After book one Her Halloween Treat, I got Reisz‘s contemporary style. And I love it. And when I sat down to read Her Naughty Holiday, I found myself immersed in this romance a lot more.
“Yes, I want to touch you very much. Can I, please?”
“That’s the politest way any woman has ever asked to rub my cock in my life. Your manners are impeccable, Ms. Greene.”
“My parents raised a lady.”
“Does that mean you’ll stick your pinky out while you’re stroking me off?”
And this kind of banter is strewn throughout pretty much each and every dialogue in the book. I found myself giggling at 3:30am, 4:20am and through the very end of the book.
So Clover Greene is probably the awesomest female character I’ve read in a while.
First, she takes a chance on a 16 year old and gives her a job at the nursery. Then Clover becomes Ruthie’s idol and friend. Said nursery she opened when she was 25 and she’s all but 30 years old with a 5 million dollar buying offer on her business.
She loves her life, she loves Ruthie (who’s as awesome as teenagers can be) and she’s got a secret crush on Erick, Ruthie’s dad.
And now she is forced to host Thanksgiving dinner for her parents and siblings, and their perfect kids. Which she doesn’t have. And they thing she should. Because, you know, how can she be fulfilled and happy if she’s not round with a baby and has more running around.
So Ruthie, on the day she leaves for a week with her mother, convinces her to hire a male escort to pretend he’s her boyfriend for the week. Which results in:
Head met desk once more and they decided to spend the rest of their lives together.
Ruthie, being the awesome, clever teenager she is, plays matchmaker and her favorite adults end up playing fake boyfriend/girlfriend for the coming week, through Thanksgiving, only to realize their insane attraction to each other quickly changes their status from fake to real.
I enjoyed reading how tough and determined Clover is, how she stands up for herself to her family, regardless of the trigger, and she definitely set an amazing example for how to answer passive aggressive a-holes.
The selling point of this story isn’t the plot, it’s not even the setting (which is pretty incredible and ties nicely to book one). It’s the playful, sexy banter between Clover and Erick. Those two are just perfectly matched, on the same page with what they want (each other) and so their physical, emotional and intellectual chemistry is pretty much off the roof.
Also, Ruthie? The PERFECT sidekick for both Erick and Clover. She’s the most fun character I’ve read recently. She should get her own little novella as a 4-5 year futuretake and make Erick and Clover go crazy. Hint hint, Tiff ;).
This was the perfect weekend read for me. Even if it only took me 4 hours to finish.
A feast she wasn’t expecting!
Clover Greene would sooner crawl into her oven than host family for Thanksgiving dinner. Yet another annual ritual of too much food, served with a side of criticism over “Clover’s Bad Life Choices.” This year, she needs to distract them all—with a handsome fake boyfriend. And she has the perfect guy in mind.
Contractor Erick Fields is the poster boy for sexy single dads, and Clover has been secretly crushing on him for ages. She certainly wasn’t expecting Erick to agree to her insane charade…or to add lots of hot, wicked sex to the deal. If they can pull it off, the worst Thanksgiving ever might give them something to be really thankful for!