-hot and healing love. I have to admit that for holiday reading I tend to prefer the contemporary stories, there’s just something about the magic of holidays that tends to take over the show.
    Since you can get the stories on their own too, I’ll give you a rundown of each, without spoiling the reads, of course.

    Wish List by K.A. Mitchell is a story about a m/m couple, Jonah and Evan. Their relationship and chemistry had something of an odd vibe, it began by seeming this sweet sort of wonderful thing and developed into something more curious. I can say that it developed and so did they as the story progressed, but the scenario is something of a surprising one: the two lovers actually rediscover each other and add some sumthin-sumthin to their relationship.
    The story isn’t a transparent happily ever after, it’s a more realistic view on people and their dynamics, and it does end in a happy (and spicy) note.
    I had mixed feelings about it, because it felt like there was a lot going on there couple-wise and the length of the story might make it somewhat difficult to adjust to. I would have loved to read this story in a more developed, novella/novel format, the angle was very interesting to explore. I enjoyed it, but I’ll admit my favorite of this anthology was another.

    I Need You for Christmas by Leah Braemel told the story of an interesting mix, sweet love with a side of spice. Meg and Ryan felt well developed, I loved how Meg wore all the different layers of her personality and how dedicated and focused Ryan was. They had good chemistry and this really giving kind of love, it was really touching without becoming too much. It was sort of funny how both of them were trying to give maybe too much, if ever there’d be something like an over-giving nature they’d be that, both of them.
    This was a cool mix of sweet, spicy and touching and I had a good time reading it, but this wasn’t my favorite of the anthology either.

    Breath on Embers by Annie Calhoun was my favorite. Thea and Ronan had that kind of chemistry and relationship that I completely and totally love, the intense, almost overpowering kind of connection that makes all the important choices for your heart. This was the irresistible kind of connection, both for the characters and for me as a reader.
    It was also a story about the beautifully healing power of love, aside all the smoking hot spicy flair of it all. Thea was complex, the kind of woman it’s utterly easy to get lost into, and she found herself the best kind of man, the unrelenting hero. Plus he’s a firefighter, now I dunno about you guys, but I have a thing for uniforms in general, and firefighters are a beautiful example. I loved feeling the effect they had on each other, the way they gravitated towards one another.
    Looking up Annie Calhoun was an imperative.

    An awesome collection, all in all, and I do recommend it warmly if you’re looking for a hot holiday. 😀


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