Holiday Ever After is an anthology of three holiday romances written by Jill Shavis. Apparently, these novellas included characters from her previous stories. I was not aware of this when I read them and now that I do, I never felt like I was missing something. These stories were sweet and provided the perfect amount of holiday romance to set the mood.
The first story, One Snowy Night, involved Rory and Max who went to high school together but haven’t seen each other in years. That is until Max moved to the same area and starts frequenting the grooming place where Rory works. As the holidays approach, Max learns that Rory is going back home for the first time in years and offers her a ride which she reluctantly accepts. The tension is thick between them due to events from the past and the more time they spend together, a different type of tension forms. This one is filled with a simmering chemistry, and once the two characters themselves to lower their walls an intense chemistry and connection is formed. I enjoyed the connection between them and was excited to see how it ended up.
Holiday Wishes involves Lottie and Sean, who had spent a special night together after years of friendship, and then abruptly went their separate ways. Ten years later their paths cross again when Sean and family are spending the night at Lottie’s family inn for his brother’s holiday wedding. At first, Lottie wants nothing to something Sean. He broke her heart but the more she sees him she realizes how much he has changed. The two of them have such a sweet connection and their romances has just the right amount of spice. I wanted this second chance romance to work and Lottie and Sean get their happily ever after.
Mistletoe in Paradise is another story involving two characters who had a special night and shortly after abruptly ended. James and Hannah grew up together and spent their holidays cruising the Carribean with their families. This is this first time both of them have been together on the cruise whip and both are still carrying the loss of Jame’s brother with them. These characters are grown up but the connection is still stronger than ever. Being on a boat in close proximity forces them to finally face what happened between them. They do their best to ignore what is between them but it refuses to let go. These characters were so funny together- they knew exactly what buttons to push to drive each other crazy. I really enjoyed their connection and the way they supported each other as they figure out the next steps. Plus, the idea of spending the holiday in a boat is very appealing.
Holiday Ever After it filled with second chances and holiday romances from beginning to end. They are easy to read and hold on even pace through out. The chemistry and steadiness felt natural between all the characters. There’s part of me that now wants to read the other books in the series so I can see where they are now. It you enjoy sweet holiday happily ever afters then this holiday anthology should put you in the perfect mood for the holidays.
Rating: 4 Stars
**I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**