Review: Let it Snow by Jeanette Grey

Review: Let it Snow by Jeanette GreyLet it Snow by Jeanette Grey
Formats available: ebook
Pages: 120
Published by Forever Yours on November 1st 2016
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Baby, it's cold outside . . .
'Tis the night before Christmas Eve and Holly wishes she hadn't volunteered to work the night shift. The weather is frightful and getting worse by the minute, and the same old annoying carols are blasting from the bookstore's speakers. But Holly's holiday spirit returns when the store's sexy new assistant manager arrives to keep her company. He has muscled arms, baby blue eyes, and a sweet pair of lips she wouldn't mind meeting under the mistletoe.
Sam is glad the snow is keeping away customers-it gives him a chance to get close to his favorite employee. Holly has always been a mystery to Sam, like a beautiful present he'd love to unwrap. When they're trapped by a full-blown blizzard, Holly breaks into the Christmas cookie display. Sam busts out a bottle of vodka from the boss's office. Soon the two are trading heated kisses-as well as secrets neither has ever felt safe enough to tell before. What started out as one naughty night together turns into something so much more.

My Review:

In a lot of ways, Let it Snow is a very cute wish-fulfillment story. At some point in our lives, we’ve probably all daydreamed about being stranded with the hot guy (or hot girl) that we desperately want to notice us as more than just a co-worker or fellow student or whatever fits the location where we met.

And we’ve all had that feeling that the person we’re oh-so-interested in is much too hot or popular or smart or whatever to possibly reciprocate our feelings.

Holly gets to act out that fantasy in this little story. But the course of true love, or even true lust or true like, never does run smooth. Not just because she can’t believe that Sam is very much into her, but because Holly has a problem letting people in. Casual sex is easy, no pun intended. But she has a history of sabotaging potential relationships because her past has left her with the indelible impression that she’s not worthy.

Little does she know that Sam has those same feelings about her. And about himself.

Escape Rating B+: This is a short novella that is very, very easy to fall into like with. And it is completely adorkable.

Holly is a college student, and a not very closeted geek. She tries to hide her nerdy interest in science fiction and Doctor Who and reading in general, but doesn’t hide it very well. And she works in a bookstore! Temptation abounds.

Sam is a big part of that temptation. He’s the assistant manager of the store, but he’s only a couple of years older than Holly. And he’s gorgeous. And cute. And funny.

Geeky Holly can’t believe that Sam is interested in her. She may be pretty, but she’s not model gorgeous the way that Rachel, the bookstore owner’s daughter is. College dropout Sam can’t believe that smart Holly could be interested in him.

Snowbound for the night inside the bookstore, they explore all that suppressed interest. But snuggled in the cold and the dark, they also open up all the secrets they’ve been hiding. And that’s what levels this story up from cute to very, very interesting.

But Holly can’t deal with having let all her secrets out in the cold light of day. She tries to push Sam away, until she just can’t anymore. Because he’s throwing away the one thing that she wants above all. When she calls him on it, they find they have something worth fighting for, and worth believing in.

Their very own Christmas miracle.

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Review: One Night with the CEO by Mia Sosa + Giveaway

Review: One Night with the CEO by Mia Sosa + GiveawayOne Night with the CEO by Mia Sosa
Formats available: paperback, ebook, audiobook
Series: Suits Undone #2
Pages: 256
Published by Forever Yours on May 3rd 2016
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"This debut romance sparkles." -- Library Journal (starred review) on Unbuttoning the CEO
After some disappointing dates, Karen Ramirez has concluded that great sex is for other people. Especially since medical school won't leave her much time for romance anyway. Then she runs into tall, dark, charming, and ridiculously wealthy Mark Lansing--and quickly reconsiders celibacy. Adding to temptation? Mark will be the best man at her sister's wedding and the nuptial destination is sultry Puerto Rico. Now this trip might just be sensory overload--or the perfect chance for Karen to find the groove she's never had.
For CEO Mark Lansing, his perfect match would be smart, sweet, and funny, with long legs and silky hair the color of dark chocolate. In short, someone a lot like Karen. But Mark's looking to settle down, while a relationship is the last thing on Karen's mind. So Mark proposes a plan: he and Karen will use their weekend in paradise to sizzling advantage--before downshifting to friendship. The only problem? Karen is all Mark can think of when he gets home. Now his most challenging negotiation will be for the one thing money can't buy . . .

My Review:

unbuttoning the ceo by mia sosaI loved Mia Sosa’s first book, Unbuttoning the CEO, when I reviewed it for Library Journal last year. So I was very happy to see that she had a second book in the series.

I don’t generally enjoy the “seduced by/married to the billionaire” trope. The overwhelming imbalance of power in the relationship usually throws me out of the story. Unbuttoning the CEO was definitely an exception to that, I think because the power isn’t all that imbalanced.

Ethan was rich, but also stuck in a position where he couldn’t throw all that wealth around. Graciela was supervising his community service, so she actually had a bit more power in the relationship than would otherwise be expected. That Ethan discovers that he is better off as just another tech guy than as CEO adds to the icing on that particularly lovely cake. It’s Ethan’s dawning self-awareness that makes the story so much fun.

One Night with the CEO follows directly from Unbuttoning, in more ways than one. Karen Ramirez is Gracie’s younger sister, and Mark Lansing is Ethan’s business partner. At the end of Unbuttoning, when Ethan steps down from being the CEO of their successful tech company, Mark steps up. He trades the title of Chief Financial Officer for Chief Executive Officer, with all the perks and especially all the headaches that go along with it.

Mark and Karen meet at a club, dragged there by Ethan and Gracie. But in the loud and dark confusion of the club, they run into each other before Ethan and Gracie have a chance to introduce them. In the anonymity of the club they verbally explore their instant attraction, expecting to never meet again after sharing a few intimate secrets and whole lot of very hot flirting. Then Ethan and Gracie crash in, and they discover that they are going to be seeing a lot more of each other than they ever intended.

Ethan and Gracie have dragooned both of them into attending their very quickly arranged wedding – at the Ramirez family compound in Puerto Rico. Sun, fun and infinite temptation on a tropical island, in the midst of a celebration where love will be in the air at every moment. What could possibly go wrong?

Karen and Mark try to ignore their amazing chemistry. They make an incredible effort at being just friends. Because they both know that if they have a relationship, they will not be able to hide it from Ethan and Gracie. And they won’t be able to get away from each other when it inevitably goes south, and not in a good way.

Mark has finally realized that he is looking for someone to spend the rest of his life with. In his early 30s, he is starting to want a partner and eventually a family. Karen is starting medical school in the fall. Her whole family has their hopes pinned on her becoming a doctor. With the grueling schedule she knows she will have to keep, she won’t have time for a relationship. And in her early 20s, Mark is just certain she isn’t ready to settle down.

So they agree to a one-night stand in Puerto Rico. Only to discover that they can’t let each other go. But until they can manage to resolve the differences between them, they also can’t manage to let each other stay.

Escape Rating B: One Night with the CEO was fun, and it certainly reads very, very quickly. But while I enjoyed it, the sparkle that was so terrific in Unbuttoning the CEO just wasn’t there in this story.

Karen is a terrific heroine. The way she is driving herself, her relentless pursuit of a difficult goal is fantastic. There should be more heroines who are as driven as she is, and who don’t give up when they fall in love. At the same time, she has plenty of flaws and insecurities, she just picks herself up and moves on after every setback.

Mark has a ton of issues. He has a whole baggage load of problems with investing in a relationship, because his dad and his mother are such a mess. And he transfers those issues to his relationship with Karen.

They are at different points in their lives, and that’s a real issue when couples have a significant age gap. But what keeps doing Mark and Karen in is the inability to talk about it. As it usually does.

Mark and Karen are great people. The reader wants them to find their HEA. The scene where they meet in the club and tease and torment each other mostly with words was incredibly hot. But there wasn’t anything particular new or different about this story or their relationship.

While I certainly had fun on my One Night with the CEO, after the sparkle of Unbuttoning the CEO, I expected something more.



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