Fans of rock star romances will find much to love in this charming collection of nine stories set in the gritty world of music fame. Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Christmas with a Rock Star, along with my impressions of the Runaway Train-inspired The Gift by Katie Ashley, then add this sweet and sexy collection to your bookshelf too!
A collection of Christmas themed short stories from New York Times and USA Today bestselling rock star romance authors. Hot rock stars for Christmas. The perfect gift to crank up the heat on a cold winter night.
MY IMPRESSIONS OF THE GIFT:
Fans of rock star romances will get a decadently delightful selection of stories in this anthology. With stories from nine of today’s best authors, readers will get tales of opposites attracting, characters trying to live up to their obligations, and the ups and downs of fame...all told with emotional intensity. The tales told here are full of temptations and pulls readers in wholeheartedly while leaving us wanting more..
In a tale that epitomizes the true meaning of love, The Gift by Katie Ashley shows readers the unconditional kind that’s not contingent on biology and depicts a modern definition of family. Set against the backdrop of the rock star world, a couple whose forbidden romance had them fighting to reach their HEA gets the perfect Christmas gift courtesy of an unwed mother. It’s a slice of life depicted in this novella, a picture perfect moment meant for a Christmas card, as the warmth of the holiday adds to the joy a new little addition brings to their family.
Bassist for the famous rock band Runaway Train, Rhys is sex-on-a-stick on stage while showing a sweet and caring side off stage in scenes with his nieces and nephews. Though his upbringing lacked in warmth, he’s ready to be a dad after finding his soul mate, and together they open up their hearts to make their “family” even bigger. There’s an overflow of love between Rhys and his wife Allison that has them embracing unexpected parenthood and the tender scenes seen here brought a tear to my eye. Alongside this strong-willed couple readers are reintroduced to Rhys’s bandmates and the women they love who enhanced the feelings of love and joy permeating this story and through their heartwarming interactions this cast of characters redefine what it means to be a family. From the first page to the last this is a tale that warms the heart. It’s a feel-good tale full of heart and soul with characters that endeared themselves to me in another satisfying addition to Ms. Ashley’s rock star series.
The other eight authors found in this collection are some of my favorites with stories that are part of well-loved series. I enjoyed the nostalgia of seeing past characters, and being introduced to new ones, in sweet and sexy stories perfect for reading by the Christmas tree. Instead of an Advent Calendar counting down the days until Christmas, readers will instead want to read a story a day to not only make you smile but to bring a bit of heat to the chilly weather courtesy of this delightful collection.
My rating for this is an A.
*I got the novella from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.
Katie Ashley is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author of both Indie and Traditionally published books. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her daughter, Olivia, and her spoiled mutt, Duke. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Shakespeare, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Scooby-Doo.
With a BA in English, a BS in Secondary English Education, and a Masters in Adolescent English Education, she spent eleven years teaching both middle and high school English, as well as a few adjunct college English classes. As of January 2013, she hung up her red pen and expo markers to become a full-time writer. Each and every day she counts her blessings to be able to do her dream job.
Although her roots are firmly planted in the red Georgia clay, she loves traveling the country and world to meet readers and hang out with fellow authors. When she’s not writing or chasing down her toddler, you might find her watching reruns of The Golden Girls, reading historical biographies, along with romance novels, or spending way too much time on Facebook.