"Holiday Wishes" is a cute holiday novella, the perfect start to the holiday season! Shalvis returns to Heartbreaker Bay in this story, and as usual does not disappoint. Though part of the series, this story works perfectly well as a stand-alone story. It’s nice to see familiar characters, and if anything I think seeing them would intrigue readers to read the more of the series. This story has a great balance between steamy romance and holiday magic. The inn setting is perfect with its Victorian Christmas charm. Sean is charming, an obvious heartbreaker who is keen on his second chance. Charlotte, Lottie, is naturally wary, but a smart, sweet woman who knows what she wants. I love their past history together and Sean’s persistance in trying to make things right with Lottie. Even in such a short work, Shalvis does a great job of giving us complex, deep, yet realistic and relatable characters. I just wished it would have been longer!
Sean O’ Riley is the last person Charlotte Hartford expects to walk through the door of her charming Victorian inn. She’s never forgotten the way she’d given him her heart, her virginity – or how she’d never seen him again. Sean has never forgotten Lottie either, the one who got away. And seeing her at his brother’s bachelor weekend is certainly an unexpected surprise, but it’s an opportunity he’s not willing to pass up. This time around, Lottie’s older and wiser. She wants nights of steamy fun, no long term commitments. And since Sean is the king of hookups, perhaps he’d be the perfect candidate. But the more time he spends with her, the more Sean is determined to prove that he can be the man of her dreams, if only she’d open her heart to him. With a little Christmas magic, he might just have a chance!
It’s Christmastime again in Heartbreaker Bay!
When Sean O’Riley shows up at the Hartford Bed & Breakfast for his older brother’s bachelor weekend, he’s just hoping to make it through the weekend. What he’s not expecting is to come face to face with the woman he lost his virginity to a decade ago—a woman he’s never really forgotten.
The last time Lotti Hartford saw Sean, she told him she loved him while he said nothing. Now, ten years later, she’s just looking for a good time. For once, she wants to be the wild and free one, and Sean – the good time guy – is the perfect candidate.
But as the weekend continues, Sean realizes that after a lifetime of being the hook-up king, he’s ready to find happily-ever-after, and he wants it with Lotti. But will she open her heart to him again? As Christmas sweeps through the little B&B, he can only hope love and magic are in the air.