Friday, December 18, 2015

Book Review: I'll Be Home For Christmas

Author: Lori Wilde
Title: I'll Be Home For Christmas
Publisher: Avon
Publish Date: October 27, 2015
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb: Christmas in Twilight, Texas, is all merriment and mistletoe. The Cookie Club is whipping up their most festive sweets, the townspeople are scrambling to get their holiday shopping done, and Joe—a hometown guy with a restless heart—is dreaming about the woman he wants to kiss most . . .

. . . And who happens to be staying at his sister's place over the holidays, while Joe's sister is away. But Joe isn't quite sure he wants to be a living Christmas present to runaway law student Gabi Preston.

Joe thinks the sassy sweetheart he nicknames "Trouble" won't inconvenience anything but his healthy sex drive. But when he discovers the reasons Gabi escaped from her life, he aches to give her everything she's never had. As the magic of the season draws them together, the gift of love is the only one worth giving…

Review:  I have read a lot of the Twilight, Texas novels.This is book 6 in the series, and I love coming back to this town to visit the residents.

The book is kind of a play on the film The Holiday where two women swap houses and lives, in this case its Gabi Preston and Katie Cheek. When Gabi finds Katie's home she meets her brother Joe and from the start things between them are electric. Oh and the place she's staying is a yurt. I didn't know what a yurt was, but apparently it is a sort of tent.

Gabi is there to find herself and to figure out what she wanted to do with her life. She recently discovered that being a lawyer just wasn't her thing.

Gabi and Joe seem to start their relationship pretty quickly. I wasn't all that keen on the sex aspect between the two. especially the age old frigid part when it came to Gabi.  Somehow the sex didn't work for me in this book, but thankfully there was more to the story than the love scenes, so that made this easy to overlook.

All that aside, I loved these two characters. I really loved how responsible Joe was in regards to his daughter, Casey, who really isn't his daughter. I also like that he did care about his ex-wife as well. She's more than a little bit screwed up.

Gabi is quite an interesting heroine. Her parents are power attorneys, she has hiccups when she gets nervous and she had a brother who passed away when she was young. There's a Jodi Picoult twist here too. In that aspect the plot lacks originality, but the characters are so lovable. Even the one character that you think you aren't going to like, well you end up liking her too.

If you have watched the film The Holiday you'll notice some plot similarities. I actually wished this book would have gone as to have a relationship with Katie, but maybe that would have taken The Holiday twist a bit too far.

If you are into holiday novels this is wonderful heartwarming story to make your Christmas merrier.

Rating: 5 flowers


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