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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Review -- Hunk for the Holidays

Hunk for the Holidays
By Katie Lane
Publisher: Forever/Grand Central
Release Date: September 25, 2012





Cassie McPherson enjoys her high-level position at M&M Construction, her family’s business, but would rather be out on site with the crew instead of doing the bookkeeping behind a desk. That isn’t to say she doesn’t work hard; everyone knows she is a workaholic and rarely has any free time...and that includes no time for dating. For this reason, and to avoid the usual personal questions from her family, she hires an escort to go with her to the company Christmas party. When a sexy, hot guy in a tuxedo shows up at her work, Cassie naturally assumes he is her escort for the evening. What she doesn’t know is that he is the owner of M&M Construction’s biggest competitor. 

James Sutton is doing all he can to make Sutton Construction a viable construction company in Denver. He believes there is room for two successful companies in the area, which is why he is meeting with Big Al McPherson. Instead, James meets Al’s beautiful daughter, decked out in a slinky red mini-dress, who believes him to be...an escort. James is taken aback at first wondering why she would need an escort, but goes along with it because Cassie is bossy and full of sass and he finds himself intrigued by her. He charms everyone attending the party and Cassie can’t help but be attracted to him. He isn’t like any other escort she has hired. So, how far will she take their “date”? And what will she—along with her four protective brothers—think when she finds out who he really is? 

Hunk for the Holidays is my first book by Katie Lane and I loved it! Many of you know that I’m not a fan of the “secret identity”, but this one is written in such a way that it totally worked for me. James tries to tell Cassie who he is, but with all the hilarious antics that pop up—many of which are out of his control—it’s never the right time. Thankfully, it doesn’t get dragged out. 

Cassie is headstrong and aggressive, though not annoyingly so. Her behavior is perfectly understandable as she grew up with four brothers and had to fight for what she wanted. James is what I’d call an alpha gentleman—he likes to be in charge but is a complete gentleman while doing so. He isn’t perfect, however. A tragic event from his childhood causes him to not get too close to people so he won’t get hurt again. With Cassie, it just feels right to let her in. He is an utterly delicious hero—one of my favorites of 2012—and I enjoyed watching him melt Cassie’s heart. Woven into this story is a sweet secondary love story involving one of Cassie’s brothers and I enjoyed it, too. 

Hunk for the Holidays is a fun, sexy contemporary with plenty of laugh-out-loud scenes and tender moments. It’s the perfect book to get you in the mood for Christmas...and for romance! I highly recommend it!

 
~Andrea

20 comments:

  1. It's just the kind of book Im in the mood for right now, Andrea! Thanks for another great review and reading suggestion!

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    1. You bet, Flora! After reading this, you're sure to have a smile on your face. :)

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  2. I HAVE THIS ONE MY KIDS PICKED IT UP FOR ME LAST WEEK...THANKS FOR THE GOOD REVIEW. I HAVE READ HER BEFORE AND LIKED HER BOOKS..

    DONNA

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    1. What sweet kids you have, Donna! Enjoy it!

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  3. The author is new to me, but your review definitely makes me want to check this one out, Andrea.

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    1. Janga, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this one. It was a lot of fun!

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  4. Oh, this sounds like one I want to read! Thanks, Andrea!

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  5. The plot sounds wonderful and I'm looking forward to reading it. The "hunk" on the front of the novel is delicious! Yummy! ;-)

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    1. James is quite the hunk, Connie! ;-)

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  6. Ooh, Andrea, great review. I usually don't read many contemps, but you and I seem to have the same reading tastes, so I'll get this one and add it to my TBR pile. I like that you said it has laugh out loud scenes as well as tender moments. Thanks, Andrea!

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    1. Thanks, Deb! I think you would enjoy this one. Let me know if/when you do!

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  7. Thank you for another great reading suggestion...I forsee a warm Xmas season ahead of me!

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  8. This is going to put me in the Christmas spirit!

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  9. I must admit I'm not quite ready for Holiday reading but I know it's coming soon lol. I have one of her books in my tbr pile and need to get to it!

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    1. I wasn't ready for Christmas reading when I started this one, catslady, but I am now! Bring it on! :)

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  10. Loved it, it's new to me but i'll definitely buy the book. Thanks for the review :-)

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    1. Thanks, Rosalina, and welcome! I hope you enjoy the book. :)

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