Burton, Jaci & Lauren Dane. Holiday Seduction. (Macon, GA: Samhain, 2008). ISBN – 159998959x. Includes Unwrapped by Jaci Burton and To Do List by Lauren Dane.
Main Characters: Amy Parker and Justin Garrett in Unwrappedand Belle Taylor and Rafe Bettencourt in To Do List
Description from Book:
Amy Parker’s kind of fantasies wouldn’t cut it in the straight-laced law firm where she’s fought her way to partnership. And she refuses to let a younger man use her to advance in the firm. Justin Garrett might be brilliant, gorgeous and sexy, but he’s firmly implanted in the look-but-don’t-touch realm.
Until a corporate acquisition in Hawaii over Christmas gives Justin the opportunity to show Amy he’s interested in her as a woman, not as a way to advance his career. And he has the ideal plan to help unwrap the perfect Christmas gift for Amy.
To Do List
Since she could pick up a pencil, Belle Tayler has used lists to map out her life. But now, just steps away from her highest career goal, she realizes the life she thought she wanted exacts too high a price.
Exhausted, she heads home for Christmas to make a new to-do list.
She didn’t factor in Rafe Bettencourt, her brother’s best friend, kissing her under the mistletoe! Suddenly, Belle finds herself with a whole new set of goals to balance with what she thought she always wanted.
Because Rafe’s plan is to seduce Belle back home where she belongs.
Unwrapped: I thoroughly enjoy Jaci Burton’s erotic fiction – one of the reasons that I was so surprised that I had a rather lukewarm reaction to The Darkest Touch. In this story, Amy is a very career-minded woman who is overly concerned with work. As such, she has trouble unwinding. Justin Garrett works at the same law firm, and Amy has always seen him as a threat to her position. However, a Christmas work trip to Hawaii is the perfect place for Justin to help Amy learn to unwind a bit. Once in Hawaii, Amy has to slow down a bit. After all, their client Mitch is a rather laid back guy.
I thought there was some serious heat between Justin and Amy (and Mitch too). I was caught up in it from the time that Amy pleasured herself on the plane thinking that Justin was asleep until the last page of the story. This story definitely made me want to go to Hawaii for Christmas!
To Do List: I think this is the first Lauren Dane story that I have read, but it definitely won’t be the last. I’m a huge fan of the older-brother’s-best-friend-as-romantic-hero plot. This story opened with a toe-curling first kiss under the mistletoe. With this kiss, Rafe Bettencourt made his intentions toward Belle quite clear. And then, he followed through with them.
Read first December 2008