by Kayley Loring & Connor Crais
Publication: February 17, 2022
Nolan and Cora meet at an airport and a one-night stand leads to a few more days in one another’s company. When they go their separate ways, it becomes clear that those few days may have meant more than they both believed it to be. A chance meeting in Vegas leads to nuptials while under the influence.
The Very Holiday series is special because this is the series that introduced me to Kayley Loring. Like its predecessors, A Very Vegas St. Patrick’s Day is steamy with lots of laughs; however, the relationship feels rushed. It’s very much instalove, moving from an extended one-night stand to waking up in Vegas. The characters have chemistry but to believe they’re in love requires suspending belief–at least more than I normally have to. The relationship isn’t nearly as well established as in the prior two books largely because Declan and Maddie (A Very Bossy Christmas) and Eddie and Birdie (A Very Friendly Valentine’s Day) have existing non-romantic relationships that turn into something more. Nolan and Cora don’t have that same foundation so I would have liked more of them together and greater exploration of their connection and their compatibility before they both fell in love.
Nolan is charming and wholly devoted when he’s in love. He only has eyes for Cora. He put a smile on my face, but I was not completely on board with the story that he supposedly changed to be the person Cora needed him to be. I didn’t have enough background on him to be convinced of this. I was rather surprised when he made that declaration. Cora, on the other hand, is more fleshed out. Her chapters include a backstory that is reinforced with conversations with her friend and the presence of her son. Her hesitation in maintaining her relationship with Nolan is both reasonable and believable.
Despite not being fully persuaded by the romance, it was a fun read. The kids in this book are fantastic. I need Piper, who has been present in all three books, to have her own book someday. Imogen and Ashton, who are introduced here, are wonderful additions and also deserve their own books someday. Can Ashton and Dillon from Attachment Theory meet up? Maybe Ashton could fall for Macy? Heh. The cameos completely stole the show. These might be some of the best cameos I’ve read in romance novels. What I felt was lacking in the book was very nearly forgiven because the cameos were hilarious. They contributed to making this a very Vegas book.
If you’re looking for a steamy romance with lots of laughs, this is a fine choice. It’s not necessary to read the prior books, but it does make the cameos much more fun. Although I was not entirely convinced it was love, the romance is still swoon-worthy. Connor Crais and Kayley Loring are fantastic co-authors. I would love for them to continue collaborating.