No man likes having his bedroom skills described as forgettable, but that's just what Lila Payne does when she runs into Spencer Thomas again. When she discovers that he'd lied about his name during their brief three-day romp a few months before, she's so angry that she pretends she doesn't remember him.
Spence regrets his deception, but not as much as he regrets that their time together didn't last longer. When she shows up in his town, looking to revitalize her uncle's mountain resort, Spence is determined to help. Maybe rescuing Lila from a hopeless renovation project will get him in her good gracesand back in her bed.
Lila has no interest in being rescued, and Spence is insulted by her stubborn rebuffs and her "faulty" memory. But when rehab work turns into an after-hours meeting, the two of them are in for a night that just might prove unforgettable
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Lila Payne looked at the slip of paper in her hand then back to the building in front of her. Not so much a building as a sprawl of buildings with a Thomas Nurseries sign hanging high above the door of the main one.
The one-story structure spread out, consisting of a closed-in area with large windows and a separate open-air section complete with outdoor heaters and an overflowing of plants and mums blooming in fall colors. Decorated Christmas trees, some more traditional with white lights and red ornaments and others in flashy purples and blues, outlined the front and signaled the holiday closing in less than three weeks from now.
People milled around the fountains and flower displays. Pick-up trucks backed up to open spaces in the parking lot to load cords of firewood and trees. If it were true only 941 people lived in Holloway then it seemed every last one of them had shown up at the nursery this afternoon. Most of West Virginia appeared to be there, but that didn't take away from the homey, greeting-card feel to the place.
She could see a three-story farmhouse on the hill a few hundred feet away with a dusting of snow across the wide expanse of a yard. Trees lined the surrounding property for what looked like acres.
Water from the melting snow splashed across her heavy snow boots as she transferred her weight from one foot to the other. Why her uncle had sent her to a plant nursery to pick up electrical cords and the other supplies he'd said she'd need to take care of a few repairs on the campground was the question.
He'd retired to Florida, seeking sun and a young lady to share the sunsets with, or that was what he told Lila in last week's phone call. Of course, the young lady in question would likely be in her sixties to match his seventy-one. As her father's brother and the last of the Payne blood alive and kicking, other than her, he was four decades older and could still out-drink her. Almost anyone could. The sniff of hard liquor made her head dance.
She looked at the black ink of the bold script one more time and smiled. Only Uncle Ned would send a birthday card with a cryptic note that would lead her to a whole new life. And boy could she use one of those.
The crunch of footsteps on gravel echoed behind her the second before she felt a presence by her side. She looked over, first seeing men's work boots then moving up to a dark plaid coat bundled against his neck and the biting wind and finally to his face. Short, blondish-brown hair and the smoothest skin she'd ever seen on a guy. This one was pretty. Really pretty but young. Like, not-that-far-from-jailbait young with light green eyes and a crooked smile she'd bet tripped up more than one otherwise intelligent female.
"May I help you with something?" The deep, rich voice had every woman within fifty feet stopping and glancing over. One lady ignored her young son's broken jacket zipper in favor of an extra-long look.
"Do you work here?" For all Lila knew this guy walked around the parking lot collecting ladies' numbers for a living. Wouldn't be that hard for him to do.
"My name is Travis Yardley and from the look on your face I'm wondering what you thought I wanted when I asked you the question."
He smiled as he talked, which lessened her anxiety. Not that she feared him with a crowd of witnesses hanging around. She just felt uncomfortable in her skin, as if she were wearing an oversized I'm An Outsider sign.
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Not only is the flirting superb, but even the tension/conflict scenes are so believable - it shouldn't frustrate the reader to the point of discomfort. I really believed Spence's worries are legitimate, yet, I also sympathized with Lila's concerns. Overall, they're perfect for each other! This title is HelenKay Dimon's story from the Romancing the Holiday trilogy - perfect for any time of year actually. I'll be returning to this one for future holiday (and non-holiday!) reads.
We’ll Be Home for Christmas is the third book in the Holloway series. Hopefully, it’s not the last book. It’s NOT a requirement that you have to have read the other two books, but I recommend that you do, because I really like them. This is FINALLY Spence’s chance at love, provided he doesn’t let the idiot that’s inside of him come out and stay too long. Spencer is the oldest of the two Thomas brothers and the Thomas Nurseries friends featured in the series. Since I have read the other two books in the series, I already liked Spence, but apparently I didn't actually know him. Yes, Spence is super uber smart, but he doesn't know anything about romance or women. Spence actually met Lila at a hotel bar one night when he was feeling lonely and pretty low after he realized that his brother Austin and friend Mitch found love and were actually happy. Little did Spence know that meeting Lila would change him. Lila is the only woman who has creeped into his mind and will not leave. Lila, like Spence, isn't looking for love. She's been there and done that. She has no money, no job, no place to stay and a bad reputation to prove it. But like Spence, Lila has met her match. Lila is a pistol who doesn't take the crap Spence spews and is VERY good at calling him out. She actually sees through all the smoke-screen to the person he truly is. Of the three books in the series, this is by far my favorite. I laughed the whole way through. The interaction and dialogue between Spence and Lila is great...I LOVED reading/watching “The Fall of Spencer Thomas”. Rating: 4 ½ (I really liked it.) Source: NetGalley Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews blog