by Lori Foster, Janelle Dennison, Susan Donovan, Donna Kauffman, Alison Kent, Nancy Warren

October 2003
ISBN: 0-7582-0569-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Brava
Trade Paperback

In Jingle Bell Rock Brava delivers its readers a special Christmas present. Bringing together six of today’s finest authors to deliver some Christmas cheer in these erotic tales guaranteed to warm up even your coldest evening.

Fan favorite Lori Foster opens this anthology with He Sees You When You’re Sleeping. The story of Booker Dean who only wants one thing for Christmas, his next door neighbor and good friend Francis. Is he willing to risk their friendship to convince her he’s the one for her?

Next up is All She Wants For Christmas by the talented Janelle Denison. Faith Roberts has a secret Christmas wish, one night of passion with her fantasy Matthew Carlton. Matthew plays Santa at the annual children’s Christmas party and Faith tells him her secret Christmas wish. Matthew readily agrees to make her fantasy a reality but will one night be enough?

New author Susan Donovan offers readers her third release with her offering in this anthology, Turning Up The Heat. It’s Christmas Eve and Valerie Matthews is preparing to celebrate the occasion alone. Just her luck her furnace quits and she calls in a repairman to get the heat back on. Earl soon arrives and is up for the job.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside is Donna Kauffman’s contribution to this six-pack of tales. Jace Morgan has been asked by Suzanna York’s mom to meet her at the train station and bring her home for Christmas. It’s been ten long years since the two have been together. Ten long years since Suzanna broke Jace’s heart. Can a blizzard and a forced stop for shelter bring the two back to where they were?

Alison Kent brings readers A Blue Christmas. Jessie Buchanan and Thomas “Blue” Miller were each other’s first love eighteen years ago. They thought they had the world before them. That was before Jessie left Blue and September, Texas without so much as a word of good-bye. Now Jess is back, to once and for all get Blue out of her system so she can move on with her life. Will Blue be cooperative in her plans?

The last tale in this book is Nancy Warren’s The Nutcracker Sweet. Top salesman Daniel Jarvis is forever turning in incomplete expense reports to company accountant Tara Ellison. The two have had numerous arguments over Daniel’s sloppy record keeping. When Tara overhears Daniel commenting to his friend on the phone about her she issues him a challenge he can’t refuse.

These stories are sure to heat up your cold Christmas season. I truly enjoyed all of the offerings in this anthology. The stories are all well written and a pleasure to read. Susan Donovan offers readers a twist in her tale that was a surprise to read. I also found Nancy Warren’s offering to be particurly humorous. Her play on words had me laughing out loud. Brava has outdone themselves in this steamy Christmas themed book. Treat yourself to an early Christmas gift and pick up a copy of this book today. It will be a keeper and one you will surely enjoy season after season.

Reviewed in September 2003 by Barbara.