Friday, 20 December 2013
The Kiss Before Christmas- Sophie Pembroke
As the snow starts to fall on Manhattan, PA Dory Mackenzie is a long way from home, far from the comforts and cheer of her cozy family Christmases back in Liverpool.
So when her boss Tyler Alexander offers to pay her pricey ticket home for New Year, Dory just can’t say no… even if she has to pretend to be his girlfriend for the holidays!
Tyler may be hiding the real reason he needs a girlfriend-of-convenience but that’s the least of Dory’s worries when she’s up against the disapproval of his high society mother, and the suspicions of his gorgeous older brother Lucas, the black sheep of the family.
There’s no fooling Lucas, and it’s not just the truth he wants to get closer to… So before the bells have even rung out for Christmas day, Dory finds herself caught up in the Alexander family’s dramas – and sharing more than just a few kisses under the mistletoe!
Lose yourself in this gorgeously romantic and heart-warming novella this holiday season.
I really enjoyed this humorous Christmas read from Sophie Pembroke. As a Brit myself I appreciated the references to a typical British Christmas (it just wouldn't be the same without a bit of Cliff, would it?), but also the escapism of the high flying New York lifestyle and the opulent living of the wealthy Alexander family.
The characters were great-I really warmed to Dory in particular. She seemed very 'real', the type of girl you could easily come across at work or sitting across from you in a pub. I also liked the Alexander family- from typical protective, cynical mother Felicia to the wild cannon of Tyler they were almost caricatures, which made them highly amusing to read about! The relationship between brothers Tyler and Lucas and how they were viewed by their parents was also really interesting and made me contemplate how children are perceived by their parents. Family and Christmas...not always as easy as it looks in the movies!
This was a really easy read that I seemed to speed through at a rapid pace, always the sign of a good story! The tension built well as the story progressed, and I was desperate to know how it would end.
The Kiss Before Christmas is out now, published by Harper Impulse.
With thanks to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this novella in return for an honest review.
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