Hot Holiday NightsSeries: Play by Play #10.5
by Jaci Burton
Published by Penguin, Intermix on October 20th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Victoria Baldwin is a successful sports agent who always puts work first—unless she’s on vacation. Then it’s all about play. On holiday in Hawaii over Christmas, she meets Alex McConnell, a successful young surfer on the islands for a surfing competition. She couldn’t think of a better vacation fling. But when she meets Ben Reynolds, Alex’s manager, she realizes she wants both men. This could be her hottest holiday ever, and the vacation that changes her life.
I have GOT read more Jaci Burton! This was my first book by the hugely talented author and I must go back and start this series from the beginning. I think there’s a book or two in the middle of this series that I have tagged on my TBR but I really should start in the beginning. I want to eat it all up!
If you want to try out a new author like I did, I always recommend reading a novella by them. You have to be careful how you pick your short stories, though. You don’t want one that will spoil a series plot point. And you want one long enough to give you a good idea of a writer’s style.
Hot Holiday Nights fit perfectly into my reading “repertoire”. It had Christmas vacation getaway appeal, a romantic fling with a hot surfer, and then a story about opening new doors in your life and taking chances when opportunity (and LOVE) plop themselves down into your lap.
Victoria Baldwin is a successful sports agent who works so hard that when she takes a break, she does it big, like Hawaii for three weeks big! While out on the beach, she runs in to Alex, a smart, charming, and talented pro surfer who’s on his way to the end of his career. He and Victoria hit it off immediately… well, duh!
But then Ben walks in to the picture. Ben is Alex’s manager and I imagined him a bit on the dominating side. He’s an older, handsome man, and just as charming as Alex but in a completely opposite way. Alex and Ben are really awesome as best friends because they are so different but have a lot in common.
For such a short novella, Ms. Burton was able to give her characters vulnerability (some more than others) and a thorough story for the reader to get lost in. Of course you have SEX, but that’s why you read a story like this, right?
Uh, no? It’s for the story? Really? What the heck was I thinking? Threesome… pish…