Wednesday, 26 December 2018

REVIEW - Once Upon a Christmas: A Harper's Corner Series, Book Three by Christina George

The Book
Release Date: 8 October 2018
Goodreads Link

Is it ever too late for happily ever after...? 

Callahan is one of the hottest guys to move into Harper’s Corner in a long time, partly because he’s also a complete mystery. 

He keeps to himself and leads a quiet life, rumors swirl around that he used to be in the military...but no one knows where he came from, or what brought him to their small town. 

When Stevie’s parents have a health crisis, she’s forced to take leave from her very New York existence: including a high-powered job at a big publishing house and explosive sex life with her wealthy, handsome and appropriately pretentious boyfriend, to step in and ensure the preservation of the family’s longstanding bookstore. 

With the first order of business being to fire Callahan, the unqualified shop assistant her dad hired. 

Though as many women from Harper’s Corner can tell you, things change when you come back home. 

So firing this attractive, brooding, secretive man turns out to be much harder than she originally planned… 

And when his past comes back to challenge him, he can’t keep hiding from what happened. 

I invite you to tuck into another Harper’s Corner story about finding love when you least expect it…once upon a time in a bookstore… 

My Review  3 STARS
**My thanks to the author and Hidden Gems for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

This is a sweet holiday read in which Stevie goes back home after breaking up with her boyfriend to help her parents with their books store whilst they take a little vacation to help her mothers health.

Whilst there she was going to fired their hire help. Callahan, but the man intrigues her on so many levels that she never actually manages to fire him.  Instead she finds out more about a man that not many others know about and they have some fun together.

Callahan is a bit of a loner after the death of his wife.  He does not tend to stay in places too long, but has managed to form an attachment to her parents and slowly without realises manages to form an attachment to Stevie.

Callahan has some issues to sort out, but with a little time he manages to realise that what he actually wants is back where he left it.

A sweet story that read fast.

REVIEW - Anything but Love (Love #3) by Abigail Strom

The Book
Release Date: 12 July 2016
Goodreads Link

Socialite Jessica Bullock can’t catch a break. After a lifetime of chasing perfection, hoping to please her parents, all her hard work is set to pay off. But on her wedding day, her fiancé leaves her high and dry. Humiliated, she finds her calm, cool facade beginning to crumble… until an unexpected wedding guest, her childhood best friend and crush, offers to help her pick up the pieces.
Never in his wildest dreams would Ben Taggart have imagined he’d be escorting Jessica on her honeymoon to Bermuda. Although they haven’t seen each other in years, he can’t leave her to fall apart. Agreeing to keep things platonic, they vow to make the most of their spontaneous vacation—until an unplanned kiss sparks a powerful passion.
They tell themselves that what happens in Bermuda will stay in Bermuda. But when old secrets are revealed and new feelings ignite, will Ben and Jessica be able to leave their romance behind?
My Review  3 STARS
**My thanks to NetGalley and Montlake Romance, for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

This was a cute read, it followed the vein of kinda ex best friends getting together after Jessica's wedding falls through and Ben persuades her to still go on her honeymoon.  However she will only go if he goes with her.

Jessica reinvented herself after something happened in her childhood leaving Ben behind with it and not giving him any reason as to why she would no longer talk to him.

On the honeymoon both characters reconnect and Ben does his best to help Jessica find the true her again getting her to try things she otherwise would not do, however the chemistry between them from the beginning starts to burn up the sheets, but Ben is a true gentleman.

The only thing that annoyed me was both of them keeping their true feelings kinda hidden, so when they could have been happier earlier, both of them had to wait a couple of months to realise that they actually wanted each other enough to make a move.

The story is a little slow, but overall it was a very enjoyable read.

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

RELEASE BLITZ - The Boyfriend Collector by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

The Book
Release Date: 18 December 2018
Goodreads Link

Treated like a servant in her own home, twenty-year-old Rose Marie Hale can’t stop dreaming of her next birthday. It’s the day she’ll inherit a fortune, break free from her cruel family, and finally start living her life—finish school, travel, find love. After a lifetime of hardship, it’s all she’s ever wanted.
But when Rose discovers she must marry before her twenty-first birthday to claim the money, she has no choice but to push herself out into the world in search of a man she can love and trust. Unfortunately, those are the very things that have been used as weapons against her.
With only a month to go, can she find true love? Or will her past hold her back, leaving her penniless and alone?
(Part One of Two)

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 Well, this is not a promising start. Seated in my black leather armchair, I rub the stubble on my jaw and glance down at the questionnaire in my other hand. The agitated young woman lying on the couch in front of me has left the entire form blank except for her name at the top. Rose Marie Hale.
Rose. The name fits her. At first glance she looks like a delicate, fragrant flower—long, lean stems for legs, trim body, and blonde silky hair—but a sharpness in her dark brown eyes tells me she’s not all soft petals.
I make a quick note of my observation in the margin of the page before interrupting her fast talking—something about dating…or men…or I’m unsure, actually. “Miss Hale, excuse my insensitivity, but I’m here to help people, not waste their time. Or mine. So what, exactly, do you mean when you say you have to find a husband? Sounds like you need a friend or a dating app, not therapy.” I rest my gold pen across the clipboard on my lap, waiting for her to answer.
Like the pen, this office—situated in a renovated brick warehouse in Atlanta’s trendy Buckhead district—once belonged to my father, who was also a psychologist. I stepped in, merging my practice with his when he became ill last spring. By the time he died a month ago, I learned many things about the man, bad things I loathe him for. The first disappointment came when I discovered he never practiced what he preached in terms of treating his patients, who were receiving little more than touchy-feely pep talks: You can do it. I believe in you.
Complete bullshit. The only thing he accomplished was creating a steady stream of customers who became dependent on him instead of themselves.
I don’t blow smoke up patients’ asses just so they’ll come back next week for another fix of self-esteem injections. I say it like it is, and if they truly want to get their lives together, they listen.
As for this woman on my couch, I don’t know what to make of her other than the obvious that she’s in her early twenties, her attractiveness is distracting, and I’m unsure why the hell she’s here. If she’s looking for boyfriend advice, she’s come to the wrong place.
“Dr. Hughes? Are you listening?” she says, her slender body stretched across my white couch.
Not really. Her lips are moving so fast, I feel like I’m at an auction. “Rose Marie—”
“I prefer Rose. Just Rose,” she corrects.
“Okay. Rose, I’m sorry, but I’m a psychologist, not a romance coach.”
She sits up and plants her feet on the floor. Her red heels look expensive, as does the matching red sweater. Her jeans are the type most men like on women—tight, a bit short to show off some toned calf, and cut to accentuate the feminine curve of her hips.
“I’m not here for love coaching,” she says with a frantic tone. “I have to get married. Quickly. My entire life depends on it.”
Trying to hide my impatience, I lift my brows. She strikes me as the quintessential entitled princess who thinks her social life is the most important thing on the planet. Oh no, someone didn’t like my selfie on Instagram. Whatever shall I do? If she can’t give me a legitimate reason to see her or convince me that she’s here to work, I’ll turn her away.
“This isn’t the Dark Ages,” I say. “Many women lead long happy lives and never marry.”
“I know. And that’s not what this is about. Not even close.”
“All right.” I inhale slowly, taking a moment to rally my patience. “Why don’t you try explaining it once more.”
She lies back down, crossing her long legs at the ankles, her large eyes focused on the exposed wooden beam running across the ceiling.
I wait while she mulls. She’s hopefully realizing how silly it is to pay a licensed therapist, with a doctorate in social neuroscience, just to talk about boys. I never would have agreed to see her if I knew this was her “problem,” but Rose left a frantic message with my service last night. A short conversation followed, where she disclosed nothing and pleaded to see me first thing this morning.
Fast-forward to fifteen minutes ago. I get to my office before my assistant has arrived and find Rose walking around the hallway. My office is one of many on the second floor, so it’s easy to miss. Downstairs are several boutiques and a small coffee shop, where I practically live between patients.
Which reminds me that I skipped the latte this morning, and I’m wishing I hadn’t because I’ll need a heavy dose of caffeine to keep up with all the whining I’m hearing.
Yes, if I were a lesser man, I might be content to sit here all day, staring at a gorgeous woman while she rambles on about her love life. But I am not that man. I’m here to help people. And I think this woman came to the wrong place. 
I knew it would be a waste of time coming here, but this exceeds my worst expectations. Everything about this guy says he doesn’t care. The drab gray tie, plain white dress shirt, and black slacks tell me he doesn’t have a warm bone in his body. All business. The polished concrete floor and a bland gray rug to accent his work space confirm he lacks imagination. And not one item in his office indicates he has any hobbies or passions. I don’t even see a family photo despite the fact he’s fidgeting with his wedding ring. Married. But he obviously doesn’t want to think about her at work. What does that say about him?
“Rose,” he says in a deep, authoritative voice that sounds rehearsed, “this session is only an hour, and I get paid either way.”
In other words, I should start talking if I want my money’s worth. But Dr. Bexley Hughes doesn’t seem interested in hearing anything I have to say. I doubt I’d be sitting here at all if I hadn’t begged him last night over the phone. But I need help, and now that his father is dead, I have no one else to turn to.
I squirm on his lumpy couch. The fabric is soft—some sort of white velveteen—but the springs are pushing into my ass. Another bad sign. He doesn’t care about his patients enough to buy comfortable furniture.
I get up and walk over to the wall of books behind the black leather armchair where he’s seated. I know he’s waiting for me to explain why I need to get married, but his intense stare makes it difficult. I don’t like it or him one little bit.
Ironically, if I saw him walking down the street, the two of us complete strangers, he’d have me looking twice. Dark hair, light blue eyes, and a hard jawline. Classically handsome. Just my type. Though he’s a little older, maybe twenty-nine or thirty.
Of course, all that’s irrelevant. Doesn’t matter if he’s good looking. Doesn’t matter if I like his personality. The question is, will Dr. Bexley Hughes help me? He seems more uncaring and heartless than my family, if that’s even possible.
With our backs to each other, I pluck a book off the shelf and thumb through the crisp white pages. It’s inscribed to Dr. Murdoc Hughes, his late father. Funny, they look nothing alike. Murdoc had warm brown eyes and an even warmer smile.
“I met your dad before he died.” I turn and speak to the back of Bexley Hughes’s head. “He was a good man. Maybe the only decent person I’ve ever met. I hoped you’d be like him. Are you?”
“You knew my father?” he says with a tinge of skepticism, pivoting in his seat to face me.
I nod.
“But you were never a patient.”
“No,” I confirm. “He told me to see you if I changed my mind.”
“Changed it about what?”
I shut the book with a clap, place it back on the shelf, and walk over to the white couch, where I sit with hands clasped. I don’t know why this Dr. Hughes makes me so uneasy, but he does. It’s odd given how I’m no stranger to unpleasant people.
“I met your father last spring,” I say, “when he gave a lecture at my university about the psychology of storytelling. I am—I mean, I was an English major. I dropped out.” I had promised myself that no matter what my grandmother did or said, I wouldn’t leave school this time. But she has a way of slithering inside my head and undermining every positive thought, every productive intention—“You should be home, Rose, fulfilling the promise to your dead mother. There will be time for college later.” After weeks of being guilted, I finally gave in. Idiot.
Or maybe it was fate?
Had I not stopped taking classes, I never would’ve been home on that fateful day when I overheard a strange conversation my grandmother had with her lawyer. Then I wouldn’t have had that quiet nagging feeling in the back of my mind, telling me that maybe, just maybe there was more to my mother’s will. And I certainly wouldn’t have been prompted to go through my grandmother’s safe a week ago when she left it open by accident.
But now I know the horrible truth: The copy of the will shown to me all those years ago was a fake, and everything I’ve been promised is about to be taken away.
I continue, “I liked your father’s perspective about how every epic story has a villain, a victim, and a knight.” The older Dr. Hughes said that in the world of psychology, a therapist’s job is to make every patient their own knight, the hero of their story. “When I decided I needed to talk to someone, I looked him up. He called me back right away, and it was the first time I remembered anyone just listening and wanting to help. Nothing in return.”
I was really sorry when I found out he was ill, but he urged me to come in and see his son instead. Trusting strangers isn’t easy for me, so I told him I’d think about it. Of course, the situation I’m facing now is entirely different. It’s no longer about the guilt or the shame my family has poisoned me with. This is about justice. This is about wrong versus right.
I look away from the younger Dr. Hughes’s judgmental gaze and add, “Your dad told me if I ever needed someone to trust, someone who’d help me, it would be you.”
I suddenly notice Dr. Hughes’s face is a hostile shade of red, and while I didn’t think it possible for anyone to look more anal retentive and intimidating, he’s just proven me wrong.
He sets his clipboard on top of a little wooden table to his side and leans forward. “I think it’s time for you to go.”
I blink. “Sorry?”
“I can’t help you.”
“Did I miss something?” He’s clearly pissed, but what did I do?
“I am not the right therapist for you, Miss Hale, but I can suggest a colleague who specializes in relationships and commitment issues.”
I frown. “Why would I need help with that?” All right, yes, I have issues in those areas, but not how he thinks.
“Didn’t you say you’re here because you’re trying to find a husband?”
“Yes, but—”
“But then I’m not the doctor for you,” he cuts me off.
The anger percolates in my stomach. I’m done with being dismissed, and I won’t tolerate being treated like I’m worthless. Not anymore.
“You said you’re here to help people,” I argue. “Well, here I am, needing help.”
He stands, walks to the door, and opens it. The expression on his face turns from anger to simple disgust.
What kind of therapist just shuts a person down like this? It’s humiliating, and with all I’ve been through, I’m not game for his special breed of head trip. He has no clue what’s at stake and the mental torture I’ve survived.
Doesn’t matter. He’s right. He can’t help me. I stand and walk to the door, stopping in front of him. I’m five seven, but he’s much taller, so I tilt my head back to look him in the eye. There is no compassion to be found in their soft blue hues. Just ice. “I don’t know what I said to piss you off, but you’ve got the wrong impression about why I came here. I’m just trying to survive.”
“Aren’t we all.” He jerks his head toward the doorway as if to say get the fuck out.
This man doesn’t just have a stick up his ass, it’s an entire forest. “You’re nothing like your father. You’re not even half the man he was.”
“Thank God for small favors,” he replies.
I sail out, wondering what he means, and the door slams behind me.
Heartless bastard. He couldn’t just hear me out?
Suddenly, I realize how alone I truly am. I stop in the hallway and cover my face with my hands, fighting off an imminent meltdown. I hate to cry. It makes me feel weak, and I don’t want to be weak anymore. But I don’t know what I’m going to do. The clock is ticking, and right now, the whole world is against me. Not hyperbole. Not a joke. Everyone I’ve ever known is against me, and I need at least one—just one goddamned person to trust.
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Thursday, 13 December 2018

REVIEW - Packaged Husband (Trophy Husbands #3) by Noelle Adam

The Book
Release Date: 15 January 2018
Goodreads Link

On a Wednesday afternoon, Owen Masterson asks me to marry him. 

I've never met the man before. 

All I wanted was a job repackaging his image. He needs to ramp up his cool-factor to attract partnerships with better designers for his family's department store. But he wants me to be his temporary trophy wife instead. 

I need to get out from under my grandfather's control and don't really care how I do it. Honestly, I'll rock the hell out of being a temporary trophy wife. 

So maybe I'll marry him for a year, even though he has no social skills and he's a lot older than me. But I'm not going to fall for him. 

I hope.

My Review  4 STARS
**My thanks to the author for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

This book focuses on the youngest Greyson daughter, Chelsea.  She has always been classed as just the pretty one, but the girl certainly has more than that behind her.

Chelsea is good with people and she knows fashion, having spent lots of her pops money on fashion for herself.  Having watched her sisters find themselves happy with their unconventional marriages, Chelsea, wanting to get out from her grandfathers thumb, is ready to try something herself.

After finding that Owen Masterson needs rebranding from her brother-in-law, she sends him an email offering her services.  The negotiations end up with him consenting to her rebranding him, but only if she will be his trophy wife for a year.

The chemistry between them is there from the beginning and Owen is the quiet shy type which is quite cute, whilst Chelsea is able to steer conversations and topics.

I really enjoyed this book and was very happy and surprised to find that there is going to be a fourth book.

Thursday, 6 December 2018

REVIEW - Until Harry by L.A. Casey

The Book
Release Date: 19 July 2016
Goodreads Link

He was my best friend, my best not-really-big-brother, and my best protector.

He was my best everything.

He was mine.

Coming home is hard for Lane. Hard because Harry, her beloved uncle, has died suddenly, but also because of him. Kale.

Kale Hunt has been her best friend since childhood. But it was never that simple. He was Lane’s reason for leaving home and moving to New York. Seeing him with someone else, in love with someone else, shouldn’t have hurt. But it did. It really, really did. So she upped sticks and left, started a new life and cut herself off from her past.

But now she’s back, and all the feelings are right there. As if she had never left.

Emotions are running high for everyone, and tragedy has a funny way of bringing people together. But is Lane reading the signs right? Are they still just friends, or is there something more?

My Review  5 STARS
**My thanks to NetGalley and Montlake Romance, for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

This is the first time in i don't know how long that i know i am going to have not only a book hangover after reading but a crying one too.

This book was emotional on SO many levels and the characters so alive that i could not help the tears that rolled down my cheeks as i practically bawled through most of the book.

Lane and Kale have a long history together and grew up together side by side as family friends, however as we navigate through the past and the present we see how close the pair are together through everything they have been through.

Lane has been through a lot with Kale as her best friend and her family by her side, but when two events collide, Lane runs to New York and does not come back until 6 years laters, having not sorted any of her problems out.

This book seriously captivated me and had me so pulled in from the first words that i could not put it down.  This is the first book that i have read by this author and there is no doubt that i will be looking to reading more from her.

This was an epic book!

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

REVIEW - Amish Christmas Of A Lifetime (Amish Love Of A Lifetime #4) by Sadie Palmer

The Book
Release Date: 4 November 2014
Goodreads Link

Abraham Schuster only wants one thing for Christmas--to fall in love. Unfortunately, he's just gone through an awful break up and is still trying to pick up the pieces of his life. Is he willing to put himself out there again? Will he be able to find a woman in time to have a Merry Christmas? Or is he destined to go through the holidays with a lonely heart?

My Review  3 STARS
**My thanks to the author for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

This was a simple telling of an Amish man who had fled his family and a woman who had broken his heart to Florida.  The tale goes fast where he meets another woman Ruth and stokes up a courtship with her, only for her to break his heart.

Abraham flounders around for a little bit, heartbroken again and wondering at the age of 23 if her will ever find the woman meant for him.

With his tale between his legs he goes back home and finds how the community has moved on without him and he struggles with his self esteem and the more structured life back home from where he was.

The book moves through an entire year with months going between things where nothing changes until Abrahams fortunes seem to change.

Its very much a very clean book, with the tale of the romance the main component.

REVIEW - Merry Christmas, Baby (O'Connor Family #1) by Katie Reus

The Book
Release Date: 20 January 2016
Goodreads Link

from All He Wants For Christmas

Warm up with a sexy holiday tale of love and romance from USA Today bestselling author Katie Reus... 

After unexpectedly inheriting a bookstore, Nora and her younger sister settled in Holly, NC, a place where it’s Christmas year-round. As the legal guardian for her sister the past few years, romance has been the last thing on Nora’s mind. But she broke her rules for the town’s golden boy—former SEAL Jackson O’Connor. 

When Jackson does something stupid and almost loses Nora for good, he realizes just how far he’s willing to go for the woman who’s stolen his heart. But it might take a Christmas miracle to get Nora to give him a second chance. 

Length: novella 
Author note: This novella is part of the All He Wants for Christmas anthology. It may be purchased as part of the anthology or as an individual title.

My Review  3 STARS
**My thanks to NetGalley and KR Press LLC, for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

With this novella we start where to friends have had most of a night together as more than friends and then Jackson does not contact Nora for three weeks and she is wondering why, along with nursing her heart.

In this novella we get Jackson pleading for another chance after freaking out and wanting more with Nora.  We meet Nora's teenage sister who she has guardianship over and a few other members of the town they live in, Holly which is Christmas all year round.

It's a sweet tale where both characters still like each other and can't help themselves when they are alone.

It all happen very quickly, but that happens in novella's, however you certainly do not need to read the rest of the series to know what is going on.

I nice, quick holiday read.

REVIEW - Unwrapping Her Perfect Match (London Legends #3.5) by Kat Latham

The Book
Release Date: 11 November 2014
Goodreads Link

’Twas a week before Christmas, and at the auction house…

At six foot one, Gwen Chambers has felt like a giant her whole life. She’s a calm, capable nurse saving lives in a busy London hospital, but healthy men give her heart palpitations. When larger-than-life rugby player “Little” John Sheldon convinces her to bid on him in his team’s fundraising auction, she discovers how pleasurable heart palpitations can be.

A rugby player was stirring, with desire no one could douse…

John has wanted Gwen since he first saw her, but when he’s injured in a match just before Christmas he suddenly needs her too. Not only can the sexy nurse help him recover, but she might be able to help him look after his daughter—a shy ten-year-old who speaks only French.

But will it be a Happy Christmas for all, and for all a good night?
From decorating the Christmas tree to ice skating at the Tower of London, Gwen helps father and daughter open up and bond with each other—and she bonds right along with them. But when John’s agent calls with a life-changing offer, Gwen has to decide how far she’s willing to go for her perfect match. Will their first Noël also be their last?

My Review  3 STARS
**My thanks to the author and Hidden Gems for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

This was a cute novella where both characters are on the tall side and both a little conscious of the fact that height wise they are perfect for each other.

Gwen has been hurt in the past and it is now easy for her to be hurt with men, so generally she avoids them.

John is a rugby player and likes Gwen the moment that he sees her and manages to change her mind as to whom to bid on at the charity auction they are at.  John is a little bumbling with his words and tries to say what he thinks, but sometimes it comes out wrong, especially with Gwen who is already man sensitive.

Gwen and John have big hearts and after having to look after John both find more things with each other that they like and grow close very fast in.

I really liked this novella and was pleased with the happy ending we get.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

REVIEW - Untamed: A Shifter Urban Fantasy (Dark Moon Shifters Book 2) by Bella Jacobs

The Book
Release Date: 3 December 2018
Goodreads Link

Once upon a time there was a very good girl, who followed all the rules.
That girl is dead.

I am no longer Wren Frame, the bird with the broken wing. I am Wren Wander, a rare shapeshifter determined to take back everything the cult stole from me-my health, my hope, and most importantly, my family.

My sister is still out there somewhere. Alive.

And with the help of the four brave, formidable, sexy-as-hell alphas destined to be my mates, I intend to keep her that way.

All I have to do is gain control of my unpredictable new powers, learn hand-to-hand combat, avoid capture by a mad scientist out to rid the world of shifters, and stay ten steps ahead of a Big Bad Evil hungry for my blood.

And that's not the worst of it.

In order to fully control my powers, I have to form bonds with all four of my mates. But for a woman who's been betrayed by every person she's ever loved, trust doesn't come easy, no matter how much I'm coming to adore, and desire, these men.

Can I win this battle of the heart in time? Or will our enemies end our fight for the future before it gets started?

UNTAMED is part two of the Dark Moon Shifters series, a red-hot reverse harem paranormal and urban fantasy romance. It should be read after book one for maximum enjoyment. Expect pulse-pounding action, swoon-worthy romance, and four sexy shifter men who will make you wish you had a bear, wolf, lynx, and griffin of your own.

My Review  5 STARS
**My thanks to the author for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

This is the second instalment of the series and cannot be read as a stand alone, nor would you want to.  This series is epic and totally takes you along for the ride.

Wren and her harem of men have many talents and each time one of the completes the bonding process, Wren becomes that much more powerful and the love between them all helps strengthen them as a group.

Wren has a wonderful heart and the guys really do help to look after her and she in turn looks after all of them the best way that she can.  Wren learns so much in this book about her past, her guys pasts and that of the greater world around her.  She is no longer the sheltered woman she was living with her parents unaware of the greatest evil in the world.

The book had me i tears a few times as i was so invested in the characters as the y found hardships and a stronger bond as a group.  

I am so looking forward to see how the series ends with book three, but have no doubt that it will be epic!

Monday, 3 December 2018

REVIEW - Stranded for Christmas (Holiday Acres #4) by Noelle Adams

The Book
Release Date: 4 December 2018
Goodreads Link

A snowstorm. Her much older business partner. One very hot night.

Laura Holiday doesn't believe in romance. Her life revolves around her work and her six-year-old son. The last thing she wants is a fling with her friend and business partner, Russ Matheson, who is emotionally unavailable and thirteen years older than her. But one night in a snowstorm changes their relationship forever.

The Holiday Acres series

Stranded on the Beach (Book 1, Rebecca and Phil)
Stranded in the Snow (Book 2, Olivia and Scott, published in the Snowed in for Christmas anthology)
Stranded in the Woods (Book 3, Penny and Kent)
Stranded for Christmas (Book 4, Laura and Russ)

My Review  4 STARS
**My thanks to the author for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

This is my second favourite book in the series.  I really loved seeing glimpses of Laura and Russ in the first books, however here we see what was going on behind the scenes.

Russ is the Uncle to the other men and is 14 years older than Laura.  This is something i relate too as my husband is 13yrs older than me.  Laura is very organised and has had some really bad relationships, one of which was a one night stand where she ended up pregnant and the father wanted nothing to do with her or her child.

Russ had a hard father, but not like the boys however he too has his baggage, but is was nice to see that both characters this time had things to overcome before they could get their HEA.

It is the guy again who has to chase what he wants and he is very patient with Laura and although the ending was good i really would have loved to have an ending a few years more down the line.

A lovely festive novella series.