"a great, one-sitting read"
Candy Nelson was born on Christmas Day to parents who
wanted nothing more than a Christmas baby. But her parents
are gone now and there's no one left to recognize her
birthday or with whom she wants to spend her Christmas and
Just severing ties with her lover and associate at the law
firm where they both work, Candy is bitter and angry that
she wasted her time and her heart on such an arrogant and
controlling jerk. Even more, she's pissed that said jerk
has caused her to arrive late at a hotly sought auction in
Malaysia for a rare doll to add to her much- loved
collection. However, some miscommunication with the non-
English speaking cab driver who takes her to an isolated
warehouse on the wrong side of Chinatown, leads Candy not
to an auction for dolls, but an auction for...human beings!
On the podium among the much smaller and bedraggled slaves,
is one gorgeous, striking hunk that any woman would want to
find under her tree on Christmas morning despite his being
as bedraggled as the rest of the stock for sale.
Brook Harper was a grad student at the University of
Michigan in his former life, headed to Hanoi University to
do his fellowship on the history of Southeast Asia. Through
a series of unfortunate events, he winds up arrested.
Penniless, without ID or any other proof of who he is,
Brooks is sold into debt bondage and slavery and has been
suffering beneath the hands of the police and brutal Asian
slave- traders for the last three years. He is on the verge
of being sold, yet again, this time into prostitution until
Brook makes eye contract with the beautiful American woman
in white. He believes his savior has arrived and visually
begs Candy to outbid the cruel German who wants to buy and
add Brook to his collection.
Enraged at the injustice and na´ve enough to believe she
can make a difference if she can help at least one of the
poor souls up for auction, Candy outbids the German and
Initially wary of Candy, especially once he realizes she is
not who he thought she was, Brook comes to see through the
innocent, but intensely driven and organized lawyer to the
passionate, sensual and lovelorn woman beneath, and his
heart and body hunger for her as for no other woman before
Morgen has created a richly textured, gritty and fast-
paced story in ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS. Her leads, both
multi- dimensional and engaging, have sizzling chemistry
that jumps off the page and right into the reader's
fidgeting, hot lap. She realistically details Brook's
plight and Candy's "rescue," weaving a tight plausible plot
with enough splashes of action, adventure, mystery and
suspense to make this erotica romance one with universal
appeal that transcend genres.
Though this story takes place during Christmas week, it is
not, to this reader's mind, a true Christmas story, but
rather a poignant tale of redemption and two damaged souls
coming together at just the right time of year, at just the
right time in each other's lives to make a healing
connection. This was a great, one-sitting read that can be
enjoyed any time of year!
Posted February 17, 2006
Reviewed by Gracie McKeever
Posted November 19, 2006
The wrong place.
Candy Nelson has wandered into a nightmare -- a slave auction in Southeast Asia.
The wrong time.
Things like this don't happen -- not in the twenty-first century.
One wrong move could get her killed.
One woman. Alone. She isn't supposed to be here. She needs to get out. Now.
But from across the room, a man raises his head, and his eyes meet hers. And Candy knows she'll do whatever it takes to buy this stranger his freedom. Though setting him free is the farthest thought from her mind...