Author: Katie Lane
My Rating: B-
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series:Hunks for the Holidays #3
Main Characters: Patrick and Jacqueline
Release Date: September 2015
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Sexual Intensity: spicy
Good things come in sexy packages...
Jacqueline Maguire has a problem tying the knot. After fleeing the altar (again), the runaway bride drives off with no particular destination in mind. Which is how Jac finds herself stranded in a snowstorm with a hot, hard-bodied stranger who treats her to the naughtiest night of her life... but come morning, he's long gone.
Contractor Patrick McPherson is deeply committed to his bachelor lifestyle. No strings, no rings. As the Christmas season approaches, however, Patrick still can't quite forget his curvalicious one-night stand. Then Jac shows up unexpectedly, and all holiday hell breaks loose. Because this year, Patrick is getting the biggest Christmas surprise of his life...
I really enjoyed the start to this book which takes place on Halloween. It's also the day that Jacqueline abandoned her second groom at the altar in Colorado. She ends up in the mountains, on a snowy road where she wrecks to avoid Big Foot...or maybe it was just a deer.
See, Jacqueline is a character...very open to flights of fancy...at least in the beginning of the book. In fact after their night together, she's sure that Patrick is a Highland's vampire (it was Halloween). She also has to get married in order to inherit her billions from her aunt.
Patrick has his own stuff going on. He works construction for the family firm, but isn't quite happy with what he's doing there. But he has other offers on the table.
There's a LOT going on in this book, and it just seemed like too much because it gave the book a disjointed feel.
In the beginning, Jacqueline seems like a ditzy blonde who is completely shallow and only wants money and to go shopping. This just didn't seem to fit her background, which was pretty rough. But she's also the perfect homemaker and decorator. On one hand she's supposed to be completely loyal and protective, but she left two poor men at the altar and is willing to do the same to Patrick, too. Her character just didn't make sense to me.
Then there's Patrick's HUGE family which had several different side-story lines. His niece looking for her bio-dad (honestly, this story line should have been completely cut...it was distracting and didn't affect the story at all.) Aunt Wheezie who's a modern-day matchmaker, but I was worried she was going to drop dead at any moment. Then there are his parents who don't seem able to communicate with one another although they've been married for forty-some years...again, why was I supposed to care? There's the drama with the company and an old college friend who just happened to have the perfect job for Patrick. Oh, and in the climax, he just conveniently ran into the same guy in the HUGE Denver airport...yeah, that's believable.
So, yeah, there were a few things I had issues with in this book. But all of it was told with Katie Lane's distinctive sarcastic voice. I'm thinking maybe I've just moved past her books, because I just haven't enjoyed the last two as much as I used to enjoy her stories. But regardless of all that, it is a very read-able book and is filled with scenes of Christmas...and a bare-chested, kilted Scotsman who's a Thor look-alike. (I did happen to really LOVE that part.)
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.