by Anthology

October 2004
ISBN: 0-505-52607-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Lovespell
Mass Market Paperback

Chick-lit at Christmas time comes in the form of Shop ‘Til Yule Drop by three very funny authors, Alesia Holliday, Naomi Neale and Stephanie Rowe. Wrapping their stories around the common denominator of everyone’s fantasy Christmas store, Tiffany’s, each story is themed with of course Christmas shopping and Christmas love.

The first is Alesia Holliday’s contribution, A Publicist in a Pear Tree. Leah isn’t at all in the holiday spirit. Her job as a publicist for a major publishing company is beginning to wear on her, as her direct supervisor is what Leah terms the BQ, or Bitch Queen. Going window shopping during her lunch hour at Tiffany’s and daydreaming of the most beautiful necklace she has ever seen, is all that keeps Leah’s sanity, that is until she meets Tiffany’s holiday photographer, one sexy hunk of a guy, Luke Mitchell.

Next up is King of Orient Are by Naomi Neale. Stressed out personal shopper, Keely Boston will do anything to find the perfect holiday gifts for her picky clients, even if it means following her far out friend Nadine’s advice to meet with of all things a crazed homeless man named “Melchior” who seems to have an uncanny ability to predict the gifts she needs to buy for her customers. Sending Keely to Tiffany’s to fulfill one of Mel’s predictions, Keely meets what she believes to be her perfect soul mate, the super handsome salesman who helps her with her purchases. However it may not be suave Neil that Mel says is her true love awaiting, it could very well be the annoying homeless shelter director, Duncan Reese, who seems to be turning up wherever Keely goes.

Last but not least is Jingle This by Stephanie Rowe. Christmas is turning into a real bah humbug for romance website writer Angie Miller. Her almost fiancé Roger has just dumped her for her slutty sister Sheila, and her sexy boss, Kyle, who she has had a crush on forever, is demanding she concentrate on her writing or face dire consequences. Kyle will have to break one his most steadfast rules, never mix business with pleasure, in order to help Angie find the romance in Christmas again to complete her story. Kyle never gets personally involved with his employees, but Angie just might make him rethink that rule.

Shop ‘til Yule Drop, can be fun and hilarious at times, but be warned if you are logically inclined like me, you will need to not take things in these stories to seriously, or it will throw a curve into your enjoyment.

Reviewed in October 2004 by Bonnie.

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