The Gift by Karli Perrin

"It's easy to count down the minutes and the hours and the days. It's easy to forget that life is the greatest gift of all."

The blurb

It was the weekend before Christmas and the whole world was on countdown. 
Except for me. 
Last Christmas, I met a boy. 
Last Christmas, we made a pact. 
Christmas would never be the same. 
Life would never be the same...

Becca's thoughts

I absolutely adored The Gift. It was a lovely, flirty, cheeky short story made perfectly for the festive season. The author, Karli Perrin, has her own "gift" for creating fantastic characters and creating a sizzling chemistry and atmosphere between them. This can be seen clearly in Karli's first novel, April Showers where we meet April Adams, Isaac Sharpe and Lukas Roberts. If you haven't already, you should definitely have a read and meet the characters yourself, you'll love them, I promise!

Anyway, on to The Gift!

The cover for The Gift is absolutely beautiful, don't you think? It's to die for. It's romantic, it's Christmassy and it's adorable, and it catches your eye without a doubt. Everything that a cover should have, this cover has it. It's one of those images that most females would love to actually be inside of. Truly magical!

The characters you get to meet first in The Gift are Imogen (main female character) and Hannah (her best friend). These two are hilarious, and remind me so much of me and my own girlies. The dialogue between them is spot on, completely genuine and couldn't be more down to earth. I love when an author "keeps it real", it makes it so much easier for you to REALLY relate to the characters. They swear, they call each other names...

"Stop being a pussy and go and get changed, we're leaving in half an hour". 
(Hannah to Imogen)

and a lot of playful banter goes on between them too, which makes it a very entertaining read! Imogen has a fantastic sense of humor, which very much matches my own. She's also quite sarcastic when she wants to be, and I love a girl who speaks fluent sarcasm. She's a university student and she's awesome. Another thing we have in common (as well as a million other females out there in the big wide world) is that she's hoping to find her "Mr Right", who just happens to be, "tall, dark and handsome". Does he sound familiar girls? ;) And THIS is where Blake Anderson comes into it. Hold on to your knickers ladies. 

We first meet Blake at a party that Hannah and Imogen go to, both dressed as slutty Mrs Santa Claus. Blake is dressed in a Santa outfit, so clearly, in Blake's mind, himself and Imogen are husband and wife. What ensues upon their first meeting is a naughty game of "pretend", and it's incredibly flirty and fun. 

"How can you act all innocent after all of the mind blowing sex that we had last night?"
(Blake to Imogen)

Blake is absolutely gooooorgeous. Chocolate brown eyes, olive skin and thighs described as being rock solid. I think we can safely stack Mr Blake Anderson on the shelf of "things that make you go mmmmmm". I really enjoyed this guy's character, his twinkling, mischievous eyes and his dirty mind. He's an absolute tease, and I think he'll be making his way up the "Book Boyfriends List" once you have met him. 

The Gift has everything a short, festive story could need.
There's romance, flirting, sexual chemistry, but that's not all. 
There's drama, Christmas tree shopping, hot dog eating and girly banter. It's perfection in a tiny little story, and Karli Perrin deserves nothing but constant recommendation for her work, as it caters to every chick-lit and romance lover's needs!    

If you're looking for a short, festive, sexy and fun read, then look no further!
The Gift is for you, and I know you'll love it. 
Buying links will be included below, as well as Karli's bio, Twitter and Facebook links, Goodreads link and also the link to her blog, because I feel like spoiling you all for Christmas ;) 
So spoil yourselves this year ladies, and get yourself The Gift. 

Author Bio

Karli Perrin is a 25 year old English Language and Linguistics graduate from Manchester, England. She has always been a big lover of books and is the author of the 'April' series. 
She is a big believer of fate and is a sucker for a happy ending. She honestly believes that there is a reason why you are reading this right now (apart from the fact that you are awesome!)
Her ultimate goal in life is to live in a house made entirely out of books with her best friend, who also happens to be her fiance. 
... Hogwarts is plan B. 

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