A Long Hot Christmas by Barbara Daly
from back of book:
SHE'D DO IT FOR HIM, IF HE'D DO IT FOR HER
Marketer Hope Sumner was forever dodging matchmakers, especially during the holiday season. This time, it was her own sisters trying to set her up. Their Prince Charming was apparently a drop-dead gorgeous workaholic who needed arm candy. Well, so did she.
Lawyer Sam Sharkey wanted the sort of date he could take to the boss's Christmas party and not have to propose to afterward. Hope was perfect - radiant and rational. This could work out...very well.
AND, BOY, DID THEY DO IT FOR EACH OTHER!
No one even suspected their lusty romance wasn't real, not after their lingering touches and hot glances started straying from the arm candy script...
This is a fast paced romance. I like the characters though at times the shallowness of the two were more than a bit annoying. the story focus a bit more on Hope so you really get to see how she values status and credentials. Yes, when you are paying someone or expecting to pay a hefty sum of money for a service, you expect the person to know what he or she is doing.
However, when Hope heard that her interior decorator got her degree through a mail correspondence course she worried the woman would steal her belongings. Rich people or people who seem rich are just as likely to steal as she finds out later in the story.
I enjoyed the romance between Hope and Sam. Often in romance novels like this the two characters take too long to act on their feelings. I never got to the point where I was like "oh get on with it already." If you are a fan of romance novels put this book on your list.