In The Kiss Before Christmas by Sophie Pembroke, Dory Mackenzie has left her home to go to Manhattan to work. At first everything was like a dream for her, she was engaged to a handsome and rich man and had her dream job. Only once she was in Manhattan, she soon lost it all. Her fiancé left her and her job is gone. Now she works as a PA for Tyler Alexander, a man known for his womanizing ways, but she is immune to him and his charm.
Unfortunately, right before Christmas Tyler has been caught on cameras in a very compromising position with a woman, whose face is was not captured. Now he needs someone to pretend to be his girlfriend in front of his mother for the holidays and the best person for the job is Dory. Obviously this is not something that she would accept, but when he offers her a paid trip and vacation over New Years to Liverpool so she can go be with her family she can no longer refuse.
Dory misses her family and she will pretend to be in a relationship with Tyler in order to be able to go home for the holidays. Otherwise she would not be able to afford it at all. But when Lucas, Tyler’s older brother, comes to get them to drive them to the house she knows that she will have a hard time keeping the façade in front of him. While Dory is immune to Tyler, she is not immune to Lucas and she will long to tell him the truth.
But things will get more complicated once they arrive at the family estate. Tyler’s mother immediately disapproves of her and she has to share a bedroom with Tyler. Not only that, Lucas gets more and more suspicious about her relationship with Tyler since he spends all his time on his phone and doesn’t seem to notice her obvious discomfort. So Lucas takes it upon himself to defend and protect her from his mother’s barbs while trying to figure out the truth.
Lucas and Dory will not have an easy start to their relationship. They will have the lie that Tyler has created as an impediment to them starting anything immediately. To make matters worst, once Dory finds out who the woman in the picture is, she will have to decide if to keep the façade and lies that Tyler has made and betray Lucas, or tell the truth and lose her job.
The Kiss Before Christmas is a sweet and fun novella that will keep you wondering what will happen next. I really liked Lucas and Dory with their honorable and very realistic approach to life. While Tyler sure deserves what’s coming to him with the woman he is seeing, as you will learn once you know who she is.
If you want a sweet, fun and fast read, don’t miss The Kiss Before Christmas by Sophie Pembroke.