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December 31, 2012

Happy New Year 2013!


2012 was actually great for me. Some bad stuff happened in my family, but as always, we were strong enough to take. It has been a happy year, and I'm very thankful :)

But my favorite memory of 2012 is my trip to Orlando with my boyfriend. I haven't been there since I was like 12 years, and it was my first time at Disney. You can imagine my excitement, here are some pictures!

Hogwarts @ Island of Adventures! If you are a fan of Harry Potter, please go!! It's amazing, the best atracctions! :D And go with lots of money, the shops have great stuff.

Epcot! My favorite photo is this one with Tiger and Pooh, they were so cute!

Magic Kingdom! I went to the Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party and enjoyed it so much, very cool :)

I was there for only 7 days, but I want to go back next year. I did a lot of shopping, and also went to the Cirque du Soleil at Downtown Disney, but I didn't have time (and money xD) to visit Sea World, Animal Kingdom and Disney Hollywood Studios. Maybe next year, right? ;)

December 26, 2012

Book Review: Jingle This! by Stephanie Rowe

Title: Jingle This!
Author: Stephanie Rowe
Published: November 1st 2012
Age: Adult
Love. Diamonds. Mistletoe. And a one-on-one holiday assignment with a very sexy boss. Put it all together, and it's enough to ruin a girl's day.

Angie Miller has to write sizzling, evocative, heart-melting holiday stories about love, romance and diamonds for her company's newest client…an assignment that isn't so easy when she's just had her heart broken. When her first not-so-cheery story nearly gets her company fired, her boss Kyle Black makes it his personal mission to get Angie in the right mood to wax poetic about love and romance. The fact that there's three years' worth of unrequited sexual tension simmering between them? It just makes it all the more interesting when Kyle shows up in her office with his oh-so-broad shoulders, smoldering smile and…oh, yeah… his slightly autocratic ways… How is Angie supposed to find her muse again when Kyle keeps trying to have his way with her? Not "that" kind of way, but a girl can dream…
Jingle This! is a short story about Angie Miller, a writer who has been just dumped by her three years boyfriend just when she was expecting an engagement ring. Now she can't write about love, but her boss Kyle Black is sure he can get her into the romance-writing mood.

I read this while waiting at the airports. It was entertaining and easy to read, but I couldn't understand how Angie and Kyle could feel attraction to each other after their complicated past (including him dating her sister!). I don't think I could forget something like that, but anyway, they had chemistry and were destined to have a HEA after three years of sexual tension. Angie was sometimes silly, she said her heart was broken but her ex was an idiot and she immediately fall in love with Kyle. Kyle wasn't very nice with her either at first. and Angie's family were also kind of mean with her, so I didn't liked them either.

But anyway, Jingle This! is a nice and short story to read in a couple of hours before or after Christmas :)

More about this book at Goodreads, Amazon.

December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas!!!

I arrived yesterday from Orlando, so I'm still a little bit sleepy, but happy :P Have an excellent day!

December 16, 2012

Hiatus for a few days!

I know I haven't been here lately, but I have good reasons! But anyway, tomorrow I will be traveling for a week to Orlando, FL (yay! Disney! Harry Potter! Outlets!), and that means I won't be posting for a few days. But don't worry, I should be back for Christmas :)

Happy reading!!

December 2, 2012

Book Review: Romancing the Holiday by Jaci Burton, HelenKay Dimon, Christi Barth

Authors: Jaci Burton, HelenKay Dimon, Christi Barth
Release Date: December 3rd 2012
Publisher: Carina Press
Age: Adult
We wish you a merry Christmas…and a happily ever after!

A memorable three-night stand gets rekindled in a cabin in West Virginia. An office romance is sparked by an impulsive holiday kiss. And two best friends scout locations for a marriage proposal and discover that they make a perfect match. 'Tis the season for laughter, love and a lifetime of happiness.

Edited by Angela James this anthology includes:

We'll Be Home for Christmas by HelenKay Dimon
The Best Thing by Jaci Burton
Ask Her at Christmas by Christi Barth
We'll Be Home for Christmas (Holloway #3) by HelenKay Dimon follows the story of Spence and Lila, who met before at a hotel and spent three nights together, but never thought about seeing each other again. Lila is at his home town to stay, and Spence only wants her out....or maybe 'rescue' her and take her to bed again. I can say this one was my favorite story, it was realistic the way Spence and Lila fell in love. I remember reading another story of HelenKay Dimon, that is actually linked to this one so it was great to see old characters.

The Best Thing by Jaci Burton (Kent Brothers #3) was another sweet surprise, because I found characters from another Christmas story I read last year hehe. I actually liked more this one, Brodi and Tori kissed each other last Christmas and it hasn't been the same since then. This year, Brodi is ready to easy things, but instead ends up spending the whole weekend with her! Everything is perfect, except Brodi's family, who keep asking him when he's getting married. Brodi is the perfect example of why you should never pressure someone to get married! You should be able to make the decision yourself, without all your family watching you and warning you not to hurt the other one.

Ask Her at Christmas by Christi Barth is a very cute story of two best friends, Caitlin and Kyle, who find sparkles in their relationship, just before Kyle gets engaged with another woman! Caitlin has always loved Kyle, but Kyle hasn't explored his feelings for her, mostly because of his fear to his father. Kyle was very weak most of the book, and maybe that's why I didn't love this story. I wanted him to fight more.

Overall, Romancing the Holiday offers three sweet (and sometimes sexy) love stories perfect to read for Christmas! You shouldn't miss it :)

More about this book at Goodreads, Amazon.

Stacking the Shelves # 14

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews, where people like me can showcase our new books of the week and make you jealous!

(Won @ Reading Reality)

Kindle: more Christmas books! All of these were free, but the prices are always changing!

November 29, 2012

The BLI Holiday Reading Challenge 2012

The BLI Holiday Reading Challenge
I don´t know how I missed this challenge! Between work and the house, I am exhausted. But my guilty pleasure is reading Christmas books. I love them, I even made a list of the Christmas books I wanted to read this year (now I have more).

Anyway, I'm going for the Candy Cane-aholic level: read 7 or more holiday themed books.

If you want to know the rules and sign up, please visit Book Lovers Inc.

Books Read (coming soon!):
  1. Mistletoe Mischief by Stacey Joy Netzel
  2. White Christmas by Emma Lee-Potter
  3. Christmas Without Holly by Nicola Yeager

November 24, 2012

Book Review: Naughty and Nice by Ruthie Knox, Molly O'Keefe, Stefanie Sloane

Title: Naughty and Nice
Authors: Ruthie Knox, Molly O'Keefe, Stefanie Sloane
Published: November 5th 2012 by Loveswept
Age: Adult
’Tis the season for romance with three original holiday-themed novellas! Unwrap this festive eBook bundle and discover why these authors are quickly becoming the biggest names in the genre. Ruthie Knox tells a heartwarming contemporary story of first loves given the gift of a second chance; Molly O’Keefe releases the ghosts of Christmas past with a prequel to her novel Crazy Thing Called Love; and Stefanie Sloane weaves an irresistible Regency tale of fiery passion that burns deep on a cold winter’s night.

ROOM AT THE INN by Ruthie Knox

Carson Vance couldn’t wait to get out of Potter Falls, but now that he’s back to spend Christmas with his ailing father, he must face all the people he left behind . . . like Julie Long, whose heart he broke once upon a time. Now the proprietor of the local inn, Julie is a successful, seductive, independent woman—everything that Carson’s looking for. But despite several steamy encounters under the mistletoe, Julie refuses to believe in happily ever after. Now Carson must prove to Julie that he’s back for good—and that he wants her in his life for all the holidays to come.


Maddy Baumgarten and Billy Wilkins are spontaneous, in love, and prepared to elope the day after Christmas—that is, if Maddy’s family doesn’t throw a wrench in their plans. After all, Maddy’s barely out of high school and Billy’s a notorious bad boy. Maddy doesn’t care about Billy’s rough past—all she cares about is living in the here and now. But after Maddy’s mother stops speaking to her in protest, and a Christmas Eve heart-to-heart with her father leaves her with butterflies, Maddy starts to get cold feet. She loves Billy, but is she taking this big step too soon?


After being jilted by her fiancĂ©, Jane Merriweather turns to her dear childhood friend, the Honorable Lucas Cavanaugh, for support—and unlocks the smoldering desire simmering in the man’s troubled heart. Frightened by his newfound feelings, Lucas flees to Scotland. But when the Christmas season brings them together again, one glance is all that’s needed to reignite his yearning. If Lucas can convince Jane that his intentions are as pure as the falling snow, they’ll turn a dreary December into a joyous Yuletide affair.
I love to read anthologies for Christmas. I thought Naughty and Nice was going to be very hot, erotic and more, but it turned to be more sexy and sensual,  without missing the sweet romance..

The first one, ROOM AT THE INN by Ruthie Knox, I think it's the longest and my favorite. Carson and Julie have a complicated relationship. Carson is always running and Julie is just tired of him. He's back to take care of his old father, but wasn't expecting to still find Julie attracted. They have to share a house, and between fighting and kisses, it's time for Carson to let go of his fears. I really liked the story because the characters had a past which made things more interesting.

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU by Molly O’Keefe is a really cute story about young love. Maddy is just turning eighteen and planning to marry Billy. They are the perfect couple, but her mother isn't so happy about the union. She wants Maddy to have a future, not just be the wife. It's about the importance of choosing for yourself whats best for your future, even if some people don't agree. It has a steamy moment, and it made me remember when I was younger and in love. If I had the opportunity to marry him when I was younger, I think I would have done it. BTW, we still haven't hehe, but we are still together. :)

And finally, ONE PERFECT CHRISTMAS by Stephanie Sloane was a nice surprise. It's historical romance, which was a treat for me, and the characters, Lucas and Jane, were just perfect. It was a funny and relaxed romance, I just couldn't stop smiling. Perfect to end this anthology.

More about this book at Goodreads, Amazon.

November 23, 2012

Book Review: Snowed Under by Jude Ryan

Title: Snowed Under: A Christmas Short Story
Author: Jude Ryan
Published: November 17th 2011 by Chelsea Square
It's the week before Christmas, and all through the house...
With just seven days until Christmas, Janna Myers needs a snowplough to get through the mountain of work on her desk. Not that she cares, though. This holiday season, like all the ones before it, she plans to spend curled up with her laptop, visions of pound signs dancing through her head. When a blizzard traps Janna in the country with handsome Alistair Randall, CEO of the UK's biggest Christmas tree supplier, Janna must either embrace the holiday spirit or risk losing her PR firm's biggest client. Can Janna muster up some Christmas cheer, or will her bah humbug attitude cost her dearly?
Janna is a London business woman and not Christmas lover, but she has to put on her best face to work with Alistair Randall, CEO of a big Christmas tree supplier company. His company is going down and she's about to loose one of her biggest clients, so it's her job to try and find him a way to keep the company and her services.

Snower Under, as the title says, is a very short story, more about the Christmas spirit and celebrations than a romance between Janna and Alistair. Thanks to a blizzard, they have to spend a few days together at his cabin, and they discover Christmas brings not-so-happy memories to both of them. They are attracted to each other but the story needed more pages to make it a full romance.

It was a very quick read, but it was disappointing not to know more of Alistair and Janna. It was like the story was left at the middle...maybe a little bit more would have been great!

More about this book at Goodreads, Amazon.

November 15, 2012

My Christmas Books To-Read

It may be a little bit early to post this, but by favorite holiday is Christmas, and here in Venezuela we are already celebrating. You can listen our typical Christmas music, 'gaitas', and we already started to eat our typical Christmas food: 'hallacas' and 'pan de jamon'.

HallacasPan de JamonGaitas

Our traditions are very different for other countries. We have Santa Claus, but usually the one who brings Christmas presents is the baby Jesus (don't ask me how). We wait for him until midnight and celebrate him with gifts and fireworks. It's amazing, the best party!

We don't have snow, but we still decorate with Christmas trees, lights and fake snow. I think it's hilarious to have fake snow when I have palms just outside my house. 

This year I'm very excited because just a few days before Christmas, I'm going to Disney World!. I know, a little bit old for me, but every time I've been at USA, I could never visit Disney. It's like a dream come true. I'm going with my boyfriend, but we both are very close to our family, so we are coming back at Christmas Eve to spend it with them :)

Anyway, Christmas books are my new tradition (since last year, I think). I just love them. All of them are cute, some a little bit naughty, but it's a great way to start celebrating the holidays!

The Holiday Bride (Holiday Brides #2) by Ginny Baird
The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson & Richard Dilallo