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Holiday Heat: The Men of Starlight Bend by [Ashley, Jennifer, Probst, Jennifer, Quinn, Erin, Fox, Calista, Leo, Mary]
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5 All-New, Never-Before-Published Holiday Romances, Featuring NYT Bestselling Authors Jennifer Ashley & Jennifer Probst! Let The Men of Starlight Bend keep you warm on cold winter nights!

Starlight Bend is a cozy Montana town nestled between glacial lakes and snow-capped mountains. This Christmas, holiday magic is in the air and wishes can come true--all it takes is believing. Visit us in Starlight Bend and meet five sexy, heartwarming heroes and the women who steal their hearts...

Snowbound in Starlight Bend ~ Jennifer Ashley

Haley McKee is furious to find herself stuck in the tiny town of Starlight Bend so near Christmas, helped out by the handsome Maddox Campbell, a cowboy who's not impressed with her fancy job titles and parents' money. In fact, no one has given her this much crap her entire life. But there's a lot more to Maddox than at first seems--he's a hard-working man who gives much of his time and patience to help those who have little. When a spark of Christmas magic promises Haley all she wants, will she make her wish with her head or her heart?

The Long Gone Girl of Starlight Bend ~ Erin Quinn

Kari has big plans that are about to pay off, and she doesn’t have time for tall, dark, and amazing Ty Timberlake. Ty knows he’s in trouble as soon as he meets smart, beautiful Kari. He understands her goals, but knows the rat race won’t make her happy. Kari is hell-bent on making her mark and moving onto the next challenge; Ty is determined to win her love and make her stay. As Christmas approaches, Kari begins to question what she wants. Should she stick to her plan and be long gone by the New Year, or choose the man who’s stolen her heart?

His Angel of Starlight Bend ~ Calista Fox

Anna Voss and Nick Hoffman are Starlight Bend’s star-crossed lovers. They were inseparable growing up, but destined for different paths. They haven’t seen each other in over a decade, but this Christmas, Nick returns home—with some startling surprises that turn Anna’s world upside down.

Love and desire have always burned bright between these two, but they’re both haunted by the past. Yet there’s a mystical entity working in their favor this time around—if they can open their hearts and minds to a destiny rewritten, with the help of family and a little holiday magic…

Ropin’ the Lone Cowboy of Starlight Bend ~ Mary Leo

Jolie Shepherd didn’t want to spend Christmas alone. So when she accepts an open invitation for a visit to Starlight Bend, Montana from her best friend, Jolie expects to pass most of the holiday season holed up inside a rustic cabin, not playing cowgirl with quite possibly the most adorable cowboy in the entire state. Red Weisman is a man who prefers to ride alone . . . that is until he meets Jolie Shepherd. Once they team up to grant a Christmas wish for a needy child, something magical happens between them. Now all they have to do is believe . . . but can they?

The Grinch of Starlight Bend ~ Jennifer Probst

Noah used to be a beloved member of the Starlight Bend community, until a tragedy turns to betrayal and drives him into solitude. His face horribly scarred, he retreats to his mountain top mansion—until a stubborn social worker asks for a Christmas wish to help a sick child. He never expects to fall for the spitfire, do-gooder, but when she offers love as the solution, can he let go of the past? When Josephine convinces Noah to host a Winter Carnival, she’s intrigued by the fascinating man hiding a bruised heart. But will her love be enough for him to take a chance on a brand new future?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 445 pages
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  • Publisher: Bella Media Management (8 November 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M0SNDF6
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5.0 out of 5 stars TIME TO WARM THE COCKLES OF YOUR HEARTS 26 November 2016
By Robin Leigh Morgan - Published on
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Anyone who is a voracious reader of books, or one who is also a book reviewer like me, should jump at any opportunity in which a LIMITED collection of stories written by bestselling authors of the New York Times and USA Today for only 99 cents comes along, especially when the genre is romance. While many such collections revolve around a simplistic notion such as shapeshifters and the like, this one had been planned. The one thing which actually connects each of these five stories is a Christmas wish tree located in the local sporting goods store in Starlight Bend, Montana. Not only does each story revolve around a sexy hunk one can only dream about, each of them lives in Starlight Bend, Montana. When you add in the holiday season and making a Christmas wish come true for a child how can you go wrong?

And as with every Christmas season, a certain magic abounds around us and wishes of finding someone to love can finally be fulfilled, especially if you believe it can happen. There’s a certain warm endearing quality about the guy in each of these stories, a quality which might make you fall in love with and fantasize about being in the shoes of the woman who winds up stealing his hearts. There’s a wonderful range of romantic themes in these stories from a second chance romance by Calistic Fox in “His Angel” to a sweet beauty is in the eyes of the holder story in “The Grinch of Starlight Bend” by Jennifer Probst, a story which is similar to the romance story most if not all of us have read as a child, that of “Beauty and the Beast.” But who knew then that what we had read had been, along with “Cinderella,” had been our first exposures to romance, which is why we probably love this genre today.

For a having us 5 stories which will begin to warm the cockles of our hearts in time for the holiday season, I’ve giving this LIMITED Edition collection 5 STARS.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Anthology Filled with Small Town Cheer 26 November 2016
By Sheila M - Published on
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This is an anthology of 5 novellas which all take place in the small town of Starlight Bend. They are connected only by the setting, a special Santa and a town Wishing Tree for needy children.

SNOWBOUND IN STARLIGHT BEND by Jennifer Ashley: In this city girl/country boy story, Haley McKee is a CEO from Seattle who ends up stranded in Starlight Bend during a snowstorm. Maddox Campbell rescues her. Maddox is a horse trainer of stunt horses (he provides them to his cousins in Texas -- the Riding Hard series Campbells). Maddox has been hurt before by a woman who wouldn't stay in Starlight Bend and it looks like history might be repeating itself. This was a good story. Maddox is a good man who has a crusty exterior and a heart of mush. Haley is a woman who has made a name for herself, but doesn't have a real purpose to her life. The two are funny and spirited together. This was a very enjoyable tale of two mismatched people. My only complaint is that I wish there was some view of what their life ultimately would be like because it is hard to figure out how Haley will be happy in town outside of her relationship with Maddox. Rating: 4 stars.

THE LONG GONE GIRL OF STARLIGHT BEND by Erin Quinn: Kari Dale is a burned out wanderer who co-owns a chain of men's clothing stores. She has come to Starlight Bend to open a new store and then intends to move on. Tyler Timberlake is a high school history teacher who was born in Starlight Bend, left to pursue bigger dreams, but ended up returning to his hometown to find purpose. This story was good. The themes of home versus leaving, dreams versus love are well developed in various levels. Kari and Ty are sweet and hot together. I loved the complexity of this story. Rating: 4 stars.

HIS ANGEL OF STARLIGHT BEND by Calista Fox: Dr. Anna Voss is vet in Starlight Bend. One day a boy named Jake comes to her office interested in the animals. It turns out Jake's father is the man that Anna loved as a young woman and has never forgotten. Dr. Nicholas Hoffman is a neurosurgeon from New York. He spent time with his grandmother in Starlight Bend but eventually left the town and Anna. The two have loved one another and yet their lives have always seemed to be going in different directions. This was one of my favorite stories of the anthology. These two seem destined to both love one another and be apart. I loved that the story showed that love alone is not enough and being together takes will and determination. Rating: 4.5 stars.

ROPIN' THE LONE COWBOY OF STARLIGHT BEND by Mary Leo: Jolie Shepard has come to Starlight Bend no knowing what she should do with her life. She's from Las Vegas and hasn't connected with a career or a purpose in her life. She meets Red Wiseman when Jolie and Red are both choosing a wish from the Wishing Tree. Red is a man grounded deeply in Starlight Bend where he raises horses and gives riding lessons. The characters in this story were nice (especially Red) but I found Jolie very immature for her age. I have a hard time seeing how things would work out for these two long term, but the story was nice. Rating: 3 stars.

THE GRINCH OF STARLIGHT BEND BY Jennifer Probst: Noah Elliott was a generous angel to the community of Starlight Bend until an accident shattered his body and his faith in his fellow man. He became the Grinch of the town and hides away in his mansion. Josephine "Joey" Whitman is a social worker who chooses a wish from the town Wishing Tree and is determined to make the child's dream of a carnival happen even if it means bearding the den of the Grinch. I loved the sweet redemption of this story which had a definite Beauty and the Beast vibe along with the Grinch story. Noah is a man who is looking for someone to redeem his faith in humanity and Joey is the woman who heals his heart. Sweet and a good conclusion to the anthology. Rating: 4 stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars HOLIDAY HEAT 18 November 2016
By Erin-SSBR - Published on
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Holiday Heat: The Men of Starlight Bend is a holiday anthology featuring five different stories. The stories not only take place in Starlight Bend, but they also feature similar elements such as a Christmas giving tree, epilogs about the children who received gifts that they asked for via the Christmas giving tree and a new-to-Starlight Bend Santa. The authors clearly thought the details of this anthology through and the consistency really made each and every story shine. This is a great anthology to read as you get ready to celebrate with family and friends as the year closes out.

Snowbound in Starlight Bend by Jennifer Ashley
The first story in this anthology features a cowboy and a business executive. When our heroine, Haley, gets her car stuck in the snow she is rescued by a hunky, albeit slightly frosty hero, Maddox. The two pretty much fall in love at first sight but as the story progressed there wasn’t enough emotional depth to keep me hooked. Long-term I couldn’t figure out how these two would work with Maddox’s job and family in Starlight Bend and Haley running a business elsewhere. The unanswered questions I had about how this couple would make it work beyond the holiday season made me too nervous to fully enjoy this story’s cute ending.

The Long Gone Girl of Starlight Bend by Erin Quinn
The sexy teacher meets a wanderer. This story had it all: a family feud, internal and external conflict and, best of all, a one-night stand that turns out to be more. The Long Gone Girl of Starlight Bend was essentially Kari’s “putting down roots” story. When she meets Ty while grabbing a drink in Starlight Bend these two immediately hit it off. This story made me break into tears at several points and yet it left me feeling happy and hopeful. The star of this show though was Quinn’s writing style. Quinn’s style is descriptive without seeming wordy or superfluous. I’ll be picking up books written by her in the future for sure!

His Angel of Starlight Bend by Calista Fox
I gotta be honest here, I had trouble picking up this storyline from the very first time Anna and Nick meet on the page. Anna and Nick grew up together and had once been in a relationship but due to various circumstances they grew apart. However, it’s clear these two still love each other very much. I just couldn’t seem to put all the pieces of this story together no matter how many times I read each chapter and word written. Nick has a child and Anna has a secret…there was almost a bit too much going on for me to pick up what the author was putting down. Unfortunately, this one just didn’t work for me.

Ropin’ the Lone Cowboy of Starlight Bend by Mary Leo
I’m not usually a fan of instalove, especially in a novella where there isn’t a ton of time to describe what comes after the initial flash and heat. But this novella had the best kind of instalove, one with an emotional connection that had the possibility of turning Jolie and Red’s feelings into more. This little story packed a punch! Jolie doesn’t seem to have a lot going for her but she is willing to try new things and has a heart of gold. Red can’t help but be caught up in the wild ride that is Jolie. Since Jolie is between jobs and almost out of money Red is an answer to her problems, but she doesn’t connect with him just for his money or stability, they move beyond that to figure out if they are actually compatible long-term.

The Grinch of Starlight Bend by Jennifer Probst
I picked up this anthology since Jennifer Probst had written one of the stories and Jennifer did not let me down. The Grinch of Starlight Bend was easily the best contemporary Christmas romance novella that I’ve read in a few years. The story was completely lovely and a Beauty and the Beast retelling with Grinch elements. Joey, our heroine, is sassy and fierce. Our hero, Noah, is rich, powerful and, unsurprisingly, a pretty great guy in the end. He’s also insecure about his physical appearance. Joey and Noah’s story is magical…MAGICAL I tell you! Also, there is a butler named Charles. Charles reminded me of Bruce Wayne’s Alfred and is a gentle hint from the very beginning that Noah is not only human but a caring loyal and generous human. I adored this story!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Holiday Heat: The Men of Starlight Bend is the perfect way to start the holiday season. 18 November 2016
By shellbelle - Published on
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Holiday Heat: The Men of Starlight Bend has five delightful holiday romances. The release timing was perfect to get readers in the holiday spirit and to showcase all the goodness of the human spirit. These past few weeks have been very disheartening. We have witnessed an ugly side of humanity because of political differences. This collection of holiday novellas is a testament of all the positive traits in mankind. The spirit of giving, sharing, and compassion is the theme. These themes should be remembered throughout the year rather than only at the holiday season. It was a purely delightful reading experience.

Five authors penned holiday stories about the residents of the small town Starlight Bend. A local sporting store has a Christmas Wish Tree where residents can select a paper ornament and fulfill a wish for a child in need. The recipients of the wish tree are not the only ones receiving a special gift. The adults are also going to receive the gift of love and the opportunity of second chances.

Each author wrote a heartwarming story that stood uniquely on it's own. The stories also brought a sense of community. Each story had a different theme. Second chance romance, a hardened cowboy, a damaged and scarred man that lost his faith in humanity, and life choices that could change their world. The one common factor is the power of love.

I enjoyed each and every story and could not pick a favorite. Holiday Heat: The Men of Starlight Bend is the perfect way to start the holiday season. Each story is novella length and can be read in a short amount of time. It's perfect for the busiest time of year.
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Wish Come True 19 December 2016
By Linda Rader - Published on
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The wishing tree is what got me interested in this anthology. Five stand alone stories by different authors but the connecting link is that all stories take place during the same time and place, Starlight Bend, a small town in Montana where there is a large Christmas tree decorated with cards from underprivileged kids nearby. The residents, and visitors, to Starlight Bend take a card from the tree and then fulfill that child’s Christmas wish written on the card. The kicker is the tree is watched over by a very real lifelike Santa Claus who tells the visitor’s to the tree that their own secret wish has been/will be granted too.

The story lines are familiar hometown romances but with a fresh style that makes them new again. A blizzard traps the heroine in the home of the Starlight Bend hero in the first story, Snowbound by Jennifer Ashley. It has sexy, snappy dialogue and a funny contest of wills between the two main characters that I loved.

The second story, The Long Gone Girl by Erin Quinn, was filled with sexual tension from the very beginning. Think sex-as-an-icebreaker between these two characters. Although you knew where this is going getting there was half the fun with a few twists and surprises along the way which I dare no hint at for fear or spoiling. You will really like it though.

I’m finishing Calista Fox’s His Angel now and I honestly have no idea how she is going to handle the wishing tree gift, let alone the romance between the two doctors but I’m eager to find out. This will prove to be perennial Christmas Anthology I predict. The writing sparkles in each very different styles of writing.

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