His Christmas Gift by Sarah Mayberry

27407659Synopsis: Since tragedy estranged defense attorney Jenna Macintosh from her family, she’s done her best to pretend Christmas doesn’t exist. Not so easy this year when she needs to work with client Lacey Gallagher, who is living on her brother Sawyer’s Christmas tree farm. All those fragrant pines dripping with twinkling lights are bad enough, but when disaster strikes, Jenna is stuck alone in a wooded cabin with Sawyer, the hottest man she’s ever met.

Experience has taught Sawyer Gallagher that smart city women like Jenna don’t want men like him, but when Jenna falls ill, he must abandon his plan to keep his distance and soon he’s trying to work out ways to make her his—and not just for Christmas.

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3 stars

First impression is cute, predictable, slow simmer, uhm and the L word got dropped pretty quickly after they consummated their relationship which I thought was a little weird but it was a good story. Totally in the whole Christmas spirit.

There’s this thing that authors do that I noticed in my reading… I don’t know if I’m getting technical or if I’m dissecting the crap outta this book but… So when authors want to evoke a strong emotional reaction from a character or a reader, what they do is they put them in close quarters for extended periods of time because that forces an attachment faster.  Now I’ve read this many times in books.  Many, many, many times and I’ve noticed it’s become a pattern.  It’s very predictable and while it’s not a bad thing, it’s not always a good thing either.

I may be way off (or a little bitchy) but I felt it wasn’t necessary.  I understand why the author does it and I understand that in some instances it is necessary but it didn’t have to be that way for them to have that kind of emotional connection.  To me that was a negative on the book. I took away another star for predictability. Man, I’m kinda mean today huh?

Other than that it was a cute story, it had a great pace.  I didn’t really connect with Sawyer as much as I connected with Jenna.  He seemed too gruff and not emotive enough if that makes sense. He didn’t express himself well, I thought.  I suspect that was the authors intention but I didn’t like it.

But I tell you what: the sex scene was….Whoa!  Really good, like smoking hot!

I will probably read more Christmas books by her because it comes every year.  But for now I think I am gonna try some other ones.

Curly Carla_small

 

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One thought on “His Christmas Gift by Sarah Mayberry

  1. This author used to be a Harlequin author, so I’m sure she gets her predictable plots from there… I don’t mind it, but I used to be a binge Harlequin reader, so it was something I appreciated about them — I knew what to expect I guess. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it at least a little bit!

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