⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Five sparkling stars to author Barbara Kellyn for her fun and fast-paced rom-com, Saint Dick! I’m thrilled to share this review just in time for the holiday weekend! 🎄🎄🎄
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Santa: Slip Some Saint Dick Under My Tree, For Me
Oh, how I love a sexy bad boy – especially one who can’t seem to get out of his own way when he tries to do things right. Author Barbara Kellyn delivered the ultimate poster child for Santa’s naughty list just in time for Christmas. Pour yourself a drink, snuggle in, and spend an evening with Digby Reynolds – the spiky sprig of holly sticking in the side of main character Kyla Foster.
This fun holiday rom-com opens with a flashback to 2005, and that’s where we meet Kyla, a teenager on the cusp of her first real kiss with a boy from school. This is where we also meet Digby, best friend of Kyla’s older brother.
After ensuring Kyla’s first kiss with Paul – the aforementioned boy from school – is NOT going to happen, readers learn quickly that these two “enemies” have a lot of chemistry sparking between them. The tone is set, and Kellyn weaves back and forth between past and present to lay the groundwork for a juicy tale.
Main character Kyla is likable, too. She’s had her own set of challenges and is dreading heading home for the holidays without her fiancé in tow. Make that her ex-fiancé. Enter Digby. After a botched robbery brings them together unexpectedly, Kyla finds herself on the run with the man who makes her blood boil…and a few other parts of her body grow hot, too.
But as they say, all roads lead to home and Kyla decides to avoid explaining an ex-fiancé by presenting Digby as her future groom instead. Christmas parties, the return of old crushes, sexpert besties (who fire off great lines like: “You’re so dickmatized you can’t see how stupid you really are.”), and reawakened lust create the perfect setting for Kyla and Digby to revisit their old desires. Of course, they still have the problem of Digby’s criminal accomplices nipping at their heels. All of this makes for an entertaining read – you just might stay up late to find out what happens next.
Chapters switch back and forth between Kyla’s and Digby’s perspectives seamlessly – you won’t get lost. And author Barbara Kellyn has written a smart and funny book! This is exactly what I was seeking to carry me through the silly season and holiday stress. Kellyn excels at writing witty banter, and some of the lines her characters share with the reader – via their thoughts – totally cracked me up. One of my favorites occurs early on in a flashback of Kyla’s:
Mortified to be having a sexual awakening in the produce section, I made an about face, zipped back to the tomatoes, grabbed the first two within reach and chucked them into my basket.
Of course, young Kyla was fleeing a teasing Digby.
This book is especially fun if you’ve had a Digby-like guy to crush on when you were young. (I did!) And even if you didn’t, Kellyn created a lovable screw-up in Digby. With a less-than-ideal upbringing, Digby deals with his own demons as he tries to right recent mistakes and bad choices. Readers will cheer him on. We want this underdog to win.
With some steamy sex, poignant reconciliations, and even a bit of nail-biting drama – remember, bad guys are still on Digby’s trail – Saint Dick is what you want to find under your Christmas tree. Crisp writing and an anticipated happy ending (no, not *that* kind, ha!) promise readers a perfect holiday escape. Fans of enemies-to-lovers stories, lovable underdogs, and clever language will eat this book up. The author seems to have a fun sense of humor, and that comes through in this book. It was wonderful to read a book that made me laugh out loud.
Five sparkling stars for Saint Dick and Barbara Kellyn! Author, you’ve earned a new fan!