Thursday, December 1, 2016

Blog Tour: Christmas Candy by Celia Aaron



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A Christmas novella where everyone gets their just desserts.
Olive had a major crush on Hank in high school. She was the too-smart, slightly chubby girl who gawked as Hank ran track and made all the cheerleaders swoon. After high school, the two went their separate ways. Olive opened a yoga studio and swore off sweets while Hank traveled the world. No problem, right? At least there wasn’t a problem until Hank moved back to town and opened a candy shop across the street from Olive’s studio. Now, Olive will do everything she can to shut her old crush down. But Hank has other plans, and all of them end with an Olive sundae.

Author’s Note: This is a sweet Christmas treat that will leave you satisfied, yet desperate for a little taste of sugar.

   “So, what’s your poison?” He turns and places the boxes on the counter between us.

  “Just whatever you have is fine.” I try not to look at the swirling lollypops, jars of jellybeans, or rows of frosted cookies. The caramel candy apples with chocolate drizzle almost catch my eye, but I look away before I become ensnared.

    He sidesteps to the candy apple display. “Try one.”

   “No.” I keep my tone level. “Just pack up whatever you want to donate, and I’ll be on my way.”

   He smiles, and butterflies go to war in my stomach. Lightly tanned skin, bright eyes, and dark hair are still my weakness, almost as much as the mouth-watering candy apple he picks up and holds out to me. “Give it a try.
    I just put these out this afternoon. The apples are tart, and I made the caramel myself.”

I glance at the proffered treat. My sweet tooth demands that I take it, but my will is far stronger. “No, thank you.”

   His smile grows, as if he already knew I’d decline. Then he raises the apple to his mouth and takes a bite. The perfectly ripe apple makes a delectably crisp crunch between his teeth. I watch as he licks the stray caramel from his lips, and I wonder just how sweet he’d taste.

   “What was that?” He takes another bite.

   “Hmm?” Lord help me, but I stare. Watch his Adam’s apple bob and follow the movement down into his flannel shirt right where the tan skin disappears behind the fabric.

   He grabs a small plate and sets the rest of the apple down. “You just made a noise is all. Like a high-pitched sigh.”
   My face burns bright red. A sigh? I made a noise? “No. I don’t think so.”

   “Yeah, you did.” He grins. “Almost as if you’d enjoyed that as much as I did.”

I love Christmas and I love Christmas books and this novella was a great read.

This is Hank and Olivia's story it's about second chance romance, its a quirky fun read. Olivia was the chubby girl in school and Hank was the star of the track now they both grown up and how things have changed, Olivia now runs her own yoga studio and Hank is back in town and he now makes amazing sweets. 
Will the high school crush turn into true love .....
Perfect holiday season read.

My favourite holiday of the year is Christmas, a time for family and friends to get together and celebrate. Although this did not take too long to read it was fun, quirky and a light hearted read and one I thoroughly enjoyed.
Whilst at high school Oliva had a major crush on Hank; she was the chubby clever girl that gazed adoringly at track star Hank.  Fast forward a few years and a slimmed and trim Olive is now a yoga instructor. When Hank returns to their home town after travelling the world, he decides to open a candy shop across the road from Olive’s yoga studio.
There ensures the real challenge. Olive is determined to avoid Hank and his candy and Hank is just as determined to get and keep Olive’s attention. Olivia has no idea that while she was crushing on Hank, he was in fact doing the same thing whilst in school.
Who will win? The secondary character of Candace, Olive’s best friend was great and I would love to know more about her.  
I really liked these characters and although Celia Aaron is a new author to me and I was impressed with her writing style. I will certainly be looking into her other books.

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Celia Aaron is the self-publishing pseudonym of a published romance and erotica author. She loves to write stories with hot heroes and heroines that are twisty and often dark. Thanks for reading.

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