Title: Tidings of Great Joy
Genre: Contemporary Holiday Romance
Author: Sandra Brown
Publisher: Bantam, 1988,1998
Sexy Rating: 5
Christmasy Feeling: 3
Description from amazon.com:
Ria Lavender is the last woman in the world to be swept away by a smooth line and a seductive smile. A talented architect, she’s just beginning to savor the fruits of her success when she meets a man who will change everything.
Mayor-Elect Taylor MacKensie is handsome, charming, and charismatic. Still, Ria never imagines that she’ll leave a Christmas party with him, or that, caught up in the magic of a snowfall and a bottle of champagne, she’ll give in to desire. Eight weeks later, Ria knows she’s carrying Taylor’s child.
To give their baby a name, Ria persuades Taylor to marry her—at least temporarily. But while Ria soon feels a surprising tenderness—and passion—for Taylor, she fears his prime concern is protecting his career. Ria vows to keep her distance from the man who holds the key to her heart…until life teaches them both a lesson in miracles—and love.
Taylor is the perfect man. Ria is a needy, anxious woman. At least it all starts out that way. This is vintage Sandra Brown. I felt compelled to turn the pages until it was finished. However, the ending was disappointing and a bit unbelievable. There was only a bit of Christmas mentioned in the beginning and the end. Most of the story takes place at other times of the year. I don’t recommend this book as a Christmasy story but it is an interesting story.