Hunk for the Holidays
by Katie Lane
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 . . .
This book was a free gift and I’m so thrilled I got the chance to try it. Never having read anything by Katie Lane, I wasn't sure what to expect as far as her writing style, but I was pleasantly surprised in many ways. I loved this story. It was one of those novels that would have you laughing one minute and close to tears the next. The ups and downs of the plot and the hurdles they had to jump in order to have a relationship were amazing. And really I’m astounded she was able to pack so much going in into less than a week’s time.
Cassie is on her way to her family business’s Christmas party and once again she finds herself without a date. Determined to save face she simply repeats her past scheme and calls in her trusty escort service to make her life easier. Armed with a sexy new red dress and stilettos, she’s blown away when her escort appears. He’s gorgeous and way better than any of her previous “dates”.
James is astounded when he shows up for a meeting with his competitor and his dragged to a party by a drop dead gorgeous woman who turns out to be the daughter of his rival and his new “boss” for the night. Seeing an opportunity to get to know a sexy and intriguing woman, James lets Cassie keep thinking that he’s her escort for the night. But life is never that kind to him and as he deals with the intense sexual tension and want he feels for Cassie he has to deal with some interesting circumstances. Overprotective brothers threatening to kick his butt, a date sinking further into her champagne, and finally the subterfuge of keeping his identity from someone he’s beginning to really like.
James and Cassie combust from the first moment they appear on the pages together. Cassie is definitely a little bit repressed, having gone eighteen months without a man and when she’s confronted with the very sexy James, she initially resists the pull. But really she’s already paying him an escort fee, so instead of continuing her drought why not have one night of no-strings sex with a dazzling man. But James begins to see the flaw in his plan now that he’s realized he really likes Cassie and wants a chance to have more than one night of crazy sex with her. He is determined to keep his hands to himself until he comes clean with her, but when she jumps him in his sleep there’s only so much resisting a red-blooded horny guy can do.
There is also a wonderful romance between Amy and Rory in the story and it gave you break from the intensity of Cassie and James as they bumbl their way through their relationship. Both of these couples seemed to have real problems expressing their feelings and coming together with any sanity involved. It took the grand scheming of their Great-Aunt Wheeze and her little helpers to bring both couples together in the end.
With a hilarious cast of characters, intense emotional rollercoaster rides, and a wonderfully fast paced plot Hunk for the Holidays is definitely going to be my new go-to reread during the holiday season. I’m hopeful that we will see books for Patrick and Mattie as they were both favorite characters of mine. And I can tell you after hearing about all the sexy males to be found there it only strengthen my desire to move to CO. Yay sexy guys playing in the snow!