Fake snow, a parade of wild elves, and a stalker ex don’t make for the merriest of times, but in Point Hope, anything can happen—and it usually does. Ready for a steamy story that will get you in the ho-ho-ho spirit? Settle back, curl up with Spencer, and have yourself a jolly old time.
Hiding out for the holiday season in the heart of the South? Not something that Haley Quick ever expected to have on her to-do list but then…she never expected her ex to want her dead, either. Turns out, life is full of surprises. Time to deal. Haley has ditched New York for a crazy little dot on the map known as Point Hope, Alabama. It’s a town gone extra crazy for the holidays, and Haley is sticking out like a sore thumb with her very much Grinch-self.
But enter sexy sheriff Spencer Lane…Tall, muscled, and made with an extra dose of sex appeal, he is exactly the kind of man that Haley should be avoiding. He’s charming, he looks way too good in a Santa hat, and, oh, yes, he’s her new landlord. The hits just keep coming. She can’t afford to let Spencer learn all of her secrets, a tough job since she is living with the man. No sex, though. It’s purely a business relationship. Except…the holidays in the South sure do get HOT. Or maybe that’s just sexy Spencer. Usually, Haley falls for the bad guy. It’s the whole reason she’s running for her life. She can’t help but wonder…What would it be like to fall for a man like Spencer?
He just got his Christmas wish.
Sheriff Spencer Lane can’t believe his luck. The most beautiful, fascinating woman he’s ever seen has just dropped into his life like a gift from, well, the big guy in red. Only the problem is that Haley seems to think Spencer is some by-the-book, nice guy. Probably because of the badge. And if she wants him to be the hero, that’s a role that he’s happy to play for her. But the truth is, Spencer has plenty of darkness inside, too. An ex Navy SEAL, he knows how to get sh—um, stuff done. He also knows how to be very, very naughty.
When danger threatens his Haley, all bets are off. No one is going to hurt her. No one is going to threaten her. Not in his town. Not on his watch. The nice guy will show Haley just how bad he can be.
|I don’t usually read a lot of contemporary romance but when the cover of this one attracted my eye and I read the blurb I decided I would give it a go.|
Sometimes you just have to read outside of your usual comfort zone. It was also at a bargain price too! The cover has a cute couple kissing on it with a wintery scene in the background, despite the title One Hot Holiday, so I guess there could be a bit of cute steaminess in the book.
It immediately became clear the “holiday” mentioned was Christmas. The two main characters are Haley Quick and Sheriff Spencer Lane. We quickly learn that Haley is running away from something, and is really scared and vulnerable, which is probably why she is wondering around Pointe Hope without taking account of her surroundings. Haley is about to be run over by elves on bikes when Spencer spots her, and he certainly likes what he sees until he realises, she is in the path of the elves on bikes and may get hurt if he doesn’t act rapidly. Spencer rushes over grabbing Haley out of the route the bikes are on. Haley doesn’t take being grabbed by a stranger very well initially and isn’t in a friendly mood despite the good looks of her saviour. Then when Haley gets to the place, she has rented to stay it turns out that Sheriff Spencer Lane is her new landlord and he is suspicious about her making the booking in a male name. Haley quickly comes up with the explanation that she is a woman traveling alone and likes to be cautious. Spencer doesn’t really believe Haley, there is something about her that has his Navy Seal, Sheriff radar flaring! Of course, I have revealed that this book is a romance, but Spencer & Haley certainly go on one heck of a rollercoaster journey together. There’s also a little chemistry between Wilde agents Blair and Linc, that I would like to read more about too. The book has a great “feel good” aspect to it, the friendliness of the Pointe Hope residents, the camaraderie between Spencer and the people in the local bar. There is a brilliant scene where Spencer is volunteered to sing karaoke and Haley is shocked and impressed with how well he can sing. It makes her wonder, and myself as reader, if Spencer Lane is bad at anything? You’ll need to read the book to find out!
My favourite characters were Haley and Spencer who both seem to have had sad pasts and suffered great losses. I also liked Blair and Linc, the Wilde agents, they were at times like a comedy duo. Another character I really liked too was Titus the deputy and the unquestioning back up Spencer ends up needing. I was also intrigued by Eric the owner of Wilde Securities and his employees.
My immediate thoughts upon finishing this book were that I really enjoyed this book, it had mystery, suspense, betrayal, romance and some holiday cheer too!
To sum up this is a great taster of the Wilde Ways series and I am certainly interested in reading more. In fact, I really hope Blair and Linc get their own book too! This may be a novella but it is jam packed with action, mystery, suspense, murder and betrayal all alongside a budding romance!
She’s running for her life. He’s the