Feature book: Hot Christmas Nights
Hot Christmas Nights (A LoveCats DownUnder box set)
This box set of stories from the LoveCats covers a range of situations, places and relationships. Some characters have been married previously and are separated, while other characters meet their soulmate for the first time or rekindle their innocent young love. Regardless of the situation and place, these couples reconnect to work out their differences or find their first time magic, known for the holiday season.
‘All She Wants for Christmas’ by Rachel Bailey
Madelyn and Samuel Ruxthorn have been married and separated. Madelyn wants to move on and have the children Samuel doesn’t want. As Samuel is reluctant to sign the divorce papers, Madelyn travels to his isolated home in Tasmania to take the papers to him. It is then Madelyn finds out why Samuel thinks the way he does about children. As they talk more and open up, they rediscover their feelings for each other.
‘Christmas Wishes, New Year Kisses’ by Michelle Douglas
Erin Timms and Josh Halliday are friends and fellow business owners in a veterinary surgery. Erin is stressed out by her needy mother, and Josh takes the opportunity to make Erin take a break. They both head north to the tropics, and the heat gets to them on two fronts—the ambient temperature and how they feel about each other. When Erin puts her mother first over Josh, Josh decides he needs to leave to make Erin think about what he means to her.
‘Baby, It’s Hot Outside’ by Louisa George
Daniel and Emma Wade have been married and separated. Daniel has had issues and has done much work to get through his excessive drinking, among other things. Emma left Daniel, as it was the easier option for her. Now, they are back together for their best friends’ wedding. He is the best man and she is the chief bridesmaid. The pair discuss their issues, and Emma realises Daniel has changed and that they can work through their problems to be together.
‘Her Christmas Cowboy’ by Helen Lacey
Elyse Prescott is coming to town. Her ex-fiancé, Brett McCrane, doesn’t feel particularly welcoming towards her. Elyse has done well in the city, wanting to fulfil her dreams. Her mother had been restless, and she had taken Elyse and her sister to England. Her mother hadn’t intended to return to Australia and was killed in an accident, which left the two sisters to return to Australia to be with their father. Elyse is bringing her sister Billie-Jean (BJ) back to the town so that BJ can be reunited her baby’s father, who just happens to be Brett’s younger brother. There are family issues the pair works through, but they can’t agree on a way to be together. How the pair find their happiness will melt your heart.
‘Sleigh Bells in the Sand’ by Stefanie London
Neve Ritter and Damien Alessio meet for the first time when she arrives at his home and lets herself into the house. She has the security number, given to her by his sister, and Neve has been assured Damien never goes there. Damien has lost a legal case he thought was in the bag. He feels he has let down his now deceased parents and is in the family home licking his wounds. Neve has been travelling the world trying to get over the hurtful comments she received from her long missing real mother. Together Damien and Neve make the Christmas magic happen, even though there is an incident that could impact greatly on their future.
‘Millionaire Under the Mistletoe’ by Kandy Shepherd
Carly de Luca still wants Dylan Burke after four years. Back then, she was young and wanted to see the world with Dylan. However, Dylan felt he had responsibilities at home after his father’s early death and that, as he was upwardly mobile, this might create a hitch in his plans. He told Carly he never wanted to speak to her again. And now it is Christmas, and Carly is standing in front of him. Will he be able to forgive her? Will Carly be able to understand what pressures Dylan had been under at the time? It is Christmas and the mistletoe works its magic.
‘Her Small-Town Christmas Wish’ by Jennifer St George
Turtle Beach has changed, but Giselle Harrington isn’t interested in the changes. She has come to town to sell her mother’s property, before returning to her international career and her home in London. Jake Carlton wants Giselle to see how the property is being used for the good of the community. Giselle is happy to put her time and energy into charities that have children at their heart, but Jake doesn’t understand what drives Giselle until he discovers her secret.
What a great collection of stories to have for Christmas time. I enjoyed each and every story as these couples try to rekindle their relationship and rediscover the love they once had for each other. There is the discovery of some very dark secrets, moments of angst at the decision of whether to go or stay and moments to melt your heart. There is a story for everyone.
Reviewed by Heather
A review copy of this box set was provided by the authors.