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I know it's January and the holidays are behind us but I'm dying to tell you how much I enjoyed this book!
This was a super sexy, quick, fun read by the amazing Tiffany Reisz .
I am a definite fan of Tiffany's writing style but The Siren from her Original Sinners series got too dark for me. Harlequin Blaze is not usually a line I gravitate toward but this book destroyed all my preconceived notions "typical Harlequin romance".
First, the blurb:
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!
When this book was suggested to me (Thanks, Roni!) I was in a romance slump. I'd been reading non-fiction (which is unusual for me) and some twisty suspense, but I needed something light and non-angsty.
This was perfect!
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday so I might be a little biased there but the whole storyline worked for me. The characters had realistic depth and humor. Even the "fake boyfriend" trope managed to play out in a believable, non-contrived (well, as non-contrived as a "fake boyfriend" can be) manner.
Erick's teenage daughter is hilarious. As a former high school teacher and current mom to two teenagers, I greatly appreciate teens being portrayed as witty, intelligent individuals with opinions and beliefs of their own.
The whole book has several laugh out loud moments. And, (no spoilers) I wanted to stand up and cheer at the Thanksgiving dinner.
I whole-heartedly recommend Her Naughty Holiday to anyone needing a quick escape. And, I definitely intend to check out the other books in Tiffany's Men at Work series.
One warning. This isn't your grandma's Harlequin. My grandma actually read Harlequin all the time so I have knowledge of what I speak.
The sex, well, it is S.E.X. Explicit and steamy. No "man sword approaching her blossoming woman flower." This is "We're-all-adults. Verbal- consent-enthusiastically-given-throughout. Let's-get-naked-and-do-this. SEX!"
So, if you prefer a milder, closed-door version of romance, this might not be for you.
Or, you can just skip those parts and still read a fun story.