Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on Semptember 29, 2020
Authors being generous by donating their hardwork aka book profits to charity will get me swoony every time. Add to that a hot and oftentimes whimsical holiday romcom collection by a great group of read and new to me authors and I am pleased as punch.
Jingle Balls is a collection of twenty short novellas that bring together the themes of testicular cancer awareness charity and the holidays with romcoms from spicy to sweet. Some are from the world of a series, but all can be read standalone.
With a collection of twenty stories, I am not going to do mini reviews since I’m not breaking this review into parts. Instead, I’ll brush over the collection in a general sense.
I was only familiar with eight of the authors and was anticipating two stories in particular since they are from series that I follow, but I happily discovered a couple that I’ll be looking up their series when I get the opportunity.
I had my usual fun with anthologies of getting a grab bag of results. A very few were okay, others were good surprises that just needed a little something more, and about half hit me just right. I giggled or smirked often how they used the testicular cancer theme with the obvious jokes and innuendoes about balls, the comedic situations the romance pairs were in, and even some of the good banter. Grade school humor aside, these were for a serious cause and hit on that while keeping things light and, in a few cases, sweltering hot for the holidays. There were all manner of romance scenarios from second chances to enemies to friends to first meets in the country, the city, or sports for that matter.
My niggle on some is that they weren’t very developed and shot straight to sex (and many won’t mind this) or, in a couple cases, just felt awkwardly developed maybe because of the shorter story format. That said, I’m giving the benefit of the doubt to a couple that were more vignettes than complete stories that I’m betting get teased out later in follow up books.
For those wondering which ones I rushed to first, there was Ball Sacked by Christina Hovland from her Mile High Matched series. Got some good Babushka matchmaking fun. And, there was Blue-Balled Holiday from Dylann Crush’s Lovebird Cafe series.
All in all, this was a fun, early holiday variety of romcoms that I can heartily recommend and especially if you like reading for a cause like #Nuts4Books.
New Release #156
Reading Assignment Fall #5 Professor Ann Thology
About the Book
Jingle those balls for a great cause and get a head start on the holiday spirit with this spicy collection of romantic comedy stories. Twenty of today’s most entertaining rom-com authors have teamed up to go #Nuts4Books to benefit the Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation.
Curve Ball by Aidy Award
I Told You So by Serena Bell
Sleigh My Name by Kilby Blades
A Blue Balled Holiday by Dylann Crush
Jingle Ball Bender by Sophia Henry
Ball Sacked by Christina Hovland
Coldcocked by Saint Nick by Melonie Johnson
Under the Mistletoe by Tawdra Kandle
Decidedly for Christmas by Stina Lindenblatt
Licking His Candy Cane by Elizabeth Lynx
Wrapped Up With You by Claire Marti
One Jingle or Two by MK Meredith
Rockin’ Around the Jingle Balls Ball by Susannah Nix
Lick My Snowballs by Tracey Pedersen
Deck the Halls With Balls by Marika Ray
Not So Silent Night by Piper Rayne
Out of the Eggnog by Arell Rivers
Mistletoe Hearts by Brenda St. John Brown
Scoring a Holiday Match by Delancey Stewart
Nuts About You by Sylvie Stewart
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