There are multiple sides of every story depending on from which or whose point of view you see it. THIS is the vibe I get throughout the book. Liam hurt Sabrina thirteen years ago when he up and left her without words AND taking the money her father offered to stay away from her father. He owns his actions and doesn’t apologize for it because he thinks (yes, he still does after all the years) he did the right thing. And I was beyond curious how this pair of broken soul will patch up their past and move on from there.
As a holiday story, this book started quite gloom with Liam and Sabrina first meet again and make effort at talking. The author framed the awkward scene nicely. Liam struck me as blunt and straightforward; ready for whatever Sabrina might throw at him, even challenge her to face fact. Right off the bat, I find myself liking Liam. He doesn’t try to shirk from the truth. It’s a bit harder for me to do so for Sabrina. As I see it, she cling on to the ”I’m the victim here, so I get to be hurt and sad” role too much. She seems incapable to decide when to play a victim or a professional while facing Liam. And this set the tone of most of their early encounters.
In a way, I have to applaud the author for brilliantly portrays different personalities to the characters. The alternate POVs give more understanding to where they come from; Liam’s reason for doing what he did, Sabrina’s thought and feeling. That saying, the change dynamics from actively avoiding to having series of affairs between them feels a bit abrupt; even more so the closing chapter to reunite the unhappy lovers. That the driving force is lust is not something I particularly like, either.
This book is not only telling the relationship between them, though (it’s quite a long book to focus only that). As headway to Liam’s healing process, the Donnelly brothers take part in aiding one of their own. Although personally, I think - other than a specific scene - that Liam is not as close to his baby brother as the book had us believe. If nothing else, the amusing repartee between these brothers spark-up to entertain me, even if their relations sometimes feels a bit disengaged to me. On Sabrina’s side too, the baby step that healing is a progress is something I appreciate.
All in all, this book is not what I expected - at least basing my expectation from the blurb. It is not a total fail for me but I can’t say that I love it, either. I wouldn’t say no to read the author’s books again. Who knows, the characters might be more to my liking.
It's Christmas in Copper Ridge, and love is waiting to be unwrapped…
Falling for a bad boy once is forgivable. Twice would just be foolish. When Sabrina Leighton first offered her teenage innocence to gorgeous, tattooed Liam Donnelly, he humiliated her, then left town. The hurt still lingers. But so does that crazy spark. And if they have to work together to set up her family winery's new tasting room by Christmas, why not work him out of her system with a sizzling affair?
Thirteen years ago, Liam's boss at the winery offered him a bribe—leave his teenage daughter alone and get a full ride at college. Convinced he wasn't good enough for Sabrina, Liam took it. Now he's back, as wealthy as sin and with a heart as cold as the Oregon snow. Or so he keeps telling himself. Because the girl he vowed to stay away from has become the only woman he needs, and this Christmas could be just the beginning of a lifetime together…