by Lisa Plumley

October 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4201-0569-8
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Katrina Barrett is a single mom of three struggling to make ends meet, and to balance the demands of three children along with her ex-husband and his right to see the children.

Reid Sullivan is a single dad and he is a glove-trotter, taking businessmen on tours of the outback, for one. He also is helping this year at his family’s Bed and Breakfast.

Katrina is sent to Michigan to evaluate the bed and breakfast, but when she meets Reid the evaluation swings to the man more than the business. The attraction is mutual. But Reid has no Christmas spirit and Katrina is determined to teach him a thing or two. But when the true reason behind her visit is reviewed will the romance be over?

Holiday Affair has a fun, chick-lit-ish type cover, and I love Christmas stories so I thought it might be fun to try. I’ve never read any books by Ms. Plumley before so wasn’t familiar with her voice. The story starts really slow with Katrina taking many pages just walking her kids from the car into the school building while it goes into all the back story about why her ex-husband and her are divorced. Reid is spending that same time in the outback of Australia, so the couple doesn’t even meet until way into the book.

The story did drag quite a lot with tons of introspection, and I wanted it to just get to the story. But there are some steamy moments in the book, and the characters are developed realistically. If you like Lisa Plumley’s books you’ll probably love Holiday Affair.

Reviewed in January 2011 by Laura.

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