Author(s): Vivian Arend, Vivi Andrews, Moira Rogers
Publication: Carina Press (December 6, 2010)
Description: A Twist on Tradition
A woman has the Christmas Eve from Hell. Two cat shifters play naughty games. And a witch brings out the beast inside the man. The magic of the season takes on a whole new meaning in these three fantastic—and festive—novellas from some of the best voices in paranormal romance.
Tangled Tinsel by Vivian Andrews -- This one is about the naughty cat shifters. She works for the LAPD. He works undercover for the Cougar Investigative agency. She has to protect him until he can make a court date. He is more than willing to be protected and hopes for some side benefits. She takes him home with her for Christmas and somehow they end up engage with both sides of the family pleased to plan a big engagement party. Unfortunately, neither really wants to marry. She doesn't want babies and he wants to stay the lone cat. But they fall in love and work out a partnership that works for both of them.
No Angel by Vivi Arends -- What would you do if you learned that your boyfriend had been sucked into Hell on Christmas Eve? If you were Sasha Christian, you'd go there to find him and bring him back. This world has both angels and demons with angels being the equivalent of movie stars and demons being recluses. The boyfriend is half demon who wants to stay on Earth. The heroine is an angel's granddaughter but didn't know it. This is a relationship that just might have some insurmountable problems. But love can triumph over impossible odds.
Freeze Line by Moira Rogers -- This was the least successful romance in the book but probably the most interesting world-building. Earth has changed. Witches and werewolves are common. Society has apparently been disrupted by a series of earthquakes. The permafrost zone is much further south than now so that Idaho is in it. Cold sucks the magic from witches and can even cause their death. Cold also sucks the magic from werewolves which allows them to live without turning into uncontrollable wolves. But when a witch escapes scientists in the frozen north, she is rescued by a werewolf who hates his nature. To survive, he needs to take her south. This story is about the journey and about them falling in love.
All of the stories were interesting and entertaining. My favorite was Tangled Tinsel because of the touches of humor.
He cleared his throat. "Warm?"The ebook is available now.
"I think so." She lifted her hand to brush his wrist where it rested on her hip. "If more witches had werewolves to curl up with, we might not hate the wintertime so much."
He chuckled, and his chest shook against her back. "I think I might be cuddlier than your average werewolf."