Friday, December 16, 2011

Book Review: Blackout At Christmas

Author: Beth Cornelison, Sharron McClellan, Jennifer Morey
Title: Blackout At Christmas
Publisher: Silhouette Romantic Suspense
Publish Date: Nov 2009
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb: 
During a Christmas Eve blizzard in Seattle, three couples find themselves in a citywide blackout...

"Stranded with the Bridesmaid" by Beth Cornelison

When their car skids off the road, the best man and bridesmaid are snowbound. While struggling to stay warm, they spend long hours getting to know each other in the most intimate ways....

"Santa Under Cover" by Sharron McClellan

On a trip to see Santa at the mall, the lights go out and a child goes missing. To stay alive, this couple must outsmart the Christmas bandits holding them hostage.

"Kiss Me on Christmas" by Jennifer Morey

Stuck at a coffee shop during the blackout, a man and a woman must share a hotel room for the night. Will this pair of opposites discover what they've been missing?

Review: The three stories in this collection are all winners as far as holiday short stories go. I really loved the last one "Kiss Me On Christmas." The only problem I had with this set of stories is that only one of them really fit the imprint that they were published under.

There was absolutely no suspense in the first and last stories. Santa Under Cover was the only one that had suspense, thus it was a little light on the romance. A nice trade off, as these short stories had everyone jumping into bed mere hours after they met!

Stranded With The Bridesmaid was cute, though the plot was a little bit cliche.  A bridesmaid and a groomsman stranded together...who would have thought they'd fall in love? This one could have been longer. There were things I really wanted to know about each character that were kind of left open, like who the Senator was that Zach worked for. (You get the impression that it might be his father but it is never told to you)

Santa Under Cover definitely had the suspense going on. A jewelry store robbery, a missing child and Christmas! Plus the hero is a hot guy in a Santa suit! What more can you ask for?

Kiss Me On Christmas is my favorite of the three. It centers around a coffee shop owner and guy who comes in with many many dates from an online dating service. The blizzard leaves them stranded and the resulting situation makes for a sweet and somewhat steamy read.

This isn't a perfect set of stories, but definitely a good holiday read!

Rating:  3 flowers


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