Title: Holiday Affair
Author: Annie Seaton
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
May Contain Spoilers
Staid professor Lissy McIntyre believes that choosing a mate should be based on common sense, not runaway passion. And she would certainly never pick a rolling stone like Nick Richards for long-term love. But a red-hot, tropical romance? Oh, yeah. He’s got a body just made for sinning and his sizzling kisses leave her senseless.
When Nick blows into town, he’s stunned to discover that his no-nonsense new neighbor and co-worker is the same sultry creature he seduced for one night of forbidden island pleasure. He’s unaccustomed to staying in one place for long, but he just can’t seem to keep his hands off the multi-faceted woman. Will Nick break loyal Lissy’s heart or will she be the one woman he simply can’t walk away from?
I just did not click with this book. The conflict between the characters was grating, and I was never convinced that they were a good match for each other. Instead of bringing out the best in each other, they only seemed to bring out the worst. For two very intelligent protagonists, neither Lissy nor Nick had an ounce of common sense, and they didn’t learn from their mistakes, which were made often and were hurtful. Nick came across as a selfish jerk for most of the book, and because the ending was so abrupt, I didn’t think he redeemed himself or that he had earned Lissy’s love.
Lissy is on leave from her job, mourning her grandfather’s death and trying to kick back and enjoy a bit of time to herself. She meets Nick, a roguish deck hand working on the ship she’s vacationing on. Sparks fly, and at first, Lissy is attracted to him. When she discovers that he has made a bet with the other deck hands that he will be able to woo her by the end of the trip, she is furious. She gives him a piece of her mind, ruins his bet, and heads back to her hotel, thinking she’ll never see him again.
Back at the hotel, she discovers, to her dismay, that Nick is staying there, too. She forgives him after he apologizes over dinner, and spends a hot, sweaty night with him, indulging in the best sex of her life. When she wakes, he’s long gone, and she’s upset that he didn’t even stick around to say good-bye. Thinking that she’ll never see him again, she flies home and gets ready to head back to work at the university, where she is a history professor. Then her life falls apart when she discovers that Nick is her new boss, and he’s her boyfriend’s younger brother. Uh-oh!!
I did not like Nick one bit, which made this reading experience less than pleasant. He is selfish, immature, and tries, with great success, to ruin his brother’s relationship with Lissy. It was thoughts like this:
I have to get this sorted out, he thought. If we just go out for a while, have some great sex, and then move on, all this emotional crap will go away.
Ugh! Really, Nick? You are not endearing yourself to me.
Both Lissy and Nick have commitment issues. Nick has been in disastrous relationships, and Lissy has spent her entire life watching her mother move from husband to husband. Neither of them believes in love, and so neither knows how to give trust to a partner. While I could sympathize with Lissy here, Nick comes from a large and loving family, so his emotional hang-ups did not resonate with me.
Unfortunately, Holiday Affair is a story I failed to connect with. I found that both protagonists lacked depth, and I wasn’t convinced with their HEA.
Review copy provided by publisher