This entertaining contemporary romance is an entertaining combination of spice and family holiday celebrations that span two different cultures. There were lovely descriptions of family traditions that give texture to the story even as the heat rises between the two main characters. It was a little difficult to believe that this is the first time that they finally made a connection after so many years but the story was touching and enjoyable nonetheless. A fun quick read that shows how to heat up a couple of holiday celebrations.
“Revving Up the Holidays” by A.S. Fenichel is an erotic romance novella with a seasonal twist. Ben Silverman makes an all too rare visit to be with his sister and her family in Atlanta at Hanukkah. He is stunned to reconnect with Giada (Gigi) Leone, who reminds him of the feelings he had for her during high school but never acted on. Their searing attraction to one another is complicated by the specters of the past but they have to learn to compromise just as they must discover how to meld their respective cultures and traditions.
Workaholic Isaac hasn’t been back to his hometown since his father’s funeral two years earlier, pushing his family away because of a painful secret. Hanukkah and a forced vacation lure him back to Atlanta, where he’s reunited with his two lost loves—an old motorcycle and his sister’s best friend Giada. While rediscovering his passion for both the bike and the woman, Isaac rebuilds his heart.
Giada has lost her Christmas spirit since returning home to care for her dying parents. Left alone, she struggles to return to her successful teaching career, choosing instead to stay in her hometown. Only the unexpected return of her high school crush Isaac brings any joy to the season.
The transitive nature of Isaac’s visit and Giada’s fear of abandonment keep them from sharing their whole hearts, but certainly not their bodies. Their desire for each other is hotter than flames on a menorah and they take advantage of their limited time together by burning up the sheets. But once their secrets are revealed, their hearts will do all the thinking.
A Romantica® contemporary romance from Ellora’s Cave