by Tiffany Marie
Series: Pine Lake #1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: November 30, 2013 by Liquid Silver Books
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She just wants to get through the holiday season. He wants to celebrate. She just wants a fling. He wants forever. How can two people with such different wishes both get what they want for Christmas?
Samantha isn’t feeling very festive as she heads back to her childhood hometown for Christmas—but being alone, homeless, and verging on jobless can do that to a woman. She has no interest in participating in the town Christmas celebrations and would rather just crawl into bed until the holidays are over. Determined to get back into the Christmas spirit, Sam plans on seducing her childhood best friend—and fantasy guy—Jack. A holiday fling will be just the thing to kick her Scrooge-like attitude.
Jack’s been in love with Samantha for years, but he didn’t make his move before someone else did. Now she’s finally single again, and Jack’s not going to waste any time. He has a little over a week to convince Samantha they belong together, and that moving back to their childhood town to be with him is the right thing to do. As he woos her with carriage rides and homemade desserts, he learns Sam has been offered a new job half-way across the country, and he fears he’s about to lose her all over again.
I found JUST A HOLIDAY FLING so cute and beautiful. I love how Sam and Jack always goof around. I love the bickering Jack’s father and Sam’s father always have over who’s house will win on Christmas. I love how Sam always wants something sweet to eat so she can get a sugar high. Everything in this book is amazing.
It is Summer and reading a book made in the Holidays makes me want Christmas to get here now. The Christmas setting for this book made the story so captivating to me. I found myself getting excited over every single detail. I have so many favorite parts of this book but the one that meant the most to me was when Sam and Jack went sledding. That was so much fun to read! If I was in love with these two characters before, I fell even more in love with them after the sledding. Even though they are adults, they went sledding just two of them, and they enjoyed it, as if they were still little kids.
I see this story as one of making decisions in life. Sam has to make decisions that could hurt her loved ones as well as herself. I love how Sam is such a strong character. She went through a lot in just a few months and yet, there she is with her father and her childhood friend having the time of her life.
Another thing that I love about the story is that three characters are introduced into the story at the end of the book, which are the ones that will continue onto to the sequel, Nothing Compares To You.
If you want to read my review for Nothing Compares To You, then check out my blog on July 23 and follow the blog tour that will be hosted for the second installment in the Pine Lake series.
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