Skylar Tempest has never understood Alec Hunter’s appeal. So what if he’s a world-renowned historian? He’s also cynical, aloof and determined to think the worst of her. So when a twist of fate finds her spending the lead-up to Christmas with Alec and his family, she’s not expecting the season to be either merry or bright.
Alec has learned the hard way not to trust beautiful women—and Skylar is the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen. But as he watches her throw herself into his family’s festive chaos, Alec realises there is far more to this blonde bombshell than meets the eye.
With Christmas around the corner, Alec and Skylar return to Puffin Island, a tentative bond forged between them. Neither intends to fall in love, but as the nights become darker, and the fire between them grows hotter, could this be the chance for Alec and Skylar to find their own happy ending?
Source: ARC from Mills and Boon via NetGalley
Oh, I’ve been waiting for this one, ever since Alec first snarled at Skylar. Every time these two have encountered each other in the series I’ve been dying for the moment when Skylar would prove the grumpy historian wrong – almost as much as I was waiting for the moment when Skylar would finally get rid of her awful politician boyfriend. And now, finally, the time has arrived. Merry Christmas, Puffin Island fans!
This is a lovely way to end this thoroughly enjoyable trilogy with an enemies to lovers tale. Skylar is so hugely likeable, talented and artistic and very down to earth, despite her privileged background. Her parents may be awful, but Skylar has always valued her friends. I loved how she met every one of Alec’s preconceived challenges and knocked each one down without even trying, and how she seamlessly fits into his life without losing her temper every time Alec’s issues arose and tried to mess things up.
Because Alec is messed up. His ex-wife damaged him quite badly, but as this book proves he is a good man, the sort who won’t ever ignore a woman in trouble, even if he doesn’t like the woman in question all that much. Underneath his gruff, grumpy cynicism he has a good heart and is really kind of adorable. It was also nice to see him learning to appreciate his family anew in contrast to how Skylar’s parents treat her. It was also lovely seeing his misconceptions slowly shift and change as he spent more time with Sky. The way he believed in her and supported her dreams so effortlessly was really lovely – and likewise, how she encouraged him. They make a wonderful team.
Bringing the series to a gorgeous end and providing a perfect comfort read for the winter cold, this is feel good romance at its finest – complete with presents, snow and unusual decorations. Sarah Morgan is a master at creating wonderful communities, friends and family bound together by love and affection – this series is no different. I can’t wait to see what she conjures up next.
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