Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Favorite, Holiday, Rom-Com, Romantic Comedy
What’s the actual last thing you’d ever want your executive assistant to see you doing the morning after you had hot, drunk, angry sex with her in a terrible hotel room? Dancing around your terrible hotel room to “Come and Get Your Love” like Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy—naked? Yeah. Me too.
And yet, here we are.
This isn’t even the most unprofessional thing that’s happened between us in the past couple of weeks.
The first was when I agreed to let her have Christmas Day off, but only if she goes with me to three family gatherings as my fake girlfriend.
The second was when she caught me belting out a Christmas song on stage in the awful hotel bar.
The third was the hot, drunk, angry sex that followed, but I do not regret it.
And she hasn’t even found out the real reason I need her by my side this holiday season.
I need to pull it together before I do the dumbest, most unprofessional thing of all—fall head over heels in love with the only assistant who’s lasted more than a month at the job and claims to hate me and my moods more than she hates eggnog.
And I’ve seen how much she hates eggnog.
*ARC provided by Wildfire Marketing Solutions in exchange for an honest review*
I have become absolutely addicted to everything Kayley Loring writes, so when I saw she was writing a Christmas romance, I jumped on it. Throw in a sexy-sweet rom-com with a grumpy boss and his sassy assistant, and you have another absolute stellar of a read.
“You’re awfully uptight for a drunk Star Wars nerd.”
Declan Cannavale has always had a thing for his lovely assistant, Maddie Cooper, but has kept it completely professional between them. She’s the best assistant he’s ever had and he’s not about to mess that up and lose her. But one moment of talking to his mom over the phone and her pressuring him to show up for his brother’s wedding and family gathering has him blurting out that he has a girlfriend and he’s totally over the fact that his brother is marrying his ex-girlfriend (yup, you read the right). Open mouth, insert foot. Now in a bind, he cajoles Maddie into agreeing to pretend along with him, as long as she can get Christmas day off from work so she can spend it with her family.
“Just promise me you won’t say anything else that will make me like you.”
“You know I can’t promise that. Everything I say makes you like me, Coop.”
These two are combustible. Both stubborn, smart, independent people who’s banter is an absolute delight. I can’t say how many times I was laughing out loud reading this book. There is a whole scene with them so full of food that they don’t have the energy to move that had me dying of laughter because it is so relatable, I had literal tears in my eyes. Declan is an obsessive, work-aholic grump and seeing his personality change as Maddie breathes life back in to him is a joy to see. You can’t read this book and not have a stupidly silly grin on your face. It’s just not possible.
“I’ll keep pretending that it’s my brother’s wedding that I need Maddie for and not every damn thing that makes my life worth living.”
If you couldn’t tell by now, I adored everything about this book. Like Kayley’s other books, the main characters are charming and funny, the secondary characters are vibrant and equally hilarious and the romance is hot and sweet. Maddie’s whole family, the fab Staten Island accent, and her sister and the Staten Island ferry story (never going to see the ferry the same way again), love them. Maddie’s niece takes on a Tina Belcher persona with her fan fiction writing and obsession with Declan’s perfect butt. Declan and his Boston thick accent cousins, the bachelor party hangover, his stoic grandmother, every page is rom-com perfection.
I take that gorgeous face in my hands and kiss her on the mouth. Hard and fast, because I’ve been dying to do this for so long. And then slow and tender because I know that I’ll be kissing this woman every day for the rest of my life.
Just go buy this book right now, lose yourself for a few hours and forget everything else. This deserves way more than 5 stars.