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We'll Be Home for Christmas (Holloway #3)

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No man likes having his bedroom skills described as forgettable, but that's just what Lila Payne does when she runs into Spencer Thomas again. When she discovers that he'd lied about his name during their brief three-day romp a few months before, she's so angry that she pretends she doesn't remember him.

Spence regrets his deception, but not as much as he regrets that their
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ebook, 384 pages
Published December 3rd 2012 by Carina Press
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Karla

4 Stars! A fun addition to the Holloway series!

In my opinion this is the best installment yet. While not as steamy as the first two, the story and the characters made for a pretty good read. The banter between Lila and Spence was quite enjoyable and there was plenty of it. Add Austin and Travis to the mix and it was laugh-out-loud funny. Oh my, that Travis, I can't wait to read his book...yum!

This book is light-hearted and fun, and although not a complex plot, it felt more complete than the o
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Thenia
A light short story about Lila, and Austin's brother Spencer, who once shared a long weekend together when they were both feeling vulnerable, thinking that they'd never see each other again.

Fate had other plans, and Lila moves near Spencer's hometown, bringing them back in each other's lives, with misunderstandings and bruised feelings in the way of the sparks that still fly between them.

Do I know you?

They manage to work through their misunderstandings and start a relationship that is inevitably threatened by
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Jess
Dec 13, 2012 Jess rated it really liked it
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog rating: B

Lila comes to Holloway to take over her Uncle’s resort. Resort…is one way to describe it. Broken down, dump is another. There’s isn’t even a place for Lila to stay, let alone there being lodging for guests. But she’s determined to make this work because her life is at a low point right now. She’s divorced and after using her savings and ruining her credit to help her husband out after some gambling issues, he decides he needs a clean start a
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Jae
Dec 09, 2012 Jae rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, arc
It was a hardship to finish this. After a few books in between, I finally nutted up and charged in. Well, skimmed through, more like.

After book #2, book #3 about Spence Holloway still didn't impress me much. It only made me realise that HKD's voice was kinda boring and a bit trivial at times. I had a really high hope for Spence's story considering that he was the uptight one. And everybody knows that those are the ones that fall the hardest.

But sadly, both Spence and Lila came off a bit whiny a
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Stella
Dec 07, 2012 Stella rated it really liked it
I'll start with confessing that although I have glimpsed HelenKay Dimon's name before, until now I haven't read anything by her, so this novella was my introduction to both HelenKay Dimon's writing and her Holloway series (though We'll Be Home for Christmas is Book #3 in the series), and since I enjoyed both a lot, I'll definitely check out more of her stories. :-D

We'll Be Home for Christmas is Spencer Thomas' ("that other Thomas boy") story of how he finds love with Lila. I have to say that I f
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Tina "coffee and books"
We'll Be Home for Christmas by HelenKay Dimon is the third book in the Holloway series. It doesn't have to be read in order, but I would recommend it. Several characters were mentioned that I knew must surely have their own stories. My rating for this book is definitely a 3.5.

Lila Payne has come back to West Virginia to take over her uncle's resort. Little does she know that the resort is falling down around her ears and not at all what she remembers from the lovely summers she spent there as a
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Jena
Dec 18, 2012 Jena rated it really liked it
I've figured out what makes HelenKay's books so frickin' awesome: She gets the argument scenes "right". (Maybe it's her background as a divorce attorney?) Not only is the flirting excellent, but even the conflict and struggle (usually the most painful parts to read) are so believable - it doesn't frustrate me to the point of discomfort. I end up believing Spence's worries are legitimate, and at the same time, I also sympathize with Lila's needs/wants. I can easily and comfortably see both sides ...more
Lynsey
Nov 13, 2013 Lynsey rated it it was amazing
Listened to on audio. Narrated by Leslie Bellair.

Excellent performance by the narrator. Her pacing is perfect and I thought she had a really nice voice to listen to. I've not listened to or even heard of Leslie Bellair before, but I'd definitely seek out her work again.

I need to read some more HelenKay Dimon immediately! She's a great writer and I absolutely love her sense of humour. The dialogue is excellent. Funny, clever and it moves the story along really well.

This story is sweet, romantic a
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Shari
Sep 25, 2015 Shari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This review was originally posted on Delighted Reader

Lila Payne and Austin Thomas share a three days ofuninterruptedpassion, both seeking release from their own demons. But when the time is up, they both walk away none the wiser that their future is intertwined.

Now three months later, Lila is taking over her uncle's mountain resort only to find that it isn't quite what she expected. At the local nursery, she goes to pick up supplies and meets the true Austin Thomas. While Austin resembles the
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Sherry
Dec 30, 2014 Sherry rated it really liked it
Shelves: novella, read-in-2014
4.5 stars

I really liked We'll Be Home for Christmas, by HelenKay Dimon. I wasn't a giant fan of Spence in the first two books so I have to admit the premise of this one appealed to me. I kind of loved that Lila denied remembering Spencer, as though their 3 day affair left no impression on her. I hated that he lied to her about who he really was, but I liked how Dimon resolved his reasons later in the story. He really was a much deeper character than I gave him credit for, and I enjoyed getting
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Pattianne
Jan 17, 2014 Pattianne marked it as to-read
We'll be home for Christmas - (Lila and Spencer)

No man likes having his bedroom skills described as forgettable, but that's just what Lila Payne does when she runs into Spencer Thomas again. When she discovers that he'd lied about his name during their brief three-day romp a few months before, she's so angry that she pretends she doesn't remember him.

Spence regrets his deception, but not as much as he regrets that their time together didn't last longer. When she shows up in his town, looking to
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Amy R
Dec 04, 2012 Amy R rated it really liked it
This is the third book in the Holloway series by HelenKay Dimon and I adored it. I read the first two books in the Holloway series recently and was excited to get to read Spencer’s story since he is the wild womanizer of the bunch. Always fun to see how a woman tames that. Spencer and Lila met up at a hotel for a 3-night stand months ago. They both were in a bad situation and a little down on their luck. They never thought they would see each other again but the memory of those days they shared ...more
Lillie
Dec 01, 2012 Lillie rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

When Lila Payne arrives in Holloway to take over her uncle's resort, she has more than a few surprises waiting for her. One of the biggest is that the "resort" is falling down and isn't habitable. The other? Spencer Thomas, the man she spent three nights with who lied about his name. Spencer is part owner of the local nursery and is determined to do the "neighborly" thing by helping her fix up the resort.

Spencer doesn't believe in romantic happily ever afters but he's more than happy to
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Sarah
Lila and Spence had a three day fling several months ago when they met at a hotel, their chemistry was scorching but neither of them were looking for anything permanent so they were happy to walk in opposite directions to go back to their normal lives. Lila has just moved across the country to start over again after being badly betrayed by her ex-husband, the only family she has left is her elderly uncle who has recently retired to Florida leaving her in charge of rebuilding his holiday resort b ...more
Ashley F
I discovered this novella through the DBSA podcast where Jane and Sarah discussed favorite Holiday stories. Listening to Sarah talk about the premise of this story I just couldn't help but search for it. I was interested in the Anthology ("Romancing the Holiday") but was unable to locate a copy of it for easy access. Instead I took some of my book budget to buy the novella for my kindle. I think it was a good investment and I plan on re-reading it next Christmas.

So the premise is built on this
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Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
Reviewed on: http://readyourwrites.blogspot.com
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We’ll Be Home for Christmas is the third book in the Holloway series. Hopefully, it’s not the last book. It’s NOT a requirement that you have to have read the other two books, but I recommend that you do, because I really like them.

This is FINALLY Spence’s chance at love, provided he doesn’t let the idiot that’s inside of him come out and stay too long. Spencer is the oldest of the two Thomas brothers and the Thomas
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Christi Snow
Dec 05, 2012 Christi Snow rated it it was amazing
My Review:
Rating: A
This is the third year that I have LOVED the holiday story and getting to visit this family from HelenKay Dimon's imagination. I truly love these characters. They have a great family dynamic...a bunch of guys who love to give each other a hard time and I LOVE that! Seriously, this series from HK Dimon fall under the heading of some of my favorite contemporary romance reading of the year!

This book was no exception. I liked the history between Spence and Lila...they had 3 days a
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Julie Barrett
Nov 15, 2012 Julie Barrett rated it it was amazing
We'll Be Home For Christmas by Helen Kay Dimon
Lila Payne run the Mountain View resort/campground and it's in sad need of repair. It's located near Holloway, WV. The local nursery
is part owned by Austin and Spencer Thomas. Problem is when she was with Austin for 3 nights before she was to head up the resort, it wasn't really Austin she was with.
Austin is a very happily married man to Carrie. The town is small and she will be reaming them out if she finds out why Spencer had used his name with Lil
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Ni_kii
Jan 06, 2013 Ni_kii rated it really liked it
Reviewed at http://scorchingbookreviews.blogspot....

This little Christmas stories checked a lot of boxes for me. I loved the characters and the plot was lovely. There was no real suspense for me as it was blatantly obvious what was going to happen from the offset but I did enjoy reading their tale! It wasn’t quite as sexy as I had hoped (I kept reading about this fab sex they’d had but it was never really recreated!) but it was very heart-warming!

Spence has abandonment issues. Like most men in R
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TheGeekyBlogger
Nov 27, 2012 TheGeekyBlogger rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-read
Read for Review (NetGalley)
Overall Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 4.00

Part of my 25 Holiday Reads for 2012

How We'll Be Home for Christmas put me in the Holiday Spirit: This is one of the novellas that hit the Christmas sweet spot! The romance was engaging, there was a heart-warming story at the center, and the spirit of giving was all around!

What I thought of the characters/story: We'll Be Home for Christmas was a short story with a lot of heart. While I did want more from the
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Michelle
Dec 03, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it
**Side note, HelenKay is a personal friend so take this review however you want to**

Another fun, quick, sexy read from HelenKay Dimon in her Halloway series. Technically you don’t need to have read the previous two books to enjoy this story but with the reoccurring characters it does make it more enjoyable. Lila and Spence met at a hotel and had a hot three night stand but when they meet again Lila realizes that Spence lied to her. She’s reluctant to give him another chance even though she can s
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Lisa
Dec 01, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, earc
I am starting to love HelenKay Dimon work. I have been able to read a handful of her books so far and have yet to be disappointed. This is the 3rd novella in a series and oh so yummy good. Spence doesn't take relationships seriously but he isn't used to being the one walked away from and told sex with him was no big deal. When he meets Lila Payne at a hotel and they hit it off in bed for three days both think they'll never see each other again but both also regret that they won't a little too. T ...more
Marijayne Stegman
Nov 10, 2014 Marijayne Stegman rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed this whole series of books. The heroes and heroines both were strong characters. While they harbor their own share of ghosts from the past, the struggles didn't break down to whining or something that detracted from the personality of the character. With the three-nighter aspect of the book, it would have been easily to go down a different path but heroine stayed strong and stuck up for herself.
Maja  (The Rambling Readerista)
Dec 22, 2012 Maja (The Rambling Readerista) rated it really liked it
3.5

Having read only one other HelenKay Dimon book, I have enjoyed reading this one for sure. The story begins in least possible way, but I guess this is what made the story so interesting. There is a lot of passion, quirky talk. The novella is heart-warming with a sense of a small town community mixed with a little bit of sexiness. What is more, Dimont introduces Travis as a know-it-all-guy when it comes to women, even having him giving advice to Spencer, and now, it just makes me wonder if he i
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Kelly % Books-n-Kisses
Dec 21, 2012 Kelly % Books-n-Kisses rated it really liked it
This was a fun novella of two people who are looking for something more out of life. A chance encounter at a hotel, three blissful days together only to part ways. But funny thing about fate when you least expect it she throws you a curve ball.

Since this is a novella. I will just say that I loved this story and would suggest you pick up a copy.
Also this novella can be found in the Romancing the Holiday’s Anthology with 2 other wonderful Christmas novella’s


Disclaimer:
I received a complimentar
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Mariana Bezerra
Jan 11, 2013 Mariana Bezerra rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
This is my first book in this series, but I didn’t felt lost and it can be read as a simply holiday novella without any problem, because the story is focused on Lila and Spencer love story and holiday affair.

These two have met before but neither thought they would actually see each other again, especially since Spencer lied and told her a different name, his brother name, so it was a very fun misunderstanding in the first chapter and them we have Spencer kinda groveling for Lila’s attention and
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A Tasty Read Book Reviews
Dec 07, 2012 A Tasty Read Book Reviews rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
HelenKay Dimon shares another Holloway Romance with We'll Be Home for Christmas. This time Spence gets himself in over his head with a three-night stand that has turned into something more, and Lila Payne is looking for a place to call home and it might just be with Spence. For two people who never thought they would see each other again, after three wild nights in a hotel room, the chemistry between them was electric, and the banter was hysterical. I truly enjoyed this novella and hope for many ...more
Marjo
Jul 09, 2016 Marjo marked it as zeroes-and-dnf
DNF

I didn't like the "hero" at all. I had my fill of self-entitled, commitment-phobic compulsive liars. the premise seemed interesting, but the trigger was poorly presented. Besides all that, this is supposed to be a Christmas romance: I expect to be hit across the face with some garland (metaphorically, of course).
Sharon
Jan 06, 2014 Sharon rated it really liked it
Shelves: erotica-romance
Read as part of Romancing the Holiday bundle. Gave 4 stars to the bundle and also agree 4 stars for this story!
Tia
Dec 16, 2012 Tia rated it it was ok
I was bored. I felt little to no emotional connection with the characters. The ending was very fluid and didn't lead me to believe I even wanted to try the rest of this series. Overall, it was barely OK for me.
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HelenKay Dimon spent the last twelve years in the most unromantic career ever - divorce lawyer. After dedicating all that time and effort to helping people terminate relationships she is thrilled to write romance novels full time. Her books have earned praise, appeared on besteller lists and won numerous awards. Her first single title, YOUR MOUTH DRIVES ME CRAZY, was featured in Cosmo as a "Red-Ho ...more
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