by Jude Deveraux

Jude Deveraux, the dazzling "New York Times" bestselling author of "Wild Orchids" and "Forever and Always" delivers a delightful and passionate yuletide tale sure to become a classic this and every holiday season.

What Holly doesn't know is that Nick Taggert is actually Dr. Nicholas Taggert.

Will Holly be seduced by Lorrie's wealth and privilege, or will she choose the simple gift of love that Nick has offered her?

The answer is unveiled on a starry Christmas night, when passion, hate, and greed collide to reveal bitter truths that will forever change the course of Holly's charmed life.

With"Holly," Jude Deveraux once again uses her golden touch to conjure up a tale full of dazzling intrigue and inspiring romance.

What People Think about "Holly"

I read this for Romance Book Bingo 2017, the Too Stupid to Live (TSTL) square. So Holly (which is somehow a freaking Christmas book) is about Holly Latham and her plans to finally capture the heart of the boy next door, or at least the boy next door to her when her family vacationed in North Carolina when she was 13. Holly falls instantly in love (bingo square) with Lorrie. Well with the little response she gets back from the guy, Holly decides, she is going to study in order to learn how to restore homes like Lorrie's so she can show him what a good wife she will make some day. That's cause Holly knows she's attractive and is used to men hitting on her, so when Lorrie sees her he is so going to just fall at her feet. If you want to read about a make believe character telling another character about being a social better of everyone and that only poor loose women run around having sex with men who are not our kind dear, Holly is the book for you. Well Holly thinks that, but ends up seeing a guy she nicknames Heaven (it's Tarzan Nick) on a motorcycle looking hot and sexy like Superman. And Holly, because God knows she's TSTL decides the smartest thing to do is to take off all of her clothes and tie them into a rope in order to try to climb out of some random 12 foot pit. Tarzan Nick tells Holly to climb up a vine he just finds and throws down his shirt and pants to her so she doesn't get scratched as he pulls her out of the pit. And since Holly thought she was going to die, she and Tarzan Nick (doesn't know or ask his freaking name) proceed to go and have sex in his car. it doesn't matter though since they go off to Tarzan Nick's place and have sex again with no protection both saying how they are not looking for love. The plot about Holly catching Lorries has some flaws since she can't stop having sex with Tarzan Nick. Also Tarzan Nick even though he tells Holly he's not interested in her at all, gives her a family heirloom that is worth like a couple of million, applies as a gardener at her father's home in order to be near her, and also helps her in her research into some hidden treasure that Lorrie's family hid before the Civil War I think. This is doubly sad because Nick is richer than Holly and also a doctor, but she doesn't know it (also a bingo square). The flow was awful and then Deveraux reveals a ton of things regarding some key people so I guess you can go well now Holly can love Nick forever and ever. I know in romanceland that Christmas and romance books are a great set-up, do not do this to yourself and read this book. There is no real sense of the place at all in this book except it's always randomly cold when Holly falls down a pit or hole.

Jude Deveraux used to be one of my favs. The hero and heroine have sex w/in the first 30 pages and don't even know each other's names! After this Jude seems to remember that she needs a PLOT, so she starts going back to that, but not before throwing more gratuitous sex at the characters.

OMG, this book was so bad that I don't even know where to start. The story starts out with a Summer crush when the main character (a woman named, believe it or not, Hollander James Latham) was 13 years old. Stupid Holly goes exploring where she's not supposed to be, in some broken down old rotten house (not the one he rented though) and she falls through the floor because she's seen a huge rattlesnake (not two feet away from her, the story says) and steps back to get away from it. After she falls through the floor, get this, the rattlesnake comes over to the hole and looks down at her!! ROTFLMAO - I swear, I'm going to quote from the book to prove it - "About twelve feet above, she saw the floor with its broken boards, and as she watched, the snake slithered over to peer down at her." Anyway, she undresses down to her underpants and boots and makes a rope out of her clothes to try to climb out of this hole that has dead animals in it (they supposedly fell through sometime before she did and starved to death).

Needless to say, this wasn't the fix I needed. A better title for this book would be "The Jaw-Droppingly Rich Heiress Who Makes Poor Decisions and Has Unprotected Sex in the Back of a Mini Whilst Never Knowing his Name." But I suppose that is a bit lengthy.

then her father married old family with no money... 10 years later, she has talked her father, stepmother, & stepsister in buying a home in North Carolina near Belle Chere, where she hopes to reconnect with Lorrie & the house... She goes to her family, and meets up with Lorrie & his house... unbeknownst to her, her half sister has hated her and had been planning with Lorrie to get exploit her young feelings and her love of old houses to marry him & get her money... and Nick, not ready to give her up, and wanting her knowing she doesn't want him for his money follows her - getting a job as gardener at her family home, and volunteering to help her in her research... but Holly & her family have closed the house and headed for Europe, leaving Nick... In Europe, Holly finally realizes that Lorrie was using her, that her half sister was unreasonably jealous of her, and that she loves Nick - not that she holds much hope out for a relationship because she still thinks he's poor... and she returns to North Carolina - to testify in his trial, and to buy his house - it's being auctioned for money for his trial and her father wants the house to have the one thing Lorrie loves... and they make love on top of the treasure (owww!) , and his family finally find him at noon the next day - his cousin having purchased Belle Chere and giving it to them as a gift..

A pesar de haber transcurrido más de una década desde que Holly vio por última vez a su amor de la infancia, la pasión que sentía en su joven corazón nunca ha llegado a extinguirse... A pesar de la innegable atracción de Holly hacia este deslumbrante extraño, ella sabe que él no es de los que se casan.

On a personal note, one of my pet peeves is when a man (for example, the hero in this book) says, "we're likely to have twins because they run in my family." Did anyone finish high school Biology? A man's family history of twins will not influence a multiple birth in his wife's case.

She attended Murray State University and received a degree in Art. In 1967, Jude married and took her husband's surname of White, but four years later they divorced. Jude won readers' hearts with the epic Velvet series, which revolves around the lives of the Montgomery family's irresistible men. "I don't want to write family sagas or occult books, and I have no intention of again trying to ruin the contemporary market." Still, Jude did later attempt modern-day romances, such as the lighthearted High Tide (her first murder caper), the contemporary female friendship story The Summerhouse, and the time-traveling Knight in Shining Armor. In fact, with 2002's The Mulberry Tree, Deveraux seems to be getting more comfortable setting stories in the present, which is a good thing, since the fans she won with her historical books are eager to follow her into the future.