Today as part of the Tasty Book Tour, I bring you Christmas Dinner by Robyn Neeley. Please be sure to check the other tour stops, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a $20 Amazon or Barnes Gift Card!
Occasionally you just run across a book that is the perfect “feel good” moment and fits the season just as well. That was this story for me! Robyn Neeley delivers a story that is the perfect mix of characters and emotions, while delivering a lovely romance and returning the meaning of the season (hint – it isn’t wrapped and under the tree) to the reader and slightly recalcitrant characters.
Amanda is a go-getter, determined and focused with her own hopelessly romantic moments: but a bad Christmas Eve experience has turned her off the Holiday. Tate, her co-anchor, is a ladies man with a plan, and a big secret: he hides his romantic dreams under bravado and banter. The “fake boyfriend” set up is cleverly done, especially when the characters realize their intertwined pasts.
Secondary characters also all have their own moments with the holiday, from Amanda’s family to her ex-boyfriend and even a family in need, the integration and development of their characterizations provides an injection of humor and warmth that just hold interest and keep you reading.
Neeley writes beautifully, from dialogue to humor and moving the plot forward, there weren’t moments where you want to put the book down. In fact, the banter and bickering between Amanda and Tate is funny to read, and even more importantly, feels as if you are overhearing the conversation in the corner of the room. A sweetly romantic story that adds a spark of Christmas cheer to your afternoon – this is the perfect book to curl up with a cup of cocoa and a fire.
Title: Christmas Dinner
Author: Robyn Neeley
Genre: Holiday Themed
Published by: Crimson Romance
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News anchor Amanda Turner used to love everything about the holidays - the eggnog sugar cookies, the tacky family Christmas sweaters, and a lawn decorated with so many multi-colored lights that 747s could land safely. That is until her boyfriend dumped her in front of the whole town on Christmas Eve. Humiliated, she fled her small town to start a new life. Two years later, she's finally ready to return to the scene of the emotional crime, until she learns that her ex is engaged. Now, the only thing worse than going home is going home single.
Tate Ryan, her tall, dark, and arrogant co-anchor, offers to pose as her boyfriend. There’s one problem, though: they barely like each other, and he recently scooped her story on live TV. But she needs a ride home and a boyfriend fast, so Tate will have to do.
As she watches Tate interact with her family and town residents, fully embracing the spirit of the holiday season, she starts to see his kindhearted side. She can’t help but wonder if she was wrong about him. Perhaps he isn't the conniving co-worker that she once thought. And her new feelings for him would definitely put her on the naughty list.
Tate has his own agenda for the weekend that includes telling Amanda he's been in love with her since the first time they met. He's ready to reveal all during Christmas dinner but fate has other plans.
Sensuality Level: Behind Closed Doors
A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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