Merry Christmas everyone! I can’t believe it’s that time of the year…
In honor of Christmas…
I’ll Be Home for Christmas
A Twilight, Texas Novel
By Lori Wilde
October 27th, 2015
Nothing says Christmas like New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde and Twilight, TX, and now Lori returns to Twilight for a brand new heartwarming holiday tale. The matchmaking members of the Cookie Club are up to their old tricks again!
Christmas in Twilight, Texas, is all merriment and mistletoe. The Cookie Club is whipping up their most festive sweets, the townspeople are scrambling to get their holiday shopping done, and Joe-a hometown guy with a restless heart-is dreaming about the woman he wants to kiss most…
…And who happens to be staying at his sister’s place over the holidays, while Joe’s sister is away. But Joe isn’t quite sure he wants to be a living Christmas present to runaway law student Gabi Preston.
Joe thinks the sassy sweetheart he nicknames “Trouble” won’t inconvenience anything but his healthy sex drive. But when he discovers the reasons Gabi escaped from her life, he aches to give her everything she’s never had. As the magic of the season draws them together, the gift of love is the only one worth giving…
This was my first book by Lori Wilde, and I must say I was pleased. I thoroughly enjoyed her fresh writing, and this was a Christmas novel I was enthused to read. Normally, I am not a holiday-romance type person. I tend to stay away from holiday-themed books, just based on the fact that they can be so over hyped. If you’re going to write a holiday-themed book, you must write it well.
Lori Wilde did not disappoint. I have not read the other books in the series, but it stood out well on it’s own. I had no problems following along. I will definitely be checking out her other books!
One thing I really loved was that Lori added Christmas quotes to the beginning of each chapter. I enjoyed a lot of those. Another thing I really loved was that while the novel centered around Christmas, it wasn’t too heavy. It was the right about of holiday spirit, that was mingled into the middle of everything else.
Gabi and Joe were a couple that hit it off right from the beginning. Their story just made sense, and went at an awesome pace. Normally, things take forever or they happen to soon. This relationship was pretty amazing. I loved how Gabi handled everything with Joe’s story, and I love how Joe was sympathetic towards Gabi when it came time to tell her story. I loved how Lori melded the two together, and produced this amazing book.
Once I started, I could not put it down! I look forward to reading more from her very soon! It also made me want to watch The Holiday, a movie I haven’t seen yet. 🙂
ABOUT LORI WILDE
New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Lori Wilde has sold seventy-eight works of fiction to four major New York Publishing houses. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas Christian University and a certificate in forensic nursing from Kaplan University. She is a member of the International Association of Forensic Nurses.
Her first NYT bestseller, the third book in her Twilight, Texas series, The First Love Cookie Club has been optioned for a television movie. The town of Granbury, Texas, upon which her fictional town of Twilight, Texas is loosely based, honors Lori with an annual Twilight, Texas weekend each Christmas. http://www.twilighttexas.com
A popular writing instructor, Lori is a two time RITA finalist and has four times been nominated for Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. She’s won the Colorado Award of Excellence, the Wisconsin Write Touch Award, The Golden Quill, the Lories, and The More than Magic. Her books have been translated into 27 languages and excerpted in Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Complete Woman, and Quick and Simple magazines. She lives in Texas with her husband, Bill, and her two New American Shepherds.
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Gabi hiccupped, and Joe Cheek, aka Alpha He- Man Protector Dude, snapped his…
“Huh?” She blinked. “Got what?”
But she didn’t get the word out because he yanked her into his arms and sank his mouth down over hers, a warm, moist mouth that dissolved her bones, her heart, and her resolve. Which, granted, was pretty shaky in the first place.
He was kissing her! Why was he kissing her?
Why ask why? Just go with it.
But she was frozen, breathless and pulsating.
When was the last time she’d been kissed like this? So forcefully, so certain, so perfect. Seriously, had she ever been kissed like this? She wracked her brain. Nope. Definitely not.
Gabi sucked in a startled breath as snippets of half- formed thoughts pushed through her mind.
Ooh and aah.
And oh good Christmas but he tasted fantastic. Peppermint. Coffee. Heat. Moisture. Ooh- la- la.
His lips were rough in a deliciously outdoorsy, He- Man kind of way, and his big strong hands spanned her waist. But the pressure of his mouth was surprisingly gentle. Incredibly gentle. Lurking underneath his controlled restraint she felt a jolting current of masculinity so potent it deserved a “Danger: Live Wire” label.
She didn’t mean to do it, but she couldn’t help herself. Headily, she kissed him back, opened her mouth and traced his lips with the tip of her tongue. Venturing slowly, testing the waters, keeping her eyes wide open, watching him as he watched her.
A ragged groan rolled from his throat, and for one long, sweet moment their mouths fully merged and they surfed the heated kiss together.
Gabi’s head was a carousel, whirling, spinning, twirling. Such a ride. What a thrill. Was this really happening? Could she be dreaming?
*I received a copy from Harper Collins in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!
Until next time, read on.