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Home for the Hollandaise by Erin Lucy: Book Review

 *Book received for consideration. All thoughts are my own.

My small-town high school bullies called me “walking stick.” I showed them by becoming a big-city model on the Fashion Week catwalk.

Now I’m back home to run my parents’ café, Home for the Hollandaise, while they both recover from surgeries. I came dressed to impress in my designer clothes, which is good because one of my former bullies, Reid, is the café’s general manager. Why didn’t my parents warn me?

He’s determined to usurp my authority while subtly flirting with me, but I’m determined to put Home for the Hollandaise back on the map, something Reid hasn’t done in two years as manager.

After the holidays, I’m heading back to New York City to rejoin my model boyfriend and resume my life. Never mind that Reid looks unexpectedly hot in a flannel shirt and treats my parents like they’re his own. He won’t interrupt my plans one bit. At least, that’s what I keep telling myself.

Home for the Hollandaise is a sweet romantic comedy about the magic that can happen when you give your worst enemy a second chance.

Erin Lucy is partial to beaches and corn fields. She loves small towns, quaint cities, and places that feel cozy. Her social media of choice is Instagram (@erin_lucy_author). She’s also on Facebook (@erinlucyauthor), or you can stop by her website at www.erinlucy.com to see what she’s up to.

She has a day job, three kids, a husband, and some pets. If she’s not writing, she might be reading, going to church, going to the gym, or drinking way too much boba tea.

Long ago she received an English degree with Honors from a college in the Midwest.

If you enjoy:

-small town settings
-great family dynamics
-returning home at Christmas
-enemies to more
-holiday romance 

... this is one to check out!

The story starts as Eadie (a model living in New York) is heading to her hometown in Indiana to help her parents run their restaurant for the holidays. When she returns, she discovers they have hired Reid as a manager... despite her history with him and the bullies she faced in high school. 

I must admit, I don't generally care for stories in which one of the main characters is already in a relationship when the story begins--- or more particularly, when they're STILL in a relationship through a good portion of the story as is the case here. While there is no cheating by the main characters, there's definitely feelings starting to develop at least. I probably would have enjoyed this story a little bit more had this not been the case--- but aside from that, there was really a lot to enjoy in this story, and it balanced out that one aspect for me so I found I did still enjoy it very much! I loved the importance of family in this story and of course, all the holiday cheer! And the chemistry? So very good! It was definitely a slow burn--- again, Eadie was in a different relationship when the story begins, so a slow burn was necessary... but it paid off! If you're looking for a fun holiday romance, this is certainly one to check out!

Home for the Hollandaise is a closed-door romance. The kisses are chemistry-filled, but nothing beyond that and no language. 


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