Title: Christmas Candy
Author: Celia Aaron
Release Date: November 26, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Holidays, Romance
ARC Received From & Reviewed For: Ardent PRose PR
A Christmas novella where everyone gets their just desserts.
Olive had a major crush on Hank in high school. She was the too-smart, slightly chubby girl who gawked as Hank ran track and made all the cheerleaders swoon. After high school, the two went their separate ways. Olive opened a yoga studio and swore off sweets while Hank traveled the world. No problem, right? At least there wasn’t a problem until Hank moved back to town and opened a candy shop across the street from Olive’s studio. Now, Olive will do everything she can to shut her old crush down. But Hank has other plans, and all of them end with an Olive sundae.
Author’s Note: This is a sweet Christmas treat that will leave you satisfied, yet desperate for a little taste of sugar.
I was a little surprised at how sweet this story is. I was expecting something more...sinful? *grins* Not that Olive and Hank didn't think or do lots of sinful things but a good chunk of this story is not about sex.
It was about Olive getting over her insecurity and see herself as Hank did: lovable and beautiful no matter what size she was or is.
Olive's avoidance of Hank made me laugh. Well, more like her pitiful attempts at avoiding him. Each encounter fanned the flames of attraction between them she didn't really want to acknowledge yet couldn't ignore. That Hank reciprocated her crush from their high school days and that he still is deeply attracted to her made her resistance to what was going to happen, amazing sex and falling from lust to love, amusing.
Did Hank get what he wanted? Oh yeah. And Olive? She did though her disdain for Hank almost cost her that chance. Ms. Aaron isn't kidding when she labels this romance sweet but there is a bit of spiciness that makes this a satisfying holiday romance.
Celia Aaron is the self-publishing pseudonym of a published romance and erotica author. She loves to write stories with hot heroes and heroines that are twisty and often dark. Thanks for reading.