Monday, December 16, 2019

Sarah's Review: A Second Chance Road Trip for Christmas

A Second Chance Road Trip for Christmas by Jackie Lau
Publisher: Jackie Lau Books (November 12, 2019)
Series: Holidays with the Wongs, 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance (M/F)

Greg Wong hates when things don’t go according to plan, so he definitely doesn’t appreciate it when his mother insists he drive Tasha Edwards back to Mosquito Bay for the Christmas holidays. He likes peace and quiet when he’s in the car, and that’s the opposite of what he’ll get with Tasha, his high school sweetheart. The first woman he ever loved.

Not that he has feelings for her now. Of course not. Though while he’s trying not to smile at her laughter and terrible singing, he can’t help noticing how beautiful she is.

And then his plans veer further off course when a snowstorm forces them to spend the night in an unheated motel room with only one bed…

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Greg Wong is sensible. He is planning to go home for Christmas and has his departure time set to maximize his chances of being home in time for his mom’s prime rib, ahead of the impending snow. Until his mother asks him to give his high school girlfriend, Tasha, a ride home. She’s headed the same place as he is and she’s not got a car at the moment (and mom swears this isn’t a setup!)

Greg and Tasha were good together, but life pulled them in different directions. Sure, she is going to chatter the whole way home, and maybe sing some Christmas carols, but he agrees to give her a ride...AND she is 27 minutes late.

Needless to say, they don’t get ahead of the snowstorm (here is where my southern soul can’t fathom Canadian winters.Lau’s description of snow and time spent outside in the cold is best left to books!). The roadside motel has one room left, and it doesn’t have heat.

Greg Wong is sensible. Not only does he travel with snacks and a sleeping bag, he brought an electric tea kettle, so he doesn’t have to face his family for tea in the morning, and a space heater! This night won’t be so bad...until they lose electricity. No heat, no power, and only one bed. What is a pair of exes to do?! The spark still exists between them as they reminisce about high school and college.

I must confess that Greg is much more my type than his brother Nick (book 1). He is quiet, nerdy, and likes what he likes. I pegged him as a stern daddy before they were forced into a shared bed for warmth.

“Tasha, ” he said sternly. 
Ooh, she’d missed his stern voice. 
“Okay, I’ll behave,” she said. 
He flicked on the lamp by the side of the bed. “No, you won’t.” His dark eyes were intent on her face, and her breath came faster. “But I like it that way.”

This is another fun read from Lau. Her books are delightful, low angst, and steamy. Just what we need as we barrel towards an overfull Christmas season. I am fully invested in Tasha and Greg’s happiness and know we would all benefit from a surprise snowstorm that forced us to slow down and reconnect. A solid four-star hit for Jackie Lau!


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Source: eARC (author)

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Thanks for the review, Sarah! 


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