Sexy and suspenseful, this romance is full of heat. It wastes no time playing up the chemistry, and the action-packed storyline takes things up another notch. I was pretty disappointed that it really has nothing to do with the holidays; sure, it takes place at Christmastime, but that’s largely irrelevant to the story. This one is much more focused on the instant connection, the suspense, and the steam. It’s a solid romantic suspense story, but don’t go into this one looking for a cute Christmas romance or a fully developed relationship.
The story follows Haley, a woman on the run. She’s left the city in an effort to get away from some trouble, and finds herself in a small town for the holidays. Unfortunately, the town’s sheriff has taken an interest in Haley – in more ways than one – and hiding out seems like it’s going to be impossible. But as Haley and Spencer get to know each other better, Haley discovers that the sexy sheriff might be just what she needed all along.
I love a protective hero, and Spencer is definitely that. He’s immediately smitten with Haley, and wants nothing more than to take of her, both in and out of the bedroom. There were a few times when his advances made me a little uncomfortable considering the conflict of interest, but that’s not completely unexpected in romantic suspense. Things move at a VERY rapid pace, so you’ll definitely need to be okay with an instalove vibe. It didn’t bother me, but it was certainly noticeable. It’s also important to note that while this is a standalone, there are a few characters from other books who make appearances that feel somewhat unresolved. Ultimately, this is for those readers who want something sexy and action-packed, and it does both of those things well.
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She’s running for her life. He’s the safe haven she never expected to find. The holiday season is about to get HOT.
Hiding out for the holiday season in the heart of the South? Not something that Haley Quick ever expected to have on her to-do list but then…she never expected her ex to want her dead, either. Turns out, life is full of surprises. Time to deal. Haley has ditched New York for a crazy little dot on the map known as Point Hope, Alabama. It’s a town gone extra crazy for the holidays, and Haley is sticking out like a sore thumb with her very much Grinch-self.
But enter sexy sheriff Spencer Lane…Tall, muscled, and made with an extra dose of sex appeal, he is exactly the kind of man that Haley should be avoiding. He’s charming, he looks way too good in a Santa hat, and, oh, yes, he’s her new landlord. The hits just keep coming. She can’t afford to let Spencer learn all of her secrets, a tough job since she is living with the man. No sex, though. It’s purely a business relationship. Except…the holidays in the South sure do get HOT. Or maybe that’s just sexy Spencer. Usually, Haley falls for the bad guy. It’s the whole reason she’s running for her life. She can’t help but wonder…What would it be like to fall for a man like Spencer?
He just got his Christmas wish.
Sheriff Spencer Lane can’t believe his luck. The most beautiful, fascinating woman he’s ever seen has just dropped into his life like a gift from, well, the big guy in red. Only the problem is that Haley seems to think Spencer is some by-the-book, nice guy. Probably because of the badge. And if she wants him to be the hero, that’s a role that he’s happy to play for her. But the truth is, Spencer has plenty of darkness inside, too. An ex Navy SEAL, he knows how to get sh—um, stuff done. He also knows how to be very, very naughty.
When danger threatens his Haley, all bets are off. No one is going to hurt her. No one is going to threaten her. Not in his town. Not on his watch. The nice guy will show Haley just how bad he can be.
Fake snow, a parade of wild elves, and a stalker ex don’t make for the merriest of times, but in Point Hope, anything can happen—and it usually does. Ready for a steamy story that will get you in the ho-ho-ho spirit? Settle back, curl up with Spencer, and have yourself a jolly old time.
About the Author:
Cynthia Eden is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader best-seller. Cynthia writes sexy tales of contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal romance. Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over one hundred novels and novellas.
Cynthia is a “hybrid” author. She has published extensively with New York (her New York publishers include Avon, Kensington, Grand Central, and Harlequin), and she has also enjoyed success in her indie writing career.
Cynthia lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast. She loves romance novels, horror movies, and chocolate. Her favorite hobbies include hiking in the mountains (searching for waterfalls) and spelunking.