“MAD” for the Holidays!! Holly’s First Noel w/ Faye Robertson

It’s holiday time, and what goes better with holiday time than MAD LIBS?? (ok… go along with me here, lol… everyone loves Mad Libs, right??) Below is my quick review of a novella I read… then we’re gonna play a Mad Libs style game to WIN an ecopy of the story!! Check out the details below my review.

Author: Faye Robertson
Release Date: December 6, 2011
Formats: ebook
Pages: 77
ASIN #: B006J14TP6
FTC Disclaimer: I purchased this book.

I stepped out of my genre box and read a quick holiday novella called HOLLY’S FIRST NOEL by Faye Robertson. It’s a contemporary romance with no werewolves or vampires, but Faye did manage a little holiday magic. It’s the story of Holly and Noel, both suffering and lonely during Christmas. When Noel offers Holly a chance to “get away from it all” and join him in Scotland for the holiday (purely platonical-like), she takes him up on it.

We all know where this is going, lol…

Before the end, they’ve purged and bonded and healed something in each other. Oh, and there was some kissing, some very sweet, very lovely kissing… and then Faye brings the smexy. (A hot little present that could have been wrapped up in a bow!) There’s some attraction and flirty banter between the two at the beginning, which was good, because I generally have a hard time with romantic novellas not having enough time to build a relationship. That would have been especially hard given the baggage these two are bringing into the story, had there NOT been some kind of spark at the start to get the ball rolling. The dialogue is fantastic between these two. Even when they’re talking about serious things, Faye’s ability to insert wit and humor is spot on.

For someone looking for a quick, sometimes funny, sometimes sweet holiday story, this should fit the bill. The characters don’t feel one dimensional to me (another problem I sometimes have with shorter stories), and they do play off each other nicely. I always seem to want more in a story, so of course I’d love to have had this longer and with more detail. But as it was, it was a nice way to spend a little holiday reading time.

NOW… for some MAD LIBS fun!!! Below is a list of descriptions. In the comments, leave a word (numbered, please) that fits the description. On Sunday night (December 18th, midnight pacific) I’ll post an exerpt from HOLLY’S FIRST NOEL, as it appears in the story. I’ll also reply to each comment with what that same exerpt looks like with YOUR words inserted!! I’ve done this in the past with nursery rhymes and well known poems, and it’s HILARIOUS!! (If you’re not familiar with Mad Libs, you can email me or find me on twitter for a better explaination.)

And to sweeten the pot, one commenter will win an ebook copy of HOLLY’S FIRST NOEL!!

Word List

  1. Verb (past tense)
  2. Noun (plural)
  3. Verb (past tense)
  4. Noun (plural)
  5. Verb (-ing)
  6. Body Part
  7. Verb (past tense)
  8. Food
  9. Adjective
  10. Noun
  11. Body part
  12. Body part
  13. Adjective
  14. Body Part (plural)
  15. Verb (past tense)

I can’t wait, seriously, CAN’T WAIT, to see what you lovely people come up with!! Good Luck Everyone!


Holly inhaled when his lips touched hers as if he’d shocked her, but she didn’t pull away, so he didn’t stop. He moved his lips across hers slowly, sweeping his tongue into her mouth as she opened it, tasting the chocolate and wine she’d had, as well as the sweet flavor that was all her. She cupped his face, her thumb brushing his cheek, giving soft sighs that sounded so erotic to his out-of practice ears he was instantly aroused.

Check your posts to see how YOUR words fit, lol!!!

To thank both Catharine and Lisa for their entries, you’ll BOTH be getting a copy of HOLLY’S FIRST NOEL!! I’ll be contacting you about file type via email!


  1. Comment by MamaKitty:


  2. Comment by Faye Robertson:

    Hi Jennifer! Thanks so much for having me on your blog, and for that lovely review! Here’s my entry for the Mad Libs comp! But I don’t need to enter the competition to win a copy 🙂


    LOL! Should be fun 🙂

  3. Comment by Lisa Kessler:


  4. Comment by Jennifer:

    Holly went when his teachers touched hers as if he’d ran her,
    but she didn’t pull away, so he didn’t stop. He moved his nuns across
    hers slowly, singing his tongue into her scapula as she swam
    it, tasting the hamburger and wine she’d had, as well as the ugly
    fright that was all her. She cupped his radius, her thumb brushing
    his ulna, giving soft sighs that sounded so good to his out-of practice
    kidneys he was instantly eaten.

  5. Comment by Jennifer:

    Holly scratched when his sheep touched hers as if he’d smacked her,
    but she didn’t pull away, so he didn’t stop. He moved his apples across
    hers slowly, stroking his tongue into her knee as she yawned
    it, tasting the cauliflower and wine she’d had, as well as the rusty
    cherry that was all her. She cupped his ear, her thumb brushing
    his elbow, giving soft sighs that sounded so shining to his out-of practice
    toes he was instantly poked.

  6. Comment by Jennifer:

    Holly picked when his bags touched hers as if he’d held her,
    but she didn’t pull away, so he didn’t stop. He moved his shoes across
    hers slowly, stroking his tongue into her lips as she kissed
    it, tasting the artichoke and wine she’d had, as well as the soft
    book that was all her. She cupped his eyes, her thumb brushing
    his hand, giving soft sighs that sounded so smooth to his out-of practice
    legs he was instantly wanted.

    (you skipped #5, lol… so I just left it as it was in the original)

  7. Comment by Lisa Kessler:

    LOL Apparently I can’t count!!! Yeesh!!!

    That was funny!!!

    Lisa 🙂

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