Friday, October 20, 2017

Review ~ HIS HOLIDAY GIFT by Reese Ryan

His Holiday Gift (Pleasure Cove, #2.5)
Part of the Never Christmas Without You Anthology
by: Reese Ryan
Series: Pleasure Cove
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Holiday
Release Date: September 19, 2017
Publisher: Harlequin Kimani Romance

All you need this Christmas are these sizzling stories full of love and a touch of holiday magic…

His Holiday Gift by Reese Ryan

Pleasure Cove’s prodigal son just got the ultimate Christmas surprise—Madison—his five-year-old daughter he knew nothing about. Maddie’s aunt, Mikayla Mitchell, was once one of Dash Williams’s best friends…and his secret admirer. Now, seeing the sexy, ambitious lawyer with his little girl, Mikayla’s more smitten than ever. And Dash is starting to realize Mikayla’s the only one who could make his days merry and bright, and fill his nights with bliss…

His Holiday Gift by Reese Ryan combines two of my favorite troupes, friends to lovers and secret baby.  As part of Reese’s Pleasure Cove series, this is a standalone read, with characters from the previous books making appearances.

Dashon “Dash” Williams couldn’t wait to leave his hometown of Pleasure Cove, North Carolina.  The town held too many bad memories.  He always promised himself that he would become successful and never return.  But this Christmas, Dash now a successful New York attorney, is returning at the request of a surprising source.

For ten years, Mikayla Mitchell had been Dash’s best friend.  For almost as long, she had a crush on the guy who came to her aide in high school.  But things changed for these two when Dash started dating her stepsister, Jess.  As a result, the two have not seen nor spoken to each other in almost seven years.  It takes a six-year-old little girl asking, “Are you my daddy?” to bring these two back together and to the love they never dared to dream of.

His Holiday Gift marks the first time I’ve read Reese Ryan and it won’t be the last.  Mikayla is an incredible character who unfortunately has either been left out or manipulated her whole life.  She has such a huge and amazing heart that you can’t help but want what’s best for her. Reese has also managed to paint a very good (bad) picture of Jess and the way she changed the lives of people around her.  As for Dash, I loved the way he immediately jumps into his role of fatherhood.  From what I can gather, HHG shows a maturing Dash.  I can’t forget about little Maddie who is the reason for Dash and Mikayla reuniting.  From her first moment on the page, she captured my heart.

Thank you Reese for not making me cry, but yet giving me all kinds of happy feelings of a child celebrating Christmas with her father for the first time and a family coming together.

**Received a copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed.**

Rating: 4

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You can read my His Holiday Gift interview with Reese here.

Reese Ryan writes sexy, contemporary romance featuring colorful characters and sinfully sweet romance. She challenges her heroines with family and career drama; reformed bad boys; revealed secrets; and the occasional identity crisis, but always rewards them with a well-earned happy ending.
A native of The Land (Cleveland, OH), Reese resides in North Carolina. She adores brilliant singer/songwriters and has an incurable addiction to musicals and movie soundtracks.

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