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30 review for Harlequin Holiday Collection: Four Classic Seasonal Novellas

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Harlequin Holiday Collection: Four Classic Seasonal Novellas Released as a free e-book in 2011, this collection includes four holiday-themed romance novellas. They were a fun, fast read and the first three were pretty good. And a Dead Guy in a Pear Tree is the story of Zach and Holly, two college sweethearts who haven't seen each other in eight years, since they had a huge argument and misunderstanding. Holly has returned to her hometown and has turned her grandparents' mansion into a bed and brea Harlequin Holiday Collection: Four Classic Seasonal Novellas Released as a free e-book in 2011, this collection includes four holiday-themed romance novellas. They were a fun, fast read and the first three were pretty good. And a Dead Guy in a Pear Tree is the story of Zach and Holly, two college sweethearts who haven't seen each other in eight years, since they had a huge argument and misunderstanding. Holly has returned to her hometown and has turned her grandparents' mansion into a bed and breakfast. But the B&B isn't doing well, and her last chance to save the family home is to get good publicity from a famous TV travel show. But right before the TV crew shows up, a dead guy pops out of the Christmas tree she's just bought. Turns out he was an escaped criminal, and Zach, now a crime reporter, has tracked him to his hometown. He and Holly soon reunite, sparks fly, and there are some genuinely funny, zany shenanigans as they try to hide the dead guy until after the travel show has finished filming. This novella was fun, cute and sexy. Seduced by the Season takes place in Dublin, Ireland and is notable for creating a very strong sense of place in a short story, using lots of history and detail to transport the reader into the story. Clint is an FBI agent on the trail of an art thief, and Sophie is a waitress at the local tavern. Clint is feeling out of his league on this case, as he knows nothing about art. When he learns that Sophie is working her way through her PhD in Irish art, he enlists her assistance to use her expertise. The fact that they are both incredibly attracted to each other adds romantic suspense to the story. Sophie is a bit of an odd character, as she is an American who likes to speak with a thick Irish brogue at times, but overall this was an entertaining and lovely story. Evidence of Desire is the story of Olivia and Jacob, two crime lab forensic scientists. Olivia has just relocated from Boston, and has the hots for Jacob, who has shown zero interest in her. When Olivia starts to experience a string of suspiciously bad luck (car won't start, work goes missing, computer issues, she's being followed), Jacob helps her out and Olivia decides to throw herself at him, hoping for the best, in spite of the fact that her new workplace discourages office romances and Jacob has been little more than brusque with her. So although that felt stalkerish/forced, the mystery of Olivia's "bad luck" was well done and left me guessing until the end. Season of Wonder is the only dud in the collection. It is the shortest of the four or else I wouldn't have finished it. Allison has returned to her family's island cottage to prepare it for selling. She is accompanied by her daughter, and is recovering from a divorce. When she gets to the island after an absence of 15 years, she soon meets up with her childhood friend David, who has been in love with her his whole life. Before their initial conversation is over David has agreed to be her free handyman thinking she's moving back, and Allison decides not to tell him she's getting it ready for sale. Nice, huh? Allison is condescending and snarky, and David keeps wondering what happened to his "angel-girl". His "angel-girl" says things like "I see you still say 'Hey' instead of 'Hi'" - so of course David mends her cold, broken heart and there's a happy ending. It was stiff, awkward and hard to read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    And a Dead Guy in a Pear Tree by Leslie Kelly A struggling B&B owner scrambles to hide the dead body wrapped in her Christmas tree from a visiting camera crew—and from her still-irresistible reporter ex. Holly is trying her best to save the family inn from going out of business. She's arranged to have a tv crew come in to do a story on them in an effort to get some publicity. When she finds a dead body in her Christmas tree, they have to find a way to hide it before the cameras arrive. When he And a Dead Guy in a Pear Tree by Leslie Kelly A struggling B&B owner scrambles to hide the dead body wrapped in her Christmas tree from a visiting camera crew—and from her still-irresistible reporter ex. Holly is trying her best to save the family inn from going out of business. She's arranged to have a tv crew come in to do a story on them in an effort to get some publicity. When she finds a dead body in her Christmas tree, they have to find a way to hide it before the cameras arrive. When her ex, Zach, knocks on the door she thinks he's with the tv crew, but he's really an investigative reporter searching for diamond thieves. What follows is a hilarious case of "where's the body" as Holly and her employees try to keep Zach from finding it and he's determined to protect her. Terrific sparks between the two as they end up working together. Seduced by the Season by Merline Lovelace A waitress and a sexy FBI agent mix business with pleasure while investigating a crime over the holidays. Sophie is a doctoral candidate in ancient art at Trinity College in Dublin and Clint is an FBI agent searching for an antiquities thief. They join forces when Clint realizes he doesn't have a clue what he's looking for but Sophie does. They're also incredibly attracted to each other. I loved the way that Sophie jumps right in to help Clint. She also loved showing him around Dublin and exposing him to her world. I loved the intensity of the takedown, and their reunion was great. Evidence of Desire by Debra Webb A crime lab worker finds herself in danger six days before Christmas...and only her off-limits but oh-so-attractive coworker can help. Olivia is a new lab worker who has moved there from Boston. She is really attracted to Jacob, who doesn't seem to notice her at all. When she begins to experience a string of bad luck - computer files missing, emails going astray, car not starting, being followed - she appeals to Jacob for help. She sort of throws herself at him with her thanks as she works to get to know him. Jacob is attracted to her, but was hurt romantically in the past and doesn't want to get involved. I enjoyed the mystery aspect as well as the romance. Season of Wonder by Marta Perry And two childhood friends rediscover their sense of wonder—and love—when reunited for the holidays. My least favorite of the four stories. Allison has brought her daughter to the island to rest up before a major surgery. She is also preparing the cottage in order to sell it. She meets her childhood friend David and he offers to help her with the repairs. He thinks she'll be moving back to the island and is looking forward to getting to know her again. I was bothered by her attitude toward him - she seemed to look down on him for what she sees as a lack of ambition. I liked David a lot. He was marvelous with Allison's daughter. I was glad to see him tell Allison what a pill she was being.

  3. 4 out of 5

    SheLove2Read

    The 1st story by Leslie Kelly is 'And a Dead Guy in a Pear Tree'. I didn't care for it very much. The hero was both beta and a reporter, two of my least favorite plot devices. There was also a cheesy "weekend at Bernie's" theme to the story which was an eye roller for me. 1 star/D- Seduced by the Season by Merline Lovelace. DNF Evidence of Desire by Debra Webb. 1 star. Very corny story. The writing seemed amateurish. Season of Wonder by Marta Perry. 2 stars. I didn't find the story to be anything s The 1st story by Leslie Kelly is 'And a Dead Guy in a Pear Tree'. I didn't care for it very much. The hero was both beta and a reporter, two of my least favorite plot devices. There was also a cheesy "weekend at Bernie's" theme to the story which was an eye roller for me. 1 star/D- Seduced by the Season by Merline Lovelace. DNF Evidence of Desire by Debra Webb. 1 star. Very corny story. The writing seemed amateurish. Season of Wonder by Marta Perry. 2 stars. I didn't find the story to be anything special. Overall this was a disappointed.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Penny Riley

    Very entertaining book with short holiday stories with characters that you will like. Stories are sweet and have happy endings with no cliffhangers. I enjoyed them and now are going to check out the other books the authors have written. Highly recommended if your still in the mood for feel good holiday stories.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    Good Reads All the stories were well written and interesting. The stories draw the reader into the lives of the characters. Worth the read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Audra

    I love these types of stories. Easy to read, keeps you interested, like the script of a great chick flick. Some of them should be chick flicks! Especially the one on the beach!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Elena

    Average 3* because i really liked the first 2 stories... The second two are nothing special... And a Dead Guy in a Pear Tree - 3.5* Holly and Zach have a long history and a misunderstanding in the past that has ruined their relationship. However, a murder in their small town reunites them and they get to rekindle their romance... I just didn't like the unrealistic abandon with which they keep having sex all over her grandparents' house (kitchen/living room, etc...) without any regard for the gran Average 3* because i really liked the first 2 stories... The second two are nothing special... And a Dead Guy in a Pear Tree - 3.5* Holly and Zach have a long history and a misunderstanding in the past that has ruined their relationship. However, a murder in their small town reunites them and they get to rekindle their romance... I just didn't like the unrealistic abandon with which they keep having sex all over her grandparents' house (kitchen/living room, etc...) without any regard for the grandparents that could catch them at any moment... Seduced by the Season - 4* An FBI agent goes to Dublin to track an art theif. He meets an art history student and she helps him with his case... They fall in love... Cute...except the way she is American but speaks with a heavy Irish brogue, after only 2 years in Dublin!? Who are you kidding?! Evidence of Desire - 2.5* Olivia is new at work, at a forensic lab, and is attracted to her colleague, Jacob. Strange things start happening and Olivia begins to suspect that someone is sabotaging her work... This seemed like an interesting enough story until she started stalking Jacob who was clearly showing signs of not being interested in her! Then on top of that - the silly office murder mystery... Unrealistic... Season of Wonder - 1.5* Another reviwer put it the best - "Oh whatever!". My sentiments exactly. The woman is acting like a major b*tch to the guy the whole time, while shamelessly using him for repairing her house that she plans to sell. He is a pushover the whole time, but also gets annoying with "you don't need a well paid city job, just move to the village with me - who needs money??". I'm not sure how he thinks she is supposed to pay for her daughter's multiple surgeries... Even the author seems to have this whole "she is a money grabber from the big city" attitude and it is played off poorly, since the woman genuinly needs money for her daughter's medical care!! In the end, the woman just reaches an epiphany and quits her city job (real smart!). Finally, we are hinted at the fact that he might actually have money, but we don't know for sure. The end! Pretty stupid story where all the characters are annoying - even the poor sick girl is bratty...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Barb

    Cute little stories that just happen to take place close to Thanksgiving/Christmas. Between all 4 stories, I liked Evidence of Desire by Debra Webb the best. It was about a crime lab worker that finds she is attracted to a coworker... one that doesn't seem to like her let alone know she's alive. All that changes when she finds herself in danger. Next, i liked Season of Wonder by Marta Perry. It was abut 2 childhood friends that rediscover themselves and each other,during the holidays. Next one wa Cute little stories that just happen to take place close to Thanksgiving/Christmas. Between all 4 stories, I liked Evidence of Desire by Debra Webb the best. It was about a crime lab worker that finds she is attracted to a coworker... one that doesn't seem to like her let alone know she's alive. All that changes when she finds herself in danger. Next, i liked Season of Wonder by Marta Perry. It was abut 2 childhood friends that rediscover themselves and each other,during the holidays. Next one was Seduced by the Season by Merline Lovelace. This was about a waitress and a FBI agent. They help each other investigate a crime over the holiday season. The last one, and the one i liked the least was And a Dead Guy in a Pear Tree by Leslie Kelly. It was about a granddaughter that helps her grandparents save their home, by turning it into a B&B. They get a crew to come out and interview them, and tour their B&B, with the hopes of drawing in business. But the owners find a dead body wrapped in her Christmas tree. So they must hide it from a visiting camera crew. Some stories are better if read during the holiday as intended, but in this case it wouldn't have made a difference. I'm not the type to stop reading a book, but i almost did this one. Glad i kept going though, cause most of the stories were fairly decent.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Disclaimer: snark and gifs. you have been warned. How I felt going into this collection. There was a lot of fluff and romance. I can't remember most of them. The first one gets an F in forensics. They moved a dead body around and didn't call the cops until later. Idiots. This is me after reading that. The last story was the worst. It should be renamed Stalker-r-us. Her neighbor pretty much encouraged her to stalk the love interest, by showing up uninvited. She showed up with an x-mas tree, and decor Disclaimer: snark and gifs. you have been warned. How I felt going into this collection. There was a lot of fluff and romance. I can't remember most of them. The first one gets an F in forensics. They moved a dead body around and didn't call the cops until later. Idiots. This is me after reading that. The last story was the worst. It should be renamed Stalker-r-us. Her neighbor pretty much encouraged her to stalk the love interest, by showing up uninvited. She showed up with an x-mas tree, and decorations and it was pretty creepy. It was not romantic at all. wtf writer. I see what you did thar.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    I am not really a fan of traditional harlequin books anyways because I find them to be unbelievable and perpetuating of a lot of messed up ideas. But they were all fun, easy reading and it's not like I read them expecting much character development. The third one was the best in my opinion. Just once though I wish it was like "Well, that was spontaneous and fun but as it turns out our personalities and life goals don't jive so this isn't going to work in the long run" instead of falling instantly I am not really a fan of traditional harlequin books anyways because I find them to be unbelievable and perpetuating of a lot of messed up ideas. But they were all fun, easy reading and it's not like I read them expecting much character development. The third one was the best in my opinion. Just once though I wish it was like "Well, that was spontaneous and fun but as it turns out our personalities and life goals don't jive so this isn't going to work in the long run" instead of falling instantly in happily-ever-after love-at-first-sight. Just to be different. If anyone knows a harlequin like that I would really like to know because I think there needs to be at least one book representing for honesty out there!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jess B

    This books was hardly worth reading...and I don't normally read anything "Harlequin" but it was free and I was looking for holiday books. That being said, I thought the first story was fun, I barely remember the middle two and the last story showed promise but they were all of course far too short. As such the characters were all flat and hard to get attached to. If the first and last stories were novels I think I could enjoy them. As short novellas (and hardly that) they didn't impact me much a This books was hardly worth reading...and I don't normally read anything "Harlequin" but it was free and I was looking for holiday books. That being said, I thought the first story was fun, I barely remember the middle two and the last story showed promise but they were all of course far too short. As such the characters were all flat and hard to get attached to. If the first and last stories were novels I think I could enjoy them. As short novellas (and hardly that) they didn't impact me much at all.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Vivian

    Leslie Kelly's " And a Dead Guy in a Pear Tree" I like Kelly's writing, smart and sexy. This one is funny, too. Wonderful holiday novella about a second chance romance. "Seduced by the Season" is sweet and fun. Set in Dublin it is filled with references to pubs, Trinity College, and pagans. All I can say is white vinegar? Really? Not malt? Debra Webb's "Evidence of Desire" is suspense offering. Few clues are given throughout the novella, so the wrap-up has a bit of the illusionist's trick to it. "S Leslie Kelly's " And a Dead Guy in a Pear Tree" I like Kelly's writing, smart and sexy. This one is funny, too. Wonderful holiday novella about a second chance romance. "Seduced by the Season" is sweet and fun. Set in Dublin it is filled with references to pubs, Trinity College, and pagans. All I can say is white vinegar? Really? Not malt? Debra Webb's "Evidence of Desire" is suspense offering. Few clues are given throughout the novella, so the wrap-up has a bit of the illusionist's trick to it. "Season of Wonder" is a sweet, unobtrusive Christian story.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Katy Beth Mckee

    A great Christmas anthology. While the stories have your typical sweet holiday connection miracles this set of stories stand out a bit because there is a bit more to these story then just the hearts and flowers. With the bit intrigue, crimes to solve, and a lot of bitterness to overcome this set of stories make a refreshing change from the typical stories. I enjoyed this volume a lot more than I expected.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    I had fun reading this anthology. Each of the stories is a mystery. And each of the stories gives a wonderful holiday love story along with the mystery. These are quick reads and if you want to have a terrific time - reading and enjoying Christmas mysteries, this is the book for you. Fun plots and characters who keep the reader interested. Enjoy and have a merry and mysterious holiday.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gizzie

    "A Dead Guy in a Pear Tree" was humorus and had a good plot but was lacking in the sex sceen. I'd rate it at a 3. "Seduced by the Season" was too short to be good. The story was rushed. My rating is 2.5. "Evidence of Desire " this story followed nicely and held my intrest along with a surprise ending. I'd rate this at a 3.5. "Season of Wonder" I couldnt get into this story because the writing seem to be written for a teen reader. Because of that i wont rate this story.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dee Renee Chesnut

    I downloaded this book to my Nook when it was free from BN.com. I like the opportunity to read new-to-me authors. This collection gives me the opportunity to read from four authors. There are all enjoyable, quick reads. My favorite was "Season of Wonder" by Marta Perry because it was sweet. I recommend it for fans of the romance genre.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mojca

    And A Dead Guy in a Pear Tree Idiotic premise...Who moves a dead body because a TV crew is coming and you want a good publicity for your (guest-less) inn? Seduced by the Season A rather redundant story, if you ask me. Evidence of Desire Rivalry in a forensic lab...Oh, please. Season of Wonder Whatever.

  18. 5 out of 5

    celticminx (aka: kristi or "k")

    Christmas Romance mystery/suspense lovers unite! This was so enjoyable I had a hard time putting it down. Great authors that many of us know and love... And a Dead Guy in a Pear Tree by Leslie Kelly Seduced by the Season by Merline Lovelace Evidence of Desire by Debra Webb Season of Wonder by Marta Perry ...happy reading!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    DNF. Nope. Can't do it. These are just too boring. Most of these have great premises (especially the first one) and then they waste it with less than stellar writing and poor characterization. Lots of telling and not showing. Having read novellas that can pull off at least decent characterization in a short amount of time, I was hoping for better. :-(

  20. 5 out of 5

    Margot M. Gregory

    Two great stories and two I would not recommend I enjoyed the story by Debra Webb and Martha Perry. Both where enjoyable. As for the other two stories they contained explicit sexual contend that detracted from an already mediocre story line. I am certain I will not read these two authors again.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sally

    These four novellas are all about falling in love around Christmas time. I enjoyed reading each novella, there was enough to keep you interested in reading about each character and they were just long enough to keep the momentum going. This book was free so an excellent way to get into the Christmas spirit and enjoy reading about different characters finding and rekindling love.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Amelia Elizabeth

    So this 3 star rating was an average since I liked some of these novellas more than others. Seduced by the Season was my favorite getting 4 stars, And a Dead Guy in a Pear Tree got 3 stars and both Evidence of Desire and Season of Wonder got 2 stars.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    the only reason i got this is because it was free, and with the way this book was formatted, plus the overlarge font and darkness of the print, i didn't enjoy it nearly as much as i wanted to. the 4 stories were--ok, the first 2 were ok, the other 2 not so much to my taste.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    A very easy read, went quickly and was enjoyable through and through. I enjoyed the first story the most~ The story was cute and funny without going to far over the top. I thought the last story was whinny and ended very abrutly. The ending really didn't even make sense.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    I normally give short story books three stars, but this one left me wanting. There was more to the stories and you were sort of left hanging at the end of each one. I mean, you can come to your own conclusions, but if I were going to do that I think I'd be a writer, not a reader.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn

    These were cute short stories that would be okay around holiday time if you are busy shopping and just need a good short story fix.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    Great book! I loved all four stories.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Hazel Butler

    overall I had to give this collection two stars. I liked the second one kind of, the other three were really ... meh.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    Four Christmas based romances that make for a quick read in the Holiday season. Quite enjoyable.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I don't mind the odd Harlequin romance, but apparently I only like them when they're full-length. All of the stories in this anthology just felt rushed. A good pick-up-put-down-whenever read, though.

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