Welcome to my stop for Lisa Marie Perry’s new release: Just for Christmas Night. Please be sure to check the other tour stops, read the excerpt, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a Signed Print Copy of JUST FOR CHRISTMAS NIGHT and $10.00 Amazon or B&N Gift Card.
I’m on the fence about the whole “sport themed’ romance, but a nice twist here is less sport and more character, and I was intrigued and engaged early on. I’ve not read the earlier books in this series, so I came at this with a fresh perspective and having heard good things about the previous titles, curiosity.
From the start I liked Martha – the changes she was making as she grew up and started to take pride in her career and life, and her determination to do ‘the right thing’ no matter how many obstacles were thrown into her path. Even more impressive was the ‘reality’ portrayed – this was NEVER going to be an ‘easy’ job, and being a woman in a male-dominated sport where testosterone both rules and drools, Martha was aware that she was starting at a disadvantage with a long road ahead. A disadvantage that she quickly turned to her own advantages in using her perceived weaknesses to surprise and perform her job, showing everyone that her position was deserved and not gifted by Daddy.
Joaquin was interesting – curiously still attracted to Martha but very determined to make a name for himself in boxing. He does, however, know the struggle that Martha was going through in proving herself to her parents, and their attitudes about her party girl behavior, and not being able to let go of those judgments. He believes that his reappearance in Martha’s life will reinforce her parents’ negative image, so he will fight the attraction and let her make the moves.
Heavily character driven, there is growth and interference from all sides in this one. While I appreciated the ‘family’ aspect, it was overbearing and overly judgy where Martha was concerned, she was proving her talent and worth. And there was a nice growth trajectory with both Martha and Joaquin and the relationship between them, as well as some changes, that felt almost grudging, for the Blues themselves.
An interesting and engaging read offering multiple perspectives on fighting for what you really want in your career and your life.
Title: Just for Christmas Night
Author: Lisa Marie Perry
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Harlequin, Kimani
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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A red-hot holiday
Pro football publicist Martha Blue has something to prove. To protect the image of the Las Vegas Slayers—and stay employed—she has to shed her party-girl reputation. Fast! So no more mistakes. No further scandals. And absolutely no falling for the one man who can give her everything she wants…and nothing of what she needs.
Danger and desire never mixed well for undefeated prizefighter Joaquin Ryder. A friend of the Blue family, he's a man who knows his boundaries…boundaries he has secretly crossed only once before. Now that he's back in Sin City to train for the biggest fight of his career, he can't afford to let a sexy distraction like Martha put him against the ropes. Revisiting their sizzling past is something he isn't willing to risk—until a steamy Yuletide encounter, where for just one night, they'll surrender completely….
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.