Type: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Harlequin KISS
My Copy: Sent
After three months of traveling, all Connor Preston wants to do is sink into his own bed. The last thing he expects is to find a stark-naked woman already there.
Josie Marchpane wasn’t anticipating company either. Connor may be six feet four inches of pure muscle and boast a disturbingly sexy smile, but a fortnight in the South of France is the one thing standing between Josie and her sanity; and she’s not about to give it up without a fight! Because Josie plays to win. The problem? Connor does, too. And with only one bed between them, things are about to get interesting.
Holiday with a Stranger is a cute sexy romance that shows what can happen when two strangers share a home in the French countryside; one is a workaholic and the other likes to enjoy life. The two worlds collide and passions ignite.
Conner Preston is exhausted, only wanting to crawl in his bed and sleep for many hours; he travels for his job and has a few days before his next assignment so is stopping at his home in France to relax. What he does not plan on is finding a stranger, lovely as she may be, in his bed.
Josie Marchpane was told by her partner Abigail, that she needs to go away for awhile since she is scaring the others in the office with her demands and Abi is afraid she is going to have a breakdown. Josie knows she is a bit of a workaholic and is very driven but she wants to prove herself in the business world. She always feels less than adequate around her sister Maddie who is a famous genius that their parents dote on.
The sparks fly when the two compromise their stance and share the house, all the while knowing that the attraction between them would go nowhere. They both have family issues that prevent them from taking the relationship beyond a no-strings fun and relaxing vacation, but you never know what the heart wants.
This is an enjoyable romance with one of my favorite premises, where strangers meet and must spend time with each other. Conner is the perfect man to get under Josie’s skin, he likes to tease and poke at her to make her see that she needs to relax and that life is not all about work. When they meet she is just as stressed as when she left work, and he has many ways to get her to relax. Conner is an easy going person yet he does have some past issues that Josie in turn helps him deal with.
In the beginning I was unsure of the romance between Conner and Josie, yes they called for a no-strings relationship and the sex is hot, but did I see them being together forever, I was not sure. It took until the end for me to finally see that they could make it, which is not a bad way to tell a story since sometimes it takes awhile for a couple to get through all the obstacles.
This feels like a standalone story and it is not overly long, but there are several secondary characters that I would be interested in seeing again such as Josie’s sister Maddie who had an fascinating reaction to Josie at the end and Abi, Conner’s sister, it would be interested to see what happens with the sibling’s relationship. All in all a sexy romance that hit all the right buttons.
I give Holiday with a Stranger by Christy McKellen 4 stars!