by Courtni Wright

October 2003
ISBN: 1-58314-430-7
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Bobbi Chase is one-third owner of her Washington D.C. based family business. In charge of the marketing department, Bobbi’s life is practically perfect in every way. She has wonderful friends, she can do what she wants, she’s rich, and her home is never a mess. She doesn’t have to compromise with anyone and she likes it like that. When her best friend Charlie, wants to introduce her to yet another eligible bachelor, Bobbi refuses. She doesn’t expect Charlie to turn on her and invite the man to lunch anyway . . . .

Richard State is a successful attorney from New York City. In Washington D.C. on business, he agrees when his old family friend, Charlie, invites him for lunch. Handsome, wealthy and busy, romance is the last thing on his mind. He doesn’t expect the third member of his luncheon date to steal his heart. But she does.

Bobbie and Richard start falling in love on their first date and Bobbi is determined to just let the week go by as a pleasant memory. She has no intention of ever leaving Washington D.C. and she has no room in her life for a man. But what is she going to do when Richard is determined to prove her wrong on every count?

The Last Christmas Gift, is a really cute story. I enjoyed the premise of it—and really loved the ending. However, I did find the characters and conversation a bit dry. Sometimes it was a struggle to keep reading. There was also some head hopping and way too much back story in the first chapter.

On the other hand, I had to admire Richard’s tenacity. He knows what he wants and he is prepared to go to any length to get it. Bobbi also knows what she wants but she’s not about to give one iota to make things easier on anyone—let alone a man—even if he is perfect for her. The Last Christmas Gift is a cute story to read any time of year and the ending alone is worth wading through the dry spots. Pick it up today.

Reviewed in February 2004 by Laura.

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