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To All A Good Night

Donna Kauffman, Jill Shalvis, HelenKay Dimon























Release Date:
September 30, 2008

Contemporary Romance


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Reviewed by
Jennifer Ray

Review Posted:
September 2008


When the winter nights grow long, you’ll be oh-so-glad to have a toasty little romance to warm you all over.  Luckily for romance readers, Kensington Books is releasing a trio of stories that fit the bill in TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!

As you would expect from the title for this anthology, each story is set during the Christmas holiday.  But that’s not where the similarities end between the three tales.  Each also serves a healthy dose of fun along with the romance, with sexy banter and appealing characters.

~UNLEASHED by Donna Kauffman~ 

When Emma accepted a job pet-sitting for a billionaire over the holidays, she never expected to find her employer’s hunky great-nephew in the house.  She especially wasn’t prepared for his romantic interest, or the way Trevor makes her feel… 

I absolutely loved the chemistry between Emma and Trevor in UNLEASHED!  Donna Kauffman delivers a great little romance that is as inspiring as it is fun.

Trevor undergoes a life-altering transformation during his time with Emma at the mansion.  Family secrets he once thought crucial for him to uncover now seem less so when face to face with the woman who proves herself the love of his life without even trying.

Emma is unlike any woman Trevor has met before.  Unimpressed by his name, fortune, or even his looks, she never pulls her punches with him, endearing him more surely than the most flattering sycophant ever could.  She never lets him get away with anything, even as he can see that she is as attracted to him as he is to her, making her the kind of woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with.

Ms. Kauffman ends the story with a bit of a tease, hinting at a sequel that might further explore the mysteries in Trevor’s family.  I, for one, am certainly looking forward to it! 

~FINDING MR. RIGHT by Jill Shalvis~ 

Unlucky in love, Maggie decides to change her tactics.  Instead of dating men who seem right for her, maybe it is time to date someone who seems totally wrong for her.  And who better than hunky Jacob Wahler to explore that theory with?

Brainy Maggie Bell has had a crush on Jacob ever since they were in high school together.  Now the handsome contractor is back in her life with a construction job for her employer, and is just the ticket for a sexy little no-strings-attached one night stand.  Sounds simple, right?  But it’s that one-time part that trips her up when she realizes once with Jacob will never be enough…

I’ve been meaning to read something by Jill Shalvis for some time, so I was pleased to find she was part of this anthology.  Having heard great things about her work for some time now, my expectations were high, and Ms. Shalvis did not disappoint me.

My, oh my…  Why in the world don’t the construction workers in my world every look like Jacob?  This hero proves himself more than capable of fixing just about anything a woman might need help with – and he shows that admirably when he helps Maggie with her little problem.  *grin*

Maggie is hilarious!  Quirky, smart, and sweet, this heroine had me laughing all the way through, even as I identified with her on more than one occasion.  I was thrilled to see her get her man.

~CAN YOU HAND ME THE TAPE? By HelenKay Dimon~ 

Natalie will do just about anything to get the naughty tape she made for her ex-boyfriend back.  Unfortunately, that means enlisting the help of Spencer Donovan – bane of her existence.  OK, maybe not quite the bane, but neither their personal nor professional interactions have been exactly friendly in the past.

Criminal defense attorney Spencer isn’t quite sure how he let himself be conned into helping Natalie retrieve the tape, but he knows exactly what he wants from the sexy probation officer  in return for his assistance… 

The main reason I wanted to read TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT was because I am a fan of HelenKay Dimon’s.  The fact that I really enjoyed the other author’s entries in this anthology was just icing on the cake for me.

As usual, Ms. Dimon gives readers a treat to excite their romantic hearts.  This author can always be depended on for a story that is as simultaneously witty, sweet, and sexy.  Her characters engage readers from the first page, and soon feel as if they are people you might know in real life.

Natalie and Spencer are beautiful together.  When the story begins, they’ve already known each other for some time, but neither has considered the other in a romantic sense until now.  The fact that Natalie was dating Spencer’s business partner until recently had a lot to do with that.

But now that she is free, Spencer begins to see her in a whole new light – the idea of Natalie performing on camera in the buff for her ex inspires quite a few new ideas about her.  His interest isn’t as superficial as that sounds, however.  It isn’t long before Spencer realizes his feelings for Natalie goes a lot deeper than he ever expected.

Natalie’s ex did a number on her self-esteem.  She’s slowly rebuilding her confidence, but still isn’t quite prepared for Spencer’s romantic interest.  Of course, she isn’t opposed to it – not once she realizes how serious he is.  What woman in her right mind would be?  Watching as this woman recovers her belief in herself is wonderfully moving.

CAN YOU HAND ME THE TAPE? is a perfect illustration of why HelenKay Dimon is in my list of favorite authors.



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