Published by Kensington on September 27th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Anthologies (multiple authors), African American
Format: eBook, Paperback
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
’Tis the season to satisfy your holiday desires with this festive trio of sexy stories… A GIFT OF LOVE Donna Hill Drama professor Traci Long spends her free time at the CoffeeMate café, pursuing her true passion—writing her own plays. Meanwhile, sexy barista Noah Jefferson is doing his best to distract her. But once they get involved, past betrayals make Traci wary. She’s right that Noah is keeping something from her—but it might be something that will make this Christmas as sweet as a rave review—and steamier than her favorite chai latté… HOLIDAY SPICE Farrah Rochon A Christmas-time tragedy took photographer Miranda Lawson’s holiday spirit with it. Since then, she’s traveled the world, determined to outrun her demons. This year she’s off to Istanbul. But the scenery isn’t the only gorgeous site she spots through her camera lens….Kyle Daniels loves Christmas, but he’s looking for escape too—and soon he and Miranda find it in each other’s arms. Yet their connection doesn’t end there. Maybe staying put isn’t such a bad idea after all—especially when there’s someone to celebrate with… FROM HERE TO SERENITY K.M. Jackson Unstoppable real-estate developer Ross Montgomery is under orders to get some holiday R&R. A cruise to Miami on his yacht, “The Serenity,” is the perfect place to start—especially when he meets his new personal chef, Essie Bradford. Between her calming presence, her amazing food, and her delectable beauty, Ross just might develop a taste for the good life. And when the two discover they have a lot in common—including an irresistible attraction—the next course may be a spicy New Year…
The December book of the month for Mocha Girls Read was Holiday Temptation by Donna Hill, Farrah Rochon, and K. M. Jackson. This novel features three short love stories set during the Christmas holiday. Though each was different, I found them all to be predictable and the writing deteriorated from the first story to the last. Holiday Temptation did not tempt me to read any more holiday themed books this year.
A GIFT OF LOVE by Donna Hill
This story was my favorite of the three. Drama professor Traci has the hots for the sexy barista at her local coffee shop. What she doesn’t know is that Noah has had his eye on her as well. Though she spends her days teaching drama, Traci’s dream is to have actors perform one of the plays she has written herself. Even though Noah is the perfect distraction, Traci is still a bit shy after leaving her abusive ex-husband and is scared to get back into the dating game.
I really thought Traci and Noah were very developed characters, and I enjoyed how Donna Hill developed their romance. What I didn’t like was that the story was too short. Hill had too many problems for the characters to solve for such a short story. Not only did you have the relationship, but you have the story of their pasts, and them pursuing their dreams. It was a bit overkill. I would love to read this story again if it were developed into a complete book of its own.
HOLIDAY SPICE by Farrah Rochon
The second story wasn’t as well written as the first. Holiday Spice was a story about travel photographer Miranda who meets the charismatic Kyle while working in Istanbul during Christmas-time. What Miranda thinks of being as a steamy one-night stand turns out to be so much more. Maybe Kyle can be the one to renew her Christmas spirit after a tragedy long ago took it away.
I really liked the characters in this story, but I did not like how Rochon dragged out the reveal of Miranda’s tragedy. The entire story you are left wondering what happened to her to make Miranda hate Christmas so much. I also did not like how strong Miranda was as a character, and then seemed to weaken by the end. As for Kyle, I did not like how fast he fell for Miranda or the problem he was trying to solve in the story. Compared to Miranda’s, Kyle’s seemed stupid and thrown in to create additional, unnecessary drama.
FROM HERE TO SERENITY by K.M. Jackson
I hated this story! Neither character was likable, and it was just too unbelievable for me. Hard pass!