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Monday, December 22, 2008

You're All I Want For Christmas

You're All I Want for Christmas by Arleigh Bish
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday (Christmas)
Length: short
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Review by Lilac

When struggling single Mom, Heidi Gentry begins writing to her friend’s brother, who is serving in Iraq, she never expected to fall in love with him. To make matters worse he’s married, at least she thinks he is. She immediately cuts off communication with him. But Christmas often brings surprises, and a chance encounter with Heidi at the local mall convinces Rick, divorced and back from Iraq, to find out where he stands with the woman who captured his heart with her very first e-mail. With his sister’s help, they devise a whacky plan to help everyone get what they want for Christmas this year, even if he has to go undercover to do it.

Single mom, Heidi Gentry struggles to make ends meet and raise her son, who has Down Syndrome. Having ended her pen pal relationship with her friend’s married brother, a soldier stationed in Iraq, because she was falling for him, Heidi longs for the friendship and outlet that writing him provided. Back from the war and divorced, Rick enlists the help of his sister to help woo Heidi. Disguised as an escort in a Santa suit, he shares a night of passion with Heidi. When Heidi learns of his trickery she is shocked, but her feelings for Rick are strong and he is determined to make her his.

This was a touching story about two people coming together and helping one another heal. Heidi is a wonderful character full of passion and vulnerability. I could understand her struggle over her feelings for Rick as she believed he was off limits. Rick is also a great character as he cares for Heidi and longs to be with her. I really enjoyed this quick and fun read.