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A feast she wasn’t expecting!
Clover Greene would sooner crawl into her oven than host family for Thanksgiving dinner. Yet another annual ritual of too much food, served with a side of criticism over “Clover’s Bad Life Choices.” This year, she needs to distract them all—with a handsome fake boyfriend. And she has the perfect guy in mind.
Contractor Erick Fields is the poster boy for sexy single dads, and Clover has been secretly crushing on him for ages. She certainly wasn’t expecting Erick to agree to her insane charade…or to add lots of hot, wicked sex to the deal. If they can pull it off, the worst Thanksgiving ever might give them something to be really thankful for!
I think Tiffany Reisz is one of the few romance authors that I auto-buy and auto-read. I’ve read her entire catalog and I honestly can say the woman is a brilliant freaking writing. I nominated The Bourbon Thief for Best Fiction at the Goodreads 2016 Book Awards. How it wasn’t nominated? I have no idea, but it was really freaking good, and I enjoyed it tremendously. Like the first book in this Holiday series, this was really good. I enjoyed the writing, the chemistry, and laughed a lot. My biggest issue was that I didn’t like Clover. I know, it’s not fair to say it, but I’m a strong woman and I just couldn’t deal with her mild-mannered nature. I know it’s unfair, because everyone can’t be blunt or honest like I am. Everyone’s personality isn’t like mine, but it’s one of the reasons I shy away from male-female romance. I don’t do well with women without a back-bone. I don’t deal with people treating other folks a certain way and you not speaking your mind or standing up for yourself. Family is definitely included. I speak from experience!
It did change the tone of the story for me. I wasn’t sold on the book for the first 25%. I kinda was taken aback my the heroine in the story. This is from an author whose woman are always strong, vocal, smart, and witty. Clover was the opposite for me in everything that I’ve read by Reisz, but I guess that’s what makes her an amazing writer. I couldn’t connect with Clover, but I’m sure other people can. I like that we do get different personalities and it isn’t the same person in every story. So while, I didn’t enjoy her completely, I did end up liking her by the end. Erick might have been the perfect guy just for Clover. The mouth on that man was ridiculously hot. He was so funny, and I loved his asshole-ish behavior at the end. That’s my time of man. He’s humor was fantastic, and I wish he would have kicked Hunter’s butt.
I really liked the prose of this story. I love the fake relationship trope. I think Clover and Erick were incredible together. Plus the instalove with extremely enduring. Sure it had it cheesy moments, but I loved the witty banter between the two. I did find the chemistry realistic after they’ve spent 12 hours together. I loved Ruthie’s relationship with her father. I would love to see these two again in the future. As usual Reisz kicks butt with her characters. I really liked it, and can’t wait for the next one!