Twelve Nights by Sharon Struth

Twelve NightsTitle:  Twelve Nights
Series:  Blue Moon Lake #1.5
Author:  Sharon Struth
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Christmas Romance
Published:  November 10, 2015
Publisher:  Kensington Books / Lyrical Shrine
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

For Erik Lindholm, it’s been a long climb to the top of his company. Now, as president he has the power to bring his vision to life and speed his company in bold new directions. If that means a complete staff overhaul, so be it. If that means firing the woman who left his heart in tatters fifteen years earlier, it’s a business decision, not personal…

Beryl Foster is highly competent and respected by everyone at the office. But rumors of a big shake-up are rampant and—surprisingly, scarily—Beryl’s job as CFO is on the line. Fifteen years ago she made a decision to put her career before everything else. It was also the last time she and Erik shared a life together. Every Christmas is a reminder. This one could be a second chance.

Read on for my thoughts on Twelve Nights.  No true spoilers, promise.

Fifteen years ago Erik and Beryl were a young couple in love building their personal and professional futures.  When there was a business decision to be made each had an opinion, and when a compromise couldn’t be worked out Erik made a decision to accept a job far away from where Beryl was building her career… without telling her first.  Beryl walked away, and they each rose  through almost a parallel of corporate ranks to high positions in competitor companies.  Now the president of Beryl’s company is stepping down for retirement and bringing in an outside of the company man for the new president position – Erik.

Beryl expected there to be a shakeup when her company’s president retired, she hoped in the back of her mind that she might be considered for the position but knew that was a long shot.  She was also aware that with a new president there would be positional changes taking place as well – rumor has it that she was on the short list to be replaced.  While her career has brought her much financial stability and pride, she also has another profession – one that she hasn’t advertised among her colleagues.  She is a successful author of historical romances, publishing under a pen name.  So should she lose her position she wouldn’t be penniless until she could secure another – she prayed that situation didn’t happen, but it is a business world that makes decisions based on the company president’s choice of who is best for the job.

The absolute last thing she expected to learn was that the man she’d loved, trusted and planned a future with would be the one named as the new president.  Now she had no idea of how to secure her future with this company with Erik at the head.  Surely he would want to bring in his own team – and certainly they couldn’t work together with their history – could they?

Twelve Nights is a delightful story of past loves reconnecting and rediscovering that the emotions have survived the years apart.  The tricky part is how to deal with those emotions today – and with a company policy of non-dating within it’s ranks.  And… it’s also a snapshot of just how social media has entered absolutely every aspect of our lives these days, even when we aren’t aware of the chatter.

Erik and Beryl were such a believable couple in every aspect.  A strong love may die down, but when the embers are tended to it can flare into a full fire once again.  They have a charming history and an amazingly sweet Christmas tradition that involves a certain Christmas song.  I loved spending time with this couple.  They had a past that they worked out as intelligent adults, saw problems and came up with realistic solutions and stayed true to themselves within their compromises.  This is a story that I will bring up on my Kindle at Christmas for years to come, a completely enjoyable, engaging, fun romance.

*I received an e-ARC of Twelve Nights from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*

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