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Title: A Christmas Duet
Authors: Amy Lamont
Publisher: Productive Ink Media
Published: December 3rd, 2017
I was lucky enough to win an e-copy of this on Facebook and was intrigued enough to start reading straight away.
The first story, Joyfully Yours, is a delightful, sweet, festive romance. Faith Leary is a talented musician but struggling to make ends meet or for her family to see her music as anything more than a hobby. Whilst desperately trying to get some shopping for her Mum’s Thanksgiving meal, she is helped by an attractive man but is shocked when she realises he’s a priest. The attraction is mutual but family dynamics, surprise voluntary work and sibling rivalry will all play a part in this ‘clean’ romance with well crafted characters and plenty of warm-hearted encounters.
The second story, Please Have Snow, also involves a musician – but this time it is the hero, Will Canter, who is the well known guitarist with a successful rock band, Sliding Violet. Whilst at a party in a friend’s penthouse apartment, he meets Lily Barton who is helping out by working as a bartender for the party. The chemistry between them is instantaneous but she has trust issues and he’s more used to life as a rolling stone, never settling or putting down roots anywhere. With very different upbringings contributing to their different attitudes to life and living, can they overcome their differences to make sweet music in their happy ever after? This is a steamy romance with plenty of angst and turmoil as the two face their own past experiences before moving on to look forward to their future.
Both stories work well as standalone reads though I understand that Please Have Snow links to some of the author’s other stories from her ‘Holiday Encounters’ series but I haven’t read any of those and still thoroughly enjoyed this one. The stories are both well crafted, enjoyable reads, just right for getting you into the festive mood. I didn’t want to put either of the stories down until I’d finished them and suspect they are both excellent examples of this talented author’s skills in taking the reader into the story and having empathetic characters it is easy to relate to. I have no hesitation in highly recommending this duet to anyone looking for two different but both lovely, contemporary, festive romances to escape into!
This is my honest review after reading both stories in this duet!
A little bit naughty, a little bit nice…two tales of love and music and all the wonder of Christmas.
Not much is going right for musician Faith Leary so it shouldn’t surprise her when the priest she got caught ogling in the grocery store turns up at her mother’s for Thanksgiving dinner. What does come as a surprise is the attraction that springs up between them. If only he weren’t a priest, he would be perfect for her.
She’s thrilled when it turns out Michael is not exactly what he seems, right up until she realizes her sister is a far better match for him than her she could ever be. But if that’s true, why does Michael insist on seeing only the good in Faith, no matter how often she falls short of her too perfect sister?
Please Have Snow
All curvaceous bartender Lily Barton wants for Christmas is a home to call her own. For Will Canter, the rugged, bad boy drummer of Sliding Violet, home is wherever the music—and the band’s tour bus—takes him. Can love, and a little holiday magic, bring them both exactly what they want?