She’s everything he wants for Christmas…
Social worker Allison Barrington’s home went up in smoke, literally, a month before Christmas. Now the guardian of her teenage sister and a crazy pup, she shows up on the doorstep of the only man in the city she can trust. Resisting Ethan Dane had never been easy, but luckily, Allie isn’t into cutthroat playboy businessmen. And Ethan is as driven as they come.
Ethan Dane has wanted Allie since the moment he laid eyes on her at their best friends’ wedding. Having her in his home is the perfect chance to prove to her that their chemistry can’t be denied, but when he finds out that the biggest business coup of his career means destroying the youth center where Allie works, Ethan is forced to decide what kind of man he wants to be…
Source: ARC from Entangled: Indulgence via NetGalley
This is an adorable Christmas read featuring a rich hero with an unusual set of hang-ups and a heroine in desperate need of some help and support. It’s cute and feel-good and I really enjoyed it – when I wasn’t wanting to shout at Ethan, that is.
See, Ethan’s family is a competitive mess. In fact his brother is awful and his dad isn’t much better, but ever since Ethan was pushed out of the family business as a child, he’s been looking for a way back in. Sadly that way happens to involve redeveloping the building that currently houses a shelter for vulnerable teens. The same shelter that Allie has dedicated her life to keeping open. Being a billionaire himself and a mostly decent guy, you’d think the solution would be obvious.
Nope. Instead Ethan keeps the secret to himself while drawing Allie deeper into his life, letting the pair of them grow closer and develop strong feelings, because he can’t figure out how to tell her, and he can’t imagine a world in which he isn’t competing with his waste-of-space brother for his horrible father’s attention. Oh dear. It’s a shame, because apart from that one specific thing, Ethan is lovely. The way he takes Allie and her sister in after their house fire and how he does (almost) everything he can to help her, is adorable. Yes, he has his secrets, but considering his family you can see why his darkest one is a sore subject. If it weren’t for the development deal, he’d be almost perfect.
Kind of like Allie. She’s a superwoman saint who rescues vulnerable teens, is raising her teenage sister, doesn’t want to take advantage of a gorgeous billionaire, and is an all-round selfless person who I couldn’t help but like. She has a few issues of her own, of course, but I really liked the way she and Ethan connected. They’re cute together and I wanted Allie to be happy – even while rolling my eyes at Ethan.
Overall this is a good read. The characters are likeable – even Allie’s some-what pushy sister – the story is fun and there’s a hint of Christmas cheer to add an extra sparkle. Sure, it runs along predictable lines, but Ethan’s story is a little different and Allie is nice enough to mean none of that matters. I really enjoyed it, and I look forward to reading the next billionaire’s story – even if I do have to wait until next Christmas for it.
The Billionaire’s Christmas Proposal is out November 16th!
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