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Reviews for Holiday OP

Lori Avocato, Anne Elizabeth, Tara Nina,
DC DeVane, and Lia DeAngelo



"Get ready for special operations men the way you've never seen them before. For holiday adventures you'll never forget, be sure to treat yourself to this wonderful collection by Avocato, Nina, Elizabeth, DeVane and DeAngelo."

~Christina Skye, Best Selling Author


Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None

The Stocking by DC DeVane
Marcy Grayson has been in love with Paul Callahan for years. So when a romantic evening doesn’t lead to the proposal she expects, the wind is let out of her sails. As Paul heads off to basic training on his way to becoming an Army Ranger, she tries to move on and finds it harder than she thought. So when a dog, a stocking with a bear, and an inflatable raft collide—who will come out as the victor?

A cute story with a lot of holiday heart. It was a great story to start the book with. While the beginning confused me a bit, the back-story got me up to speed and had me rooting for a happily ever after ending.

Tied with a Bow by Anne Elizabeth
Devin Walds is an EOD specialist. When he manages to disarm a bomb in a large office building, he immediate feels a connection to the artist who painted the pictures in the office. When he sees a photo of her, he can’t shake the connection he feels to this unknown woman. When a chance meeting puts them together at the same supermarket, he knows he can’t let Kathryn Marie go. He would go to the ends of the earth—and risk his life to keep hers safe. Too bad someone else wants her dead…will Devin die with her?

This story is tied as my favorite in the book. It was fast-paced and brings back my belief in love at first sight. Devin is so smitten with Kathryn Marie from the moment he sees her photo. The story takes off from the first pages and doesn’t stop until the end. I couldn’t put the story down and feared for both Devin and Kathryn Marie’s lives. A must read.

Christmas to the Rescue by Lia DeAngelo
Annabelle Foster has recently been restationed to Kodiak, Alaska as a Coast Guard rescue swimmer. She is career focused and doesn’t have time for men, until a Food Specialist, Tony Lombardi, catches her attention with his cookies and treats. He thinks that the way to Annabelle’s heart is through her stomach and starts to work his way into her life with his food. Will she let down the barriers she has erected to let him in?

A very sweet love story—and not just the cookies. Tony sees a lost quality in Annabelle that I missed at first. He is right on target with his assessment. She’s walled herself off and it keeps her from forming any attachments to others—especially men. Will he be able to work his way over the walls and into her heart? Or will he be shot down and sent packing?

All I want for Christmas is a Marine by Tara Nina
Mitch Sinclair and his Force Recon Marines are the best at finding hard to find people. They are on a mission to locate the kidnapped daughter of a prominent nuclear scientist. When the mission changes to extracting the hostage, it also becomes more dangerous. They are fleeing the most deadly killer in North Korea. Will they be able to save the beautiful girl or will all of them be dead before dawn? And when the girl, Allie, decides the only thing she wants for Christmas is Mitch the Marine, will it compromise their mission even more?

Tied as my favorite story in the anthology. It was packed with action, suspense and a girl with a ton of spunk. From the stiletto heel incident in the beginning to the last page, it was a can’t-put-it-down read. There’s just something about those Marines that gets my heart pumping.

Mission Mistletoe by Lori Avocato
When Air Force Nurse, Prue, falls out of a helicopter, she wonders if she will make it out of the New Mexico desert alive. When a paratrooper she calls "Slick" comes to help her until a rescue can be achieved, she’s not sure she wants this particular rescuer. But his Newman blue eyes give her pause—as does his excellent care. Will Prue decide Slick deserves a chance?

A sweet short story that had me laughing. Prue is so afraid of flying and to fall out of a helicopter on your first flight is just unheard of. She has some funny self-talk and I was giggling at her thoughts. While Slick comes across as a bit of a jerk at first, we get to see who he really is on the inside.



Rating: 4 Cups

The Stocking, a Proposal Via Inflated Raft

As far as idiot boyfriends go, Marcy Grayson’s ranks right there at the top.

Fortunately for Paul Callahan, his girlfriend has an amazing sense of humor, and can never hold a grudge.

Paul would have never made it through Basic without Marcy’s support, but every day he fears that her warped sense of humor is going to bite him big time. He knows that his announcement to join the Army was a shock, but if she goes through with her threat, he is doomed. Marcy giggles every time she imagines Paul’s face, but she tends to forget that Paul is not above paybacks.

These two characters are just too much fun! What a wonderful way to start this anthology.

Tied With A Bow

Being an explosives expert does not leave much room for error, and thankfully Navy EOD Captain Devin Walds is very good at his job.

There is only one person who can interrupt Kathryn Marie Pente when she is elbow deep in paints and canvas, and that is her sister Brenda.

The pain of losing her sister is excruciatingly painful for Kathryn Marie, and it is a void that will be with her forever. She can barely function when she runs into Devin for the first time, but something about him just clicks, almost like they are kindred spirits. Devin’s chance encounter with Kathryn Marie strikes a very deep chord as well, and her safety and well being instantly become his top priority.

This one really packs a punch for the reader. Trauma, drama, and romance all rolled into one fantastic read.

Christmas To the Rescue

All of her hard work has paid off for Petty Officer Annabelle Foster. She is now one of the elite Coast Guard rescue swimmers stationed in Kodiak, AK.

Petty Officer Tony Lombardi takes great pride in using his skills and expertise as a chef to feed the troops in his care, and Christmas is one of his favorite times of the year.

The busyness of the holidays means very little to Annabelle, and she could care less about decorating and shopping. Her work is all that matters. Being the best of the best keeps her focused on one thing, and that is her job, until Tony enters her world. She has a mammoth sweet tooth, and Tony is more than able to fulfill all of her cravings.

Well if you can get through this one without making a trip to the cookie jar, your will power is remarkable. Tony and Annabelle are the perfect combination of sweet and saucy, and a real delight to system.

All I Want for Christmas Is a Marine

It has never been hard for Staff Sergeant Mitch Sinclair to keep a detached and cool head when it comes to missions, but this time around feels distinctly different.

No one is more important to Allie Summers than her father, and his missile navigations work for the government is invaluable. She only hopes that her kidnappers do not know just how much of her father’s work is her own.

Seeing Allie’s picture should have been no different than all of the other times he studied a package before an op, but it is. Those eyes see right into his soul, and she has become a woman he would very much like to get to know. The mission is fraught with danger, but Mitch will do anything and everything to keep Allie safe. The only question is, what can Allie do to keep her Marine?

This story sets a pulse-pounding pace from beginning to end, and could easily be morphed into a fabulously intense romantic suspense.

Mission Mistletoe

She learned the hard way that cocky military boys can ruin a family, and Captain Prudence Hamlin does not intend to make the same mistakes as her mother.

PJ’s have a certain reputation, and paratrooper Kodyn Lang is just as brassy as the next, but he only has eyes for one feisty little nurse.

For someone not at all fond of flying, Prue feels that she may have made a wrong choice when it came to enlisting in the Air Force, especially when it comes to helicopters. Her stomach does summersaults every time she gets into one, but this time she is justified in her fear. Finding herself pinned to a cactus is not the way to spend the day, but when rescue comes, she finds that being stuck in the desert may not be so bad after all.

Prue may have a bit of a prickly attitude for PJ’s, but Kody is not your average flyboy. They are a little flaky, a little flirty, but all in all a whole lot of fun.

On a cold winter’s night (or pretty much any time of the year) there is nothing better than cozying up to a hunky hero, and Holiday Op is the perfect indulgence. These couples are wonderfully matched, and inspire all sorts of spicy thoughts to dance in your head. Each story has a fantastic blend of humor, heroism, and just enough romance to warm you right up. So BUY THIS BOOK, and know that your money is going to a great cause, a portion of the proceeds is going to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

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Copyright 2008 Leanne Burroughs