Heating Up the Holidays

Marcia James
Heating Up the Holidays
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Liquid Silver Books
Release Date
December 2010
Contemporary Romance

Nicky Paxton is up to her pointed elf ears in work?filling in for a sick Santa's helper, corralling kittens in a mechanical winter wonderland and running her family's department store chain. With only twelve shopping days until Christmas, the last thing she needs is the return of her high school heart-breaker.

Lawyer and single dad Chris Spencer leaves the Los Angeles rat race to raise his five-year-old daughter, Holly, in his sleepy Virginia hometown. His first goal is to make sure Holly has a Christmas to remember. His carefully laid plans don't include a second chance with his first love.

When Holly asks the store Santa for a "fairy pony puppy", Chris enlists Nicky's help to track down the elusive item. Despite Nicky's resolve not to re-gift her heart to Chris, their sexual attraction could power the town's holiday light display. With the help of mistletoe, a hairless dog and a lonely child, Chris and Nicky just might get their Christmas desires.

Book Review by Jenn Shanks Pray
Dec 28, 2010   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
187 people found the following review helpful
Park this girl under the mistletoe and sign her up for elf duty. Marcia James' HEATING UP THE HOLIDAYS serves up a dish of romance and second chances with panache!

Nicky Paxton manages the family business, a chain of Southern department stores, which keeps her hopping and grounded to her Virginia roots. Too busy working to notice her life is passing her by, Nicky gets completely caught off guard when she re-encounters her old high school flame, Chris Spencer. Unbeknownst to her, he has returned to Paxtonville for good, to set up his law practice and raise his charming daughter following his divorce.

Nicky's ties to Paxtonville run deeper than the family-owned business. Striving to make something of herself, she really doesn't have time to worry over "the one who got away", primarily because she couldn't understand why he left in the first place. Chris returns and is immediately reminded of all the positives of why they were together in the first place, the only negative seems to be that he left long ago to create a life for himself outside their small town. Chris follows his desire to renew his acquaintance with the department store "elf", determined to date and see if the spark that flamed in their youths will burn again. Nicky, for her part, fears falling for the man this boy has become, trying to keep things light but knowing that with very little effort he could capture her heart.

The elements of romance and first love do-overs captivate and melt hearts, like a gooey holiday treat. Big love in a small town is never easy but with two hearts destined to be reunited and a dash of mistletoe, all bets are off! Full of sass and fun, this holiday heart-warmer guarantees heat like flannel sheets on a cold winter night!
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