Home for the Holiday by Wendy Stone

Home for the Holiday by Wendy Stone
Publisher: Phaze Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Full (174 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by: Fern

Kenna McEwen is sent into a panic when her mother calls to invite her home for the holidays. This past year hadn’t been very good to her and the idea of meeting up with her sister, pregnant by the man that Kenna had planned to marry, makes her anxious.

Nicolas Grefield is Kenna’s best friend, so she turns to him to make this trip easier to bear. She cons Nicky into pretending to be her boyfriend in front of her parents. Nicolas likes the idea and decides they should use it with his parents as well.

But Kenna has no idea how seriously Nicky wants to actually be her boyfriend, and how badly he wants to take her home as his actual fiancee. Now will Kenna go along with him so that they might have their own perfect trip “Home for the Holiday?”

Home for the Holiday is a story that has arrived at the perfect time, right before the Christmas season.

Kenna and Nick have been friends for years, but each have fantasized about something more. Upcoming trips to see their families provide the opportunity to explore their undeniable feelings. Neither wants to appear alone at their yearly family gatherings, and arriving with a date seems like the perfect solution. But it’s not going to be easy. Kenna has to confront her cheating ex-fiancé, as well as the sister that married him following their affair. And Nick has to stand up to his controlling parents and force them to accept Kenna as the only woman he’ll ever need. The journey along the way is one you don’t want to miss. You’ll experience all of the wonderful emotions that accompany those sparkling Christmas lights–joy, happiness, cheer–as well as those less than happy moments when family tension takes front and center. Ms. Stone has done an exceptional job at keeping the tone light and witty, while exploring themes of trust, betrayal, and forgiveness. You’ll laugh, you’ll tear up, and before it’s all said and done, you’ll believe in holiday magic.

I loved Kenna and Nick and felt they were perfect for one another. Their attraction is notable from the moment they meet on the page. It’s the kind of relationship that has a fighting chance because they truly are the best of friends. As the old saying goes, the best friends make the best lovers. The theme with the cheating sister and ex-fiancé is also well done. It’s not written bitterly, but rather, is addressed in a very witty and humorous fashion. Why spend time hating the person that brought you together with the man you were meant to be with? The same can be said for Nick’s scheming mother. While you’ll detest her, you’ll realize that her horrible methods only serve to bring the protagonists closer to one another in the end.

This is the kind of book you curl up with when it’s cold outside and you can see steam rising from the mug of hot chocolate on the nearby table. Maybe you can take it a step further by cuddling up in a chair with a nice fleece blanket, with some soft Christmas music filtering through the background.

Either way, be sure to snag a copy of Home for the Holiday.

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