Smashing Christmas series of short romances

Merry & BrightMerry & Bright by Joanna Chambers

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Three delightful festive treats make up this short story anthology from Joanna Chambers.

I’d read one of them before in the fund raising Wish Come True Mr Perfect’s Christmas, and I enjoyed it as much now as I did then. It’s a sweet twist on what you think is going to happen between Sam and Nick.

Speaking of twists, I’d have loved to read more of book one, Humbug, with its take on Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Quin was an utter arse, fairly unsympathetic for a fair chunk of this narrative.

But in true festive spirit, Rob managed to pierce the driven and less than pleasant surface and discover Quin’s inner nice guy. There were some painful truths to be had as Quinn took his unexpected second chance.

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Fabulous collection of mystical romances with a mythological twist

Bittersweet Candy KissesBittersweet Candy Kisses by Jordan Castillo Price Sean Kennedy
Clare London

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book reminded me a lot of a collection of Agatha Christie short stories featuring a mysterious man called Harley Quinn.

While in that collection Quinn seemed to be acting as a harbinger of fate, helped along by the elderly Mr Satterthwaite to solve murders, here we have Chance – and later Hunter – dealing with the vagaries of life.

I absolutely adored nearly all the stories in this, one almost made me cry, one I didn’t really think worked as well as the others, but overall the inevitable drawing together of a multitude of different strands was so brilliantly done.

I am a sucker for mythology and this was a unique twist on the roles of some of the immortal pantheon. Originally published as the Petit Mort series.

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