The Heart of Christmas
Author: Brenda Novak
So this was not my favorite of the holiday books I have been reading. I actually forced myself to finish it. The main character Eve drove me nuts - who tells their parents they had a one-night stand, when they don't have to tell them anything at all? Her personality just really bugged me. I didn't care for the love interest at all either. His back story just seemed too out of place, too contrived, and I just never warmed to him. I liked the setting, and supporting characters despite a weird secondary plot involving Eve's best friend. I feel had I read the other books in the series, maybe I would have liked this book better. Maybe. Overall, I this book just wasn't my cup of tea.
'Tis the Season
Author: Robyn Carr
I loved the two holiday stories in this book! I loved the setting and the characters, and while the stories are not going to change your world, they were fun to read and enjoyable. I in particular enjoyed the first story, "Under the Christmas Tree", where some cute little friends are discovered under a Christmas tree. The second story was a New Years story, but equally cute. They were perfect, quick, fun reads for the holiday season. The only downside was when I blundered into the bonus novella - it was totally unconnected to the first two stories, and it just threw me off. I didn't enjoy that story at all. So if you are looking for cozy holiday stories, just stick to the first two in this book. If you don't mind mixing it up, go ahead and read the bonus story. I have to say though, I don't think I would have enjoyed the bonus story at any time. I just didn't like the characters that much.