Book the Seventh:
3.5 out of 5 Stars
Need something to heat you up on these cold winter nights?? Well, I may have a suggestion! This book is a nice steamy read for the Holiday Season!
Colbie Albright was running away from New York City. Her family, her responsibilities and her writers block. As famous post-apocolyptic YA novelist under the pseudonym of C.E Crown and babysitter to her two adult twin brothers and mother she needed a break. When planning a trip down south doesn’t go her way and an intimate date with some airport security officers causes a change of plan due to the contents of her bag (notes about how to get away with murder without being caught are probably not the BEST things to take with you on vacation…) She winds up in sunny San Francisco, where she winds up wet in the arms of the sexy, eligible (although, maybe not emotionally) and remarkably kind genius Spencer Baldwin, or Spence. Quite literally. After falling into a fountain! (Get your minds out of the gutter people…that comes later! ;p) Sparks fly, but will their pasts keep them from getting too close? Or will the 3 week time limit that Colbie put on her trip to be home with her family for Christmas tear them apart?
This book may not be super Holiday-filled. Honestly, I kind of forgot it was a Christmas book until close to the end. It was a steamy romantic read that was worth a night with a warm bath, followed by a cold shower. 😉 it’s not crazy graphic for all of you that find a sexual romp of a book to be too graphic. But, I’m one of those people who found that 50 Shades got a little boring and monotonous, and this wasn’t even close to even that level. It was a Rom Com with somewhat explicit scenes. I will say that I want to give Jill Shalvis a BIG HIGH FIVE for some of her writing. My PERSONAL favourite, and I know some of you women out there may find this chauvinistic, was Joe, Spence’s friend. I want to hug Jill for wherever she had this idea:
“Wait, you gave up sex after Clarissa dumped you like, what, two years ago now…willingly?”
“Something you should try sometime.” Elle said to him.
“Woman! Bite your tongue!”
“No, really! How do you even keep all of their names straight?”
“Easy!” Joe said with a smile, “If I forget their name, I just take them to Starbucks in the morning and wait until the Barista asks them their name for their cup.”
Elle rolled her eyes, “Seriously?”
“Hey, you know I run on caffeine, sarcasm and inappropriate thoughts at all times.”
I’m sorry…. I NEVER would have thought of that! (Although, I’m an old couple…so, that might be why) but, all of you players out there?? WHAT A GREAT IDEA!! JIll? I don’t know if someone in your life gave you this idea or you came up with it on your own? But, high five!
Anyways, I digress…. A nice steamy read for a cold wintry afternoon or evening!
Chasing Christmas Eve is Best Served With
Jameson Winter Warmer
This is in honour of Colbie’s cold dip in the fountain, and also for a special scene involving Spence doing shots of Jameson in a Pink, bedazzled Princess Sweater… read it to find out why!!
- 1 1/5 oz Jameson Irish Whiskey
- 3 cups apple juice
- 1 Cinnamon stick
- 2 Star Anise
- 3 whole Cloves or a 1 tsp of ground Cloves
- 3 whole Cardamom Seeds or 1 tsp of Ground Cardamom
- Cut up pieces of Fresh Ginger
- juice from 3 lemon and rinds from lemons
- Honey or Date syrup
- Put the Jameson in the bottom of the cup
- Put apple juice in a sauce pan
- It is recommended that you put all of the spices (cinnamon, star anise, cloves, cardamom, Ginger, Lemon rinds) in a cheese cloth and place that in the apple juice. I did not have a cheese cloth and some of the spices already had ground and didn’t feel like buying more whole… well, here is a life hack! If you want to use ground, go ahead! it still tastes good and after it is heated, pour it through a coffee filter. Tastes just as good!
- bring to a light simmer for about 15-20 mins
- Pour through coffee filter onto Jameson if you went my route, or just pour if you had the cheese cloth and whole spices