Saturday, November 7, 2009


Christmas is less than two months away. At my house, that means it's time for certain pre-holiday traditions to begin and one of my favorites is checking out the new holiday romances that are being released. A Highlander Christmas is an anthology of three stories spanning three different time periods, all connected by a magical brooch.

Winter Heat by Dawn Halliday

On her deathbed, Maggie’s mother had handed her daughter the brooch, saying Maggie must keep it with her always; for it possessed the magical ability to detect a MacDonald woman’s lifelong soul mate.

This steamy historical is the story of Maggie MacDonald, a woman facing an unwanted marriage to a despicable clansman and Logan Douglas, a wounded Jacobite returning home from battle as the new laird of his clan, a position he neither sought nor wanted. A magical brooch brings them together and love follows but his responsibility to his clan and her laird's insistence that she marry another threaten to tear them apart. Has Maggie's brooch led her to her life's mate or were her mother's words just a silly, superstitious tale? In Winter Heat, Halliday (who also writes as Jennifer Haymore) gives us an intense, fast-paced story that, while not as racy as her single titles, is still hot and very enjoyable.

4 Petit Fours and 3 Hot Tamales

Yuletide Enchantment by Sophie Renwick

“Be warned, miss. Those who go into the woods at night don’t come out.”

Isobel MacDonald has heard the tales of the Sidhe who inhabit the otherworld and has heeded the warnings to never enter the woods at night but when the White Hart with whom she has felt a magical bond since the age of six is injured, she is powerless to resist going to his aid. As Prince of the Sidhe and future King of Annwyn, Daegan can take the shape of both the White Hart and a human man. Expected to wed one of his own, he has resisted, as Isobel, a human woman, has held his heart from the day he first saw her. When they finally meet as man and woman, the feelings that have grown within their hearts over the years are set free to flourish but will the sacrifices required for them to be together be too great to overcome? I thoroughly enjoyed this sensuous, historical paranormal tale and was delighted to discover that Renwick intends to return to Annwyn in 2010 with the story of Bran, a secondary character readers will meet in Yuletide Enchantment.

4 Petit Fours and 4 Hot Tamales

A Christmas Spirit by Cindy Miles

A strange, pleasurable sensation tingled the sensitive skin, turning her lips warm, and making her heart race…She’d never felt so alive, so wanted. All from a ghostly kiss, without any real contact.

Determined to not spend another Christmas alone, Paige MacDonald is on her way to Inverness, Scotland when her car breaks down in a snowstorm, depositing her on the doorstep of the seemingly deserted Gorloch B&B where she is greeted by a gorgeous, but decidedly inhospitable, Gabriel Munro. Gabriel reluctantly agrees to let her stay but refuses to help her with anything, making her get her own room key, carry her luggage and even fix her own meals. The reason for his rudeness becomes clear when Paige trips and falls...right through the man standing in front of her! Unless the storm clears, it appears that, this year, Paige will be spending Christmas with the ghostly spirit of a centuries-old Highland warrior. Miles has done a superb job of creating a life-like man with the limitations of a spirit in this finely crafted love story. The romantic scenes in particular were simmering with sensuality while, at the same time, very poignant. My favorite of the three stories in the anthology, A Christmas Spirit is, by turns, a humorous, heartbreaking and heartwarming gift not to be missed.

4 Petit Fours and 2 Hot Tamales

Reviewed By: ~PJ Ausdenmore / The Romance Dish


Maxine Davis said...


I'm not sure whether I can't wait for Christmas or can't wait to read a hot Scottish romance. I certainly want to find that B&B when I go to Scotland!

The books all sound fabulous. Thanks.

Tami Brothers said...

This is great!!! I can't wait to read this.

Cindy Miles is my favorite author and you have certainly grabbed my interest in the other stories, too!!! Thanks for the review, PJ. I'll definitely be looking for this book.


Buffie said...

Hey, I'm definitely with Maxine on this one -- I would love to find this B&B on a visit to Scotland ;-)

Linsey Lanier said...

Is the address of that B&B in the book? :) Sounds like three terrific stories by some very talented authors.


Ana Aragón said...

I love continuities, especially when they're written by such great writers. Thanks for the review...definitely on my Christmas list!


Darcy Crowder said...

I can't wait to get this book! What's better than a Highlander at Christmas? BEING in the Scotland for Christmas. Sigh. Someday....

Gannon Carr said...

Darcy, wouldn't being in Scotland for Christmas be wonderful?!