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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Book Review and Giveaway: Hunk for the Holidays by Katie Lane

This story is a fun, entertaining romance.
Hunk for the Holidays
by Katie Lane
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Forever; Original edition
ISBN-10: 1455522368
ISBN-13: 978-1455522361
Genre: Holiday Romance
My Rating: 4.5 of 5.0

Book Description
Publication Date: September 25, 2012
Always putting business before pleasure, Cassie McPherson works hard for her family's construction business. That might explain why she doesn't have a date for the company Christmas party. But it doesn't quite explain why she's crazy enough to hire an escort for the event or - crazier still - why she's dying to unwrap him like a present . . .

With whiskey-colored eyes and a killer smile, James is one gorgeous hunk who really knows how to fill out a tuxedo. He charms everyone, including Cassie. And when the night ends, the party doesn't stop. As Cassie falls, literally, into his bed, James falls head over heels in love. Now he has to figure out a way to tell her the truth: he's not an escort. He's her family's fiercest business rival. But all he wants for Christmas is her . . .

Cassie is a strong-minded, stubborn business woman. She handles the bookkeeping for her family’s construction business although she would be happier working on site or in design. She parted with her last real boyfriend 18 months before and has gotten into the habit of hiring escorts for events, like her company Christmas party. Usually the escorts are younger, good looking college types who are willing to let her be in charge. But the man who shows up for this event is mature, exudes confidence and has no plans to let Cassie control the evening.

James is immediately stricken by the sassy lady in the slinky red dress and sexy stilettos. He is also impressed by her knowledge and hutzpa.  It isn’t his fault that she jumps to the wrong conclusion thinking he is her paid escort for the night.

These two hit it off companionably and chemically.  James planned on explaining who he is before he tries to get her into his bed but those plans were waylaid by Cassie drinking a few too many glasses of champagne. When she wakes up in bed with her hunky date she decides to wake him with a surprise.  Things heat up between them while James tries to figure out how to tell her the truth and keep her by his side for more time together.

Cassie’s four brothers met James and liked him even though there was some protective posturing. But no one knew who he was until too late. When their father makes an insulting offer to buy out James’ business, both James and Cassie feel betrayed.  It looks like it will be a lonely Christmas for them unless they can get past their anger and a few more misunderstandings.

This story opens with and maintains a sense of feisty fun. Cassie and James are strong characters who both want the upper hand. Their interaction sizzles but it takes some effort to decide to trust and reveal their feelings. Cassie’s brothers are good characters too and there is a nice side romance involving one of them. The writing flows for easy, fast reading. I recommend this to those who enjoy a fun, sexy romance.
Cassie’s assistant points out her control issues:
“So stop hiring them and tr to find a nice guy to date. Or do you just like the control so much that you’re addicted?”... “That’s it, isn’t it? You can’t control your dad or your four brothers, but you can control some young sap for money.” Location 146.
James thinks he can control matters:
...He wanted to take as much time as possible, wanted to control every second of the kiss.
  It worked for all of a second.
  The second right before his lips touched hers. Once they did, he was lost.
  James no longer thought. He just felt.  Location 615
Received for an honest Review from Forever div of Hachette.
This is set in Colorado for my Where Are You Reading Challenge.

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  1. I love the simplicity of her site and the country feel to it :)
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  2. She is also the author of Catch Me a Cowboy
    Deep in the Heart of Texas

  3. It's interesting she has 2 daughters.

  4. she enjoys playing golf, & motorcycle riding

    tiramisu392 (at)

  5. I thought it was interesting that instead of writing a little autobiography for the about me section, she chose to write it as a story.
    lovemykidsandbooks at gmail dot com

  6. Katie didn't start writing until her two daughters were grown.
    Love her site. Happy Holidays.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  7. The book sounds like a lot of fun. Entered the giveaway and visited Katie's website. I read that she enjoys going to the gym, playing golf and riding motorcycles.


  8. I love her header with the old truck by the tree. Very pretty!


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