Monday, November 3, 2014

Jingle Spells-Vicki Lewis Thompson,

Jingle Spells
Vicki Lewis Thompson, Rhonda Nelson, Kira Sinclair and Andrea Laurence
Harlequin Nocturne, Nov 1 2014, $5.75
ISBN: 9780373009329

“Naughty or Nice?” by Vicki Lewis Thompson.  At Evergreen Industries in Gingerbread, Colorado, CEO Cole informs his siblings that they were hacked by his former college girlfriend Taryn.  He flies to Seattle to persuade the woman he loves to join the firm to strengthen security. 

“She’s A Mean One” by Rhonda Nelson.  On a talk show Ethan watches his archenemy Lark telling parents to be honest with their kids that there is no Santa.  He counters with allowing children to indulge in a harmless fantasy that leaves a lifetime of warm memories.  She may be a female Grinch, but he wants her to be his Grinch. 

“His First Noelle” by Kira Sinclair.  Although she temporarily replaces her dad as Evergreen security chief while he recovers from surgery, Noelle feels like an outsider as her mom belongs to a different clan.  Still in love with Dash who broke her heart; she informs him Kris, suffering from marital problems, wants to use the Corvette instead of a sled.  Dash believes Mrs. Claus will leave Kris just like Noelle walked out on him several years ago.  They work together to make a convertible fly.

“Silver Belle” by Andrea Laurence.  With seven days to Christmas, Belle lost her holiday spirit.  Her only joy is her secret (from her older brothers) relationship with Nick, but bittersweet she knows she must fire her beloved and erase his memories.

This is a charming lighthearted holiday romance anthology.  The keys are technology and magic blend nicely together; the authors insure the siblings consistently keep their personalities throughout the interrelated collection; and cocoa will never seem the same.

Harriet Klausner

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