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Sep 19 2016 2:30pm

First Look: Tiffany Reisz’s Her Halloween Treat (September 20, 2016)

KC

Her Halloween Treat by Tiffany Reisz

Tiffany Reisz
Her Halloween Treat (Men at Work #1)
Harlequin Blaze / September 20, 2016 / $5.50 print, $4.49 digital

When Joey Silvia shows up at her boyfriend (of two years!) doorstep, she does not expect to find his wife behind the threshold. Joey didn’t even know he had a wife! Now she's devastated and has no freaking clue how she's going to compose herself for her older brother's wedding, just over a week away, on her birthday, which just happens to be on Halloween. She shows up at their childhood cabin in Oregon, expecting isolation, nature, and her own personal misery. What she finds, instead, is Chris Steffensen. Chris was her brother’s best friend in high school, and she hasn’t seen him in years. The grungy Nirvana-loving boy she remembers, has grown into quite the man (who still loves Nirvana, because some things just don’t ever change.) Here is list of7 reasons why you should make Her Halloween Treat by Tiffany Reisz, yourHalloween treat!

1. It’s got enough pop-culture references to impress even Lorelai Gilmore:

Joey and Chris grew up together and haven’t seen or talked in years, so many of their memories are linked to the past, when they were just teens. That’s where most of the pop-culture references come in. I just happen to be the exact right age to appreciate the time period they hail from: from Nirvana songs, to Oasis jabs, terrible Batman movies, chain wallets and even a 1980s themed wedding. This may seem trivial, but having little details like this just makes the characters more real and relatable. We know these people. We dug the same stuff they used to dig. We may or may not be embarrassed about that now. Just like they may or may not be.

2. Hot, bearded, lumberjack types:

Okay so Chris isn’t exactly a lumberjack. But he is a jack of all trades. When Joey finds him in her family’s old cabin. He has completely renovated it. From carpentry, woodworking, to home repair: The guy can do it all. And we mean all! Plus, he makes it look good!

He had dirty-blond hair cut neat and a close-trimmed nearly blond beard. He was looking up, concentrating on the wiring above his head. He wore jeans, neither tight nor baggy but perfectly fitted, and red-and-navy flannel shirt, sleeves rolled up to his elbows, with a fitted white T-shirt underneath.

3. Oregon, the perfect setting for an October romance:

A cabin at Lost Lake near Oregon’s Mt. Hood? Tell me that this is the perfect setting for a pre-Halloween romance. Sure it might be rainy, foggy, and a little dreary. That’s what they call atmosphere! But don’t forget about lush and green and gorgeous too!

4. Banter, a girl’s best friend:

What’s great about Chris and Joey, is that they’ve got chemistry that just jumps off the page because they reallyknow each other. They have such a great shared history, that things just flow naturally. And it all amounts to some picture perfect banter. Usually when I dog-ear a page, 90% of the time it’s because the dialogue was just so dang good. This book is dog-eared beyond belief. Don’t believe me? Look!:

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5. Kira, the best friend we ALL need:

Throughout the book, Joey has one notable confidante. Her name is Kira and she’s Joey’s best friend and she’s determined to talk her through this crisis, and then talk her through whatever might be happening between her and Chris. But Kira is in L.A. And even though she is merely a voice in Joey’s ear, she is an incredibly powerful (and funny!) presence in this book. She knows when to joke around, and she knows when to keep it real, like all really good best friends should:

“You have friends—me, for example—and what more do you need than me? And you live in fucking Honolulu, Hawaii, so close to the beach you can see actual whales from your apartment window. Can you really tell me that’s all down the toilet? Really? Go look. Go look in the toilet and tell me if you see any whales in it.”

“Kira”

“Go. Look. For. Whales. In. Your. Toilet. Right. Now.”

6. Joey’s big gay brother and his hot-hot husband-to-be:

Dillon, Joey’s big brother, also plays an integral role here. He’s sweetly protective, he’s successful, and he’s getting married to the very handsome, and very charming Oscar. Dillon is a major part of Joey and Chris’s shared history. When Dillon came out as a teen to Joey and Chris, they both accepted him 100%. And as if that's not enough to warm the cockles of your heart, when the rumor mill at school started churning, they both made it their shared mission to protect him. Now they're all grown up, and Joey and Dillon are still as close as ever, despite the miles between them.

“Jo, this is Oscar, the love of my life until he gets old and wrinkly. Oscar, Joey, my sister, who is currently the bane of my existence. Which is only fair as I was hers for a couple of years.”

“Twenty-five years,” she said. “Hi, Oscar. You are way more handsome than Dillon. Are you sure you don’t want to hold out for someone hotter?”

“I heard his sister was taken,” Oscar said as he stood up and dropped his napkin neatly on the table. She couldn’t fault her brother for falling for Oscar. He was over six feet tall, dark-skinned, dark-eyed and wore a suit better than James Bond. “So second-best, it is.”

“Oh, I like him,” she said.

“Hands off,” Dillon said. “I mean, after you hug him.”

7. Childhood memories, and moving on with life:

What I really loved about this book was the way that it just dove right into the story and the romance. No waiting. As horrible as Joey felt discovering that she was the other woman in her story, it was a wake-up call that she needed. Chris wastes no time in reminding her of her past, and helping her move on to the future.

“Do you remember what you said to me when Cassie dumped me my senior year? It made me feel a lot better.”

“I said something?”

“You said something.”

“What did I say?”

“You said, ‘Forget it. Wanna go see Batman Begins with us?’”

“That’s it? That’s the big thing I said to you?”

“It wasn’t a big thing. It was a little thing. It made me feel normal again, going to see a movie with you and Dillon. It made me remember that life goes on and that’s a good thing.”

“And it was a good movie.”

“Fucking A it was.”


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KC is a first-time blogger, long-time Pacey/Joey fan. She's worked in libraries for over ten years and is an avid reader and lover of all book-ish things. (Also TV-ish things, movie-ish things, and thing-ish things in general.) You can oftentimes find her humming the soundtrack to Hamilton while walking her dog, listening to podcasts, or cooking up something yummy and healthy in her kitchen.

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3 comments
Kareni
1. Kareni
I do like a story with entertaining banter, so this sounds like a real treat!
Jennifer Proffitt
2. JenniferProffitt
I have been waiting for this series for so long, so excited to dive in today!
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