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Holiday Movie Reviews

This year, I’ve been ill for the pre-holiday season, which means that instead of being at work all day and working on writing in the evenings, I’ve been vegging on the sofa with my trusty tissue box. This has given me ample time to watch excessive amounts of Hallmark and Lifetime holiday movies.

I’ll begin by admitting that I love cheesy holiday love stories. I’m not Christian, but I still love the movies. (I’m Pagan, and Solstice–with all the trimmings–is pretty much where all the Christmas traditions come from.) My all-time favorite is Holiday in Handcuffs, not only because of the handcuffs, but because I have a soft spot for Melissa Joan Hart and Mario Lopez. But that wasn’t on this year. Here’s a brief overview of SOME of the movies I watched.

nutcrackerA Nutcracker Christmas (Amy Acker and Sascha Radetsky)–3 Stars. A great take on a second chance romance. Amy Acker does a job on the stage, and she has great chemistry with the male lead, but the story glosses over their early romance to focus on them getting back together 8 years later. I liked this one, but I feel like I could have bonded with the major players better if the hero and heroine had spent more time together. The character of Mark was a bit underdeveloped, which was a shame because they gave him an interesting backstory. Overall, I liked it, but I probably wouldn’t see it again. (I am not a fan of ballet, so that colors my opinion.)

Heaven Sent (Christian Kane and Marley Shelton)–5 stars. Okay, I’ll admit that I heaven-senthad no intention of watching this one. When the holiday shows get all preachy and overtly religious, I tend to steer clear of them. However, I love Christian Kane. I still call him Lindsay from when he was in Angel–doesn’t matter what role he plays. In Heaven Sent, we get the story of a couple in the midst of divorce. I loved that the backstory unfolded as the characters developed. Kane and Shelton have chemistry, and it’s apparent that Billy and Marie Taylor still very much love each other. When a little runaway angel winds up in their house, they band together to take care of this little celestial girl. As the time they spend together becomes more and more meaningful for them, the heartbreak of their story is revealed. I won’t spoil the ending for you, but I’ll warn you to have tissues handy. I sobbed like a baby.

family-for-christmasFamily for Christmas (Lacey Chabert and Tyron Leitso)–4 stars. Whenever I see something with former Party of Five star Lacey Chabert, I always check it out. She’s just as cute now as she was then. Add to that Director Amanda Tapping’s talent (I miss SG-1) and there was no way I wasn’t watching. Family for Christmas is that take on the “It’s a Wonderful Life” trope, only in this one Hannah wishes to know what her life would be like if she’d married her college sweetheart. She wakes up to find her high-powered city life is gone, and now she’s a stay-at-home mom with two kids. What I particularly liked about this is that she didn’t have to choose between motherhood and a career. The ending was perfect, as I’d expect from an Amanda Tapping venture.

Snow Bride (Katrina Law and Jordan Belfi)–5 stars. I’ll admit to having the hots for snow-brideKatrina Law. In this movie, Greta Kaine plays a tabloid reporter who finds her way into the holiday home of the Tannenhills (a Kennedy-esque political family). This is her ticket to journalistic fame, but when she falls for the eldest son, Ben, she starts listening to her moral compass. The characters were loveable–Greta, who finds love and the career she’s always wanted, and Ben, the dutiful political son who doesn’t want to go into politics–and the storyline was well-executed. You definitely get that “Awwwww” moment that makes your heart happy. I’ve watched this one twice already.

I’ve watched a ton more, but these ones were the most memorable for me right now. Have you seen any of these? Do you have others you liked that weren’t mentioned here? I’d love to hear about them.

Want to review an ARC of Re/Claimed?

Greetings bloggers and reviewers! Re/Claimed (Doms of the FBI 3) is due out in July. If you would like an opportunity to review an ARC of Re/Claimed before it comes out, please contact me. Here’s the link to the request form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/15Y6VHPVa849oLgU_H3Uvi5wzMUmvQjMw-j2jgB_OkKo/viewform?c=0&w=1

I’m seeking honest reviews, especially from bloggers/reviewers who have read Re/Bound and Re/Paired and who have posted honest reviews of them on their website, Goodreads, Amazon, All Romance eBooks, or Barnes and Noble. The ARC has not gone through final edits or proofing, so expect some typographical errors at this point.

Both Re/Bound and Re/Paired have been selected for a number of honors, including Top Picks and Recommended Reads. Here is the blurb for Re/Claimed:

Layla’s wicked fantasies had already caused problems that left her with deep emotional scars, so when she got a second chance to live them out, she insisted on strict rules and boundaries.

Dustin agreed to abide by Layla’s rules because that’s the only way he could have her, but after a while, it wasn’t enough. He wanted the whole woman—the impulsive, stubborn parts as well as her sweet, generous side—and so he insists she give him a fair chance to prove he’s worthy of her love. He’s over the moon when she agrees to date him, even if she insists on a vanilla relationship.

Complicating matters is the return of her abusive ex-Master, a kidnapped child, and a human trafficking ring that’s been targeting teens from the community center Layla runs. When the investigation turns up nothing, Layla takes desperate measures that put her and Dustin in danger.

In Re/Claimed (Doms of the FBI 3), Michele Zurlo delivers another hot, heartwrenching, and stunning BDSM romantic suspense tale.

 

Warnings: D/s, kidnap/breaking-and-entering fantasy play, impact play, bondage, spanking, anal play, electric play, and some seriously sexy kinky footwear

Word Count: 85,598

5-Star Review for Dragon Kisses 1

Dragon Kisses 1 got a 5-star review from Laura Seiberling at Romance Novel Giveaways. Read the full review HERE. She said things like, “This was a cool, and yet smoking hot, book!” and “I would absolutely read more books in this series.” Click on the link to enter a contest for a $10 gift card to Amazon or BN, read blurbs for all three books, and an excerpt from DK1.

Find out more about DK1.

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As more than one reader has said to me, watch out for book 3. It’ll bring you to your knees–expect laughter and tears!

 

 

TRR Top Pick for Surreal Neal

I absolutely LOVED waking up to this wonderful review from Delta at The Romance Reviews!

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“All of the characters are well written and have a depth not often found in erotic romance. As a frequent reader of ménage stories, I appreciated that each of the three main characters had an equal stake in the relationship. There is a LOT of sex–wicked, playful, sensual, loving, erotic sex. And it’s GOOOOOD. Ms Zurlo makes the reader feel the intensity of a scene, whether kinky or vanilla. If you like erotic romance that takes you into a relationship and makes you feel like a participant or a voyeur, then you’ll love HANGING ON 2: SURREAL NEAL. I wholeheartedly recommend picking up all of the Awakenings books too, as they’re just as well done as this one.”

Buy it today from Amazon or your favorite eBook distributor: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FJ6V8V0/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00FJ6V8V0&linkCode=as2&tag=thstro0e-20