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Published by Carina Press on October 1st 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Holiday, Holidays, Romance
Dr. Karen Carmichael prides herself on being capable, optimistic and always in control. But even neurosurgeons have breaking points, especially as the holidays approach. When Karen finds herself on the side of the road, explaining to a cop that her less-than-stellar driving was due to stress and tears rather than too much booze, it's humiliating. When that cop turns out to be a one-night stand from her past, it's icing on the bad-day cake.
Officer John "Tuck" Tucker didn't expect to see Karen again after their night together. The circumstances may not be ideal, but convincing this beautiful, stubborn woman to get to know him with his clothes on is more fun than he could have imagined.
Karen swore she'd never fall for someone who risks his life for his job. She sees enough heartbreak at work without inviting it into her personal life, and she has no interest in becoming involved in the small town Tuck calls home. But despite valiant efforts to keep her walls up, her affection for Tuck is growing into something much stronger. With a life built around work alone looking less appealing by the day, Karen will have to take a leap of faith—and trust that Tuck will leap with her.
Whenever I see a new Jen Doyle book I instantly drop everything as she has quickly become a favorite contemporary writer of mine.
Holiday Housecall is part of her Calling It series and what wonderful addition. I started it one evening and found I couldn’t put it down until I got to the last page!
Karen Carmichael… Dr. Karen Carmichael is always in control. She can’t afford to show emotion in her line of work. Except for Tuesdays … Tuesdays are the one night she gives herself each week to let all the emotion out.
Officer John Tucker loves his town and he loves his job. When he finds himself on the side of the road with who he thought was a drunk driver, but was instead a crying woman… a woman he had a one night stand with, he’s not quite sure what to make of the situation. The one thing he does know is that the one night he had with Karen was amazing and he wants more.
Before he can do anything, she’s on her way and he’s afraid he’ll never see her again.
Thankfully, that’s just not the case.
A chance run in at the hospital that Karen works at brings Karen back into his life and he’s determined to have more than just one more night with her, even if she is incredibly resistant to anything but sex. I kind of love the typical role reversal here where Tuck is the one pushing for more and Karen is pushing for very little… and I get it, she’s in a career where she has to be able to separate herself from the trauma that is happening and keeping people at arm’s length allows her to do the job she needs to do when necessary.
I just love the relationships that Doyle creates. She just seems to know exactly how to get me invested in her characters and the stories around them. Since this is a bit shorter than a full length novel, everything happens a bit fast, but I can forgive that because of the sweet, romantic moments between Tuck and Karen. I also really loved that they were both in their mid – upper thirties! Sometimes it’s just nice to be reading about characters in an age range that I can relate to.
If you’re a fan of light-hearted contemporary romance … if you love Jill Shalvis or Kristan Higgins you’re going to love these books!