Rachael Johns Peppa Grant’s fellow employees may call their new CEO Mr. McSexy, but she’s also heard that he’s aloof and distant. Cameron McCormac certainly seems cold toward Christmas when she meets him at the company’s annual party…but he’s also the sexiest man Peppa has ever seen. And when he offers to forgive the damage she accidentally caused to his expensive car in exchange for accompanying him to his family’s holiday get-together she agrees. Cameron needs a date to the family party to get his matchmaking relatives off his back. Their chemistry is instant and undeniable, leading to an incredible one night stand. But Peppa wants love and family, while Cameron’s only interested in temporary pleasure. When their relationship takes an unexpectedly serious turn, will he run the other way – or will he give love a second chance?
Peppa is a bubbly likeable character who is in a bit of a pickle. She has managed to side-swipe her boss’s vintage Lamborghini as she arrives at work to do a favour, by dressing up as a fairy for the firm’s annual party for children. She knows she has to confess and when she does, her boss lets her off of having to pay for the damage, as long as she accompanies him to his family’s Christmas get together as his ‘girlfriend’. The chemistry is there from the beginning and Peppa has pretty much fallen for Cameron before they even get to the party. Once there, Peppa is well and truly welcomed in by Cameron’s family – still dressed in her fairy outfit – and throughout the evening the sparks continue to fly.
After spending the night together they embark on a passionate love affair and I found myself rooting for them and keen that everything should work out between them. However they both have had a lot of pain in their lives due to previous relationships and Peppa has health issues that have left her heartbroken. I was surprised at how quickly I connected with Peppa and Cameron and I liked them very much. Their characters had depth and they were both struggling to come to terms with previous events in their lives and the issues that were preventing them from moving forward and being able to have proper relationships again. Cameron is smouldering, sexy and Peppa is fun and determined.
Considering that this is only 100 pages long, there was a lot packed in and honestly, I could have carried on reading about Peppa and Cameron. I really enjoyed seeing their relationship move from an initial lust driven night of passion into a relationship that works through the pain they’ve suffered and into a place of trust and love. I’d certainly be interested to read anything else by Rachael Johns in the future. Verdict: A lot of book for its size! A great read with really likeable characters. Reviewed by Lesley