A Holiday for Romance Novel
By: Peggy Bird
Releasing September 29th, 2014
Getting a life do-over in the small theater town of Ashland, Oregon, has suited lawyer Julie Payne to a T. After ten years in the Portland prosecutor’s office, she’s enjoying her new, easy lifestyle, and she’s not looking for any complications.
Trace Watkins comes to town seeking the same refuge from life as a big city banker. A new job might make Ashland his permanent address, and he likes what he sees of the place, especially when he meets Julie one hot Halloween night. The sparks fly instantly between the costumed couple, and Julie and Trace waste no time connecting beneath the sheets while literally hiding behind their masks.
But when the holiday hook-up ends, their real identities present a serious snag: Trace manages the bank Julie happens to be suing. The only way they can turn this trick into a treat is if both of them are willing to face their pasts and finally bury the skeletons in their closets.
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Juliet and Trace are likable characters. I was intrigued by the initial encounter, because it appeared out of character for the two of them–but the mysterious sex between two masked strangers worked. At first I thought the novel was about their search for each other, but that was wrapped up early with another sexual encounter. The story leaps a year before the next problem shows up–a potential move for Juliet, leaving Trace behind. A background story of banking fraud also provides some mystery for the story.
The book is well-written and believable. For me, the continual return to the bedroom was a little much, but it may be fine for others.
Peggy Bird lives in the Pacific Northwest where she sets most of her novels. To stay out of trouble—and the rain—she writes stories about smart women and sexy men and creates the occasional piece of glass art.