She’s his for the holidays…and he’s unwrapping her every night!
Dark and brooding hotel magnate Will Walker is exactly what Laura Edwards wants for Christmas. Too bad he can’t forgive her for disappearing from their unhappy existence in foster care without a word. But when a snowstorm leaves her sharing Will’s penthouse over Christmas, the passion between them burns brighter than Times Square. This time, can Will trust Laura to stay?
|Category / Genre(s):||Harlequin / Mills & Boon (Dare)|
Second Chance Romance
|Point of View:||Third person, Past Tense, Dual Viewpoints (H & h)|
|Location:||New York, US|
|Release Date:||29th October, 2020|
Sexy, festive and enjoyable
I was a huge fan of the Mills & Boon / Harlequin Blaze line and I’ve never felt the subsequent Dare line has ever lived up to Blaze’s standards. This book, however, is the first Dare book I’ve read that reminded me of the Blaze line with its strong heroine, deliciously broody male, and an interesting story that was both romantic and sexy.
Will and Laura bump into each other 15 years after their traumatic time as neglected foster kids. Back then, the pair were inseparable – protectors, best friends and each other’s safe space. Until Laura is fostered out and away from Will. Their past – and Laura’s leaving – has caused massive emotional issues in both our characters in the story.
Laura was a great character. For the most part, she’d put her difficult past behind her and had become a successful, strong and happy person. She was fairly chill, except when it came to her guilt regarding Will. Her inner thoughts show us how conflicted she is – and she knows herself well enough to know that she won’t ever be able to keep Will at arm’s length. Yet she also respects herself enough to know that she can’t accept half measures – she wants all of Will or none at all. I admired and liked her.
While Will was probably a typical grumpy, alpha billionaire – he, more than most, had reason to be a little bit wary and standoffish. He had issues regarding his past and yet he was still playful, kind and a good guy. He was my favourite kind of hero – the kind that just needs a big ol’ hug from a good woman.
I loved the connection between Will and Laura. From their first (re)meeting, they fall back into an easy friendship – this time with more adult vibes. And those adult vibes led to some very adult situations which were deliciously hot – exactly what I’m looking for from this kind of book.
We get to a very satisfying conclusion and HEA with this story…but I’m going to admit that when I turned the last page, I screamed in frustration. If there was ever a story that was crying out for an epilogue, it was this one. I can even picture it – Will and Laura celebrating Christmas perhaps 5 years later. Kiddos, dogs, fireplaces, love – I wanted it all. I’m still bitter. Give me epilogues, dammit!
And speaking of Christmas – this book had a nice festive vibe to it. New York in the snow. Family. Presents. Cookies. Christmas movies. Fireplaces. Flannel jammies with reindeer motifs. It was happiness.
Overall, this book was a fun read and while the characters were overcoming difficult childhoods, it never got too angsty or overly emotional. The writing was fresh and readable – drawing you into the story and making you want to keep reading. Sexy with emotions – I really enjoyed this book and Will and Laura’s story. Margot Radcliffe’s writing style reminded me of the Blaze of old and I will be looking out for more from her in the future. A very high 4-star read and recommended.
Margot Radcliffe lives in Columbus, OH and writes contemporary, young adult, and historical romance novels. She spends her days trying to be awesome. Succeeding at this generally means not eating a whole sleeve of Oreo cookies.