Christmas is almost here! One more day and one more book on my list of great reads for the holidays. Today I’m reading A Mighty Good Man by Rebecca Neely and having a mighty good drink to go with it. Read on for a novella and a martini-ella for some relaxation before the craze of Christmas Eve. Kick back, read this book with me and have a drink.
Why I love this book
One of my all time favorite movies is His Girl Friday with Carey Grant and Rosalind Russell. (If you haven’t seen it, do watch it now, and then come back to finish reading! – It’s on Netflix – Go!) (Oh, good, you’re back. *hugs* Even though it’s 1940 and marriage is the only thing that should be on a girl’s mind in those days, Hildy, the heroine is an intrepid newspaper reporter. I’m all about the girl power. So, when I saw that Rebecca’s book was also about a female newspaper reporter, I was excited to get the inside scoop. And I’ll let you in on the early edition, – O-M-G, super hot bad boy alert! Plus, it’s really well written to boot.
Here’s a bit more about the book:
A Mighty Good Man by Rebecca E. Neely
Her personal and professional life on the skids, a family emergency forces writer ‘Hank’ Jerry to return to the small town she left behind. There, she’ll mind her aunt’s diner, Mighty Ricky’s, but only as long as she has to, then it’s back to New York for damage control.
Fresh out of prison, Jack ‘Gent’ Darcy is bent on cutting ties with the Creds, but when you’re a war counselor in a national gang, they don’t let you just walk away.
Injured and on the run, Jack lands on Hank’s doorstep, and makes her a proposition she can’t refuse: write his story about life inside one of the most powerful gangs in the country. As barter, he’ll cook at Mighty Ricky’s. It’s simple–she’ll get her career groove back, and he’ll bury the gang, then disappear–his version of freedom.
Only problem is, they can’t help falling for each other, and they’ve both got something to hide that could blow up in their faces. With time running out and gang enforcers closing in, will the trust they’ve forged survive the ultimate test?
A MIGHTY GOOD MAN is a fast, punchy read that puts a new spin on family, second chances, and the power of love.
Pick up your copy today from Amazon.
As part of The 12 Days of Christmas celebration, Rebecca donated a $10 Amazon GC to the prize list.
About the Author
Rebecca E. Neely was born and raised in a small town in western Pennsylvania. Her father, an English teacher and a writer, instilled in her a love of words, and literature, especially short stories, at a young age. Her mother, a voracious reader, gave her Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild as a Christmas gift when she was nine, and Rebecca’s been hooked on reading stories of all stripes ever since.
Rebecca’s family also owned and managed a restaurant until she was about sixteen, and she grew up in the business, working, cooking, and eating. Rebecca enjoys finding, and reading new authors via her Kindle. Live music inspires her, as do the characters she’s blessed to have in her life, including her daughter, her boyfriend, and her mother. She loves drawing, crafting, walking, and camping. She also enjoys traveling, going to music festivals, and exploring cities she’s never been to before with her daughter.
In a former life, she earned a B.S. in Accounting, and worked in that field for about a decade. Since 2001, Rebecca has freelanced, writing a wide variety of copy for local magazines, and businesses all over the country. She is a member of Savvy Authors, and a PRO member of Romance Writers of America.
A Good Man Deserves a Good Drink
Whew, reading about ‘Hank’ and Jack has me in need of a drink. You’ll love this one.
Why I love this recipe
I wanted to go a little retro for the cocktail to pair with this book, but I also wanted to have a little bit of a holiday feel too. So I went with a cocoa and coffee martini. But, if I’m totally honest, I picked it because of the name!
Tall, Dark and Handsome
1 packet of hot cocoa mix, for glass rim
2 shots vanilla vodka
1/2 shot coffee liqueur
1/2 shot chocolate liqueur
Wet rim of martini glass on a damp paper towel and dip into cocoa mix; set aside.
Add remaining ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Stir and strain into martini glass.
Recipe courtesy Sandra Lee and the Food Network
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