Samantha is headed home for the holidays – she’s just gotten into a bad situation at work shortly after things ended with her fiancé. Jack has long been attracted to Samantha, and they were friends throughout childhood into their teens. Now that she’s back, he finally has a chance to get together with her if he can just convince her to take that chance. Of course there are multiple obstacles, and
new jobs on the horizon that could forever spoil their future.
Let me first say I am soooo not a Christmas person, although the last few years it’s gotten a little better since I have kids. So I was absolutely in love with this book just by the opening few paragraphs, including this little gem: "She made it through one song—albeit with gritted teeth—before turning the music back off. “Oh by gosh, by golly, I’ll show you where you can shove that mistletoe and holly,” she muttered.”
The cast of secondary characters is great and I loved the ongoing Christmas house decoration rivalry between Sam and Jack’s respective fathers. It made for a great little side humor.
Now, Sam – she’s a great, realistic person who has admittedly made some mistakes (sleeping with her boss comes to mind) but she hasn’t let that utterly destroy her and she’s looking for a new path to take,
including a new job on the horizon which, while not being her dream job, is with her dream company. She’s not afraid to eat, which is awesome. She has a major cookie fetish going and doesn’t hesitate to gobble them down, believing there’s no such thing as too much sugar. I can so get into a woman like that.
Jack’s a nice small-town boy with an investment firm (weird to have an investment firm in a small town, but it works for me) who knows what he wants and doesn’t hesitate to say how he feels very quickly.
Unlike so many alpha males these days, he’s determined, but not a jerk about it.
What kept this book from being a five-star review was I felt the author held on just a bit too long, carried out Jack and Sam a little too immaturely with the job issue. I felt Sam’s reaction was way over the top,
and Jack had his moments on the situation as well. I can’t go into further detail about the problem without spoiling things. However, I liked how things ultimately resolved.
All in all, this was a great Christmas book for a person who doesn’t like holiday books in general. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a short little romance with some heat to keep you warm – and those in the middle of the country could probably use it right now.
Thanks to the author for sending this to review!
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