The Theme: Holiday
The Book: Her Naughty Holiday by Tiffany Reisz
Why it was in my TBR pile: This one I scooped up during a recent sale at Harlequin. I have a tendency to fill my cart with holiday themed romances – far more than I can actually read during said holidays but…well, I can’t help it! 🙂
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!
I love a holiday novel based on Thanksgiving. It’s like a warm-up to the rest of the season. Plus it makes me crave turkey and gravy which, IMO, is never a bad thing. But I like my Thanksgiving novels to be low on the angst and this one fit the bill perfectly.
Our heroine, Clover, is a successful and smart woman. She’s built a nursery from the ground up and has recently received an offer from a rival company to buy it for five million dollars. If that wasn’t enough to chew on over the Thanksgiving holiday, she has her entire family coming over for turkey and stuffing. Clover’s relationship with her relatives is strained. Like many successful professionals, she’s struggles with a work/life balance and her family’s nagging doesn’t help. She feels the pressure to get married and have children – even worse, her family has no clue how successful her business has become or what it’s cost her to get it there.
Erick Fields has his own problems. He has a teenage daughter from a previous relationship who is a bit of a troublemaker. Erick begs Clover to give his daughter a job at the nursery – which she does. Under Clover’s tutelage, Erick’s daughter slowly straightens out her life. Erick is indebted to Clover so he’s buried any and all attraction to her. However, when it’s clear Clover needs his help with her family, Erick steps up.
As you can imagine, things don’t stay neatly in place and, although it went down a predictable path, the story was so much fun to read I didn’t mind. The banter between Erick and Clover had me chuckling out loud in places. The relationship itself is both steamy and emotional. Clover never feels good enough. She works hard, she’s successful, but to to people that matter most to her, it doesn’t appear to count. Erick’s the perfect counterbalance to all of that angst- laid back, thick skinned and encouraging. I really enjoyed being along for the ride while they fell in love.
I had a couple of quibbles with the book. For one, Clover’s entire family is really over the top. From the way they acted, I was surprised Clover actually still talked to any of them. Erick’s daughter was a great addition, but there were places where their relationship felt more like friends than father-daughter. These, however, are minor details in what was an overall enjoyable book.
If you are looking for a great holiday book, I would absolutely recommend this one!