Wrapped in Red

Wrapped in Red

Paperback - 2015
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"A solo Caribbean vacation is college professor Sage Langley's perfect escape from Christmas and all its merriment. But she has unexpected and thrilling company at Grayson Ellington's luxurious vacation home: the sexy attorney himself! And her brother's best friend--who has desired and longed for Sage for years--has fantasies and plans for a red-hot romance to chase away her winter doldrums,"--page [4] of cover, summary of White Hot Holiday.
"Returning to her Virginia hometown where her fiancé dumped her--years earlier on Christmas Eve--is making Nomi Adams croon the holiday blues. She needs to find the reclusive photographer who can advance her magazine career. However, Lincoln Porter's on his own rescue mission this yuletide. Because during this season of love and renewal, Faith, Virginia, looks to be a place for second chances...,"--page [4] of cover, summary of Misletoe Mantra.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Harlequin, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780373864256
0373864256
Branch Call Number: Fiction Wrapped Pbk
Characteristics: 219 pages ; 17 cm
Additional Contributors: Green, Sherelle
Malone, Nana
Alternative Title: White hot holiday
Misletoe mantra

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FindingJane Jul 14, 2016

Dealing as they do with American Christmases, I was prepared for the usual amount of sappy idealizing about the holiday, like those inevitable Christmas albums that come out with the familiar carols bowdlerized by famous celebrities. While Christmas is the backdrop, it’s the characters themselves that merit attention.

In the first story, “Mistletoe Mantra”, I found myself irked by Nomi’s unprofessional attitude once she runs into the shy, nerdy boy-turned-hunk that is Lincoln Porter. He’s determined to keep her from finding out his secret and she succumbs just a little too easily to his seductive charms. I found myself more annoyed than turned on when she allowed herself to be wooed into his bed only a few days after meeting him. Granted, he is the brother of her lifelong friend so he’s hardly a stranger. But what happened to professionalism? And once she found out his secret she should have been more focused on her task not determined to get another romp in the hay.

Also, the sabotage that occurred to sour their budding relationship was never fully explained to him. She merely kept apologizing for it like it was entirely her fault when she had nothing to do with it. She stopped eventually but not soon enough for my taste.

The second story, “White Hot Holiday” is more to my liking. Rather than being a female swept off her feet, Sage is a go-getter, a confident sexual dynamo who has no problem seducing the man she’s had her eye on for years. For once, we see the playboy taken aback by the sexually assured woman. Even if she does seem to be holding out for his sexual healing instead of sampling the great variety of men out there, she knows what she wants and goes after it.

This pair of stories could have been better written. But as they stand they are merely adequate.

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