by Victoria James
She’s everything he wants for Christmas…
Social worker Allison Barrington’s home went up in smoke, literally, a month before Christmas. Now the guardian of her teenage sister and a crazy pup, she shows up on the doorstep of the only man in the city she can trust.
Resisting Ethan Dane had never been easy, but luckily, Allie isn’t into cutthroat playboy businessmen. And Ethan is as driven as they come.
Ethan Dane has wanted Allie since the moment he laid eyes on her at their best friends’ wedding. Having her in his home is the perfect chance to prove to her that their chemistry can’t be denied, but when he finds out that the biggest business coup of his career means destroying the youth center where Allie works, Ethan is forced to decide what kind of man he wants to be…
We all know by now that I am a sucker for a good romance read - what many may not know is what started this love of mine. There are actually two things I can accredit my love of romance reads to: one, is Jennifer Crusie's Bet Me (which, oddly enough, I have not reviewed on this site!), and two, are romances that take place during Christmas. There is something extra cozy and lovely about a romance that takes place against a snowy, and fire-place type of backdrop.
The Billionaire's Christmas Proposal was appealing to me because (1) billionaire, and (2) Christmas, but turned me off because of (3) proposal. Anyone who has read my blog before understands that I have this slight bias against proposals in stories. A few times, it's worked in my opinion, and most of the time - I just find it a little more of a last ditch effort. With that said, however, I decided that I'd give the book a shot. And I am glad that I did.
Reading about Allie and Ethan made me want to go back and read the first book where they apparently first meet. I haven't done so yet (it has more to do with the cover of the book than the actual book - I'll get over it and read it soon). They are two extremely likable characters. Allie is forever an optimist working as a social worker for the greater good of homeless teens. She enjoys her job - which is the best part, while realizing she cannot hurry anyone into feeling better. She takes care of her teenage sister Dani because their mother is pretty much not available to them. After a fire at their apartment, Allie pushes past her pride and asks Ethan for help. Apparently Ethan has been after her since they first met (in the first book), and he's more than willing to help her. I loved how there is no question about whether Ethan cares for Allie - his character shows how much he cares about her. There is no second guessing for him - it's more like, how much should he let himself care about her.
Both characters have some skeletons in their closets, and they are deep without being melodramatic. There is some honest character development on both their parts, and, well, what can I say? I really enjoy character development. It shows that the author cares about her characters.
Honestly, I could read about this couple for a very long time - but I am glad that I was introduced to them during a Christmas story.