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"As I finished this story...the one word that bubbled in my mind as I tried to encompass everything within it was 'honest'. Make no mistake, there are many more like, hot; sensual; funny; entertaining; warm...romantic. But somehow the word HONEST was the first to pop into my head. Ms. Brant had created these two characters with honesty of who they are within their vastly different upbringings. The chemistry...between the two was raw and sizzled throughout the story." ~Melanie F., Bookworm2Bookworm

"In the Holiday Man, the holidays sizzle in this cute, sexy read! I love it when the characters have that chemistry...when their fingers touch, and they feel that tingle. Shannon and Bram have that special magic between them, and they are naturally drawn together..." ~Candy M., So Little Time

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An Excerpt from Holiday Man:
     Bram watched Shannon scurry after that assistant of hers--that man with the shrewd eyes and the pesky manners--and he wanted to throttle the guy.
     Jake-Somebody-or-Other lusted after Shannon, that much was clear. Shannon's feelings toward the assistant were more difficult to ascertain, but Bram would figure it out. He always did.
     Why? Because she'd caught his interest. Even if anything beyond tonight was an exercise in futility.
     He marched around the perimeter of the dance floor, trying to imagine his ex-girlfriend at a weekend affair like this. Angie would've wanted to hit every activity. Not miss a single second of excitement, whatever the latest thrill might be. She absolutely exhausted him when they were together, but not because he couldn't handle the events she threw his way.
     No. He could handle anything.
     But her insatiable need for diversion drained him. It felt like a reflection on him. Made him fear his inability to keep her entertained. And he'd hated that.
     Pretty-faced women dotted the dance floor. Several looked at him with those eyes filled with feverish anticipation, an expectation that a love match might be imminent. Well, Bram knew better. Relationships were fine as long as they were kept in their proper place. Something hot. Something short-term. Something with boundaries. Try to make them your top priority and everything else in your life would get shot to hell.
     He shuddered, flooded by a need to get away from the hopeful expressions etched on the faces of those single women.
     So he strode out into the hallway and lingered by a display cabinet featuring, among other things, a curvy stained-glass vase. It was European. Mid-Twentieth Century. Delicate yet intricate. Colorful but in a tasteful, not discordant way.
     Funny. In an odd way it reminded him of Shannon.
     Now there was a woman whose company he'd admit to enjoying. But, let's face it, she wasn't exactly available to him. If he were being honest with himself--and he'd made a habit out of doing just that--perhaps this was part of his fascination.
     She was lovely, but she wouldn't be capable of making demands on him during his hectic workweek. She represented everything that spelled relaxation in his book: Home and hearth, an out-of-the-way locale, feminine cozy comfort nestled in a charming, rustic environment. She was smart, responsible and in full charge of her own career path.
     He could almost convince himself his attraction to her was "wholesome." Almost...because he still loved the allure of her most curvaceous assets. And, after a mere twenty seconds of remembering her in his arms as they danced, he knew their potential physical chemistry played no small part in her appeal.
     He stared at the vase again, mesmerized by the swirl of colors when a stained-glass chip reflected the light. He squinted at it, and the magnificent rainbow was no longer distinct. The hues bled together like silken watercolors, as if, by a mere change in perspective, all the disparate elements of life could join together as one.
     "Well, hello again, Bram."
     Shannon. Her voice made him open his eyes fully and drink in the vision of her standing before him.
     "Crisis averted?" he asked her.
     She smiled. "For the time being." She pointed to the display cabinet. "See anything that intrigues you."
     He looked right at her. "Yes." He stared into her blue eyes until she blushed. After another moment he added, "And the vase is nice, too."
     "Um...well, that's one of my favorites also. My parents took a trip to New York about ten years ago, and they found it in an Old World antique shop there."
     "It's pretty," he said, reaching for her hand and entwining her fingers with his. "But I think it belongs elsewhere. In a private home. Atop a fireplace, maybe. It seems too personal for a hallway, even in an inn this cozy."
     She let him continue to hold her hand and even took a step closer to him, but her gaze was focused on the vase. Or maybe on something--a memory--further away. "I guess I'd never thought of that way, particularly since I grew up living here at Holiday Quinn. The entire inn was our house, but, I'll admit, it was never especially private."
     Bram brought her soft hand toward his face, looked at her for a long moment and then pressed his lips against that smooth skin.
     "So, what does a man have to do to get some privacy in this place?"
     A flash of passion ignited within her at these words. He could sense it, feel it burning just beneath the surface. What did he want to have happen here?
     A night with her? Yes.
     A part of tomorrow? Maybe, maybe not. Goodbyes were difficult...and indefinite. But he'd take his chances on their flame blazing steadily until the morning.
     "Bram." His name rolled off her lips in a whisper. He could feel her interest. Her questions. Her deliberation. But he sensed, despite whatever internal battles she waged, she was as curiously enchanted as he was.
     "Shannon!" Jake called.
     And the spell was broken.
     Jake jogged up to them. "Excuse me, Shannon, I hate to interrupt," he said with frozen, insincere syllables, "but we have another problem."
     Shannon sighed and pulled her hand away. Bram's fingers felt the chill of her departure.
     "I'm so sorry, Mr. Hartwick," she said with a formality that would've offended him if he hadn't noticed the flicker of disappointment in her eyes. "I'm afraid I have additional business to attend to tonight."
     "Perhaps we'll be able to continue our conversation another time," he found himself saying, though he had no immediate plans to return to the inn.
     "Perhaps," she replied. Then added, "I hope so."

Product Details

  • File Size: 759 KB
  • Print Length: 187 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Twelfth Night Publishing (November 11, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 11, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A5ZVKO0
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Marilyn Brant is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of contemporary fiction. Her debut novel won RWA's prestigious Golden Heart Award® in 2007 and she was named the 2013 Author of the Year by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English. She wrote ACCORDING TO JANE, the story of a modern woman who receives dating advice from the spirit of Jane Austen (October 2009); FRIDAY MORNINGS AT NINE, a tale about three suburban moms, their marriages and what happens a decade or two after the "Happily Ever After" (a Doubleday Book Club and Book-of-the-Month Club pick in 2010); and A SUMMER IN EUROPE, a novel about a woman's journey of self discovery as she travels through Europe with her adventurous aunt's Sudoku & Mahjongg Club (a Literary Guild feature in 2011 and a Rhapsody Book Club Top 20 Bestseller in "Fiction & Literature" in 2012), all women's fiction releases from Kensington Books.

She's also a #1 Kindle & #1 Nook Bestseller and has written a series of fun and flirty contemporary romantic comedies, such as ON ANY GIVEN SUNDAE and PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND THE PERFECT MATCH. Her coming-of-age romantic mystery, THE ROAD TO YOU (October 2013), was a Top 100 B&N Bestseller, and several of her novels are now available as audiobooks from Post Hypnotic Press. Look for upcoming stories in Marilyn's new contemporary romance series -- "Mirabelle Harbor" -- including TAKE A CHANCE ON ME, THE ONE THAT I WANT, YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME, and STRANGER ON THE SHORE.

As a former teacher, library staff member, freelance magazine writer and national book reviewer for Romantic Times, Marilyn has spent much of her life lost in literature. She received her M.A. in educational psychology from Loyola University Chicago, dabbled in both fiction and art at Northwestern University, studied the works of Austen at Oxford University and is a Lifetime Member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. She lives in the northern Chicago suburbs with her family. When she isn't rereading Jane's books or enjoying the latest releases by her writer friends, she's working on her next novel, eating chocolate indiscriminately and hiding from the laundry.

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Shannon Quinn, proprietor of a charming, small town inn named Holiday Quinn is falling for this sophisticated and successful CEO that starts frequenting her inn on holiday weekends. She loves that he's worldly and cultured, and that he's traveled all over. Shannon yearns for adventure and experience, to see and learn all about different places in the world. All she needs to do is sell her inn and she is free...

Bram Hartwick, always at the mercy of his cellphone and very accustomed to working overtime at his office, is terrified that he is turning into a chronic workaholic like his older brothers and parents. Escaping to Shannon's quaint, "domestic haven," and savoring the feelings of contentment and peace he experiences there, makes visiting the Holiday Quinn all the more inviting. To him, the idea of settling down in that quiet, little hamlet permanently and establishing "hearth and home" feels irresistible...

Their attraction is intense, the chemistry between them is electrifying, and their romantic interludes are full of fervent passion...but is that enough to make a serious relationship successful???

I greatly enjoyed witnessing the journey of Shannon's and Bram's relationship as they both realize that theirs wasn't merely a vacation romance. It was interesting to see how two people from different worlds, living in different towns, and desiring very different futures strive to make a long-term relationship work. I also greatly enjoyed observing how Shannon's flirtatious assistant, Jake Marcolis, or as Bram affectionately calls him, "Jake the Prick," was a source of tension and discord in their relationship. Does Jake have real feelings for Shannon or is he just wary about men like Bram???

Oh! How I love Marilyn Brant's heroes!
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In the Holiday Man, the holidays sizzle in this cute, sexy read!

Shannon Quinn owns and runs an inn called Holiday Quinn. It has been in her family for a couple of generations, first belonging to her grandparents. Shannon now runs it alone, and she is only open on the holidays. I loved that this Inn is named after the movie Holiday Inn and has room names like the Crosby Room and The Astaire Suite. Super cute!

On Valentines weekend, Shannon meets Bram Hartwick as he checks into the inn - he checks in as a single guest. Right away there is a strong attraction to one another. But all weekend long, as soon as they start getting close, they are interrupted by Jake, Shannon's assistant. Jake has always flirted with Shannon, and even though he would like it to go further, it never has. After that first weekend, Bram makes it a point to return every holiday he can. But, with different desires and misunderstandings will they ever get together for more than a weekend?

When we first meet Shannon she is lonely and stuck in a rut. She loves the inn, but doesn't want to be stuck there for the rest of her life. She wants to see the world! Experience new things; live! Bram is just the opposite. He has seen the world and experienced many things. He is ready to settle down and relax.

I love it when the characters have that chemistry...when there fingers touch, and they feel that tingle. Shannon and Bram have that special magic between them, and they are naturally drawn together, but I was getting a little frustrated with their misunderstandings. One thing is for sure...they had no trouble communicating in the bedroom!

I enjoy this story! It is a fun, quick read, and I read it in one afternoon! Oh, and let me say how much I love this cover!
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Shannon Quinn is suffering from a romantic dry spell. Perhaps it is running Holiday Quinn, a quaint holiday themed bed and breakfast, that keeps her too busy for romance. Sure, there is her young, good-looking assistant Jake Marcolis, who brings sexual suggestiveness to every conversation, but that's just his way; he's a Grade-A flirt. He can't honestly be serious about Shannon. Could he? But when the tall, dark and deliciously handsome Bram Hartwick walks through the inn's doors on Valentine's Day, Shannon's dry spell may be coming to an end.

Surprising herself, Shannon begins sizing up the intense looking man with jet-black hair and a rather unsettling gaze. As her thoughts rapidly begin taking a more erotic bend, Shannon remembers what her friend and mentor, Margaret Ashland, once said, "Some temptations should never be resisted."

For Bram Hartwick, there is also no denying the sexually charged energy between them. This may well be the thing he's looking for: a hot, short-term romance with boundaries. As Bram visits Holiday Quinn throughout a year of random holidays and passion-filled trysts, can their relationship stay hot and short-term or has it gradually moved into something more? What's more, can our carnal couple overcome their frequent misunderstandings and differing desires in life? Shannon wants to experience world adventures outside Door County, Wisconsin while Bram seems ready to settle down into a relaxing life in the country. Shannon continually finds herself asking if one adventure will lead to another, if one small risk opens the door to larger ones? And are these risks she is willing to take, both emotionally and personally?

I have yet to encounter a novel by Marilyn Brant that I have not either simply enjoyed or altogether loved.
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