Hunk for the Holidays by Katie Lane Release Date: January 1, 2012 Publisher: Hachette Book Group Contemporary Romance/Holiday M/F Book #1 in the Hunk for the Holidays series Number of Pages: approx. 352 Paperback Source: Warren Public Library Rating: R Read 10/27/17 to 11/1/17
I am really on a holiday romance reading kick lately. Now that it’s November I guess I can really say ‘tis the season. And I’m loving it!
Katie Lane is a new-to-me author…I think. The thing is, I thought I had read a short story of hers in a compilation and that was how I even thought to look into her books. But I can’t find a record of reading anything by her. Which makes me wonder where I heard of her. Hmmm. Whatever way I came across her works, I thoroughly enjoyed this story.
Cassie is a heroine that, although she’s tough and focused, is easy to relate to. As tough as she is, she still wants to keep her parents happy and doesn’t speak up for herself with them. She seems to have no issues keeping her brothers in line, yet turns to a little girl when her parents are involved. That need to please them is holding her back, professionally and emotionally.
James seems to instinctively understand Cassie and instantly becomes protective of her, even when he knows the deeper in he gets with her the more he may end up being the person she needs to (emotionally) protect herself from. To his credit, he does try more than once to set things straight.
The two main characters have some wonderful chemistry. There’s another smaller romance going on with Cassie’s brother, Rory, that I found had even more chemistry. That’s always a plus, especially in a book that has insta-romance. And let me tell you, this story takes place over about 4 days so that love is fast! A lot happens over those days and it actually feels longer than a few days so that helps.
I loved Cassie’s family and look forward to more stories with them involved.