Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers
Book Review of -- Heating up the holidays by Marcia James
Overall star rating --- 5
About the book:
Nicky Paxton is up to her pointed elf ears in work—filling in for a sick Santa’s helper, corralling kittens in a mechanical winter wonderland and running her family’s department store chain. With only 14 shopping days until Christmas, the last thing she needs is the return of her high school heart-breaker.
Lawyer and single dad Chris Spencer leaves the Los Angeles rat race to raise his five-year-old daughter, Holly, in his sleepy Virginia hometown. His first goal is to make sure Holly has a Christmas to remember. His carefully laid plans don’t include a second chance with his first love.
When Holly asks the store Santa for a “fairy pony puppy”, Chris enlists Nicky’s help to track down the elusive item. Despite Nicky’s resolve not to re-gift her heart to Chris, their sexual attraction could power the town’s holiday light display. With the help of mistletoe, a hairless dog and a lonely child, Chris and Nicky just might get their Christmas desires.
Book creation ratings:
Overall total, 28 out of 30 --
-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing & formatting -- 8
* based on a 1-10 scale with: 1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*
The review --
This book has all the Christmas romance bells and whistles that you would want. As books go, it's not very long, but it does pack a delicious punch. It reminds me of a book version of the Hallmark channel holiday romance movies that I love so much. So yes, I enjoyed the book very much. The characters are great - Nicky runs her family's store chain, Chris is an old love who has blown into town, and she's determined to resist him; determined to not give him another chance to break her heart. But he's come back home to stay, and wants to raise his daughter Holly there. Want to know more? You'll have to read the book, and this one is well worth reading. It has a deliciously wonderful ending as well.
Genre -- Christmas holiday romance, contemporary
Age recommendations -- 17 plus
Sex content rating -- mild
Violence rating -- none
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