Review: A Yultide Affair
A YULTIDE AFFAIR - Monica Richardson
Harlequin Kimani/Romance
December 2015
REVIEWER:  Janet Caldwell | RATING:  A
REVIEW: Monica Richardson returns to her Caribbean roots to deliver the story of two headstrong ambitious people - one afraid of failure and the other recovering from failure in A YULETIDE AFFAIR, Book Two in The Talbots of Harbour Island series.

In Book One,
AN ISLAND AFFAIR, readers met the lively Talbot clan and experienced the passion-filled romance of Jasmine Talbot and Jackson Connor.  The Talbots own the hottest vacation beachfront property on Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas.  In Book Two, Jasmine's oldest sister, Alyson, the rigid career-focused real estate broker, returns to the island to plan Jasmine's elaborate Christmas wedding.

Like her other siblings, Alyson vowed to pursue a career outside of the island. She owns a modest real estate company in Miami that is one commercial client account away from the major-leagues. All her energy and resources are devoted to her company leaving little time for romantic endeavors. Alyson’s cold facade begins to melt when she meets resort guest, Samson Steel, her future brother-in-law’s hot, tattooed, muscular and unshaven friend. Immediately she declares he isn’t her type while privately probing for information about his background and his reasons for staying at their resort.

Former assistant district attorney, Samson Steel, fled to the Eleuthera Islands to clear his head and regroup after his bid for Mayor of Chicago was scuttled by scandalous accusations of bribery. After meeting the abrasive, but enticing Alyson, he is open to an island fling on his terms as therapy for his bruised ego.

Richardson presents a witty romantic tale of two people that are stubbornly fixated on different career paths, but step outside their comfort zones to slightly modify their dreams and find happiness. This novel is primarily set in the Bahamas with brief trips to Miami and one chilly excursion to Chicago. Richardson's relaxed writing style places the reader in island mode prompting one to want to shed winter garb for sandals and tropical dress. Alyson and Samson are likeable characters despite her snooty demeanor and his cockiness. Secondary characters impacting the story included Alyson's colorful family and Samson's parents, particularly his hard-nosed father, and his brothers. A subplot which connects Alyson's future with Samson's past adds an element of intrigue to an otherwise sweet love story. Although it isn't necessary to read book one, I encourage you to do so in order to savor every drop of rich island culture A YULETIDE AFFAIR has to offer.

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