Let’s face it: Buying obligatory gifts for loved ones and acquaintances gets a little tedious. So rather than go into debt only over everyone else’s needs, I advocate for, well, not selfishness, exactly, but something I like to think of as the act of generosity toward one’s self during this most wonderful time of the year.
So when I started making those frantic, last-minute Internet purchases from my favorite online bookseller, I figured the sitch would wash no harm/no foul were I to add a couple or four novels for moi to the clickster flick that was the pre-holiday relationship between my touchpad and credit card.
That’s how my mumbled qualifications of, “Oh, that’s just a little something, you know, for...business,” started peppering gift-preparing conversations as my husband held up packages for vetting which I promptly snatched from his hands and made off with like Golum at a QVC Black Hills Gold tent sale..
But really, there were a bunch of books calling out for me to read over the holidays. Like “Ideal Wife ,” the Mary Balogh novel that inspired “A Precious Jewel ,” an awesome reissue with a most improbably appealing beta hero (Check out my tribute to Sir Gerald here!). And I couldn’t pass up another Balogh with a friends-to-lovers-to-what-do-we-do-now? theme, “Irresistible .”
Maybe you’ll note that I’ve chosen books that were released years ago. That’s what I love to do over holidays: lay off the new stuff and get to the ones I’ve been meaning to for awhile, or some of the greats you’ve recommended.
So I also scored – along with my kids' gifts, so don’t go calling me Bad Mom – Lorraine Heath’s “Love with a Scandalous Lord ,” a classic, she-picked-the-wrong-rake romance. And to round out my not-so-guilt-inducing guilty-pleasure purchases, I finally, finally, bought the Suz Brockmann Troubleshooter I’d missed in the line-up, “Flashpoint " , in which we meet the Troubleshooters, and catch the story of Jimmy Nash and Tess – and get teed up on the Sophia/Decker/Dave thang.
So. Make me feel a little better, will you? What book “just for you” did you slip among the holiday gifts you bought this year? Or which one will be the first you score when the credit card’s paid off – or you take back the most unfortunate of your holiday swag?