Review: Kiss Me On This Cold December Night by Charlotte Phillips

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Title: Kiss Me On This Cold December Night

Author: Charlotte Phillips

Publisher: HarperCollins UK, HarperImpulse

Release Date: December 12, 2013

Source: eARC via NetGalley

From Goodreads:

The third novella in Charlotte Phillips’ deliciously sensual Do Not Disturb series.

Christmas in London – a time for late night shopping on Regent’s Street or ice skating at Somerset House under a blanket of twinkling fairy lights, the warming, welcoming aroma of mulled wine in the air…

Or, alternatively, a time for bumping into the ghosts of one night stands past in Ella Scott’s case!

Checking into her boutique hotel for a weekend of Christmas shopping, the last person Ella expects to bump into at reception is Tom bloody Henley – ambitious doctor, highly eligible bachelor and with whom she had the most unbelievable, mind-blowing brief encounter five Christmases ago.

But Ella slipped out quietly the morning after all those years ago for a reason and although Tom’s got a look on his face that suggests Christmas has come early, there’s no way she’s going to be repeating past mistakes… right?

 

Bad weather has stranded our two main characters in the same city and in the same hotel. Their chance encounter at the hotel lobby as they check-in to their rooms echoes their chance encounter five Christmases ago when they enjoyed each other’s company and each other on a one night stand that turned out to mean more to them than what they had initially thought.

 

Tom Henley is up to his neck in pressure from his job and his family, which most of the time he equates as the same. His life has been one big plan since practically from the day he was born. His grandfather was a doctor, his father is a doctor, and now he’s also a doctor. He knows he is expected to continue on with the family tradition and take up his father’s practice especially now that his father just had a stroke. And although he would love nothing more than to join Doctors without Borders, he’s the kind of man and son who could not really turn back from his family. The one spontaneous thing he seemed to have done in a long time was that one great night he spent with Ella Scott, who had disappeared in the morning after without even a by-your-leave or any sort of goodbye.

 

Ella Scott is an independent and free-spirited person. She has learned to rely on herself most, if not all, of the time. She chooses not to be tied down by the past and distinctly separates that with the present and the future. But the one thing that she can’t seem to shake off from her past was the night she spent with Tom Henley.

 

Their single encounter left a deep imprint and impression on them without them even realizing it at the outset. I love how Charlotte Phillips slowly revealed the depth and the impact of that encounter and what it has really meant for the two of them. I appreciate that at the outset, that single night seemed all about the sex but it turned out to be a deeper connection.

 

I also appreciate that the story is realistic enough not to spout on instant love and fairy tale endings with just that one night as basis. The author could have gone there for the good feelings but I’m glad that she did not. Yes, fate was mentioned a couple of times but it did not become the basis for the romance. The end was as it was because the characters chose it themselves.

 

This novella is sweet, touching, and in some ways, inspiring. Here are two different persons, amid their ‘busy’ (in their own way) lives who really find peace in each other’s company. Their story reflects on lessons about following your heart and taking chances in life. It’s a light-hearted treat perfect as a Holiday read.

 

Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars

 

About the author:

charlotte phillipsI have always loved stories and as a child when I wasn’t reading them I was making up my own, usually with myself as the heroine. I started out with the Famous Five, then in my teens I discovered the Sweet Dreams series – my first encounter with category romance. I re-read ‘The Popularity Plan‘ by Rosemary Vernon until it fell to bits.

Eventually I graduated to Mills & Boon novels. I have always loved the sheer delicious happy-ever-afterness of them and as a student in my early twenties I dabbled with writing my own story. It was never finished, and I did nothing with it until a couple of years ago when I stopped work to have my youngest daughter and I found time to dust off the manuscript. I finished it and sent it off to Mills & Boon .

It was finally rejected after two rounds of revisions but I was spurred on  and soon after that I entered Mills & Boon’s global writing competition New Voices 2011. I never believed I was in with a chance and no one could have been more shocked than me when I ended up in the final 4.  After the competition, I was lucky enough to be offered the chance to work with a Mills & Boon editor on a new story, developing my skills as I went along. That story was my debut novel ‘Secrets of The Rich & Famous’. When it was finished Mills & Boon RIVA offered me a contract and to my absolute excitement it was published in December 2012. Since then, I have continued to write books for Harlequin KISS/Mills & Boon Modern Tempted.

I’ve continued to experiment with my writing and in early 2013 I began writing a series of contemporary sexy stories  for HarperImpulse, a brand new romance imprint from Harper Collins.

My writing is fuelled by lots of coffee and years of daydreaming during my past life in a string of office jobs. All my books are the kind I love to read – funny, engaging it-could-happen-to-you stories and if they brighten someone’s day, that’s good enough for me :0) I live in Wiltshire, England, where I squash my writing in between looking after my family, who have been taught not to notice that I’m rubbish at housework. I also have a bit of an addiction to American TV shows and timesuck social media games and it’s really a miracle I get anything done at all.

 

Learn more about Charlotte Phillips via her Website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

 

 

 

 

“Waiting On” Wednesday (10): Behind His Lens by R.S. Grey

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Breaking the Spine that spotlights eagerly anticipated upcoming releases.

 

 

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This week’s spotlight is on Behind His Lens by R.S. Grey.

Release Date: December 22, 2013

 

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Twenty-three year old model Charley Whitlock built a quiet life for herself after disaster struck four years ago. She hides beneath her beautiful mask, never revealing her true self to the world… until she comes face-to-face with her new photographer — sexy, possessive Jude Anderson. It’s clear from the first time she meets him that she’s playing by his rules. He says jump, she asks how high. He tells her to unzip her cream Dior gown; she knows she has to comply. But what if she wants him to take charge outside of the studio as well?

Jude Anderson has a strict “no model” dating policy. But everything about Charley sets his body on fire.

When a tropical photo shoot in Hawaii forces the stubborn pair into sexually charged situations, their chemistry can no longer be ignored. They’ll have to decide if they’re willing to break their rules and leave the past behind or if they’ll stay consumed by their demons forever.

Will Jude persuade Charley to give in to her deepest desires?

**Recommended for ages 17+ due to language and sexual situations.**

 

 

Why am I waiting?

I found the summary intriguing. I like the set-up and I hope that the story delivers on depth of characters and storyline.

What are you “waiting on” this Wednesday? I would love to hear all about them.

 

 

 

Cover Reveal: Forged by Desire by Bec McMaster

I adore Bec McMaster’s London Steampunk series. And I’m looking forward to the next two books that she has in store for us. Book 4 in the series titled Forged by Desire is scheduled for release in September 2014. Bec McMaster shares with her readers the book’s gorgeous cover.

 

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*Squeals* I love this cover! It’s so beautiful and I just love how the colors really give off that steampunk London atmosphere that’s the background for the world that Bec McMaster has created.

 

Here’s the book blurb from Goodreads:

Captain Garret Reed of the Nighthawk guard has a deadly mission: capture a steel-jawed monster preying on women. He hates to put his partner, Perry, in jeopardy, but she’s the best bait he has. Little does he realize, he’s about to be caught in his own trap.

Perry has been half in love with Garrett for years, but this is not exactly the best time to start a relationship—especially when their investigation leads them directly into the clutches of the madman she thought she’d escaped…

 

I can’t wait to read Garrett and Perry’s book. Bec McMaster did such an outstanding job with My Lady Quicksilver and I’m looking forward to what she has to offer her readers with this next installment in the series.

 

Sign up for Bec McMaster‘s Newsletter here to read an excerpt of Forged by Desire and also have a chance to win an ARC copy, open to international readers. Yay!