5 December 2013

Christmas Dinner by Robyn Neeley Review


Christmas Dinner

by Robyn Neely

Contemporary Romance


What they say: News anchor Amanda Turner used to love everything about the holidays—the eggnog sugar cookies; the tacky family Christmas sweaters; and a lawn decorated with so many multi-colored lights that 747’s could land safely.  She loved it all—that is until her boyfriend, Brad, dumped her in front of the whole town on Christmas Eve.  Humiliated, she fled from Upstate New York to Wilmington, North Carolina to start a new life.  Two years later, she’s finally ready to return to the scene of the emotional crime, until she learns that Brad is engaged.  Now, the only thing worse than going home—going home single.

Tate Ryan, her tall, dark and arrogant co-anchor offers to pose as her boyfriend.  One problem, they barely like each other, and he recently scooped her story on live TV.  She rejects his offer until a string of unfortunate events, including learning of Brad and his fiancée’s temporary living arrangements and an unfortunate circumstance in which a Santa and sleigh crash into her car, lead her to have a change of heart.  She needs a ride home and a boyfriend fast.  Tate will have to do.

Thrust into Christmas Eve activities, it’s not hard for Amanda to remember all the reasons why she loves being a Turner.  As she watches Tate interact with her family and town residents, fully embracing the spirit of the holiday season, she starts to see his kindhearted side.  She can’t help but wonder if she was wrong about him.  Perhaps he isn’t the conniving co-worker that she once thought. She also can’t deny new feelings for him that would definitely put her on the naughty list.
Tate has his own agenda for the weekend that includes telling Amanda he’s been in love with her since the first time they met.  He’s ready to reveal all during Christmas dinner but fate has other plans.
  • Published November 18th 2013 by Crimson Romance

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!


What I say: Amanda Turner and Tate Ryan are TV news presenters who most definitely don't get on - or rather Amanda doesn't like Tate because of some pretty speedy assumptions. When Amanda's ex gets engaged just before she heads home for Christmas she somehow finds herself returning home with Tate in tow as her pretend boyfriend. 

The book is told in dual POV which is great because we get to see inside Tate's head and see how he's actually in love with Amanda and decides to use the situation to his advantage; his one goal is to change her mind about him and win her heart. 


On the outside Tate is carefree and easy going, but he's faced a lot of tragedy in his life and didn't really open up to anybody other than a certain female presenter. Amanda likes control and organisation, everything needs to be as planned. She's still plagued by her past and the current situation with her ex Brad.

At the start of the book Amanda is pretty self involved, albeit by accident, she's so focused on wallowing in her own misery she hasn't noticed how sweet and kind Tate really is. I honestly have no idea how Amanda couldn't see how Tate felt about her and I couldn't decide whether I found this funny or really frustrating. 

Short, sweet and funny Christmas Dinner is great for getting you in the holiday spirit or if you just fancy escaping the cold for a while.


3.5 Stars in my Sky!

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