Rob Barker had plans for his weekend and they didn’t involve struggling through the pre-Christmas crowds with the five-year-old niece he barely knows. Left with no choice, he grudgingly takes Pearl to see the sights of London, but instead of following the list his sister-in-law gives him, Rob takes her to With A Kick, an ice-cream shop with a difference. His plan is foiled when he discovers With A Kick is closed for a private children's party, but the owners kindly let Pearl join in.
Rob’s mood improves considerably as he watches Father Christmas hand out presents. Not only is Santa a hot red-head under the beard, he is also one of his rugby team-mates, Mick, a man Rob has always lusted after. After Mick confesses a mutual interest, he agrees to meet Rob at With A Kick’s evening party.
And at this party, there are definitely no kids - or girls - allowed.
Note: Though this book is part of With a Kick series, it can be read as a standalone.
Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Bells & Balls is an ice cream flavor served at With A Kick, an ice cream shop where friends converge and just have fun. This is the same shop that Rob Barker decides to bring his niece where he also gets to meets his very own Santa.
Mick is surprised when he looks up to see his friend, Rob, come in with niece in tow. He is even more surprised when he finds out the little girl is not supposed to believe in Santa. As for that day he is pretending to be Father Christmas, he does all he can to help out the little girl and with it, her uncle, Rob.
This story is not erotic but it is very, very romantic and fun. Rob and Mick find out they have more in common than they thought possible. As they get closer in friendship, they get further away from the passion simmering between them. Both are closeted and fear the worst.
This Christmas, Mick and Rob will find out who their friends and family really are and the answers they find surprise and delight them.
Both Mick and Rob are really just regular guys its just that they are both rough and gruff rugby players so they do belch, they snark, and they speak the slang much to the disappointment of their mothers. They are both adorable so I really liked them as men and as a romantic pair.
As a holiday read, this is one of the sweeter ones and it does make one feel good at the end.