Christmas with a Spy by Cynthia Eden
Series: Holly, NC, #3
Genre: Romance | Contemporary | Suspense
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: eBook, 93 pages.
Published on September 27th 2016 by Hocus Pocus Publishing, Inc. (first published December 1st 2015)
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Heat up your holiday with some sexy suspense…Everyone in town thinks that Jemma White is as sweet as the delicious treats she makes at her chocolate shop—but they’re wrong. Jemma is ready to let her wild side out, and she’s just found the perfect man to make all of her fantasies come true. Grayson Cole is a too-sexy-to-be-true stranger who has escaped to Holly for the holidays. He is her perfect temptation, and Jemma can’t wait to steam up the cold winter nights with him. But when danger from Grayson’s past follows him to town, she realizes that the man she is falling for has been keeping some very dark secrets…secrets that may just get them both killed.
Author’s Note: CHRISTMAS WITH A SPY is a sexy holiday romance with a touch of suspense. It was originally published as THE SPY WHO CAME FOR CHRISTMAS in the ALL HE WANTS FOR CHRISTMAS collection back in 2015, but it is now available as a stand-alone title.
I don’t read many holiday books but I saw few good ones that were free on kindle, including Christmas with a Spy but I didn’t expect to really like it. This has been a good reading month for me (in quality not in quantity) but I haven’t really felt like reading anything but after I woke up at four am and couldn’t get back to sleep I decided to start one of holiday novellas in my kindle app.
“How about you apologize before I decide to teach you some manners? Because no one is going to talk to Jemma that way, especially not right the fuck in front of me.”
Christmas with a Spy happens in a small town called Holly, North Carolina. It’s a big tourist town and full Christmas town twenty-four seven, three-hundred sixty-five days a year.
Our heroine Jemma owns a chocolate shop and that’s where she meets Grayson Cole. Jemma rarely dates and it has been a year since she went on a date with someone but she can’t help but stare when she makes eye contact with drop-dead gorgeous man in her shop.
Jemma is a good girl and she played by the rules. She’s the one who never takes chances after what happened in her past. Jemma doesn’t trust men who are interested in her but she knows she can trust Grayson because he’s friends with Brad.
“Look, Super Spy, you aren’t bullet proof. No one is. And we can find the person who is doing this—we will find him, but I want you safe. I want us safe.”
Grayson wanted Jemma the moment he went to chocolate shop to meet with Brad. He’s retired spy, so instead of having relationships he slept around but he wants to keep Jemma safe and happy instead of just thinking about how beautiful she is. There are men who don’t understand the word no but Grayson isn’t one of them.
I liked the fact that Grayson respects Jemma. He’d always do what she wanted and he’s ready to fight anyone who scared her or hurt her in the past. This romance made Jemma move on from her nightmare and Grayson to find his home.
It’s a short novella but it didn’t feel too short. My favorite part of the book was when they went ice skating. It was cliche but it was so cute. I didn’t mind suspense part of the book at all. I didn’t really care about his POV but the book was more focused on romance and it brought Grayson and Gemma closer.