Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Review: 12 Days of Forever from the All I Want Anthology

Anthology Title: All I Want
Story Title: 12 Days of Forever
Author: Heidi McLaughlin
Author Info: Website|Blog|Facebook|Twitter
Series: Beaumont #4.5
Source: Purchased by myself
Publication Date: 13th December 2014

Tell Me About It
Snowflakes & Fire Escapes by J.M Darhower - Cody Moran and Gracie Callaghan wanted nothing more than to escape the life they'd been born into, but it's the kind of life that doesn't like to let go. A story of love and heartache spanning the streets of Hell's Kitchen to far, far away, where it doesn't snow.

Winter Kiss: Ryley and Ash by L.P. Dover - Now that his time for revenge is over, Ryley wants to make the season special for the woman he loves. Not only will you hear the sound of Christmas bells during the holiday, but maybe another type of bell followed by the pitter patter of little feet.

A Merry Mitchell Affair by Jennifer Foor - Come join the entire Mitchell clan for a very merry Christmas and a surprise wedding.

Hit or Mistletoe by HJ Harley - London and her twin brother Trent are headed home for the holidays. This year Trent has brought home his hockey teammate and friend Pratt Montgomery. Who if wasn’t for Trent, would have spent them alone. London is convinced Pratt is just another beer drinking jock, until she sees a completely different side of him when he opens up to her.

Stranded by BJ Harvey - Stranded in Chicago just two days before the holidays, Porter Daniels and Harlow Wilson have to clear the air. Can they finally stop circling each other and get what they really want for Christmas?

12 Days of Forever by Heidi McLaughlin - A Beaumont Novella - The Christmas trees are trimmed and the bells are ringing. For one lucky couple in Beaumont, Christmas has a whole new meaning.

Adam by K.A. Robinson: A Torn Series Novella - In Tamed, you heard Amber's side of the story. Now, it's Adam's turn. What happened after Tamed? What was going through Adam's mind in key scenes of Tamed? It's time Adam had his say.

Lost in Translation by S. L. Scott - When two opposites attract in Paris, can the language of love bring them together or will they be Lost in Translation?

Fighter by Tijan - Jax Cutler is one bail jumper Dale doesn't want to help her family catch, but he soon becomes the one she can't let go.
My Thoughts
I love anthologies, we get to sample work from authors we may not have read before, but we also get a little fix from authors we love, and my whole reason for buying All I Want was to get Heidi McLaughlin's story, 12 Days of Forever. I needed to get my Beaumont fix and see how the gang were doing.

12 Days of Forever is Yvie and Xander's story. It starts with Yvie travelling to Beaumont, with Xander alternating the chapters. Yvie is homesick, she misses her family, she misses her 'brothers' Liam and Jimmy, and she also wants to get to know Katelyn and the twins better. After scathing comments from Oliver, Yvie decides to get out of New York and visit Harrison for Christmas

12 Days of Forever was a quick read, but it packs so much into the pages it felt like more than a novella. Yvie's chapters give us a look into Yvie and also her childhood with Harrison, what they went through and how they tried to make ends meet. How Harrison was supportive of everything Yvie wanted to do. It also allows Yvie to reflect on her life, and Harrison's life now, and how different it is. We get to see more of the mysterious Yvie we have only ever glimpsed before now, and see the dynamic relationships she has with Liam and Jimmy, who are for all intents and purposes, her brothers.....her very over protective brothers (Harrison and Liam) and the brother how likes to make a joke out of things but also threaten bodily harm (Jimmy)

Xander is also a new face on the scene, and although we do get to delve into his mind, he still remains a mystery, his past, his family, all of that is still kept hidden from us, but we do get to see a lot of different sides to him.....I also won't be looking at a gym in the same way anymore.

12 Days of Forever is a great addition to The Beaumont Series, but I do have an issue with these novellas of Heidi's, the cliff hanger endings. How can you leave a story with an ending of
Do you have plans for New Years Eve? do you know how much I wanted there to be another chapter to this novella, how I wanted it to carry on and find out what the plans where. I need to know what happens next for Yvie and Xander, I need to know what happens for all of them, February is too long to wait to see what happens next, not only for Yvie and Xander, but also for the rest of the gang....especially for Liam and Josie..

I'm going to leave you with this little quote from the novella, I think it says a lot about the story itself, but also about Yvie and her future.
You can’t live your life by someone else’s dreams. They have to be your own and just because it was a dream at one point, doesn't mean it’s your dream now. The beautiful thing about dreams is that they’re ever changing.

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