Sunday, December 15, 2013

4.5 stars! His for Christmas (House of Trent #1.5) by Jennifer Haymore

**Sweet, shy Lady Esme has a little-known pastime-penning scandalous stories! But society must never find out or she'll be ruined! Fortunately, her dear friend, bestselling author Jennifer Haymore, is happy to share Esme's sensual tale of lost love and second chances . . .

Lady Amelia Witherspoon simply must get home to her beloved family on Christmas Eve. So when a terrible storm threatens to leave her snowbound, she refuses to admit defeat-even if that means sharing a carriage with Evan Cameron, the last man she ever hoped to see . . .

Evan can't fathom why his oldest friend is as icy to him as the winter wind. All he does know is that Amelia is still the loveliest, most tempting woman he's ever laid eyes on. Their only option is to take refuge together at a nearby inn, sharing the one remaining room. Evan promises to be a gentleman . . . but it's a promise neither of them wants him to keep.

Type: Historical, Novella
Heat: 3 out of 5 (and it's steamy!)
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Whew, yeah, if you're looking to heat up the holidays His for Christmas will hit the spot. Things get down right steamy as Lady Amelia and Evan Cameron find themselves stranded by a winter storm and unable to resist the fires sparking between them despite years apart and a rocky past. I'm a total Christmas story junkie. Add in a second chance at finding love and I'm a gonner. And I totally got the warm fuzzies over Evan and Amelia.

Okay, so, these two. They've known each other since they were children and were each others first loves but a misunderstanding and just life has kept them apart for years nursing old hurts. I really enjoyed watching their romance unfold. Seeing Evan work at figuring out what he'd done to cause such pain for Amelia all those years ago and setting to fixing things. He was just a great guy it would be impossible not to forgive. Amelia was lovely too. She's sweet and caring and I totally got her hurt feelings and why she felt the way she did.

What was great about them was that even though there was drama between them they both came across well balanced and rational. They listened to each other, thought things over and moved forward without being overly dramatic. It was just nice to see that for a change.
"Sorry," he murmured.

She turned to face him, her gaze replete with satisfaction. "Hm?"

"Sorry if I scratched you. With my beard."

She gave a lazy smile. "I like how it feels against me. It's rough..."

"I see." His grin turned sly. "Do you like it rough, Lady Amelia?"

He watched the flush rush over her skin. She pressed her lips together and didn't respond, but her eyes glowed and he knew he was right.

Just like that, he was hard again.
So, heat. Like I said, this one is steamy! Way steamier than I was expecting. Like bite your lip make you squirm good. And I loved it! These two get to the good bits real quick but it worked since they've known each other their whole lives and really cared about each other too. And even though there was a lot of loving happening it didn't distract from the romance and them working through their troubles.

Haymore proved, once again, that she is a master at crafting a truly lovely and heart warming romance. I chuckled, I squirmed and even got a little teary as Amelia and Evan found true love and overcame their past. I left this one smiling a dopey little smile and can't wait for the next book.

Have you read Haymore? Do you have a favorite?
What's your favorite Christmas or second chance romance?

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