My Rating: ❤❤❤❤
Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋1/2
Harper Cabot, the proprietor of Cabot’s Haberdashery, was devastated by the death of his wife to the point he cannot pack away any of her belongings. Everyone expects his mourning to end soon, but he is devoted to his business and ignores how lonely his life has become in every other respect. A chance encounter brings Amy Mellish to Harper’s notice when he discovers the woman huddled behind his store one bitterly cold night before Christmas. Stirred by compassion and unexpected attraction, he offers Amy shelter in his home…only to have the woman seduce him before the night is over.
Amy has long admired the proper Harper Cabot from a distance, believing a prostitute very far below his notice and unneeded in his life. Although saddened by his loss, Amy very much needs Harper’s protection and boldly strikes a bargain to stay in exchange for satisfying his lust. In Harper’s arms, Amy discovers passion beyond her experience even though the signs of the late Mrs. Cabot linger in every corner of his home. Although begun as a diversion from shared sorrows, can their brief affair overcome the bitter memories of Christmases past and create the lasting connection they both secretly desire?
This is a very steamy read and is different in a good way. Christmas doesn’t bring good memories for Harper Cabot since his wife died a year ago on Christmas day. He says he will never found another woman to love so he keeps himself busy in his shop that reminds him of her every day. He never thought that finding a young woman taking shelter behind his shop would change his life forever.
Even though it is a little fast paced it is a very good story. There was a little twist that I was expecting with it came to Amy’s past that made me want more. It was nice to see a totally different way for a couple to meet and fall in love.
Amy is very brazen and strong woman. I liked her from the start and that she didn’t hide anything from Harper. When hearing how she was treated by a client of her mother’s I thought it was strange and then it made sense in the end.
Harper is the dream man for many women and he doesn’t realize it. You could tell he was lonely, but he didn’t hide from people and tried to be happy. He wasn’t shy like you would think he would be. I wanted to know a bit more about his family and past to really get to know him.
I wanted to know a bit more about Harper’s family and past to really get to know him. His sister sounded very interesting.
*I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review*