Penelope Carter has won the "wild child" award for years. Determined to bring joy instead of irritation over the holidays, she's arrived at River Rock to stay at her cousins brewery during the holidays, ready to earn her way off the naughty list. But when a few too many Christmas cocktails and a devilishly sexy cop from her past derail her plans, the nice list looks unreachable.
The last time Darryl Wilson saw Penelope, he was seventeen years old and had given her a hot first kiss. Ten years later, Penelope is a sweet distraction after his divorce, but she's also the sexiest trouble he's ever known. And when she becomes his trouble during the Christmas festivities that are meant to lead to his long-awaited promotion, he realizes that Christmas is about to get complicated.
But holiday wishes are sweeping through the snowy small town in Colorado, and if Darryl and Penelope survive the season, they'll see a little bit naughty is more than a little bit nice. And this Christmas might be the best one of all.
I loved the idea of this book...the wild woman and the straitlaced police officer who prides himself on being steady. The idea that not only do opposites attract, but that they have in the past and that neither of them have forgotten the other and the relationship they started 10 years ago.
I love how they balance one another. I loved that Penelope learns what it is like to feel at home and Darryl learns what it is like to take risks for what he wants. This feels like what you want from a romance, 2 characters who not only find one another, but also find a way to be better together than apart.
This romance is both sweet and hot, their chemistry works well, and while it does use Christmas as a part of the story line, I also believed that they would have gotten together in May, not just in December when there are elves and Christmas events to throw them together.
I enjoyed and recommend this title.