Christmas Dinner. I really loved it from the Scrooge-like defensiveness of television news anchor, Amanda, to the fun-loving sincerity of hero Tate. And their on-air chemistry has nothing on what's possible off-air!
I was hooked from the beginning when Tate in a gesture of goodwill seems to steal Amanda's scoop, to the accidental meeting of sleigh and car, and finally when we meet Amanda's fabulous Christmas card family who live in upstate New York on, what else, a Christmas tree farm. Her mother knits matching Christmas themed sweaters for all of her Santa helpers as they deliver goodwill to those who have struggled during the past year.
But it's not all goodwill for Amanda as she has to confront the reason the holiday was ruined for her - her ex Brad who dumped her when she thought a proposal was in the offing. I'm still not sold on him as, well, you'll read it yourself. But Amanda's more forgiving then I am and that is very much in the spirit of Christmas that infuses this book.
There are several wonderful twists, turns, and plot surprises that will keep you from putting this book down. In addition, the love scenes between Tate and Amanda are HOT! The only thing I wish Neeley had included was the recipe for the eggnog sugar cookies as they sound delicious.
So for a holiday read to infuse you with the Christmas spirit, look no further than Robyn Neeley's Christmas dinner - a fabulous, fun, and touching romance.
From the Publisher
Christmas Dinner by Robyn Neeley
News anchor Amanda Turner used to love everything about the holidays - the eggnog sugar cookies, the tacky family Christmas sweaters, and a lawn decorated with so many multi-colored lights that 747s could land safely. That is until her boyfriend dumped her in front of the whole town on Christmas Eve. Humiliated, she fled her small town to start a new life. Two years later, she's finally ready to return to the scene of the emotional crime, until she learns that her ex is engaged. Now, the only thing worse than going home is going home single.
Tate Ryan, her tall, dark, and arrogant co-anchor, offers to pose as her boyfriend. There’s one problem, though: they barely like each other, and he recently scooped her story on live TV. But she needs a ride home and a boyfriend fast, so Tate will have to do.
As she watches Tate interact with her family and town residents, fully embracing the spirit of the holiday season, she starts to see his kindhearted side. She can’t help but wonder if she was wrong about him. Perhaps he isn't the conniving co-worker that she once thought. And her new feelings for him would definitely put her on the naughty list.
Tate has his own agenda for the weekend that includes telling Amanda he's been in love with her since the first time they met. He's ready to reveal all during Christmas dinner but fate has other plans.