Saturday, October 8, 2016

Great Holiday Reads by Samantha Chase and Olivia Miles

Two gorgeous stories about the most romantic time of the year...

The holidays don't have to be fraught with tension, as lifelong friends Lily Cavanaugh and Cameron Greene discover in Mistletoe Between Friends when they cook up a scheme to fool their family and friends.

The Snowflake Inn shows rivals Grace Brodie and Riley Walsh that Christmas is a time when dreams come true-even if you've given up on those dreams long ago.

I am a sucker for Christmas Romance and I adore Samantha Chase, so as I sat down to read this double feature, I was thrilled and couldn't put the book down.

Mistletoe Between Friends was the perfect friends to lovers troupe and I loved every minute of it. Lily and Cameron have been best friends forever. Their families always getting together for the holidays and taking family vacations together. Cameron is the nerdy, quite type while Lily is the freespirited artist with a heart of gold. The two of them are sick of their mothers setting them up on blind dates and with the holidays approaching, meaning endless parties and hookups, Cameron comes up with the idea that the two should pretend to be dating to get their moms off their backs. And what happens next is magical. I loved Cameron and Lily together. The opposites attract and best friends makes this a fun and flirty read.

Snowflake Inn was a small emotional read full of heart. Riley Walsh is coming home after being released from the Marines after an accident. He loves his mother, but he knows all she wants is for him to take over the family business, a bed and breakfast in the mountain of North Carolina. What he never expected once he returned home was Gracie Brodie, a gorgeous woman who has been helping his mother in his absence and has stole a piece of his heart. Both are broken souls who find peace with themselves and with each other.

Anytime I can pick up a book by Samantha, I know by the end I will have a heart full and a smile on my face. Great Holiday reads! 

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan's Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40's to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.
When she's not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

The mistletoe is out, and the gloves are off . . . 

'Tis the worst season to be single, but Kara Hastings won't let a little Christmas funk spoil the festive season. Sure, running her own bakery is a little harder than she expected, but she can handle it. And she'll prove it to a certain infuriatingly handsome, bossy Big City guy. She may be sugar and spice, but she can kick his butt twice. 

Nate Griffin is in Briar Creek only for the holidays, and he refuses to fall for the whole "small town, candy cane-scented Christmas Wonderland" thing. He's more interested in the fresh-faced cookie chef who always knows exactly how to get under his skin. So when Nate challenges Kara in the town's big holiday contest, it's not just the competition that starts to heat up. If he's not careful, Kara won't just melt his icy resolve against a small-town Christmas . . . she'll melt his heart too.


I love this series by Olivia Miles and it's a must to add to your TBR list. And I was thrilled to see a holiday edition - nothing better in my book.

Kara Hastings is just trying to keep her head up above water. Having started a cookie bakery just in time for the holidays and being the sole employee has ended up being almost too much than she can chew. But she's determined to make it work and prove to everyone around her that she can stick with a dream and make it a success, no matter the sacrifices she has to make. What she never expected was to run into (literally) Nate Griffin.

Nate is in town for the holidays to help his aunt out with her Bed and Breakfast after the guilt trip his parents gave him about never seeing his aunt. He doesn't know how anyone can live is a small town where everyone seems to know what's going on with everyone else in town. When he runs into Kara Hastings one day on the sidewalk, he's instantly intrigued by the beautiful woman. But he can't start something, when he's only in town for a few weeks. Or can he?

This was a fun look into the dynamics of small town living and Kara and Nate had such a magnetic chemistry it was fun to see both of them let down their guards and start to enjoy each other. I read with a smile on my face and loved all the secondary characters as much as the first. The perfect read to get you into the holiday spirit!

Having grown up in New England, Olivia Miles attended McGill University in Montreal, Quebec before settling in Chicago where she lives with her husband, their daughter, and two ridiculously pampered pups. When she is not chasing after her little ones, she is hard at work creating feisty heroines and alpha heroes with a heart. A city girl with a fondness for small town charm, Olivia enjoys highlighting both ways of life in her stories.

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