Title: Her Halloween Treat
Publisher: Harlequin Blaze
Publish Date: Sept 20, 2016
Book Blurb: It was a devastating dirty trick—Joey Silvia just found out her boyfriend of two years is married. What. A. Dick. Joey knows her best chance to get over one guy is to get under another. Of course, heading home to her family's remote cabin in Oregon poses some challenges in the "available men" department…until she discovers this cabin comes with its own hot handyman!
Holy crap, Chris Steffensen. When did her brother's best friend turn into a hard-bodied pile of blond-bearded hotness? He's the perfect Halloween treat—and a surprisingly dirty rebound guy. For a couple of weeks, anyway. Except that Chris has other ideas…like proving to Joey that this blast from the past is a whole lot more than a naughty Halloween hookup.
Review: It has been along time since I read a Blaze. I forgot how smoking hot these books were. Joey and Chris have the most fantastic chemistry together.
I swear that once these two got together they couldn't get out of bed. I think a good portion of this book as about sex. Not that it is a bad thing.
I actually found myself feeling a bit jealous of the characters.
Joey has a great career, even though her past relationship may have screwed it up. She has a great friend in Kira. I wish I had a crazy friend like like that. There's great banter between Joey and her bff. (Same with Chris)
Chris is by far the most likable character. He's easy to love. The high school fried who had a crush on the heroine. He also stuck up for Joey's brother, Dillon, when he came out of the closet in high school. Joey is a bit more hard to like at times, even though she was fun. As soon as she explained her relationship with Ben, I had to wonder how someone who is supposedly smart could get themselves involved with this guy. When someone doesn't want you to visit them at their home, that's a big red flag. Just saying.
I could't believe she walked away without a screaming fit when she found out, cos I know I probably would have. Then there was the whole, he was a boss at her company, just not her boss thing. That was another thing that didn't sit well with me. Then when Ben came back and explained some things, I was a bit unsatisfied. I think that part of the story wasn't necessary to the plot. It was really just flat.
I loved all the musical references, especially the one dealing with Joey's full name which is Jolene. She was named after the Dolly Parton song, which is one of my all time favorite songs.
There's a lot of 80s references too, which make me wonder at Joey's only being 26, considering I'm a child of the 80s and I'm 42.
This was a fun read and smoking hot.
Rating: 4 flowers
In HER HALLOWEEN TREAT, Joey and Chris talk a lot about music especially after Joey sees that Chris has carved the face of Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder into his Halloween pumpkin on her porch. While in high school Chris was obsessed with grunge music and even now listens to it all the time. But they also attend Joey’s brother’s 80’s-themed wedding with all the greatest 80s pop music playing at the reception. For a HER HALLOWEEN TREAT playlist, you’ll need a good mix of 80s dance songs and 90s alternative plus one very important song from the 70s.
Song 1 – Jolene by Dolly Parton – Joey’s real name is Jolene and she’s feeling the irony of it when she learns her boyfriend of two years has been secretly married the entire time
Song 2 – Yellow Ledbetter by Pearl Jam – Joey sees an Eddie Vedder pumpkin on the porch and although I have no idea what Yellow Ledbetter means, it’s one of my favorite Pearl Jam jams.
Song 3 – All Apologies by Nirvana – Chris tends to hum or sing Nirvana while he’s doing his handyman work. Joey teases him about this habit while they’re painting a bedroom in Joey’s Oregon cabin.
Song 4 – True by Spandau Ballet – Joey and Chris have to pick 80s costumes to wear to her brother’s costume wedding taking place on Halloween and they choose to dress like characters from a classic John Hughes film and this song is on the soundtrack.
Song 5 – Learn to Fly by Foo Fighters – Chris is a big Dave Grohl fan and Joey works for an airline. This one’s a no-brainer.
Song 6 – Hello by Lionel Richie because why not? It’s a fabulous song and someone dresses like Richie at the 80s costume wedding. Plus I’m sure Joey sings along to it at the top of her lungs when it’s on the radio. Who doesn’t?
Song 7 – The Safety Dance by Men Without Hats – This song comes on at the wedding reception and it inspires Chris to say one of my favorite lines in the book. I won’t tell you what that line is but it includes the word “boner.”
Song 8 – Interstate Love Song by Stone Temple Pilots – At the end of this book, this is the song playing in the background when Joey and Chris end up making a very important decision together.