In between reading some spooky Halloween books, I read another Christmas book. Twelve Nights of Christmas: A Holiday Anthology is filled with twelve short stories by multiple authors. An anthology can be tricky, because some stories can be better then others.
I loved what this anthology was for though and enjoyed myself while reading the stories. Today you can see what I thought of all twelve stories!
Christmas Whodunnit in Seaside Town’s Crime of Passion
I love the thought of all these random people getting fruitcake and falling in love. I am not sure if this is just a story or actually based on something that has happened. I will have to check that out.
December 25th: Scrooge You – MK Schiller
What a perfect way to start off this holiday anthology with A Christmas Carol retelling. We get the Boyfriend of Christmas Past and so on in this story.
Eva has a hard time with Christmas and during the story we learn why. I loved Jack right away, I mean who wouldn’t want a boyfriend that loves Christmas so much?!?
I loved the journey Eva goes on to realize it’s okay to open backup her heart and that she has more loved ones than she realizes!
December 26th: Unexpected Daddy – Gemma Brocato
I have to start off by saying I don’t like the word ‘engorged’ in romances, because it is anything but romantic.
Harper is back at her childhood home to settle her mother’s estate. Not something she expected to be doing the day after Christmas with her five year old. Running into her ex, who just happens to be Kai’s father but doesn’t know, definitely wasn’t on her to do list. Thanks to Braden’s mother, he never knew he had a son.
I loved how loving Braden and Harper are and I could definitely feel their connection. In all honesty though, I really dislike stories where a father doesn’t get to know he has a child. These just rub me the wrong way. On top of that, things went a bit too fast, even if these are happily ever after holiday stories.
December 27th: The Meant to be Girl – Tawdra Kandle
Ashley has built up her own styling studio and Zane just happens to walk in all stressed, because he needs a quick haircut. It’s clear that
they feel sometime of connection. If only Ashley wasn’t so focused on him maybe feeling something for his assistant she wouldn’t be so sure they didn’t belong together.
I loved the slowburn romance here and looking back at the moments before the reveal. It was nice reading a little romance about leading up to the feelings than them ending up in bed together.
December 28th: For One Night Only – Carrie Elks
Carys is food at number and her job had kept her busy over Christmas. Being single didn’t make this a big issue, except her family in Portland didn’t agree. Finally having time to go celebrate with the family, nothing goes right, or does it? She just happens to end up on a bus with Jesse and getting stranded at the rest stop with him.
I loved Jesse to be honest, he seemed so sweet. Carys being so careful and cautious needed these things to happen. She can’t always control everything. I loved the instant connection between the characters. That being said, there wasn’t enough to completely connect to. Ienjoued this story, but it’s not my favorite. I just love the message that love can be found in unexpected places.
December 29th: Best Friends for a Night – Alice Gaines
I can’t imagine going through what Hannah has gone through. Losing the love of your life to a suicide bomber when he was deployed. That id always awful, but close to the holidays doesn’t help any.
That’s where Steve comes in. He’s her husband’s best friend and he helps her through the anniversary of his death with beer, popcorn and funny movies. This year is different though. It’s clear there are feelings.
I love that Steve and Hannah can be there for each other. I love how this day is something they share together. I guess it was only a bit too predictable for me that he was in love with her for years. Other than that, definitely a story that warms the heart.
December 30th: Entwined – Kristi Rose
Cape Horn Falls sounds like the perfect scenic place to spend the holidays. And I would love to spend the day curled up near the fireplace that was described. The setting to this story is perfect!
Donovan didn’t have a great family, but found his very own growing up. His feelings for their daughter Bailey makes things complicated, because he doesn’t want lose them or his best friend Beau. Especially after his accident.
I loved this story, the setting, the characters, the atmosphere all fit together. I really hoped they would get their happily ever after. And it is a good sign that I would love to read more than just a novella! The only reason this didn’t get 5 stars was because at times it wasn’t clear what POV there was or it switched without warning in the middle of a chapter.
December 31st: Rekindled – Stacy Finz
What could be more awkward than spending New Year’s Even at a friend’s house with your ex? Getting stuck with said ex in an elevator for over an hour.
I was really afraid this story would be very predictable, but the elevator started working before Branna and Drex could let anything happen. The divorce hurt them both and it’s clear that seeing the other is bringing old feelings to the surface.
I really enjoyed the warm feeling I got from this story. Some time away from each other made it clear that they needed some changes, but the feelings were still very much there. New year, new chances. This was very well written!
January 1st: New Year’s Negotiation – Kate Allenton
Ben and Elizabeth have a past, so when he shows up drunk on New Year’s things don’t go as planned. An unexpected trip down memory lane make it clear that little misunderstandings have big consequences.
I loved this story and characters. Ben was funny and pushy and I just couldn’t help but smile. Another set of characters I wouldn’t mind reading more about!
January 2nd: Playing House – Kim Golden
Cassie is trying to move on from her divorce and going to her ex-husband’s engagement party isn’t on her list of things to do. Neither is her ex Michael showing up on her doorstep. This story proves that certain decisions really can take your life in an unexpected direction.
This was another romantic story. I loved that Michael showed up to see her and that it was still so clear there were feelings there. The snowstorm was the perfect weather to rediscover their romance. This story left a smile on my face.
January 3rd: Book of Love – CD Brennan
Mel has every bookworm’s dream, her own bookstore. The heavy winter weather isn’t helping business, but she is determined. Only her mailman is getting on her nerves. Instead of bringing everything inside he throws it in front of the door.
Nick was a soldier and now a mailman. The weather doesn’t do his arm any good, so if he had to go in and out of the cold it would be even worse.
Nick’s attraction for Mel surprises even him, but he can’t help it. So an alarm malfunction leaving them together for the night gives perfect timing.
I loved the setting once again and how even though Mel doesn’t like Nick she can’t avoid the attraction. I think the story went a bit slow at times, but was an enjoyable read.
January 4th: A Winter Wonderland – Rebecca Hunter
I loved how the fruitcake we read about plays a role in all twelve stories. The advice given with the package is a good one though “Enjoy the magic of Christmas and prepare to fall on love”.
If you love holiday romances and want to support a good cause, I definitely recommend this anthology!