Brie Graves might be jobless, living with her brother, and recovering from a painful break-up, but she's determined to enjoy the holidays. Until the end of the year, she's going to do anything she wants to do, no matter how crazy it might be. Soon, she discovers exactly what she wants--to spend a week with a fascinating, sophisticated stranger. It doesn't matter that she only knows his first name or that he's more than twenty years older than her. After this one week, she'll never see him again.
Cyrus Damon has spent his life making money and holding himself to impossibly high standards. Pressured into taking a vacation in Savannah, he's alone and at loose ends, so he lets himself do something he never would have considered otherwise. He gives in to his attraction to a beautiful, free-spirited, and much-too-young woman. But, after the week is over, he'll once more be the man he's always been, left with nothing but the memory of a woman who made him happier than he's ever been.
He has no idea that when he visits his nephew in a charming bed and breakfast called Eden Manor, he'll find the woman he thought he'd left for good.
Christmas at Eden Manor is a short holiday romance with an old-fashioned hero in his fifties and a lot of swoony (steamy) romance. It concludes a sequence of three series (Heirs of Damon, Beaufort Brides, and Eden Manor), but it can easily be read as a standalone.
Two souls perfectly matched regardless of age
Christmas at Eden Manor is a relatively light-hearted romance based around Christmas in terms of time of year and mixes a temporary romance with an older man, younger woman romance. I can guarantee most contemporary romance fans will enjoy this book, especially if you enjoy slightly maturer romances.
From the moment Brie and Cyrus meet, it’s clear the two main characters, have an attraction that they are unable to resist based upon their mutual interests that build a solid foundation. The development of their connection continues to clearly be explored and developed and, through the use of dual points of views, you get to know and understand the feelings of both clearly and how perfectly matched these two souls are for each other, regardless of age, although the issue isn’t just ignored and dealt with over the course of the book. As stated, there is an age difference between these two but the age difference is never an issue as both characters felt on an equal level of maturity (he’s in his fifties, she nearly thirty) but don’t think as a result of the age thing it will be dull - there it is still plenty of raunchy moments at times. Brie complimented Cyrus perfectly as they grow closer during their initial temporary arrangement. Brie and Cyrus are very likeable characters who felt very real but flawed as they go through various emotions on their journey to a HEA.
The book is well written, as always by this author, and a solid sweet contemporary romance. The book is fairly steady paced, although, in terms of time frames, it all takes place over only a couple of weeks. There are some stubborn, angsty moments at times but this is mostly a light-hearted read. Also, although it’s Christmas themed, if you are a bit apprehensive about that, be assured Christmas isn’t the focus point, more just the general time of year setting, so can be enjoyed any time. For fans of this author, it was great catching up with other characters from some of Noelle Adams’ other books and the overlap with them. However, for those who haven’t read any other books by this author, this can be read as a standalone with just enough information given to fill you in on important bits that are necessary (I’ve personally only read a handful of other books so didn’t know all characters). There is a really sweet epilogue and HEA, tying up Cyrus and Brie’s story completely.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book.
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.