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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Throwback Thursday Review: All He Wants for Christmas by Lisa Plumley

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Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Zebra
Release Date: October 7, 2014

In Kismet, Michigan, Christmas is special: big fluffy snowflakes, sleigh bells, carolers singing. It's a picture-perfect holiday—you just have to choose who's in the frame...

Jason Hamilton is on thin ice with the board of his toy company. The young CEO may be a kid at heart, but his party boy reputation requires damage control. So Jason's off to Kismet to inspect a model store, stay on Santa's Nice list, and stick to business—no goofing around. Which is too bad, because the store manager, Danielle Sharpe, is the definition of what makes Naughty fun...

Danielle is thrilled to show off her thriving little toy store—especially if it's her ticket out of Kismet. The single mom is tired of manufacturing cheer solo while her ex-husband has all the fun. But if she'd known Jason was this hot, she wouldn't have offered to host him. With Jason in her house, Danielle is getting warmer than spiked cider. She's supposed to impress him with her expertise, not daydream about catching him under the mistletoe. Now whatever she does, she can't get swept up in the magic...

So CEO Jason Hamilton is in hot water with the board of his toy company due to a naughty picture that surfaced online. As penance, party boy Jason has to go to the small town of Kismet, Michigan to observe a model toy store and stay out of trouble in general. Store manager and single mom Danielle Sharpe will be playing host to the visiting CEO in hopes that she will impress the company and be able to move her family out of Kismet. Spending so much time together allows some warm and fuzzy feelings to grow between Jason and Danielle.

Overall this story was a good one. The jaded CEO and the suspicious store manager? As a couple these two took the time to get to know each other and they had me believing in their romance. I liked the subtle back and forth between them, the stolen kisses, the glances and the secret smiles BUT for adults they did act a bit immature. Or at least that’s how I felt with all the internal dialogue going on. I felt like I was reading teenage diaries. That’s not to say that they weren’t likable because they were but I expected way more maturity, depth and more “adult” moments from All He Wants for Christmas because it IS classified as an adult romance.

I wasn’t completely sold on Danielle either. I understood that she was a single mom whose ex-husband was a jerk and that she had to keep her head on straight but she had a bit of a mean streak in her that didn’t sit well with me. Jason may have been an irresponsible playboy but he the efforts he made when he realized he was falling for Danielle made him way more likable to me than Danielle. Jason’s way with her kids and with her in general had me falling for the big softy.

All He Wants for Christmas did a great job of setting up a believable romance between two different characters and had a promising start but it seemed like after a few chapters the author slammed on the brakes and the whole story CRAWLED towards the finish. I mean, it was super slow and I lost interest several times before I was able to finish the book.

For me part of what made this book so slow was the lack of follow through with the love scenes between Jason and Danielle. I felt teased and let down because there were some heated moments between the two characters and some rather adult words being tossed around but the follow through was unsatisfying!

I’m not saying that every romance needs hot, graphic sex BUT I felt like I was being lead towards an explosive encounter between Jason and Danielle but then… Nope. Nada. Totally “G” rated love scenes.

Final Verdict: The growth and development of Jason and Danielle’s relationship went a long way towards making All He Wants for Christmas a good read. I loved their banter and the tender scenes they had together. I just wish the book hadn’t gone from promising start to turtle crawl and that Jason and Danielle behaved more in a manner befitting adults.

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