Title: Ring in the Holidays
Author: Katie Lane
My Rating: A
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Hunk for the Holidays #2
Main Characters: Ellie and Matthew
Release Date: September 2014
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Sexual Intensity: hot
Psychologist Ellie Simpson is about to get a healthy dose of sex therapy. Leaving her cheating boyfriend behind, she has everything she needs for a quick rebound: Vegas, plenty of champagne, and a proposition from the sexiest man she's ever seen. As her handsome stranger helps her ring in the New Year-over and over again-Ellie finds herself blissfully losing all of her inhibitions.
Attorney Matthew McPherson is good at making women lose things, like their minds and underwear. With his athletic build and soulful eyes, he doesn't need to use his powers of persuasion or famous last name to get a woman into bed. But when morning comes, Matthew finds Ellie is the only woman he can't bear to leave-ever. It's enough to make him wonder if what happens in Vegas really has to stay there.
This book was so much more than what I expected. It takes place over the course of a year, but starts with New Year's Eve and a one-night Las Vegas hook-up. A hook up that didn't include names so the two had no way to get hold of each other again although they both did try. But in the interim of that year, Ellie, who's a sex therapist, released a self-help book that's become a huge best-seller...all about how sometimes relationships need abstinence to focus on the emotions rather than the sex for success. That message has gotten a bit lost to most the readers so most men now hate Ellie and most women are working on that abstinence thing.
It was a fun premise. When Ellie and Matthew hooked up he was a serious player. He's good looking and charming and most women are more than willing to hook-up with him. He's gotten a bit sick of the monotony of it, but his friends are giving him a hard time about how easy he has it with him, so meeting Ellie is based on a bet with his buddies. Ellie has just had her heart broken by her fiance. At 30, she's a virgin and thought he was too. They were saving that for their marriage and then came to find out that he'd been sleeping around.
So not cool and so Ellie is in Vegas.... a bit drunk, looking for revenge, and then overwhelmed by the extremely sexy and masculine Matthew. The night is amazing, but Ellie doesn't stick around for the morning after and Matthew has no way to trace her until his mother has her book.
The entire set-up of this book was fun. Ellie is a virginal sex therapist. Matthew is a man-whore who's changed his ways since their one hot night together. There's a meddling great aunt who sees herself as a matchmaker and Matthew's wonderful, interfering, loving family who both love him and drive him crazy. The whole family is in the book throughout the story with their secret santa games and a lot of sub-plots that kept the book fun and interesting. There's also Ellie's best friend who has extremely different and jaded views on love and sex than Ellie does. There is tons of marriage drama and family drama, but at the heart of the story is the fact that every relationship, no matter how good, takes TONS of work from both parties to make it happy in the end. There were also visits to a woman's shelter that's a good reminder, especially through the holidays, that there are so many out there who struggle.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and although I received a copy for review, plan to buy a print copy for my keeper shelf. This is the kind of holiday story that I like to re-read every year! I definitely recommend it...just a small warning...go into it knowing that although Ellie is supposed to be a sex therapist, she does have small moments of high naivety which were a little unbelievable. My single (tiny) complaint about the book that was easily overlooked with the strengths of the rest of the story.
I received a complimentary copy of this in return for an honest review.