Doing it at: 51%
Catnip: Rugby; Fake it Til You Make It; Tall Girls; Christmas; Novellas; Sexual Healing; They Might Be Giants
Shame Scale: Are you ashamed of the ninety-six Lifetime & Hallmark Holiday Romances you watch from November to January every year? If so, you might have some light shame about this book, but for me it was shame free.
Fantasy Cast: Chris Robshaw; Gwendolyn Christie
’Twas a week before Christmas, and at the auction house…
At six foot one, Gwen Chambers has felt like a giant her whole life. She’s a calm, capable nurse saving lives in a busy London hospital, but healthy men give her heart palpitations. When larger-than-life rugby player “Little” John Sheldon convinces her to bid on him in his team’s fundraising auction, she discovers how pleasurable heart palpitations can be.
A rugby player was stirring, with desire no one could douse…
John has wanted Gwen since he first saw her, but when he’s injured in a match just before Christmas he suddenly needs her too. Not only can the sexy nurse help him recover, but she might be able to help him look after his daughter—a shy ten-year-old who speaks only French.
But will it be a Happy Christmas for all, and for all a good night?
From decorating the Christmas tree to ice skating at the Tower of London, Gwen helps father and daughter open up and bond with each other—and she bonds right along with them. But when John’s agent calls with a life-changing offer, Gwen has to decide how far she’s willing to go for her perfect match. Will their first Noël also be their last?
Tis the holiday season, and we’ve been on an extended holiday break. We moved house (Cleone), visited out-of-town family (Mary), and were generally interrupted from our precious blog time by silly real life. Thankfully we’re back and ready to talk about this fantastic little holiday novella that hit all my catnip sweet spots, and is currently FREE.
This is my first time reading anything by Kat Latham, who has a series of romances about the fictional rugby team, the London Legends. While this novella features tertiary characters from that universe, you can definitely read Unwrapping Her Perfect Match with no knowledge of the other books. I downloaded this because it was free, because I’m feeling holly and jolly, and because the book heroine is tall. Like genuinely tall. I’m 5’11, and get real snippy about heroines standing no more then 5’3 being described as “leggy”, no you’re not. Let us giant ladies have this one thing, shorties.
I digress, Gwen is an e.r. nurse, whose sister is in love with a rugby player, and who has been talked in to attending a charity auction for dates with the London Legends players. Gwen isn’t there to win herself a date with a rugby hottie, her sister wants her to make sure that no one else snatches up HER man, and she’s given Gwen 5k to ensure no one outbids her.
John plays for the Legends, and is worried that either no one will bid on him, or he’ll go for an embarrassing low sum. His team nickname is Little John, which is “ironic” because John is 6’9 (where do I find one of those? I’ll have my ceilings raised and my bed reinforced!). In previous auctions he hasn’t been the most popular and his team mate makes a bet with him over who will fetch more money. John takes the bet and then spots Gwen. Tall, sturdy, lovely Gwen. He is immediately enamored and decides to charm her in to bidding for him.
Gwen had a shitty time of it with boys in high school, who made fun of her height, and tricked her into a nasty bet that cost her both her virginity and her self confidence. But she immediately likes John, she likes how he makes her feel dainty. She likes how he’s awkward, and funny, and seemingly very into her. He goes with her to a knitting circle, for cripes sake. It’s charming and it’s hot and then something goes wrong and Gwen runs off from him, hurt and confused. John assumes she’s done with him.
Until he winds up in her emergency room, with a nasty head injury, two nights before Christmas. John needs someone to go home with him and take care of him, so that he doesn’t like die of a concussion alone in his flat. He is also desperate not to miss out on one of his very rare visits with his daughter. So, Gwen volunteers to stay with him, just for nursing mind you. Platonic, no sexual touching, nursing. That lasts not quite 24 hours:
“Oh, my God.” her fingernails would have ripped the sheets if she hadn’t kept them trimmed short for work. “Again.”
“You’re a demanding little thing, aren’t you?”
Little. Jesus, she needed him in her right now. She grabbed his shoulders, trying to let him know that she wouldn’t wait, couldn’t wait…
I loved this book, I loved how fleshed out the characters were, even though it was a novella. I adored John’s fumbling affection for his daughter, and his worship of Gwen’s height and curves and wit and strength. The fact that it’s wrapped up in a Christmas bow only makes it that much more delightful. If you’re looking for a holiday-happily-ever-after, you need to pick this one up immediately. Latham has another holiday romance that looks like it’s fire, too. It’s on my wish list for Smut Santa.
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