Review: Naughty and Nice by Knox, O’Keefe, Sloane

Posted December 8, 2012 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 2 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Naughty and Nice by Knox, O’Keefe, SloaneNaughty & Nice by Molly O'Keefe, Ruthie Knox
Series: Crooked Creek Ranch #2.5
Published by Random House Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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four-stars

’Tis the season for romance with three original holiday-themed novellas! Unwrap this festive eBook bundle and discover why these authors are quickly becoming the biggest names in the genre. Ruthie Knox tells a heartwarming contemporary story of first loves given the gift of a second chance; Molly O’Keefe releases the ghosts of Christmas past with a prequel to her novel Crazy Thing Called Love; and Stefanie Sloane weaves an irresistible Regency tale of fiery passion that burns deep on a cold winter’s night.

ROOM AT THE INN
by Ruthie Knox

Carson Vance couldn’t wait to get out of Potter Falls, but now that he’s back to spend Christmas with his ailing father, he must face all the people he left behind . . . like Julie Long, whose heart he broke once upon a time. Now the proprietor of the local inn, Julie is a successful, seductive, independent woman—everything that Carson’s looking for. But despite several steamy encounters under the mistletoe, Julie refuses to believe in happily ever after. Now Carson must prove to Julie that he’s back for good—and that he wants her in his life for all the holidays to come.

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU
by Molly O’Keefe

Maddy Baumgarten and Billy Wilkins are spontaneous, in love, and prepared to elope the day after Christmas—that is, if Maddy’s family doesn’t throw a wrench in their plans. After all, Maddy’s barely out of high school and Billy’s a notorious bad boy. Maddy doesn’t care about Billy’s rough past—all she cares about is living in the here and now. But after Maddy’s mother stops speaking to her in protest, and a Christmas Eve heart-to-heart with her father leaves her with butterflies, Maddy starts to get cold feet. She loves Billy, but is she taking this big step too soon?

ROOM AT THE INN
by Ruthie Knox

After falling in love with Ruthie Knox’s other books, I knew I had to read Room at the Inn for a little holiday hotness and cheer.

I’m slowly getting into Contemporary Romance and Knox is one of the authors that is on my audio buy list for the genre. She knows how to write a story with heart. Her couples not only have hot sex but their is a real romance between them and a great plot in each of her books.

Room at the Inn is a great holiday romance where a couple that have been on and off over the last few years get a second chance to make it work. I love that Carson and Julie have always loved each other, even though they moved on after Carson left town they both pined for the other one.

Their love is true, it was just a case of wrong timing and both being scared of getting want they want out of life even if they weren’t sure what that was until now. They both had to do some growing up to realize that the other was their perfect future, no matter where they were.

The only reason Room at the Inn didn’t get a full 5 star rating is because I would have loved to have this story in a full length book.

Read by Jennifer 



ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU
by Molly O’Keefe
 

This is the backstory for Maddy and Billy’s upcoming story in the Crooked Creek series and it is really effective as a teaser. In Can’t Hurry Love, we discovered that they had a past and here we find out how they started as a couple. It’s short but packs a lot in a few pages. They were pretty well developed and also managed to steam it up without it feeling gratuitous. Theirs is not your typical holiday story but it captures the sentiments of the season. I’m hooked and cannot wait to read the next book.

 

 Read by Jonetta
 



About Molly O’Keefe

Molly O’Keefe has always known she wanted to be a writer (except when she wanted to be a florist or a chef and the brief period of time when she considered being a cowgirl). And once she got her hands on some romances, she knew exactly what she wanted to write.

She published her first Harlequin romance at age 25 and hasn’t looked back. She loves exploring every character’s road towards happily ever after.

Originally from a small town outside of Chicago, she went to university in St. Louis where she met and fell in love with the editor of her school newspaper. They followed each other around the world for several years and finally got married and settled down in Toronto, Ontario. They welcomed their son into their family in 2006, and their daughter in 2008. When she’s not at the park or cleaning up the toy room, Molly is working hard on her next novel, trying to exercise, stalking Tina Fey on the internet and dreaming of the day she can finish a cup of coffee without interruption.

Dishing It Out, her last Harlequin Flipside won the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award for best Flipside in 2005.

Her Superromance Baby Makes Three won the RT Reviewer’s Choice for best Superromance in 2006 and her novella, “The Christmas Eve Promise” in The Night Before Christmas was nominated for a RITA in 2009. Her book Crazy Thing Called Love won the RITA in 2014.

About Ruthie Knox

New York Times bestselling author Ruthie Knox writes contemporary romance that’s sexy, witty, and angsty—sometimes all three at once. After training to be a British historian, she became an academic editor instead. Then she got really deeply into knitting, as one does, followed by motherhood and romance novel writing.

Her debut novel, Ride with Me, is probably the only existing cross-country bicycling love story. She followed it up with About Last Night, a London-set romance whose hero has the unlikely name of Neville, and then Room at the Inn, a Christmas novella—both of which were finalists for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award. Her four-book series about the Clark family of Camelot, Ohio, has won accolades for its fresh, funny portrayal of small-town Midwestern life.

Ruthie moonlights as a mother, Tweets incessantly, and bakes a mean focaccia. She’d love to hear from you, so visit her website at www.ruthieknox.com and drop her a line.

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