“Stroke of Enticement” by Nalini Singh
Having watched her mother’s heart being broken continuously
by her emotionally distant father, Annie Kildaire has
convinced herself that long-term romantic relationships are
not for her.
All that changes when Zach Quinn walks into her classroom
and promptly turns her world upside down.
The sexy leopard changeling seems determined to wreak
havoc on her senses, and Annie isn’t so sure that’s a bad
The minute he sees his nephew’s human teacher, Zach knows
Annie is destined to be his mate.
Both leopard and man are drawn to her beauty,
strength, and intelligence.
All he wants to do is claim Annie as his own.
But Zach knows that to win over his cautious mate
he’ll have to entice her to trust him, and he’ll use every
sensual trick up his sleeve to do so.
Just when you think the Nalini Singh can’t get any better,
she serves up another amazing tale.
“Stroke of Enticement” is a captivating story that
grabbed me from the very first page and didn’t let go.
Zach is the kind of hero I love to read and dream about –
devastatingly handsome, charming, intelligent, protective,
and slightly mischievous.
He’s possessive of Annie, not in a controlling way,
but in such a way that made me sigh and wonder where I could
find a hero like him.
As for Annie, I utterly adored her.
A childhood accident has left her with a slight
physical handicap, but she never lets it stop her.
She’s strong in both body and mind.
As she falls in love with Zach, I found she was
strong of heart as well.
Separately, they were endearing, but as a couple they
wholly complimented one another.
Their romance was the perfect combination of passion,
tenderness, excitement, and fun.
“Stroke of Enticement” is part of Ms. Singh’s Psy-Changeling
series, but can be read as a stand-alone.
Fans of the series will delight in this sensational
addition to an already incredible series, and newcomers to
the Psy-Changeling world will surely be racing to the
nearest bookstore to gather up the rest of the series.
“Christmas Bree” by Erin McCarthy
The second of three magical sisters, Bree Murphy believes in
many things paranormal.
But when her younger sister predicts that a
businessman in a pink shirt will ring her doorbell Bree
declares it impossible – she does
not go for the
Yet sure enough, lawyer Ian Carrington shows up on her
doorstep almost immediately.
Ian met Bree about a year ago, and for nearly as long, both
of them have been having the same erotic dream over and
wants to be attracted to the other.
But when Bree’s cat turns up with a piece of
mistletoe the Murphy sisters enchanted a year ago, fate
seems determined to see these two unlikely lovers get
together. Can a
Chicago lawyer and a small-town witch make it last?
Or will uncertainty and a lack of trust ruin their
relationship before it has a chance to truly start?
“Christmas Bree” is the classic case of opposites
attracting, only to find out they’re not so different after
all. While this
element may be tried and true, Erin McCarthy’s story is
fresh, fun, and sexy.
Ian is both charming and seductive – a hero I could readily
fall for. Bree,
in turn, is the kind of character you’d want to be friends
with in real life.
She’s open with her family, but slightly wary when it
comes to falling in love with Ian.
She makes mistakes because of that guardedness, but
those serve to humanize her even further.
No discussion of “Christmas Bree” would be complete
without mentioning Bree’s cat, Akasha.
Though few in number so as to not be overwhelming,
Akasha’s antics had me laughing and grinning throughout the
“Christmas Bree” is part of Ms. McCarthy’s Ohio’s Most
Haunted Town series.
Having not read the other books in the series, I can
definitely say that while characters from previous stories
appear, “Christmas Bree” stands on its own.
However, after reading this delightful tale, I will
definitely be rushing to read the rest of the books in this
“Sweet Dreams” by Linda Winstead Jones
At a neighborhood Christmas party, Ruby receives a jade cat
figurine as a present from a “secret admirer.”
That night, strange dreams begin to haunt Ruby.
Dreams of terror and betrayal, those are just the
beginning of the frightening events beginning to torment
her. Unsure of
whom to trust, Ruby isn’t sure what to make of her sexy
neighbor Zane who is showing interest in both her and the
Zane’s attraction for her genuine?
Or is he in league with the menacing figure of her
dreams, which threatens to destroy her?
“Sweet Dreams” certainly has the recipe for a good story.
Ruby is a fun and likeable heroine who I was rooting
for to find happiness.
Zane had the qualities that are the hallmark of a
good hero – intelligence, strength, looks, with a bit of
bluntness, which makes him human rather than the cardboard
The plot centering on the threat to Ruby was well developed
The only thing I wish for in this story is more focus
on the romance aspect.
However, it felt as if the love story was rushed, and
the wrap-up at the end of the novella did not feel genuine
because of that.
Yet overall, I enjoyed “Sweet Dreams” and look
forward to reading more of Linda Winstead Jones’s work.
“Christmas Heat” by Lora Leigh
After librarian Haley McQuire overhears some vital
information regarding a plot that endangers the Breed
Community, she soon finds her life is on the line.
With danger surrounding her, the last thing Haley
wants is for anyone she cares about to be in jeopardy
because of her.
And that includes sexy Jaguar Breed Noble Chavin.
From the first moment he saw her, Noble knew that Haley was his
mate, the one woman on this earth destined to be his alone.
But he also knows that with finding his mate comes
the mating heat – an emotional and sexual connection that
neither will be able to overcome.
For over a year Noble has been waiting, letting Haley
get to know him before he makes his move.
But when Haley’s life is threatened, all bets are
his and despite
her fears for his safety, he’ll do anything, everything, to
protect and love his mate.
Christmastime just got a whole lot hotter with Lora Leigh’s
newest addition to her fantastic Breed series.
In “Christmas Heat” we get to meet Haley, a smart,
capable, likeable heroine with a big heart and a
It’s easy to see why Noble is drawn to her; she has a
kindness about her that comes off the page that endeared her
to me. Fans of
the Breed series will likely remember Noble from
In “Christmas Heat” we see more than just the
Noble is not only a sexy, protective, alpha male.
He’s intelligent, patient, understanding, and there’s
a dash of vulnerability in his non-comprehension of what the
Christmas season is all about.
The beauty of the tale is not only watching Noble and
Haley fall in love, but getting to see a Breed experience,
for the first time, the joy life has to offer in the love
and traditions of the holidays.
For newcomers to Ms. Leigh’s Breed series, “Christmas Heat”
can stand on its own.
However, the story does contain several major plot
spoilers for the previous book in the series,
As a fan of the series, I must say one of the
pleasures of “Christmas Heat” was getting to “visit” with
some of my favorite characters.
The road from harsh creation to happily ever after is
never smooth for any of the Breed, but “Christmas Heat”
exemplifies exactly why this series is so addictive.
It’s the journey that grips the heart in unimaginable
ways and leaves you with a smile on your face.
The Magical Christmas Cat
is the perfect anthology to heat up the holiday season.
It is rare to find an anthology where you genuinely
enjoy all of the novellas.
Yet Nalini Singh, Erin McCarthy, Linda Winstead
Jones, and Lora Leigh have all contributed sexy, and
entertaining reads. Perfect to curl up with on a cold winter
four luscious tales that are sure to please,
The Magical Christmas
Cat will both fire the blood and warm the heart.