Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Hunk for the Holidays by Katie Lane

Always putting business before pleasure, Cassie McPherson works hard for her family's construction business. That might explain why she doesn't have a date for the company Christmas party. But it doesn't quite explain why she's crazy enough to hire an escort for the event or - crazier still - why she's dying to unwrap him like a present . . .

With whiskey-colored eyes and a killer smile, James is one gorgeous hunk who really knows how to fill out a tuxedo. He charms everyone, including Cassie. And when the night ends, the party doesn't stop. As Cassie falls, literally, into his bed, James falls head over heels in love. Now he has to figure out a way to tell her the truth: he's not an escort. He's her family's fiercest business rival. But all he wants for Christmas is her . . .

Type: Contemporary Romance, Christmas
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

Oh my god some stories are just like a train wreck... but in the best possible way. With Cases of mistaken identity, falling for the enemy, naughty things done against doors with said enemy, wild tempers and trees getting set on fire Hunk for the Holidays was an entertaining ride and one I couldn't pull my eyes away from for a single second. It provided me my favorite new phrase..."penis-pilot" too! <g>
Some books, I think, are just meant to be fun. They can be a little ridiculous, a little predictable, full of crazy, passionate characters and do it all in a way that really just...works. This was my first time reading Lane and it really hit the spot, both warming my heart and making me chuckle which is the best type of Christmas read in my opinion. 
"Brains and looks. I like that in a man." She leaned forward and rested her wrinkled hands on the glass table. "But if you're planning on catching Cassie, you'll need more than brains and good looks. You'll need the patience of a saint and the endurance of a pack mule. In case you haven't noticed, my niece is a real fireball."

James had noticed.
James and Cassie have an interesting meet, seeing she thinks he's the escort she hired to take her to the family's company Christmas party and he decided to go along for the ride and not tell her he's her families main business competition and public enemy number one. Oy, right? You just know there are going to be some fireworks down the line with that one! 
James is pretty much sex on two legs. He's got the whole alpha sexiness going on and is old fashioned about opening doors and such. *rawr* and Cassie is most definitely a handful. She's a control freak and used to bossing men around which pretty much stops with James. *rawr* again. LOL I loved the head butting their similarities in personality caused and the control exchange between them. The relationship goes at warp speed but the chemistry between the two definitely works and things get down right steamy. The two make some lovely blunders that'll make you laugh, make you cringe and make you want to lock them in a room until they get it right.

One of the things I found interesting was the secondary storyline of Cassie's brother, Rory, finding his happily ever after. What caught me with it was that I got just as lost in his and Amy's story as I did in the main one. I'd completely forget about the other while I was reading this one or that one. Not sure if that's a good thing or not but Lane had a way of getting me so incredibly focused on what I was reading that all else kinda of left my brain for a while. 

After spending a little time with Cassie's big, crazy, wonderful (and very involved) family I'd really love to hear some of their stories one day. They're a wild group, and yeah if they were yours they'd probably make you twitch, but damn from the outside looking in they're a real trip. 
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  1. This sounds great! Another one to add to my growing list! lol

    1. LOL I just found out tonight she's written a bunch of others so mine grew too! I can't seem to read one without adding a handful more to the list ;)

  2. ^^ again a new discovery

    thank you a lot

  3. Just wanted to stop by and say "hi" and thanks for the wonderful review. You are the first to mention "penis-pilot" which always gives me a good chuckle. Maybe because it's sooo true. Lol! Happy New Year!

    1. Hi Katie!! Oh my word I had the best laugh over that. I'd never heard it before and am so going to have to use it from now on. LOL

      Hope you're having a great start to the year!


  4. "Sex on two legs" ... those alpha types are sooo good! I love the books that get you so consumed the rest of the world falls away. Your reviews always leave me wishing I had the book on hand to start.

    1. Oh aren't they great! Gah I really love an alpha hero but have found some beta's I really loved too.

      I've got an extra copy of this one so will probably do a giveaway for it soon or add it to the giveaways for the Authors for the Holidays. Will let ya know :)


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