My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’m not crazy about the holidays, but I’ve recently found that I like watching uplifting Christmas themed romance movies a la Hallmark and Netflix and reading holiday romances. (Maybe it’s because they help me deal with the sad?)
I picked up this holiday romance on a whim one night after hearing about it on the podcast Fated Mates. They did an episode about holiday romances, and Her Naughty Holiday was one they touted. It did not disappoint. Tiffany Reisz knows how to write a steamy category romance. But, never having actually read anything by Reisz before, I didn’t know to expect the hard hitting commentary about the familial and societal expectations of women that came across in this book.
One of my favorite quotes: “Welcome to the world of being a woman. We’re not supposed to have sex, but we’re also supposed to have kids. And we wonder why so many women are on Xanax.” Clover, the heroine, delivers this line, and I found myself nodding my head while reading it, as well as nodding my head along to other passages from the book.
Clover is in a tough position–one many women can relate to. She loves her family of origin, but they don’t accept her as she is because she’s unmarried and child free and DOESN’T see marriage and having children as the be-all end-all of her existence. And her family is constantly a-holes about it. And it’s her turn to host the Thanksgiving dinner.
Enter single dad contractor Erick who, unbeknownst to Clover, has a crush on her. He agrees to be her pretend boyfriend for Thanksgiving so she can finally maybe get some relief from her mother always hounding her about her biological clock. Because it’s a Blaze novel, there are a lot of sexy times. (Erick is fire, by the way.)
All in all, recommended if you like: steamy holiday romance, fake dating/fake relationships, “plain Jane” heroines, and quick reads.