Tamara is tired of the duds that she has been dating, and their hit it and quit it style once they hear she wants long term commitment. To resist the temptation of a New Year's Eve kiss that might lead to something more after a year of celibacy, Tamara hides out in her best friend's Vermont cabin to ring in the New Year alone while sticking to her no kiss until the 10th date rule. What she didn't count on was her BFF's little brother--the hunky, horny, and just spent 9 months in Afghanistan U.S. soldier--showing up. Luke can't resist the firery temperament of petite kindergarten teacher. There's something about her spunky attitude that warms his heart and ignites his passion.
When a snowstorm traps the two in the cabin, Luke bets Tamara that she will let him kiss her at midnight. With that challenge, Tamara tries to hold on to her resolve while Luke steadily tries to break it down. With alternating POVs, Amy Andrews quickly fleshes out what could have otherwise been two flat and cliched characters. She turns up the heat with the sexy banter and their even sexier inner-monologues. Two-thirds through the story and they haven't even kissed, but the passion is leaping off the page. You're completely vested and rooting for these two to get together. My only problem with this story was Tamara's hang up with the five year age difference between her and Luke. At 41, I'm a long way from 25 and 30 but I'm still young enough to remember that there isn't much of a difference between a 25 year old and a 30 year old and that 30 years old is still pretty damn young! Her dilemma might have been more believable if the difference had been a decade or more. But that's a small complaint. Do yourself a favor and grab this holiday story.