Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Blog Tour & Review: A Gentleman for Christmas - Prescott Lane

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A Gentleman for Christmas by Prescott Lane
Release Date: November 26th

Some say “chivalry is dead.”
I don’t think so. Most women I know like a gentleman.
Protective, opens doors, treats women with respect, typically follows the rules.
But a gentleman doesn’t fall for his best friend’s woman. Current or ex.
And that’s what I’ve done.
During the Christmas season of all times — that magical time for decorations, gifts, family . . .
Yes, the girl who was off-limits for so long, who I’ve loved all my life, has come back in town and possibly back to me.
I can’t follow the gentleman rules this time. There’s too much at stake. I let her go once. I won’t let her go again.
What happens under the mistletoe, stays under the mistletoe.
Or does it?

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“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife.”
Otherwise known as the original bros before hoes commandment.
I’m not advocating calling women hoes. It’s an expression, so put away your Encyclopedia of Political Correctness.
There are rules in life. The Ten Commandments were just the beginning. We have rules for everything. How to drive. How to dress. How to walk across the damn street. So why not rules for love? That’s how all this started — a set of rules between my buddies and me.
The Bro Code.
Obviously, bros before hoes is rule one. We vowed never to let a girl come between us, which meant if one of us liked a girl, she was forever off limits.
Little did I know our teenage pact would launch my multi-million dollar career. A little tweaking here and some socially acceptable rewording there and The Gentleman’s Handbook was born.
I’ve written books and given seminars on everything from how to find love, to how to propose, to how to have a successful long-distance relationship. You name it, and I’ve got rules for it. Personally, I’ve never been much of a rule follower, but that’s my little secret.
The funny thing is I’ve never been in love. Well, there is this one girl, but we won’t talk about her. It does no good to think about someone you can’t have and never will.
My lack of emotional commitment hasn’t slowed down my career one bit. Currently, I have two books on the New York Times Best Sellers List. My seminars sell out like a Drake concert.
I always find it interesting that the rules started between a group of male friends, but it’s mostly women that come to hear me speak. Occasionally, you see the poor sap boyfriend who was dragged along to listen, but for the most part it’s all women.
This time of the year is no exception. December first until January first is important for guys. Holidays are big for a lot of couples. If you don’t know what you’re doing for your lady, you better figure it out and fast. In fact, my rule is that you should be paying attention all year long.
Trust me on this. If you remember something she mentioned she liked three months ago and surprise her with it at Christmas, she’ll spread her legs before Santa even has time to slide down the chimney. Let’s be honest, that is always at least part of the goal for guys.
So my current work in progress tackles Christmas. A how-to guide for the holidays.
The Gentleman’s Rules for Christmas.
4.5 Stars

What does the man who wrote The Gentleman's Guide really know about love? It turns out, not everything, not even close. When the girl who got away comes back into his life Jax pulls out all the stops and while he uses some of his rules, he makes and breaks some along the way too. Skylar's heart is a bit tender, but it isn't broken, at least not where Jax is concerned. The feelings they kept to themselves all those years ago come right back to the surface when Jax sweeps in like a gentleman and saves Christmas. But Christmas is a like living in a bubble and when the week is up where do things stand? Is it Jax and Skylar's time or does Skylar need space to be on her own for the first time?

"Have I been brought home this Christmas for a reason?"

A Gentleman for Christmas is my favorite kind of holiday romance and it's even better since it's written by one of my favorites, Prescott Lane. While Jax's role as a powerful, influential self-help author and speaker isn't relatable, his situation with longtime best friend Skylar is. He follows the bro code, the one he preaches about in his Gentleman's Guides, but she's always been the one he wants and sometimes gentlemen break the rules. Skylar is sweet, smart, and really sassy. She breaks down the armor Jax has up around him, taking him from handsome, unreachable guy in a suit to that friend you can tell anything to. It's obvious that despite the friendship they have that something more simmers between them. Like all classic friends to lover stories, there's drama, there's heart, and there's heat. A Gentleman for Christmas ticks all the boxes for me when it comes to contemporary romance with the perfect Christmas bow on top. 

I'm docking half a star for the friendship incident that takes place in this book. It's a difficult subject and ultimately took away from the happily ever after that you always expect and usually get from a Christmas themed novel. It's realistic in showing that life is messy and sometimes you lose some to win some, but for me it was like someone taking a bite out of the pie before it's been cut. 

A Gentleman for Christmas has the perfect title, cover, and story; Prescott Lane hit this one out of the park. It's sweet and has the perfect holiday spirit to it, without being too Hallmark Channel movie like. It's a book about the bonds of friendship, family, and love and the life lessons we learn along the way.

About Prescott:
Prescott Lane is the Amazon best-selling author of Stripped Raw. She's got seven other books under her belt including: First Position, Perfectly Broken, Quiet Angel, Wrapped in Lace, Layers of Her, The Reason for Me, and The Sex Bucket List. She is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, and holds a degree in sociology and a MSW from Tulane University. She married her college sweetheart, and they currently live in New Orleans with their two children and two crazy dogs. Prescott started writing at the age of five, and sold her first story about a talking turtle to her father for a quarter. She later turned to writing romance novels because there aren't enough happily ever afters in real life.

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