Expected Release Date: December 18, 2012
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Author’s Website: http://robincovingtonromance.com/
My Source for This Book: Gift from the publisher
Part of a Series: No
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Steamy
Favorite Tropes: Friends To Lovers, Unrequited Love
Pet Peeves: The Ex In The Picture
Tessa Stoneman hasn’t been able to get long-time friend and business partner Nicholas Boone out of her head since they shared a single kiss in college. Even when she dated Nicholas’s best friend. Now that she’s giving up her position at GameNerdz to strike out on her own—and now that she’s single—maybe it’s the right time to see if there’s still something between them.
Nicholas knows once Tessa leaves the company she helped found, they might drift apart. Before she starts her own company in the new year, he wants to woo the woman he fell in love with during college. So he poses as her Secret Santa, gifts her with items from the song “Santa Baby,” and plans a big reveal at the company holiday party. But when his best friend wants to rekindle his romance with Tessa, will Nicholas lose his last chance?
What Worked For Me:
- I’ve always been a sucker for friends-to-lovers and unrequited love, and so the friendship between Nick and Tessa was wonderful.
- I really enjoyed the mild conflict with Nick and Damien both vying for the same girl. This added a lovely amount of tension to the story, but more than that I love that it never overwhelmed the romance, as it could have done. I’m not a big fan of having “The Ex” in the picture in romance, but in this case, I have to admit I did enjoy the emotional impact.
- The chemistry and steam was scrumptious, with just the right amount of heat for a story of this size.
- I really loved the ending — it was romantic and sweet without getting syrupy, and was perfect closure for the storyline.
What Didn’t Work For Me:
- I’m not a big fan of “The Ex” featuring in a romance. In this particular instance, it was a very minor point, but still one of my “pet peeves” of romance.
This little holiday novella is a perfect blend of steam and sweetness, with just enough angst thrown in to keep everyone on their toes. I loved the tension between Nick and Tessa, and the little “mystery” of the Secret Santa was a lot of fun, even though we knew very early on who was behind it all.
The Grand Gesture was beautifully romantic, and I absolutely loved the ending.
A perfect little story to read for the holidays, I’d highly recommend this one for any fan of contemporary romance.
A very solid 4.5/5 Stars