Monday, December 9, 2013

Santa Wore Leathers by Vonnie Davis

The Basics:
Santa Wore Leathers by Vonnie Davis
Published November 28, 2013

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


Take one man-shy reporter, a gorgeous ex-Navy SEAL turned firefighter, add in a thong-stealing dog… and Christmas will never be the same again!
There’s only one thing on Becca Sinclair’s Christmas list this holiday season – her very own column in the local paper. And if she can build a huge blog following, her wish just might come true.

Enter Dan ‘Wolf’ Wolford aka the man-whore next door and the new star of Becca’s popular, post-divorce blog about men. A Navy SEAL turned commander of the Florida Marine Rescue Unit, Wolf’s the very definition of the word alpha – and with an endless rotation of women on his doorstep, this hunk on a Harley has Becca and her female followers all hot and bothered!

All Becca wants for Christmas is her newspaper column, right? But when she finds herself the target of Wolf’s irresistible attentions, her snarky comebacks become less and less convincing and, suddenly, she’s not so sure anymore…

Why I picked up this book:

I was looking for some light sexy fun, and this sounded like it had some potential!

My thoughts:

First things first, I have a love-hate relationship with this cover.  I love the gorgeous guy with a dog and Santa hat. I love the color scheme. I hate that the line at the top of the book cuts through the guy's chin. I have to stare at it every time, as though it's a seriously demented cleft chin.

This novella-length book was really inconsistent, I thought, in terms of how Becca and Wolf treat/talk to each other at any given moment. One second they're arguing, the next discussing their families, then back to arguing again.

I also found the hot button issue of Becca being a reporter, and Wolf's reaction to that. really offputting. It was so blindly angry and because it came *after* he'd already started trying to get to know her.... I really thought he should have been smarter than to lump all reporters together without any kind of action on Becca's part to support his concerns.

I did like the ways in which Becca's first impressions of Wolf were turned upside down. And I liked that Wolf pursued her - nothing hotter than someone who knows what they want and is willing to put themself out there to get it.

I think that the motorcycle side could have been leveraged a bit better - perhaps only in a longer story though. I almost would have preferred to have the book start with the parade and Santa wearing leathers and move forward from that very sexy moment.

Bottom line:

An average romance novella with a holiday theme, some cute neighbour moments and a lot of odd arguing-not-arguing moments. Very hot and cold, I wanted to like this but it found the back and forth too jarring to enjoy.

2.5 stars
For fans of Christmas-themed romances, neighbour romances.

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