He also made Aubrey's toes curl every time he so much as looked her way. A rather difficult thing to ignore, considering she was his publicist and worked with him all the time. As in, she had to stare at that handsome face and listen to that deep, delicious voice all the time, too. Which in turn led to her curling-toe affliction and the rapid development of her mad, crazy crush.
Aubrey was completely surrounded by a warm, big muscular man, and it felt so incredibly good to be in Flynn's strong arms. He was kissing her as if his life depended on it, and she buried her fingers in his hair, holding him close.
He kissed her. Hard.
When she moaned and opened her mouth to his tongue, he took full advantage of the opportunity to demonstrate the other things she could do with her mouth beside obsess about other women in his life. He wrapped his arms around her and settled into his kiss as his muscular body pressed against hers.
Lucy curled her arms around his neck and her legs around his hips. She'd never been kissed the way Colton Abbott kissed her, as if kissing her was the only thing keeping him alive. He didn't kiss so much as consume. She felt consumed by him, and it was the sweetest feeling she'd ever known.
Colton and Lucy lead very different lives in completely different places and neither one has any plan to make a change. So what happens with you fall madly in love (while in a bit of denial about it) with someone and all you can think of is that person, wanting to be with that person and you can't see them on a daily, much less weekly basis? This is the conundrum for Colton and Lucy. To Ms. Force's credit, there was no easy, quick fix. She brought them along slowly and I kept wondering, how in the world would Lucy and Colton figure this out? I love that there was no quick fix, it was all about Colton and Lucy figuring out what was important to them and how to manage their lives and compromise.
And of course we cannot forget the elder members of the Abbott family and their adorable meddling ways. I truly love how Ms. Force has woven the parents and grandparents into this series (just as she has done in the McCarthy/Gansett series). Although, the elder Abbotts are on another level of meddling, but it's meant in a "we know what's good for you and we are going to do it anyway- way". We also get to hang out with Cameron/Will (squee) which made for some hilarious conversations between brothers and BFFs. Hannah/Nolan of course made several appearances and we got a little bit more of Hunter. I really cannot wait to see how Hunter's book plays out. I loved getting a glimpse of the Abbott family members via conversations with Colton (aka giving advice) and family dinner.
In conclusion. I LOVED this book. Love Love Love and I cannot wait for more from Ms. Force and this series. Hell, I'll read anything she writes, she's THAT author for me. If she writes it, I'll buy it.
"I didn't say you were a booty call, Beth." He left the door open and walked down the hall.
"Come in or leave. Either way, shut the door."
Freakin' attitude problem. "You're a jerk."
"The asshole routine isn't a good look for you, just so you know."
Though, the shirtless look was. Carefully, she stepped into his house and prayed that he'd put a shirt on.
"Doesn't your wife feed you?"
Cash ignored him. "So who was the lucky lady?"
"It's not like that."
"Man, you broke out the crescent rolls. Of course it's like that-" Cash pivoted, head tilted. "Is a Beth thing?"
"Not a thing? Or not Beth?"
Roman stared at the rolls. "If you choked and died this minute, I'd be okay with it."
I love a good holiday/Christmas story and I gotta tell you that this is a GREAT book and I loved it. Holiday books tend to be light and fluffy, this one is not. It's intense.
Both characters are gong through some very heavy stuff. Hutch is recuperating from being wounded while deployed and his throat injury complicates his life a great deal. Let's throw Meredith in on top of that, this woman is running for her and her son's life from a truly crazy son of a bitch. She settles in the lovely town of Twilight with her precious little boy and almost starts to feel like maybe she could make a life there. She remains super cautious and ready to pack up and leave at any time, though.
Twilight is a typical small town with plenty of meddling folks who mean well. Let's face it, Hutch and Meredith needed all the help they could get! The challenges they needed to surpass were pretty epic. While there was an extremely intense plot, the holiday aspect was well represented and I loved that too.
The children in this one were also fantastically written and were so cute.
Overall, an excellent Christmas read to add to your Holiday tbr list. Even though this is book 5 in the series, you can read it as a stand alone.
I started this one late last night and got about 20% in and went to sleep. Today, I finished it. I procrastinated and just let myself disappear into this book. Ms. Garvis-Graves always manages to pull me into her books by my throat. :)
This one has been on my Kindle for quite awhile and I wanted to read it before the next book in the series comes out 10/28. Mission accomplished!
Hours later, this book is still sitting with me. TGG's books always tend to stay with me afterwards and "stew" in my brain. You have to be a patient reader of TGG's books and understand that she is going to take you on a bit of a journey. I think we've become a bit ADD with our books and don't have as much patience for anything over 60k words. TGG needs you to be patient.
The novella ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU is also included in November 11th release HOME FOR CHRISTMAS with Joann Ross.
Madeline St. Clair might be tiny enough to fit in his pocket, but she had the grit of a two-hundred pound cage fighter.
And with everything hanging on it, everything balanced on the head of a pin, he dipped his head, took her lips. He held back this time, chained the animal within, and kissed her softly, licking inside, nipping lightly at her swollen lips.
She lay perfectly still, clutching the blanket, rigid with tension. And he sank deeper, still gentle, but his tongue wanted inside. She let it stroke her, let it learn the shape of her teeth.
His hand came up to cup her cheek. His thumb grazed her jaw, touched the corner of her mouth. Then pushed inside.
Vicky: I promise to walk with you through the light and the dark, the good times and the bad.
Maddie: Unless there are zombies, then you're on your own.