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Holiday Affair (A Kismet Christmas Romance) Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2010
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"If you love Christmas and all that goes along with it, then this is the book for you! Lisa Plumley's newest novel has all the holiday spirit and romance of the best Christmas movies!" --Contemporary Romance Writers
"This is without a doubt the best holiday novel I have ever read! Immensely readable, laugh out loud funny and with enough mystery and suspense to keep me hooked!" --Romance Junkies (5 blue ribbons rating)
"A delightful story with utterly charming characters. It brings to life the sounds, smells, and tastes of Christmas." (4½ stars!) --Romantic Times BOOK Reviews
"Loaded with fun pop-culture references and witty dialogue, Holiday Affair delivers on entertainment!" --The Romance Reader (5 hearts rating!)
"Holiday Affair is quirky, engaging, funny, and sometimes wacky. If you like Christmas romances with all the trimmings, you might want to give Holiday Affair a try."
--Barnes & Noble Heart to Heart blog
From the Author
This book is part of the Kismet Christmas series, which includes...
- Home For The Holidays
- Holiday Affair
- Together For Christmas
- All He Wants For Christmas
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Reid Sullivan is a single dad and he is a glove-trotter, taking businessmen on tours of the outback, for one. He also is helping this year at his family's Bed and Breakfast.
Katrina is sent to Michigan to evaluate the bed and breakfast, but when she meets Reid the evaluation swings to the man more than the business. The attraction is mutual. But Reid has no Christmas spirit and Katrina is determined to teach him a thing or two. But when the true reason behind her visit is reviewed will the romance be over?
HOLIDAY AFFAIR has a fun, chick-lit-ish type cover, and I love Christmas stories so I thought it might be fun to try. I've never read any books by Ms. Plumley before so wasn't familiar with her voice. The story starts really slow with Katrina taking many pages just walking her kids from the car into the school building while it goes into all the back story about why her ex-husband and her are divorced. Reid is spending that same time in the outback of Australia, so the couple doesn't even meet until way into the book.
The story did drag quite a lot with tons of introspection, and I wanted it to just get to the story. But there are some steamy moments in the book, and the characters are developed realistically. If you like Lisa Plumley's books you'll probably love HOLIDAY AFFAIR.
When the opportunity arises for a free vacation at The Christmas House B&B, she jumps at the chance. Sure, she'll have to evaluate the B&B for her sister, but it will be worth the quaint holiday experience.
She and the kids head from sunny California to cold snowy Michigan where they meet Reid and his daughters. Together they share a Christmas they'll never forget.
My Thoughts: A cute holiday romance read. It dove a little too fast into the romance for me. I loved the sabotage parts and how they solved all the issues that popped up. I loved how the kids interacted with each other and Karina and Reid.
HOLIDAY AFFAIR by Lisa Plumley gives the warmest and sweetest romance of Karina and Reid. Planning her first Christmas with her three children alone after her divorce, Karina is feeling as a failure and trying so hard to pull together to bring Christmas to her home. Reid a single dad of two daughters with a nanny/tutor is always on the go doing travel adventures for team building for businesses and keeps busy to let the holidays pass by. Karina is secretly visiting The Christmas House, a Bed & Breakfast (B & B), in Kismet Michigan, going in place of her sister's company, to evaluate them risk and assess for a possible purchase with her sister's company. Doing this would be twofold, a great experience for her in the job area, but mostly to be able to give her children a Christmas that would be worthwhile for them with the spirit of it surrounding them. She goes to efforts beyond, both hilarious and at times, emotional, to do all the things she can despite being a single mother. When Reid gets a call to come home to his grandparents at The Christmas House immediately, he discovers they want to retire and sell The Christmas House, and want Reid to do it by making sure the deal of selling goes through during a 'mandatory anonymous evaluation' at this Christmastime.
Its here where Karina and Reid are thrown together at the B & B, both immediately begin to enjoy a holiday affair, but both never planned to fall in love again. Reid plans weren't to settle down but to continue his traveling after closing this deal. While there, he gives in to enjoy Christmas at the Christmas House for his daughters. With Karina giving in to having a fling, a Holiday affair, she didn't plan to fall in love and risk trust in the relationship by holding back what she originally was there to do and Reid questioning her honest feelings for them all. Full of adventures between Karina, Reid, the children and all at The Christmas House, there is never a moment of to rest, not wanting this all to ever end.
I can't put into the words I want to, how delightful, humorous, heartwarming and loving HOLIDAY AFFAIR by Lisa Plumley is. When Karina is talking to herself with her, you will have you laughing right out loud! Reid's antics and sense of humor had me smiling through too. The romance of Reid and Katrina will have you overjoyed! That feel of knowing love and laughter is so expressive and evident with them both. Weighing out the task she has to evaluate the Christmas House puts a strain on the relationship holding this back. This book couldn't be the story it was without the children! They have a huge part of bringing them together as well as showing them what family and love is all about. They both found this love and so want to trust this time its everlasting. I couldn't recommend a more romantic HOLIDAY AFFAIR to read and enjoy this year that this one! Thanks for bringing the joy Lisa Plumley with Reid and Karina and their children story!