Otherwise titled: the promo post. (oops, I hit publish instead of save so some of you saw the unfinished version!)

This year I had two Christmas books release. I like to do one or two Christmas novellas each year. Sometimes I’ll ask an author if they’d like to do one, sometimes the author will ask me. This year, two gorgeous, talented and fabulous authors (they sent me Christmas gifts, I have to say nice things about them, right?) each wrote a story for me. I didn’t pick a theme, I just said “write me a hot Christmas story”. What’s funny is that they each came back with books that are different and yet totally suitable for putting into a print anthology together. As it happens, both of them have heroines who are lawyers and need to unbend just a little. But at the same time, both stories are totally different.

So if you’re getting stressed by the hustle and bustle of Christmas and you need to take some time to unwind, one or both of these Christmas novellas are the perfect way to do it. Not so long that you feel like you’re taking too much time away from baking cookies and wrapping gifts, but just long enough for you to curl up by the tree and get that warm Christmas glow (no fireplace required).

To Do List by Lauren Dane

Reviewed here by Dear Author and here by Mrs. Giggles.

He wasn’t part of her balance sheet. But one week in his bed could tip the scales.

Since she could pick up a pencil, Belle Taylor has used lists and charts to map out her life. When she achieves a goal, she marks it off her to do list. Simple. But now, just steps away from her corner-office, name-on-the-letterhead goal, she realizes that the life she thought she wanted may come at too high a price.

Exhausted, she retreats home for Christmas vacation to rethink her life, complete with all-new lists. What she hadn’t expected is Rafe Bettencourt, her brother’s best friend, the man who she thought only saw her as a pesky younger sister. But when he kisses her under the mistletoe, Belle finds herself with a whole new set of goals to balance with what she thought she always wanted.

Rafe knows Belle is trying to figure out what to do with her life. He also knows he’s done loving her from afar, and he’s not beneath making it as hard as possible for her to choose to return to San Francisco.

Because Rafe can make to-do lists too—and his plan is to seduce Belle back home where she belongs. At his side. And in his bed.

Warning, this title contains the following: Smokin’ hot monkey love and naughty wish fulfillment, a few words you wouldn’t say in your grandma’s presence.

Unwrapped by Jaci Burton

Reviewed here by Mrs. Giggles

He’s going to give her the Christmas gift of her dreams…in triplicate.

When Justin Garrett accidentally views Amy Parker’s private online journal, he sees the cold corporate exec in a brand new light. It seems the icy, unapproachable Amy has fantasies. Fantasies that both appall and intrigue her.

No one knows the real Amy Parker, and she’s satisfied to keep it that way. A woman with kinky tastes wouldn’t cut it in the straight-laced law firm where she’s fought her way to partnership. And she certainly refuses to let an underling use her to advance in the firm. Justin Garrett might be brilliant, gorgeous, and sexy as hell, but he’s firmly restricted to her fantasies and that’s where he’ll stay.

While working together on a corporate acquisition in Hawaii over the Christmas holidays, Justin sets out to make Amy’s secret fantasy come true—a night of passion with two men who adore her. And he knows the ideal other man to help Amy unwrap the perfect Christmas gift.

But first he has to melt her heart and convince her he sees her as a woman, not a rung to climb on the career ladder. In fact, by giving Amy exactly what she’s always wished for, Justin hopes to climb right into her heart.

This title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, ménage a trois, a trip to Hawaii and maybe a glimpse of Santa on a surfboard.

And just to reward anyone who got to the end of this post, I’ll give away an ebook copy of each book to one winner, to help hurry up that Christmas spirit! Just post what you still have left to get done before Christmas. Contest ends sometime tomorrow when I remember to pick a winner and I’ll send you your books straight off if you leave what format you’d like, in the comments.

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