Book Review - Holiday House Call by Jen Doyle


Dr. Karen Carmichael prides herself on being capable, optimistic and always in control. But even neurosurgeons have breaking points, especially as the holidays approach. When Karen finds herself on the side of the road, explaining to a cop that her less-than-stellar driving was due to stress and tears rather than too much booze, it's humiliating. When that cop turns out to be a one-night stand from her past, it's icing on the bad-day cake. 

Officer John "Tuck" Tucker didn't expect to see Karen again after their night together. The circumstances may not be ideal, but convincing this beautiful, stubborn woman to get to know him with his clothes on is more fun than he could have imagined.  

Karen swore she'd never fall for someone who risks his life for his job. She sees enough heartbreak at work without inviting it into her personal life, and she has no interest in becoming involved in the small town Tuck calls home. But despite valiant efforts to keep her walls up, her affection for Tuck is growing into something much stronger. With a life built around work alone looking less appealing by the day, Karen will have to take a leap of faith—and trust that Tuck will leap with her.  


I think every review I write for Jen Doyle's books starts out like this, but I absolutely love her writing.  She has a way of bringing me into a story and making me care about her characters and their town and their lives and wanting to stay there and know more and not be ready to leave when I get to the end.  Holiday House Call is no different.  To be honest, I usually skip the holiday stories because they are sappier than what I am looking for in my stories, but because this was a Jen Doyle story I didn't think twice about picking this one up.  I wasn't disappointed at all.  This wasn't a typical holiday story at all, it was a story that happened to take place during that time of the year, but that was it.  Otherwise, it was the same town with the same background characters I've come to fall in love with.  Tuck and Karen have great chemistry from the beginning and as a reader, I was rooting for them even though they both had legitimate reasons for wanting to stay out a relationship with the other.  Even though this is a short story, it is still an emotional rollercoaster full of humor and sadness and love.  If it is the first of Jen Doyle's books you read I am certain you will be going out and reading the other three Insperation books and waiting for more just like I am.

MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy


A big believer in happily ever afters, Jen Doyle decided it was high time she started creating some. Jen is a member of the Romance Writers of America, as well as a member of the New England Chapter, New Jersey Romance Writers and Music City Romance Writer chapters of RWA. She is represented by Sarah E. Younger of the Nancy Yost Literary Agency.

She has an M.S. in Library and Information Science and, in addition to her work as a librarian, has worked as a conference and events planner as well as a Communications and Enrollment administrator in both preschool and higher education environments (although some might say that there is very little difference between the two; Jen has no comment regarding whether she is one of the “some”).

Her first book, which will be published by Carina Press in April 2016, was the winner of The Beacon, the Finish the Damn Book, and the Melody of Love 2014 contests in the Contemporary Romance category, and was also the Contemporary Romance winner as well as the Grand Prize Winner of the 2014 Gateway to the Best contest.


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