Ring in the Holidays
Hunk for the Holidays #2
By Katie Lane
Author’s Website: http://www.katielanebooks.com/
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra
THE BEST NEW YEAR’S EVE . . . EVER
Psychologist Ellie Simpson is about to get a healthy dose of sex therapy. Leaving her cheating boyfriend behind, she has everything she needs for a quick rebound: Vegas, plenty of champagne, and a proposition from the sexiest man she’s ever seen. As her handsome stranger helps her ring in the New Year-over and over again-Ellie finds herself blissfully losing all of her inhibitions.
Attorney Matthew McPherson is good at making women lose things, like their minds and underwear. With his athletic build and soulful eyes, he doesn’t need to use his powers of persuasion or famous last name to get a woman into bed. But when morning comes, Matthew finds Ellie is the only woman he can’t bear to leave-ever. It’s enough to make him wonder if what happens in Vegas really has to stay there.
What can I say but….HOT’ish! It was a well-crafted, easy to read story. The premise is that Ellie Simpson, psychologist (and author of a book on the virtues of abstinence in a relationship), has saved herself for marriage to her fiancée Riley but is devastated when she finds out Riley has been with other woman physically since they became engaged. So to assist Ellie in getting over her heartbreak, her best friend Sidney takes her to Las Vegas for New Year’s Eve. And the most out of character thing happens….Ellie ends up hooking up with a guy for a night of debauchery. Now I must say… this is where I found the plot a bit far-fetched. If a woman has waited her whole life, why would she then break this vow to herself to a veritable stranger? Can’t really see it happening…but this is fiction after all.
Now the reader will quickly learn that Ellie feels she is average looking. What she is …is a petite woman with a BAD haircut and a smokin’ body. And men just ogle her “big rack”. So hooking up in Vegas was not a problem. In comes Matthew….the smokin’ hot guy of the story. Matthew has NEVER had a problem with his love ‘em and leave ‘em lifestyle but for some reason…after a HOT evening with Ellie, he does not want to move on with anyone else. The two of them essentially had a night together and did not exchange names, etc. Luckily for Matthew, Ellie did right her name on his butt cheek 🙂
They both go their own way…back to Denver or New York and life goes on. Except that both Ellie and Matthew cannot get the other out of their mind. As life is difficult living in New York with Riley trying to re-pursue Ellie, she decides to up and move and both she and Sidney move to Denver. During a book signing, Ellie runs across Matthew again and the attraction is still there. Needless to say, many funny, quirky and entertaining things happen as the two try to navigate the road back to each other (if that is even possible).
Aunt Wheezie is Matthew’s aunt and the family match maker. She insists that all the grandkids need to get settled before she leaves this earth. So she sets her sites on getting Matthew to re-connect with Ellie. The lengths she goes to is just priceless.
I was pleasantly surprised at the depth of Matthew’s character. He was not nearly as shallow as he was portrayed in the early part of the book. His connection to his family is heart-warming and showed that he was possibly ready to put the playboy lifestyle behind him. Of course – the journey is fraught with hiccups and misunderstandings, but the journey was enjoyable, funny, heart-warming and entertaining. An easy read which will supply the reader with laughs as well as potential tears (depending on your personal interpretation of the “mushy” sections).
Overall, a pleasant afternoon read.
*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*