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Claiming Holly

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Holly Thompson was struggling to get by. Between trying to pay her bills and taking care of her six-year-old niece, she worried if she’d have enough money for their next meal.

But when she saw an ad in the paper, she realized maybe there was light at the end of the tunnel.

Bryant Sommers was a hotshot NHL player. He had everything anyone could want, even though he had no one
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Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5++ Stars

I loved this one! The story, both H and h and also Sophie who's so adorable.

The story is about Bryant and Holly.

Her sister showed up years ago and gave her niece, Sophie, to her. She's now her mom. It's a struggle to provide for Sophie but she'll do anything for her little girl.

Bryant is a hockey player. He wants to be the captain of the Panthers and his manager put an ad looking for a woman to pretend to be his partner. She went to the interview and was hired on the spot. One look at h
Holiday Treat

Tis the season for holiday stories and I can't seem to get enough of them. Add in an older man/younger woman and a sports theme and I was thrilled. Mila Crawford and Aris Cole are proving to be quite a pair when it comes to juicy stories!

HERO~ I'm going to be completely honest and say at first I wanted to junk punch Bryant. He came off as a jerk, although hearing his inner thoughts you knew that wasn't his intention. He had one objective and that was to become the captain of the Pa
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, this book was fantastic.

Now this is the kind of sports book I love. Technically, it's a Christmas themed book, but in this one, we have a Hockey Player too. A celebate one at that. Spectacular!
-no OW/OM drama
-no cheating/neither with others during short separation
-celebate H for 10 years, virgin h
-no abuse (there's talk about H/h crappy life with their parents who are not in the picture)
-good supporting characters (possible MC's in future stories?)
-dual POV
-little angst (misunde
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Claiming Holly is my favorite book by this duo so far!

At first I wasn't sure how I felt about Bryant. He came off as a complete jerk, but as time went on, he grew on me.

I really liked Holly. She was fierce and extremely loyal. I absolutely adored her little niece, Sophie.

Safe, sweet read, full of sexy fun times!

Really hope to see more from this duo soon, and here's to hoping they give Rachel, Bryant's sister, her own book!

4 big stars!
C.M. Steele
This is my favorite story from the Duo! It's sexy with enough tension to make their passion heat up. Bryant was a bit of a hard ass and I loved him for it. Can't wait for more!
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Claiming Holly is a quick, cute and hot holiday read.

Holly is having trouble making ends meet after adopting her niece Sophie 6 years ago she’s been struggling to keep them afloat and continue with her college degree and it looks like she’s going to have to give up her dream until her elderly neighbour and the woman she considers family brings her a job advertisement forty grand to pretend to be in love and no sexual expectations? Could things really be that easy and can she give Sophie the lif
This was simply to OTT for me. The heroine was ok - her actions contradicted her words and responsibilities a lot though - but the Hero was an ass. I’m sure the authors meant for him to be a dominant alpha and to “take what was his” but he came off as an entitled, spoiled, brat! I also found the immediate change in attitude jarring and it gave me whiplash - one second the heroine would be yelling and spitting mad the next she’s skipping and singing like life is grand.
Lots of telling, no showing,
Elizabeth Neal
Bryant, a member for the Panthers, wants to become the team captain, but to be a candidate, he needs to show the owner he's committed. Ironic considering his absolute devotion to his position and the game, his attention never straying to women, in any form, unlike some of his teammates. When his agent posts an ad for a girlfriend in name only for hire, the job ending amicably after he's given the position, he's understandably upset. And then he sees the remaining candidate and knows he doesn't w ...more
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good but...

This was a pretty enjoyable story but it did have some inconsistencies in it. First off if he is a hockey player there is no way he would have every night free. They would be playing 2-3 games a week and some of those are on the road. I was a little thrown too when he said there had never been a woman before Holly but later told her he had been celibate for ten years. The way it was mentioned earlier in the book made it sound like he was a virgin. Maybe it was just me and I took it th

Bryant and Holly meet when she answers an ad to be a pretend girlfriend so Bryant can become team captain for his professional hockey team. Holly needs the money since she has to sort herself and her little girl Sophie who is, in fact, her niece when Holly's sister left her as a baby with Holly.
Ryan - Sweet Red Reader
Nov 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-love
If you're looking for a fast paced, sports adjacent, fake romance, single parent, holiday themed romp - Claiming Holly might be the book for you. I appreciated the way the authors utilized the dual, first person POV - they give the reader both perspectives in each chapter and go back and forth repeatedly. I found that the method gave me a more well-rounded view of the characters and their motivations. The plot moved quite quickly and I would've enjoyed seeing the characters develop their relatio ...more
A short sweet holiday romance.
Diane Lynch
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hockey-romance
Mila Crawford and Aria Cole spread the holiday cheer with CLAIMING HOLLY. NHL star Bryant Sommers wants to be the next captain of his team. To help his image, his agent posts an ad for a “sweet, down -home girl” to attend the team Holiday party with Bryant. Enter single mom, Holly Thompson. This contemporary sports romance is suitable for adult audiences.

CLAIMING HOLLY is a heartfelt and sweet holiday read. Holly is a good person. I appreciate that she was responsible and loving enough to adopt
I am INTO CHRISTMASY Books.. so i am on a roll ;) lets talk about this goodie..

We got our girl Holly who is raising her 6 year old niece barley making it by, but has the will of  a lion making sure to look at the bright side and she gets a chance thanks to a sports manager and our hero Bryant.

Bryant.. lord this man you wanted to smack him sometimes and hug him.. he was stubborn, tiny jerkish and well charming also wasn't a manwhore kept it in his pants for 10ish years!!! SCORE!!! been a poster
Sharing My
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love Christmas romances, but even more so when they feature a sexy alpha! Holly is a single mom raising her six year old niece and Brent is a hot hockey player who needs someone to pretend to be his girlfriend so he can appear committed, to get the coveted captain position on his team. One look at Holly has him rethinking the "pretend" part and wanting to claim her for real. I loved how explosive their chemistry was! I always love reading hot novellas from this duo, and look forward to many mo ...more
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
A sweet insta-love story featuring a single mom and a hot-shop hockey player. Bryant needs a pretend girlfriend in order to get the captain title of us his hockey team. It is all he has been working towards for the past 10 years. When he meets Holly, he instantly lusts for her.
Yes, this book was a bit cheesy, but so are Hallmark Christmas movies and I love them as well.

I do recommend this quick story based abound Christmas.
Linda Barrett
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Consumed by love

Claiming Holly is so swoonworthy and sweet it will give you all the feels.
Bryant and Holly are perfect for each other and exactly what the other one needed.
This novella definitely left me with a warm fuzzy feeling and a smile on my face.
It's so good you won't be able to put it down once you start reading this Insta love connection.
It's fast,fierce and all consuming but most of all it's a love we all crave.
This is a perfect holiday novella that you need to buy/borrow straight awa
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So fast and sweet. Presumptuous hero. Drama just 1. Just ONE.

If you like this kind of book, go grab it fast!!!
This story is short, fast paced and festively sweet. I devoured this story within half an hour and was satisfied throughout. I found the writing style for this book easy to follow. The characters likeable and the storyline sweet. I like Holly. She is down on her luck but she tries her best for her daughter. She works two jobs and goes to school for her degree. When her Neighbour and friend Mrs Miller shows her a job proposition, the potential payment is too good to turn down. She goes a head for ...more
Elysian Fields
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Rhonda Hicks
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Holly had moved out when she was seventeen. By that time, her sister had already moved away a couple years ago. Then one day she showed up at Holly's apartment, strung out, with a sixteen month old baby needing a bath and food claiming she was giving her to Holly. Now they are mother and daughter, struggling financially, while Holly works and goes to school in order to give them a better life. Trying not to wallow in pity, Holly has taught her niece to always be grateful for what they have when ...more
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holly does her best to keep her chin up and stay positive for Sophie. They don't have much but they have each other. Raising her sister's daughter isn't easy but she is the best thing in Holly's life. An ad in the paper to pretend to be a girlfriend, no sexual contact for $40,000 could change their lives. Little did she know that meeting Bryant will turn it upside down. But will it result in a happy ever after or a broken heart?

The team of Mila Crawford and Aria Cole are one of my favorite ones.
April Symes
What a deliciously steamy, sizzling hot Christmas romance story that will light up your Kindle!!
What makes this even more interesting is that this has an older man/younger woman plus a sports theme to boot. Oh yes, two of my favourite themes together.
Bryant is an Alpha hockey player who hires Holly, she's a single mother struggling to raise her niece, as a “fake” girlfriend so he can prove that he has what it takes to be his team’s captain. What started out as a "fake" relationship between them
Book Snob Sue
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Holly is struggling daily to raise her niece, and go to college to get her degree to make a better life for them both. Her sweet neighbor sees a job opportunity that could help her pay off her college tuition. She goes for the interview to be a rich man’s pretend girlfriend. Bryant is a hockey player, that wants to be his teams captain, but they want a family man. Don’t get me wrong Bryant was not wild or anything, they just wanted someone that had a family and he was a workaholic with no family ...more
Booked  Every Night
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Claiming Holly was a quick, cute, read. The characters were great and the story was touching.

Holly is a single Mom. She is trying to keep a roof over her and her daughter’s heads and food in their bellies but barely making it. She is working nonstop while still going to school. She didn’t have the easiest upbringing and at 20 she became a single mother. Life is hard but she is doing her best. Her neighbor Mrs. Miller tells her about a great opportunity to make some good money.

Bryant is an NHL pl
Mindy Chase-selder
My heart just melted

I love stories like this one. The ones where there is a single parent that is doing everything to take care of their little one, and never expects to find their forever. Holly is in that exact situation after adopting her sisters daughter Holly has been struggling to make ends meet. If it wasn’t for Mrs Miller her neighbor she would have been out on the streets. But with a push from Mrs Miller to apply for an add in the paper Holly’s life changes for the better. Bryant hates
Ariadna Basulto
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love the holiday season because we get a steady stream of holiday stories, which I love. I also love sport romance and age-gap stores. So when I heard that Aria Cole and Mila Crawford had written a novella that combined all three I was sold!

This story, although a novella, packed a punch! It had it all: a single mom, a hot af hockey player, and fake relationship that turns into more! Brent was such a hardass on the outside, but such a sweetheart deep down. Holly was amazing! She’s such a stron
CLAIMING HOLLY is a sweet and sexy bite-sized romance

Loved the characters Bryant was both sweet and alpha. A famous hockey player who needs a pretend girlfriend so he can land the position as team captain.
Bryant isn't a player as in man-whore he's the type of guy who spends time with his sister and focuses on his career so his manager placed an add n the paper in the hopes being settled down with a woman or at least looking like hes the perfect image would get him the new role.

Bryant falls in
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Claiming Holly is a beautiful collaboration of writers. Separately they write sexy and heartfelt but together their talent is explosive. Bryant is a sexy hockey player who wants the position of Captain on his team. He needs to show the owners that he is a leader but most importantly show acceptable morals and values off the ice. Holly is doing everything she can to survive in life. She’s is trying to keep her head above water and with the help of her neighbor, she is paddling as fast as she can. ...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
I loved this story so much! It was so cute and funny that it warmed my heart. I have been reading a lot of other books but this one had my heart right from the start because Bryant is so funny. He has it all anyone could want except being the Captain of his NHL team The Panthers oh and a woman to come home to but that is okay because he is content with his life the way it is. But wanting to be the captain of his team and proving to his manager that he can be committed he sets out to get a girl a ...more
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