Published by Vanguard Management Inc. on October 12, 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Holiday - Christmas, Romance
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To college student, Katie Brandt, ‘Home for the Holidays’ sounds like hell. When her parents separated, their holiday traditions shattered like a dropped ornament. What could be worse than celebrating Christmas with her suddenly single mom and mom’s new boyfriend?
Alex Walker, an engaged 20-year-old, dreads going home for his own reasons. He has a daunting task ahead of him and wishes he could skip the holidays altogether. So when a friend of a friend needs a ride north, Alex finds that having beautiful Katie seated by his side proves to be just the distraction he needs.
A simple ride home for Christmas turns into a nightmare when light snow rages into a full-scale blizzard. Katie and Alex find themselves stranded, and a vacant cabin becomes a haven from the storm.
Under different circumstances, time alone with Alex would be the ultimate Christmas gift, but Katie knows Alex is engaged and she must hide her growing attraction.
However, Alex harbors a secret that just might change this holiday from the worst Christmas ever, to the best.
Ok. Christmas. Crazy Blizzard. Sexy boy. Abandoned cabin. Near-death experience. Fireplace. Can this get any better? Guys, if you love Christmas romances you have GOT to get your hands on this. It is darling, and romantic, and sweet, and had me giggling like a school girl. Oh, and it’s totally clean. No steam here, but plenty of tension to go around. I like that better anyway. :)
I’m a sucker for blizzards. I love it when they happen here at my house, and I love it when they happen in books. When the power is out and there’s no place to go and no outside communication, things happen. Katie and Alex were shoved together out of the blue, and had to become great friends really fast when their truck plunged into an icy river and they had to get themselves out and warm before hypothermia set in. I loved their small talk during the drive, I loved the concern they felt for each other as they trekked for miles in the snow, and I loved watching the romance grow as they sat by the fire in an abandoned cabin (that they broke into) eating watery tomato soup and awkwardly sharing a really uncomfortable hide-a-bed. The writing was witty, the characters were relateable, and the story was super Christmassy. Trust me when I tell you that I’d totally give up my traditional Christmas to eat sticky spaghetti by the fire with Alex. He’s a dreamboat. And Katie is just plain and normal enough to give me confidence that I can nab a guy like Alex.
This is a quick Christmas delight that I just know will warm your heart like it did mine. I can see myself reading this little gem over and over again. I’d recommend this to lovers of movies like The Holiday. Parts of this totally reminded me of Cameron Diaz and Jude Law in that movie. It’s just a silly story about two people who had no idea Santa was bringing them each other for Christmas!