Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Rekindling Christmas

Author:  Yvette Hines
Publisher:  Whispers Publishing
Publisher URL:  http://whispershome.com
Genre:  {M/F} Contemporary, Interracial
Rating:  4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amethyst Nymph

Ryanne McCall’s job as a product manager keeps her busy and she loves it.  It’s the perfect excuse to get her out of family gatherings.  Ryanne loves her family dearly but she just can’t take the constant pressure they put on her.  With Christmas around the corner, Ryanne knows she’ll find herself bunking with her snoring Aunt Mildred if she doesn’t find a valid reason that will keep her away from home a little longer.  Even though she doesn’t ski, Ryanne jumps at the chance to go on a single’s retreat.

Carson Rodman didn’t know why he let his friend talk him into a week in the mountains. All he wanted was a little skiing without being propositioned by every horny woman around.  Carson was over his ex-girlfriend but that didn’t mean he was ready to play musical beds on this trip.  When he runs into his old high school friend and fantasy, Carson can’t believe his good luck.  This time, he’s going to let Ryanne know exactly how he feels.

Back in the day, Ryanne and Carson shared many memories.  They even learned to ride bikes together as childhood friends.  Now they both harbor feelings for the other that go way beyond the boundaries of friendship.   Ryanne and Carson spend the week exploring their pent up passions and realize they should have acted on this long ago.  Things are picture perfect until a misunderstanding with Carson causes Ryanne to disappear.  Fortunately, Carson clears things up and he and Ryanne pick up where they left off, in lust and love.

I love the history between Ryanne and Carson.  There is something so touching about couples who bonded even before they knew what the birds and the bees were.  Those two probably know lots of embarrassing things about each other because they’ve been friends since childhood.  The idea that someone who knows you that well and worships the ground you walk on is so powerful.  That kind of love is rare and special.  As far as friendships go, I had a hard time getting the link between Carson and his best friend Phillip.  Honestly, I wouldn’t mind seeing Phillip’s player days come to an end.  He might have unresolved past issues that turned him into the man-whore he is today.  Ryanne surprised me with her actions when she found out something disturbing about Carson.  I wanted her to handle the situation differently, but it all worked out in the end, thanks to CarsonRekindling Christmas is comforting, like hot chocolate and snuggling by the fireplace.  I felt familiar with Ryanne and Carson, as if I could have known them in high school.  Seeing them come together was the perfect blend of sweet and sexy and that is why I am never disappointed with a Yvette Hines story.

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