Published by Harlequin on October 18th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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A feast she wasn't expecting!
Clover Greene would sooner crawl into her oven than host family for Thanksgiving dinner. Yet another annual ritual of too much food, served with a side of criticism over "Clover's Bad Life Choices." This year, she needs to distract them all—with a handsome fake boyfriend. And she has the perfect guy in mind.
Contractor Erick Fields is the poster boy for sexy single dads, and Clover has been secretly crushing on him for ages. She certainly wasn't expecting Erick to agree to her insane charade…or to add lots of hot, wicked sex to the deal. If they can pull it off, the worst Thanksgiving ever might give them something to be really thankful for!
Clover Greene is not looking forward to Thanksgiving. Her family needs her to host this year, due to remodeling and fumigation and other household problems. And as much as Clover loves her family, she also really doesn’t like them, or the way they treat her. And to be clear, they’re genuinely terrible to her. Overly critical, passive-aggressively sniping at her and trying really hard to make her feel bad about the fact that she’s not married and doesn’t have any kids. Apparently marriage and babies are the only things that make a woman’s life worth anything. Unless she had a Ph.D. in something. They would accept that as a viable substitute, but she doesn’t have that, either. What she does have is a successful nursery (plants, not kids) that she built from the ground up, an adorable little house she bought with her own money, and a buyout offer for $5 million on the table from a bigger garden supply company.
Erick Fields is a local contractor. His daughter, Ruthie, is an employee of Clover’s, to his unending gratitude. Ruthie got herself into some trouble, and even though she needed to make some money to pay fines and restitution, no one would take a chance on a teenager with a record. No one except Clover, anyway. Ruthie has been working for Clover for about a year, which is just about how long Erick has been harboring a crush on Clover. All of which sets the stage for a pretty standard fake-boyfriend-who-turns-real plotline.
Here’s my big secret. I think I mentioned it in my review of The Bourbon Thief. I haven’t read any Tiffany Reisz. Well, until The Bourbon Thief. I know so many people love Tiffany’s work, and I just haven’t gotten to any of it. I don’t know if her erotic books are as much fun as this book was, but if it is, I’ll add it to my TBR posthaste. This was full of snark and fun banter, which I adore. If I had a complaint about this book, it would be that occasionally the snark and banter was a little much. Sometimes a question just needs an answer, and not every conversation has to be cutesy. But it’s a pretty small complaint because for the most part, I loved all of it.
Erick agrees to be Clover’s fake boyfriend for Thanksgiving to get her family off her back, both of them decide he should stay with her for the week leading up to Thanksgiving so that he doesn’t accidentally ask her where the bathroom is or something in front of her family, and the sexytimes ensue. Pretty much immediately. Complete with snark, banter, and a little dirty talk.
I don’t want to give away too much about the ending of the book, but I will say that I loved how Tiffany Reisz handled it. Clover was no shrinking violet quietly sitting and waiting for Erick to show up and tell her family off for her. She was strong, smart, and resourceful, and she seemed to remember all of that just in time.
I really liked this. There wasn’t really anything new here, but I liked the characters enough that I plowed through the book in a single sitting. I definitely recommend this one to get your holiday reading off to a fun start!