OK, here it is. Time for me to stick my middle finger up to the world of intellectual and literary snobs who look down on people who read romance novels. My main area of interest in reading lies with crime fiction/thrillers and non fiction books. But thanks to my stupid brain and my mental health issues, there are times when I simply cannot process reading a book that is going to give me the intellectual stimulation that I normally crave. That is when I crave what I call literary cotton wool. It’s quite simply a nice story. Normally a romance that doesn’t have a challenging plot line and a plot that makes you constantly think. It feels like your brain is laying down in a big, squishy mattress that is the most comfy you have ever been. They give you time to recharge your brain cells whilst still being able to read. If you have an issue with that, then move along you must as I don’t expect to be judged for my reading choices on my own blog. 🙂
So – this story…
Called an eccentric beast by the citizens of Amesport, Maine, handsome, sensual billionaire Grady Sinclair stays isolated in his mansion on a private peninsula. The arrangement suits Grady just fine—until an unassuming woman rings his doorbell, awaking his long dormant passion with her fearlessness. All he wants is to make the fiery blonde his forever. But will he have to become the monster everyone thinks he is to get his Christmas wish?
Emily Ashworth is desperate. The Youth Center has been robbed of all its money, and as the director, she has to find a way to give the town’s needy children the Christmas they deserve. With nowhere else to turn, she ventures to the mansion of a mysterious billionaire to ask for help. Warned to expect a beast, Emily is shocked to find Grady Sinclair a handsome and very sensual man. With steamy kisses under the mistletoe and seductive whispers while hanging the wreath, Emily finds there’s more to Grady than meets the eye. Is this misunderstood billionaire just a lonely soul who needs the gift of love for Christmas?
This book doesn’t pretend to be War and Peace. It’s a nice romance of the ever growing trend of “Billionaire mommy porn” books genre, but who cares? It is a nicely written story that made me relax whilst I was reading it. Some books don’t do that because you are so tense to race ahead and get to the end of the story to find out what happened. This book doesn’t do that.
The lead characters, Emily and Grady appear to be polar opposites to begin with. He is an introvert and she is the outgoing head of the local community/youth centre. He hates Christmas and she loves it. Yet despite that, from that first meeting, Grady’s character begins to thaw and become much warmer. All he needed was a good woman.
This book isn’t going to win any major literary awards, but it is perfect if you just need (like I did) somewhere for your brain to retreat and relax inside your head.
A four out of five star read.