Can a holiday fling with an expiration date turn into a second chance with the one who got away?
Instead of her usual trip home to celebrate Hanukkah, Laura is spending the holiday mourning her mom’s recent death. Dealing with her bitter aunt and sorting through the gift shop she inherited aren’t feeding her holiday cheer; she needs something to take her mind off her grief and confusion. After years of flirtation, and one night making out years ago, her friend Brady seems like an obvious solution. She proposes they give in to their mutual attraction and spend the eight days of her visit getting to know each other horizontally.
Brady has been in love with globe-trotting Laura since they first kissed when they were teens. Every time she leaves, it hurts more than the last. He knows moving past friendship means it will crush him this time when she walks away, but how can he turn down her offer of exactly what he’s dreamed of? Especially when she’s dealing with her mom’s death and uncertainty about her future. He doesn’t want to tie her down, but as the days pass, it gets harder to imagine letting her go.
How does he convince her that everything she’s been searching for is right here, without destroying the free spirit he loves?
Disclaimer: Eight Naughty Nights delivers Star Wars references, spankings, Hanukkah and Christmas celebrations, a second chance at the one that got away, and a lifetime supply of sexy bartender in a Santa hat. And lots of delicious, naughty sex.
First of all, WHO THE HELL NAMES THESE BOOKS?! The title is terrible, and ir plus the cover allude to erotica, when this book is very much new adult.
It wasn’t my favorite read, not by a long shot, but it had its moments. I found the writing a bit inconsistent, and while the plot generally flowed well, some parts dragged on. It was also very repetitive, I get that some feelings needed multiple airings so they could be fully understood, but there were a few said a few times too many.
I had a few problems with the main character, Laura, and that didn’t help me connect to her story. Her premise felt wrong for me, and her indecision, fear and desire to flee made me bang my head into the walls sometimes. I understand her fear, but her inability to communicate with her BEST FRIEND pained me. I did like Brady though, a lot – I feel like I always take the guy’s side of things, which is too bad.
One thing I did LOVE, was the chemistry between Brady and Laura and their intimate scenes, because in those moments I completely believed that they were in love with each other. Even though I didn’t like how their relationship starts, I do like how it progresses, and it upped the rating of this book, for sure.
The ending felt a bit rushed, I would have liked a little more closure to their story and to actually know where they stood… Overall, it was better than the title predicted ;-).