The Holiday Survival Guide – Jane O’Reilly

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Though it smacks of “cutting off ones nose to spite ones face” Erica Parker is determined not to enjoy herself. A tabloid journalist, she makes her career revealing the things that others would prefer never saw the light of day. Nathan Wilde is a survival expert, a former military man his claim to fame is teaching those what they need to do to endure.

Be prepared for any and every eventualityThe Holiday Survival Guide

Perhaps it is because I am Canadian, or more likely because I am strange but I have always wanted to sleep in an igloo. I made several failed attempts at building my own as a child and have largely put away that particular fantasy as I am not overly fond of the snow. Despite these contradictory urges, part of me does still want to pack up and head to Quebec to stay in their famed ice hotel ala Die Another Day, which will go down in infamy as the James Bond movie that ruined Pierce Brosnan for me.

When tabloid journalist Erica Parker is forced to take a holiday, she’s determined to make it the most miserable holiday she possibly can, but not even her impressive imaginative powers could have come up with sharing a tent with survival expert Nathan Wilde.

Nathan was a married man with a successful TV show before Erica got to work on his life. Now the hottest man she’s ever met is single, furious, and he’s got her alone in the wilderness for three long days…

English: Ice Hotel in Sweden. Deutsch: Eishote...
English: Ice Hotel in Sweden. Deutsch: Eishotel (Schweden). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After her boss forces her to take a “vacation” rather than going somewhere warm, Erica in a fit of defiance, or is it penance finds herself in Sweden not to enjoy herself but to participate in survival training. The local expert is none other than the man whose wife she caught and exposed in an extramarital affair with a popular married footballer. Apparently some of the spurned spouses would have preferred to live in ignorance thus the reason for Erica’s holiday cum banishment.

Nowadays when faced with the choice between the great outdoors roughing it Survivorman style or the Alaskan cruise my husband wants to go on I think I will have to accept that even with the advent of the Magic Igloo Maker I won’t be braving an Ontario winter night in my backyard anytime soon. However if I want to retreat the wild in my mind for a spot of ice fishing and spooning in a tiny tent Jane O’Reilly‘s The Holiday Survival Guide is the place to go.

AUTHOR: Jane O’Reilly

RATING: 3 1/2 Stars

GENRE: Contemporary Romance

Disclaimer: ARC was kindly provided by the publisher for an honest review. 


5 thoughts on “The Holiday Survival Guide – Jane O’Reilly”

    1. I do, there are actually a number of them that I really enjoyed. I am preparing a post about them which I will post in a day or two once I have the graphics looking the way I want but the two that jump to mind immediately would be The Mad Scientist’s Daughter and The Husband’s Secret. What about you?

      1. I’m looking forward to your post! I had a couple. I loved The Arrangement by Mary Balogh (historical), Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas (contemporary) and Love at Last by J. R. Ward (paranormal). I’ll have to look up the ones you mention! I’m really looking forward you that post! 🙂

      2. I haven’t read The Arrangement yet but I have The Proposal ready and waiting in the queue. I read Smooth Talking Stranger, I adore Lisa Kleypas but preferred Sugar Daddy from that series. My Dreadful Retrospective is scheduled to publish on New Year’s Eve. Speaking of which Happy New Year!

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