Dear Ms Dane,
Your novella arrived at a perfect time. Both my Christmas trees are up and decorated (with lots of help from my children) and I’m really moving into the holiday mood. This is a great story to tuck into spare reading time between parties, cooking and other seasonal activities
I guess the plot could be summarized as anal-retentive lawyer and childhood dairy farmer friend realize they have the hots for each other, then decide that it might be love. Add plenty of family members to the mix, stir and bake. I like that lawyer Belle and dairyman Rafe have known each other almost all their lives so the sudden romance didn’t make me roll my eyes. As Rafe says, it was a short step to love from friendship and the two easily stepped right into it. But even better, they talk to each other. And listen to each other. And work to make their wildly different lifestyles mesh.
You add a lot of family members to the story but they add to the romance between Rafe and Belle instead of grabbing the spotlight for themselves. I love the guy talk between the men. And the sibling ribbing between all of them. It really felt like a family coming together for the holidays and not a bunch of ‘characters’ trying to be cute. I also liked how you included the daily aspects of their work lives into the story instead of just telling us Belle’s a lawyer and Rafe runs a dairy farm.
And let’s not forget the romance. Those scenes were hot, flirty and playful, deeply meaningful and very emotionally erotic without being crude or merely two bodies getting sweaty. Erotica+novella often = not working for me because I can’t believe in the romantic connection between the hero and heroine but this story worked just fine. B+ for “To Do List.”
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