A Copper Ridge Christmas by Maisey Yates
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Description: Holly Fulton is throwing a special Christmas Eve party for the foster parents who gave her so much. To finish her preparations in time, she needs to recruit her one time foster brother, Ryan Masters. He may have a scowl that can curdle eggnog but under that surly demeanor is a big heart. And amazing muscles. And a gorgeous chest. In fact X-rated visions of Ryan have been dancing in Holly's head for years, but she can't risk complicating the only family she's ever known.
But maybe there's a way for Holly to have her Christmas cake and eat it too. A no-strings affair just until they're done with the planning. But from the first touch, it's clear this isn't just a festive fling it might just be a Christmas miracle in the making.
Genre: Romance - Contemporary
Why I Picked This Book: Maisey Yates is an author I've been wanting to try and while I don't always love novellas they're a good way to get a taste for an author without the time commitment of a full length novel.
My Impression: With my main focus being the author I didn't really pay attention to the blurb so I was a little concerned when I started reading and discovered that the main characters had been foster kids with the same family. Would this cross too close into ick territory with main characters who consider themselves brother and sister? (The award for that goes to the step-siblings in Charlaine Harris' Harper Connelly books where one character has to remind herself not to think of the other character as her brother WHILE THEY'RE IN BED. I still haven't recovered.) Thankfully, Yates handles this situation beautifully. Holly and Ryan never thought of themselves as siblings, only lived under the same roof for a month or two, and have a big enough age difference that they weren't super close. But, the really wonderful thing is that the same people are important to them for the same reasons so it really makes sense as to why they're working together. This also has one of my favorite type of characters in a novella - one with history. Holly and Ryan definitely have history and a solid reason to not get involved. Neither of them want to damage the only family they've ever had and so their reasons for fighting the attraction they have to each other makes perfect sense.
But they're so sweet together and they're so obviously good for each other that it was a joy watching everything evolve. Plus, Ryan *sigh* is kind of dreamy underneath the grouchiness.
While this is a novella and there were a couple of pretty hot scenes it still read like a complete story. The characters felt fleshed out and the story just really worked. This was my first visit to Copper Ridge but it will absolutely not be my last.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Definitely! I want the rest of the Copper Ridge series immediately!
Would I Recommend this Book?: Yes! If you enjoy a romance with a good dose of heat but a lot of heart this is a good one to pick up.