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!Read E-pub ⚺ Under The Kissing Bough µ brand new novellasbest selling romance authors A holiday themed collection like no other What happens under the kissing bough doesn t necessarily stay beneath the kissing bough According to lore, the origins of which date to the late th century, no lady should refuse a kiss beneath the mistletoe else she will not marry in the next year In exchange for the kiss, a berry is removed from the spring until all of the berries are gone and no kisses can be stolen Some also believe that a sprig of mistletoe collected from a local church and placed beneath a maiden s pillow will inspire dreams of her future husband What happens when fifteen daring heroines pin their hopes on mistletoe, a little luck, and a kiss in this multi genre, limited edition holiday collection frombestselling authors Pure holiday magic This set includes USA TODAY bestselling and Internationally bestselling authors Sandy Blair, Suzanne Ferrell, Kathryn Le Veque, Jeanne Adams, Anna Campbell, Tina De Salvo, Barbara Devlin, Joan Kayse, Catherine Kean, Anna Markland, Hildie McQueen, Meara Platt, Elizabeth Rose, Jordan K Rose, and Lana WilliamsTartan Bows Mistletoe by Sandy BlairClose to Santa s Heart by Suzanne FerrellUpon A Midnight Dream by Kathryn Le VequeMistletoe and the Major by Anna CampbellHunt for Christmas by Tina deSalvoHold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me by Barbara DevlinAn Irish Gift by Joan KayseOne Knight s Kiss by Catherine KeanUnkissable Knight by Anna MarklandChristina, A Bride for Christmas by Hildie McQueenIf You Loved Me by Meara PlattDestiny s Kiss by Elizabeth RoseHer Vampire Protector by Jordon K RoseDancing Under the Mistletoe by Lana WilliamsA Yule to Remember by Jeanne Adams Wonderful AuthorsWhat a wonderful group of stories of love, Christmas, new beginnings and romance I enjoyed each of the stories and having a wonderful theme of the kissing bough may it ever better. I bought this for 0.99 because it provided 15 novellas Fifteen I read about 10 of them because I only felt like historicals, but of those I enjoyed 4 of them Sandy Blair s Tartans and Bows was adorable and the initial meeting of the characters was one of the funniest I ve ever read Kathryn Le Veque s Upon a Midnight Dream was eerie, dreamlike, and haunting not a good romance though Anna Campbells s Mistletoe and the Major was one of my favorite second chances stories I loved the drama an I bought this for 0.99 because it provided 15 novellas Fifteen I read about 10 of them because I only felt like historicals, but of those I enjoyed 4 of them Sandy Blair s Tartans and Bows was adorable and the initial meeting of the characters was one of the funniest I ve ever read Kathryn Le Veque s Upon a Midnight Dream was eerie, dreamlike, and haunting not a good romance though Anna Campbells s Mistletoe and the Major was one of my favorite second chances stories I loved the drama and the longing to connect this was my favorite of the bunch Catherine Kean s One Knight s Kiss was fun and had all of the medieval flair without a lot of drama there was one silly scene but overall was enjoyableThe other historicals were either forgettable or horrible Two that come to mind are Unkissable Knight and Meara Platt s installment Unkissable Knight had some of the worse sensual writing I ve ever seen and Platt s had ninny for a heroine I couldn t finish either.Overall, worth the 0.99, even for just those 4 I will be re reading Blair s and Campbell s in future holiday seasons Highly recommended collection of short holiday novellas from a group of talented authors Worth picking up for a steal of a price right now and reading as needed to keep you in the Holiday spirit I ve only read Close to Santa s Heart Suzanne Ferrell s contribution to this boxset If your a fan of her Westen series you ll love this sweet Christmas romance that features gentle giant Deputy Cleetus Junkins and the woman s he has had a crush on for years As the blurb for the boxset doesnt tell you about each story I m going to put those below Lots of these stories are Victorian or from the regency time period Tartan Bows Mistletoe by Sandy Blair Close to Santa s Heart by Suzanne Fer I ve only read Close to Santa s Heart Suzanne Ferrell s contribution to this boxset If your a fan of her Westen series you ll love this sweet Christmas romance that features gentle giant Deputy Cleetus Junkins and the woman s he has had a crush on for years As the blurb for the boxset doesnt tell you about each story I m going to put those below Lots of these stories are Victorian or from the regency time period Tartan Bows Mistletoe by Sandy Blair Close to Santa s Heart by Suzanne Ferrell As Westen s resident Santa, Deputy Cleetus Junkins brings the magic of Christmas to his beloved home town each year He oversees lighting the tree in the square and raising the huge mistletoe kissing bough in the gazebo At the parties he visits with children and the elderly Amid all this joy even Santa can be lonely Or he used to be This year, Cleetus has a helper Sylvie Gillis came to Westen for a fresh start only to have her heart immediately melted by a shy gentle giant of a deputy Her childhood was short on happiness but playing elf to Cleetus Santa makes her want to believe in Christmas miracles As Cleetus and Sylvie help bring Christmas joy to the citizens of Westen, the holiday magic weaves its way into their hearts Will the reason Sylvie left home come between them or can she stay Close To Santa s Heart Upon A Midnight Dream by Kathryn Le Veque A weary knight returning from King Richard s crusade, Sir Rennington of Ashbourne comes back to England only to realize he is essentially homeless His father has died and his elder brother has inherited everything Unwanted, and nearly destitute, Ren finds his way to Derby Cathedral on a snowy December night to sleep and figure out what he is going to do with his life As he dozes beneath the boughs of mistletoe, hung for the Christmastide season, he hears the chatter of two women as they plot against their eldest sister A woman, they say, who lost her betrothed on Richard s crusade and who has vowed never to wed Unfortunately, their wealthy father has declared that the eldest daughter, his heiress, must marry before the younger daughters can entertain suits of their own, so the two sisters hatch a scheme to force their sister to dream of the man she is to marry They pluck berries from the Christmas boughs hung around the cathedral with the sole purpose of sneaking them beneath their eldest sister s pillow so she will dream of her love As Ren hears the plot, he hatches one of his own he will go to the eldest sister and coerce the woman into marrying him No longer will he be homeless he will marry a woman of wealth and assume her money It seems like an excellent scheme but the moment he arrives at Thulston Manor, he realizes he may have gotten himself into a situation that will come back to haunt him The heiress is not at all as he expected And so begins the unconventional romance of Sir Rennington of Ashbourne and Lady Holly St Maur.Mistletoe and the Major by Anna Campbell The Major is home from the wars at last Edmund Black, Major Lord Canforth, has devoted eight tumultuous years to fighting Napoleon Finally Europe is at peace, and he can retire to his estates and the lovely wife he hasn t seen since their brief, unhappy honeymoon The innocent girl he loved from the first moment he saw her, but who shied away from him on their wedding night The beautiful woman who greets him at Otway Hall on Christmas Eve is no longer the sweet ing nue he remembers This new and exciting version of his beloved countess is strong, outspoken, and independent, and she s willing to stand up for what she wants The question is does she want the husband who returns to her armsas a stranger than a spouse Now the real battle begins Felicity, Lady Canforth, has had eight long years to regret that she sent her husband from a cold marriage bed to face brutal combat, danger and hardship The only child of elderly parents, Felicity came to marriage innocent and ignorant, and unable to conceal her shock at the sensual power of the earl s caresses Before she found the nerve to offer Canforth agenerous welcome, he was called away to war The Major left behind a countess who was a bride, not a wife a woman unsure of her husband s feelings, and too timid to confess how fervently she desires the man she wed Fate has granted an older, wiser Felicity a second chance to win her husband s heart Now nothing is going to stop her from claiming victory over the famous war hero This Christmas, she ll deploy every ounce of courage, purpose and passion to seize the life and love she s longed for ever since Canforth left to serve his country Whatever it costs, whatever it takes, she ll lure the dashing Major back into her bed, where she means to show him he s the only man she wants as her lover and her love After years of yearning and separation, will a Christmas miracle heal the wounds of the past and offer the earl and his bride a future bright with love Hunt for Christmas by Tina deSalvo Traditions, mistletoe kisses and second chances The Cajun Christmas on the Bayou Celebration is an annual event in the remote town of Fa La, Louisiana, nicknamed Fa La La It has supported generations of the families who live in the tiny, isolated bayou community This year may be the last Thanks to Hunter James who bought the neighboring island, they can no longer use his land for a major part of the celebration The island is his home where he expects to find much needed peace and quiet He doesn t want Christmas lights, music and revelers on his land no matter what Fa La La s beautiful advocate, Dr Camille Comeaux, says as she tries to change his mind and changes his heart Will Camille fight to steal Hunter s peace so her family can have theirs Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me by Barbara Devlin A once great love Sold into marriage at sixteen, widowed at nineteen, and mired in a scandal of her own making at twenty two, Lady Moreton has fallen on hard times Alone, shunned by society, and on the verge of homelessness, she desperately searches for salvation When Almira receives an intriguing invitation to join one of England s most respected families for Christmas, she clings to hope, to the possibility of rescue, and packs her best gowns Two broken hearts Heir to a tarnished title, Lord Nicholas Sheldon seeks to right the wrongs of his past, after his father is found floating in the Thames, and his younger brother faces trial for kidnapping a high ranking member of the peerage In exchange for evidence in support of the Crown s charges, Nicholas wants only one thing the beautiful woman who stole his heart, so long ago Pinning his hopes on a kiss beneath the kissing bough, he enlists the aid of his onetime enemies, journeys to Portsea Island, and risks everything for a chance at happiness.An Irish Gift by Joan Kayse Leithprachaun warrior Killian revels in the joy, love, laughter and good craic of life After all, that s the treasure he s been given to protect, the one ingrained within his very soul But centuries ago, a vengeful Banshee queen cursed his clan and stole all of the vital essences that bind the mortal and Fae worlds Killian is a warrior, and maintains a fa ade of good nature and enthusiasm while he battles increasing despair that threatens his soul He needs an anchor and finds it in an unlikely place Kathryn Smithfield is just the type of female Killian could see himself bonding with Kind, gracious, full of spirit and mortal A flaw easy to overlook but he s not so certain he can ignore the attraction she displays to his best friend, Colin Earl of Keshlea A simple matter to persuade Kathryn of his superior attributes but Killian s plans are derailed by an attack from dark forces intent on destroying both worlds With help from his Leithprachaun clan, the enemy is defeated and he turns his attention back to the woman who holds his heart in her hands But Leithprachaun s are not the lucky sort A seer reveals that the key to Killian recovering his treasure lies with the choice Kathryn makes under the Kissing Bough As the clock strikes midnight, will Killian find the salvation he craves Only time will tell.One Knight s Kiss by Catherine Kean Days before Christmas, Lady Honoria Whitford buys a book at the market to add to her prized collection Lord Tristan de Champagne, her brother s best friend who will be spending the holidays with them, is Intrigued by her love of romantic tales but resents how enchanting he finds her, for he s vowed never to risk his heart again As Christmas mischief under the Kissing Bough unfolds, so does the secret of the book one destined to bring great peril but also ever after love Unkissable Knight by Anna Markland Dervenn de Roure is a hero of the Battle of Hastings, the same conflict that left Victorine de Toeni orphaned and facing poverty She must marry to survive Dervenn s scarred face bears testimony to his sacrifice, but the haughty Victorine cannot overlook the fact he is a Breton, not a Norman It might take the scheming of an unlikely matchmaker like William the Conqueror to make her see Dervenn is the man she needs Christina, A Bride for Christmas by Hildie McQueenIf You Loved Me by Meara Pratt Adelaide Farthingale s journey from York to London as Christmas approaches takes an unexpectedly romantic turn when Desmond Cameron, the Marquis of Blackfell rescues her from an overturned carriage The problem is, she s on her way to London to meet her intended husband and can t possibly fall in love with Desmond can she Adelaide keeps tucking that darn kissing bough under her pillow in the hope of dreaming of the man she s supposed to marry, but Desmond keeps popping up in her dreams Desmond Cameron is in no hurry to marry and he certainly has no intention of marrying Adelaide Farthingale, for as a marquis he can aim far higher than the daughter of a merchant But Adelaide, neglected by her father and raised in isolation in a lonely abbey north of York, simply tugs at his heart She s as hopeful as Desmond is cynical, and so eager to gain her father s approval, that she s about to sacrifice her happiness by marrying his business partner But after a kiss under the mistletoe, Desmond knows Adelaide is the Christmas miracle he s been yearning for.Destiny s Kiss by Elizabeth Rose Lady Annalyse Granville is the cursed second born twin, feared by all and said to have been spawned by the devil Hidden away in an abbey most her life, she now returns to her father s castle at the request of her very pregnant sister who happens to be the king s mistress Things change in Annalyse s life quickly as soon as one of her father s guests, a Scot named Ross from Clan Douglas, traps her under the kissing bough and she receives her first kiss.Her Vampire Protector by Jordon K RoseDancing Under the Mistletoe by Lana WilliamsA Yule to Remember by Jeanne Adams Welcome to the witchiest town in the world Haven Harbor, Massachusetts It s the merriest of holidays and Yule and Christmas celebrations bring out the mischief and mistletoe Caught under the kissing bough, Annie Boylston and Reyn Shapleigh are elected the King and Queen of the Yule Ball, and must spend the week in revelry and celebration Unfortunately, someone in town isn t so happy about the holidays An arsonist is trying to disrupt the joyful season, bringing fire and destruction to Haven Harbor As the fire chief, Reyn is on the front line, using every bit of his training and magick to find the firebug Annie s cooking store is one of the arsonist s targets, as are other thriving businesses in town As the fire of attraction grows between Reyn and Annie, the arsonist gets bolder In a race to stop the fires, Reyn and Annie find one another in this hot mistletoe tale