Romance on the Go
Jimmy Doyle is at the top of his game, but his life is empty. Karin has resigned herself to a Christmas alone in her wilderness lodge. A spur-of-the-moment holiday trip brings the devastatingly handsome Jimmy to her doorstep on Christmas Eve. Memories of a past Christmas haunt him, and he is surrounded by joy and holiday anticipation and a searing-hot attraction he can’t deny. Will that Christmas feeling be enough to heal a painful past?
Previously published as Christmas Memories. Revised for Evernight.
Jimmy was already sorry he came. The two hour flight, the three hour drive—and for what? He was in the middle of nowhere. The trip seemed like a good idea looking out over the balcony of his downtown Toronto penthouse. Some quiet time, some poker, and maybe some turkey sandwiches with lots of Miracle Whip.
He should have stayed in Winnipeg and taken a suite at the Sheraton. He hadn’t brought his boots either. Idiot. He was standing with his feet ice-cold in the snow, much like the Grinch. He felt like the damned Grinch. He had the overwhelming desire to run around and pull down all the outdoor Christmas lights, wreaths, and other Christmas crap evident on the property. Jimmy remembered a homemade turkey dinner was included. Fucking great,and he, the Grinch himself, would carve… he snorted aloud, not finishing the thought.
“Did you say something?”
He glanced down at the woman in the parka. Clear, beautiful blue eyes stared at him in amusement. Shit, she must have heard him. She took off her woolen mitten and held out a slim, feminine hand. “Nice to meet you. I’m Karin Kellegher.”
He looked at the hand then back at this Karin. She was pretty, perhaps not a raving beauty, but attractive. She had dark blond hair, pulled back tightly in a pony-tail. The shade reminded him of caramel. Her skin appeared crème brûlée against the dazzling white of the snow. There was a smattering of freckles across her pert nose, which was red from the cold. Her breath puffed out in icy huffs. He took her offered hand. “Jimmy Doyle.”
Karin was shameless. She headed toward the most handsome man of the group and introduced herself. Jimmy Doyle looked familiar, but he did have the generic tall, dark, and handsome look. He looked like any number of the beyond-gorgeous men who graced magazine covers. His hair was black and wavy, not too short or too long. His jaw was rugged and framed by chiseled, high cheekbones. His dark blue eyes were a color that could not be natural, contacts she thought cynically. When they shook hands his large palm all but swallowed hers. A bolt of warmth shot up her arm from the contact. Wow. Karin glanced down. His hand was beautiful, but masculine, with long fingers and lots of veins. Why she found his hand attractive, she had no idea. She slowly scanned his broad chest and even broader shoulders. He was wearing a winter leather coat, but he still must be feeling the cold, as the temperature was ten degrees below zero.
Her gaze met his face again. Oh yes. Way, way handsome. Jimmy Doyle knew he was gorgeous too. She could see the amused glint in his eye. She pulled her hand out of his tight grasp at last and walked away. The loss of his potent touch was disturbing. Forget him, he was here for drinking and male bonding, nothing more.
Posted by TRR on 4th Jan 2013
If you're looking for a short but satisfying Christmas romance that will make you sigh at the ending, look no further than Karyn Gerrard's little gem that invokes THAT CHRISTMAS FEELING from beginning to end. Mental male eye candy included.
Jimmy Doyle isn't up to celebrating Christmas this year. He's still guilt-ridden and carrying too much emotional baggage related to the fight he had with his fiancée last Christmas Eve. After she threw his ring back in his face, she later died in an auto accident on a snowy Toronto road and he never got to tell her goodbye. So, this year, when a last minute e-mailed invitation to spend Christmas playing poker with a bunch of guys in a rented chalet arrives in his inbox, the melancholy man impulsively accepts the chance to escape his bad holiday memories in Toronto. Before he and the guys even arrive at the remote chalet, Jimmy is already regretting his decision.
When a frozen Jimmy knocks on Karin Kellagher's door asking for separate accommodations from the holiday revelers he arrived with, Karin asks him to warm up for a few minutes and watch The Grinch with her on DVD. When the handsome man and the cute blonde feel the sudden zing of attraction, Jimmy begins to think he'd better leave quickly, but Karin begins to wonder if love at first sight really happens.
I really enjoyed this story because the flawed hero was open about the dark events of his past and the heroine didn't judge him. Karyn Gerrard's smooth writing style and use of emotional elements really drew me in and made me care about these characters. Her references to lines from various Christmas songs and holiday television staples sprinkled throughout added a feel-good theme reminiscent of childhood Christmas memories most of us in North America have in common. At twenty short pages, this is a perfect lunch hour or pre-bedtime read with just enough heat to warm your heart and make you smile any time of year.
Posted by Ronda from Queentutt's World of Escapism on 13th Dec 2012
Awesome Short Novella to read for the holiday season. I literally hugged my e-reader and said out loud "AWE!" The characters back grounds were explained just enough to give you an idea of where they were from and how their emotions and feelings were directed from. The erotic love scene is very loving and hot as the characters emotions bloom into love. When true love finds their perfect mate, it is amazing how one's heart falls fast instantly and grows three sizes right there and then as love sweeps it away just like the Grinch's heart did. Awesome Read!