Hot Holiday Nights: A Play-by-Play Novella 10.5
The new Play-by-Play romance from the New York Times bestselling author of All Wound Up.
Tori Baldwin is a successful sports agent who enjoys her work, her clients, and, on the occasional free night, an uncomplicated love life.
While unwinding over Christmas in Hawaii, she chances upon a surfing competition, and all the lean hard men that come with it—especially Alex McConnell, a young surfer at the top of his game, and his sexy business manager, Ben Reynolds. The attraction Tori feels for both men is off the charts and fueling the hottest passion she’s ever felt.
Soon, Alex and Ben will move on to the next big wave and Tori will head home. But as each night passes, Alex and Ben’s feelings for Tori swell. And for the first time ever, Tori’s thinking twice about the men she’ll leave behind—and a kind of love that could change all their lives forever.
Includes a bonus excerpt from Jaci Burton’s Stay with Me and Unexpected Rush
Praise for Jaci Burton
“Jaci Burton’s stories are full of heat and heart.”—New York Times bestselling author Maya Banks
“A wild ride.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh
3.9 ~ A Hot Holiday Disappointment.
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Shirtless male holding a life preserver. Dark background beyond what appears to possibly be a surfboard. Synopsis sounds interesting enough.
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POV ~> Third person.
Tori is a sports agent, introduced a few books back in the series. She works hard year-round to get her clients what they deserve. This Christmas, she's taking a 3-wk vacation in Hawaii to relax and refresh. However, with a big surf competition occurring right outside her hotel, relaxing may be the last thing to happen. Especially having met champion surfer, Alex, and later his manager, Ben.
There's a lot of commitment-phobia and age-obsession going on here... halfway through the book, age still plays a factor in one or more minds. Secondary cast mostly revolves around fellow competitors. Chemistry, other than lust and hormones/testosterone, is lacking. I felt no emotional connection between them. Dialogue away from sex is smart, sassy, and sometimes snarky. Dialogue during sex was a turn-off. The plot moved along well and had an overall good concept. The length of the novella sometimes plays against the story as it does not allow for a deeper plot to evolve. There were no real conflicts to be resolved. Predictability was a non-issue. There was no real conclusion; nothing solid, barely implied and nowhere near satisfying.
I'm finding it harder to recommend this series the further along it gets. I'm not sure if it's that my reading preferences are changing or if the writing style is, but it no longer feels like a good fit for me.
Rating: [R+] ~ Score: 3.9 ~ Stars: 4
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