Welcome to the book blast tour for Christmas With You by Nan Reinhardt! I had the opportunity to review this charming small town romance and have my thoughts for you below. There's also an excerpt for you to check out before you download your own copy. Be sure to follow the tour for even more and let the author know what you think along the way. And of course, there's a great giveaway at the end!
Christmas With YouShe’s loved him all her life… but will he be there when she needs him the most?
Disheartened and adrift after being written out of a hit TV show, actor Aidan Flaherty returns to his family’s historic winery, where he’s invested some of the fortune he’s made. As the holidays approach, Aidan becomes intrigued with the old showboat that’s dry-docked just east of town… and even more intrigued with the daughter of his former mentor, who now owns it. He decides to buy the boat and restore it to its former glory.
Single mom Holly Santos is back in River’s Edge after her divorce and she is over men in general and actors in particular. If she could only get rid of her father’s old showboat, a source of fascination for her son, Mateo. She never expects her old crush to walk into her tea shop or the fireworks that happen every time they’re in the same room. Can Aidan convince her that he is determined to restore their shared heritage on the showboat and that he’s home to stay?
Read an excerpt:
“Are you done?” He choked out, also not moving back.
“I don’t know.”
“Well, decide, because I’m going to kiss you.”
“No, you’re not.”
“I’m pretty sure I am.” Aidan took a step closer, pressing her against the railing with his body and set his hands on the rail on either side of her.
Her eyes closed and he felt her trembling. Or he was. He couldn’t tell anymore. He was confused and aching. He lifted his hands and took one step back. “Leave, Holly, because I really, really want to kiss you, but I can’t if you’re not all in.”
Holly eyed him with suspicion. “I’m not sure I’ll ever be all in with you, Aidan Flaherty.” With that she reached up and put one small hand behind his head, tugging his face down to hers. Her lips touched his, gently at first, just a whisper of a kiss. When she increased the pressure, the kiss building in urgency, Aidan wasn’t confused anymore. He knew exactly what he wanted.
He pulled her into his arms, thrusting his fingers into the soft hair on the back of her head, holding her still for his mouth while she wrapped her arms around his neck. The flicker of desire that had started when she’d walked onto the deck began to burn inside him, and he slid one hand down her spine to her hip. She was so incredibly tiny, he was almost afraid to hold her.
Almost. But when she touched her seeking tongue to the seam of his lips, he opened for her, tasting coffee and butterscotch and some unique flavor that was intoxicatingly Holly.
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I fell in love with this small town romance from page one. Holly came back to town with her son when her father was dying and has been reestablishing herself in the community as the tea room owner and forming a new, stronger relationship with her mother. Aidan had skyrocketed to fame as an actor on a hot cop TV show, but was just killed off. So he has come home to hang out with his brothers and to touch base with home as he tries to figure out what he is going to do next with his life. So they are both trying to find their way in life again after some tough times.
To add to the second chance feel, in a way, the two of them are starting over with their own relationship. Aidan was five years older than Holly when he was acting on her father's showboat and she was helping behind the scenes. She couldn't help but have a crush on him. He remembers her from those days, especially as he had been quite close with her father. But of course, at that age, it would not have been appropriate for anything else to happen.
The two of them fall easily into a relationship of sorts with plenty of attraction and banter. I understand Holly's hesitation to give in to her almost lifelong crush and attraction. I understand Aidan searching for what is right for his life at this time. And yet you want them to just get together, because you can feel in your gut that they are going to be perfect for each other.
The setting makes me nostalgic for home, as I grew up in Ohio and spent time with family in Indiana. I found the idea of a showboat traveling on the river to be absolutely charming and a fun twist to make this Christmas contemporary romance stand out on its own. I cannot conceive of a winery being along the Ohio River, only because it's been a long time since I've been in the area and never would have thought of it before. (And I live in wine country in NY.) But I also love the idea and want to find this place and sample their wines.
It's the first book I've ever read in this Four Irish Brothers Winery series. But I completely believe this is a standalone. I still had great insight into Aidan's relationship with his brothers and how everyone fit into place. And now I want to go back and read all of their stories.
Thank you to the author and Goddess Fish for the advance review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About Nan ReinhardtNan Reinhardt is a USA Today-bestselling author of romantic fiction for women in their prime. Yeah, women still fall in love and have sex, even after 45! Imagine! She is a wife, a mom, a mother-in-law, and a grandmother. Nan has been a copyeditor and proofreader for over 25 years, and currently works on romantic fiction titles for a variety of clients, including Avon Books, St. Martin’s Press, Kensington Books, and Entangled Publishing, as well as for many indie authors.
Although she loves her life as an editor, writing is Nan’s first and most enduring passion. Her latest series, Four Irish Brothers Winery, includes A Small Town Christmas, Meant to Be, and the newly released, Christmas with You, all from Tule Publishing. Nan is busy at work on Book 4 of the series, as well as brewing a cozy mystery idea.
Visit Nan’s website at www.nanreinhardt.com, where you’ll find links to all her books as well as blogs about writing, being a Baby Boomer, and aging gracefully…mostly. Nan also blogs every sixth Wednesday at Word Wranglers, sharing the spotlight with five other romance authors and is a frequent contributor the RWA Contemporary Romance blog, and she contributes to the Romance University blog where she writes as Editor Nan.
Word Wranglers: http://www.wordwranglers.blogspot.com/
RWA Contemporary Romance blog: http://contemporaryromance.org/2018/03/awesome/
Romance University blog: http://romanceuniversity.org/ru-contributors/
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Nan-Reinhardt/e/B007OYDC6O?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_5&qid=1570744315&sr=8-5
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