Two weeks before Christmas and all through Manhattan, shop windows are decorated in red and green satin.
I’m standing alone in front of the famous Vivant department store, when a charming man named Aiden asks my opinion of the décor.
It’s a tragedy in tinsel, I say, unable to lie.
He asks for a better idea with a twinkle in his eye.
Did I know he owned the place? No. He put me on the spot.
Now I’m working for that man, trying to ignore that he’s hot.
But as a down on her luck girl with a difficult past, I know an opportunity when I see one—and I have to make it last.
I’ll put my heart and soul into dressing his holiday windows.
I’ll work without stopping. And when we lose the battle with temptation, I’ll try and remember I’m just window shopping.
I adore the sunshine/grump trope but it’s rare that I read a story where the hero is the sunshine and the grump is the heroine. Not only did Bailey handle this trope role-reversal incredibly well but she also kept the hero (and overall storyline) unbelievably spicy. I don’t think I’m ever going to look at a bowtie the same way ever again.
Bailey is an absolute gem with words and I thoroughly enjoyed this story from the first page to the last. Window Shopping might be a bit of a shorter story – not quite as long as most novels but definitely not as short as most novellas either – however, it’s still packed full of heart and soul. Bailey gives complete back stories for both main characters, and the chance for well-paced character development and relationship growth.
Just like every other Bailey book I’ve read, I thoroughly enjoyed this one and can’t wait to read more from her. This book was equally sweet and endearing, yet oh-so steamy; and the epilogue had happy tears running down my face. To sum it up, I loved this book.