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Not Another New Year's Mass Market Paperback – December 26, 2006

4.4 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews
Book 2 of 2 in the Holiday Duets Series

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About the Author

Christie Ridgway has never lived east of the Pacific Ocean, north of San Francisco, or south of San Diego. To put it simply, she's a California native who loves to travel but is happy to make the Golden State her home. She began her writing career in fifth grade when she penned a volume of love stories featuring herself and a teen idol who will probably be thrilled to remain nameless. Later, though, after marrying her college sweetheart, Christie again took up writing romances, this time with imaginary heroes and heroines. In a house full of males—one terrific husband, two school-age sons, a yellow dog, and tankfuls of fish, reptiles, and amphibians—Christie makes her own place (and peace) writing the kinds of stories she loves best.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 373 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (December 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006114021X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061140211
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,126,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
The secondary romance was far more compelling to me than the main couple's. I don't want to give anything away about the characters because their backstories shaped them, but both, Tanner and Hannah, came off as slightly neurotic. Whereas with the other two, you could tell this couple needed each other. I didn't get that impression with Tanner and Hannah. I could see them being a fling, something that healed the past hurts, allowing them to move on to other partners. But I didn't get the sense they would die without the other being in their lives. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the book.
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Hero: 7/10
Heroine: 3/10
Romance: 6/10
Humor: 5/10
Pace: 8/10
Secondary Characters: 9/10

**3.5 stars**

Hmm, I have a lot of questions that weren't answered in the end of this book. Honestly, I hopped between loving and strongly disliking this story. The characters, except for Hannah, were excellent. The romances (it's a double!) were pretty good. I felt more, and connected better, with the secondary romance between Troy and Dez. Desiree is how you write a heroine! Strong and independent and colorful. I don't know what happened with Hannah, but her character sucked and was pretty cardboard/one-dimensional.

There was a lot that bothered me with this book, but I just can't bring myself to harp on it. Because, in the end, I enjoyed it a lot. I laughed, I swooned, I cried, and I could barely put it down. My eyes were voracious in their appetite to gobble up every word. The writing was great (even though the formatting of my e-copy was horrendous), the pace was equally great, the author has a way with descriptions that always hooks me (and as a self-proclaimed "Beach Lover", her words paint vivid scenes of sand and sea that make me so happy).

The end left a lot to be desired. It ended so abruptly… it doesn't even feel like it ended actually. Maybe a Epilogue would have helped and cleared up some questions that remain. Especially if done from Hannah's POV. Like, what are her feelings about everything? What happened after he passed out? What about the bad guys? And I still have more questions! So, I stick with my earlier statement of a Love/strongly dislike feeling. Since it's a quick read, if one could find it free or cheap, I'd recommend this book. Especially if the loose ends that are never finished in the end don't bother you. It really is a cute book. I have no regrets reading it.
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I found the story line to be light hearted in spite of the "suspense." I loved the characters, going back to the same little town. The secondary romance was nicley done and a very nice addition to the main romance with Hannah and Tanner.

The story flowed together nicley and kept you hanging in there.

I really enjoyed this book and have recommended it already.
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I loved this feel good story! It was filled with exciting action, stubborn Alpha's and strong determined women who with strength and perseverance remind the men they choose to love that there is a sun behind the clouds if they just reach for it! Smoking hot love scenes and snarky dialogue make you smile, gasp and chuckle!
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I loved this book, but the cover is WAY OFF!

Let me start with the story. As with the first in the series, Must Love Mistletoe, this book contains two stories intermixed; Tanner and his brother Troy's battle with strong yet vulnerable women. It was like getting two stories in one. I heroes were strong, sexy, and struggling with their own demons. The women were a pleasant mix of feisty and vulnerable. I love books where the characters are likeable...sexy but not unbelievable. And like the first, a good balance between sexy and emotional.

Now, about the cover...The hero is Secret Service, with long, shoulder length blond hair. Now look at the cover....does that look like the hero to you? The guy on the cover reminds be of Doc from the love boat! Not to mention that New Years Eve took place in a rough, biker type bar. Does that look like characters that would be in that bar?

Really, I think the cover does not do the book justice, just sayin....

One more thing, while you don't HAVE to read Must Love Mistletoe in order to understand this book, I recommend reading them in order.
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STORY BRIEF:

The main romance:
Hannah is a sweet second grade teacher. Her parents and relatives are protective, helpful, and drive her wherever she needs to go. She was engaged for several years to Duncan who dumped her a few months ago. Now she is on a ten day vacation in Coronado. Her Uncle Geoff works for the secret service. He asks one of his former agents Tanner to watch over her for safety. Tanner lives in Coronado. Geoff tells Hannah that Tanner is her tour guide and to go to him if she has any problems. Hannah is naïve, klutzy, and wants to please everyone. She is careless in the airport resulting in theft of her purse and her luggage. Dez offers to let Hannah stay with her. Then Dez loans Hannah sexy clothes and lingerie to wear - things Hannah would never have owned.

The secondary romance:
Desiree (Dez) is the daughter of a wealthy Middle Eastern prince and a famous American model. The father has no interest in Dez, and her mother neglects her, but they provide her with plenty of money. Eleven months ago, Dez met Tanner while he was providing security for her father. She grabbed Tanner and kissed him in front of the paparazzi. The picture was in the tabloids. Tanner lost his job because his face was too well known which hurt his ability to stay in the background. Geoff offers to give him back his job if he takes good care of Hannah. Dez is attracted to Tanner's brother Troy. Troy is a former marine who owns a bar. Troy fights his attraction to Dez.

REVIEWER'S OPINION:
Not much plot or character development. Nothing special about dialogue. Think of this as an ice cream sundae. It's a light, fluffy read. Lots of time is spent describing the characters' lusty feelings and desires for the other.
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