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Saturday, September 29, 2012

ARC Review: Hunk for the Holidays by Katie Lane

When I first read the premise behind this book I was a bit hesitant. I wasn't sure how this was going to work but at the time I was craving contemporaries and I've always enjoyed Romeo and Juliet esque stories. Unfortunately this book just did not work for me or rather it just seemed a bit over the top. I felt as if this book was trying too hard and it just left me with a blah feeling.

Cassie McPherson is always putting her work before everything. She works hard at her family construction business and usually doesn't have time to date or have fun. Because of this she never has time to meet anyone, so when she has to attend business functions or events she enlists in a local escort service. She never crosses the line with the guys hired and she has never even wanted to, but when James walks in all bets are off. Immediately Cassie finds herself attracted to the sexy stranger and is finding it very difficult to keep her hands to herself. Maybe just this one time she can let loose and have fun.

James Sutton has no idea what he's in for when he sets eyes of Cassie. He's showed up for a supposed meeting with Al McPherson and now he's playing along and acting as Cassie's male escort. Just one look at the sexy Cassie and he couldn't help himself. He knows it's wrong to deceive her and he should tell her the truth but figures it can wait.

The chemistry between these two is electric and I liked watching them together, I just felt like some of the things that happen with them are a bit contrived. I would have liked to have seen them together a bit more. The relationship felt a bit rushed and I just didn't really feel like they really fell in love with one another. Also, it was really hard for me to buy into the fact that Cassie is hiring male escorts for dates. I find it very hard to believe that a woman as successful and attractive as Cassie, feels the need to use an escort service.

I think a part of my problem with the book is everything that is going on outside of James and Cassie's relationship. We are meeting new characters and seeing new story-lines that I felt detracted from James and Cassie's relationship. Don't get me wrong, I loved the bits we were shown between Amy and Rory, but I don't feel like we needed to see that. In fact, I would have much rather they got their own book because I was far more fascinated with their story than that of James and Cassie.

All in all, this book was okay for me.

**ARC copy provided by NetGalley**

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