Scrooge Me Hard: Paranormal Dating Agency #9.5

Aurelis Fuentes wants one thing: Children. She’d also like for people to stop complaining about the amount of frosting on her cupcakes but that’s another story. When her scrooge of an ex comes back into her life, she’s not sure what to think.

Reed Stone wants one thing: His mate back. He made a mistake but he’s a changed man. In the spirit of Christmas, he’s hoping she takes a chance and forgives him or at least allow him to explain without throwing things at him.

Gerri Wilder is at it again, only this time she’s got the help of some of our previous couples. Catch up with Tally, Nita, Maya, Alyssa and their men while they try to help Auri and Reed find their way back to each other. This is one holiday they won’t soon forget.

The Reviews!

Fran
5.0 out of 5 stars In the spirit of the season what better way to enjoy it than reading a Christmas story. But this is no ordinary Christmas story
Reviewed in the United States on December 18, 2015
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Overall Rating: 4.5 Rockin’ ★★★★☆

In the spirit of the season what better way to enjoy it than reading a Christmas story. But this is no ordinary Christmas story. This holiday short story involves hot alpha males and their strong sensual women who make them crazy. Scrooge Me Hard by Milly Taiden gives us a peek back at the other couples that Gerri Wilder of the Paranormal Dating Agency has help to put together in the past and also gives us a beautiful Christmas tale of love lost and found again with Aurelis and Reed’s story.

Aurelis has finally found her niche as a baker and has a somewhat thriving shop in town. However, she is haunted by the past, by a man who swept her away so many Christmases ago, her true mate. Reed has been running since he left town years ago. Coming back to town a changed man, he’s ready to claim his mate once again if she’ll let in.

In the spirit of the season can Reed help Aurelis change her mind? Can he make her see that he was wrong and wants another chance? Will Aurelis forgive Reed and give their love another try?

Read this short story to find out. It’s just as exciting as Ms. Taiden’s other books except with a Christmasy twist! Filled with beautifully created characters and a plot that twists and turns. It will keep you on the edge with each passing page until the very end. This is one to have in your library to enjoy every Christmas season.
Elizabeth E. Neal
5.0 out of 5 stars Can Scrooge's frown be turned upside down?
Reviewed in the United States on December 4, 2015
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Ms. Claus and Scrooge meet, realize they're mates, fall in love, get married, and then she gets blindsided by all the Scrooginess that oozes from her mate. Okay, so Aurelis, aka Auri, isn't really Ms. Clause, but she adores the Christmas season. Reed, really isn't Scrooge either, well on second thought, he does give off a heavily influenced Scrooge vibe. But he does have his reasons for his Bah Humbug attitude. Unfortunately, he never shared those reasons with Auri during their time together, nor did he share them with her at any point after their wedding, until she brings up spending Christmas with her family and he tells her he hates Christmas. *insert all of our gasps here* So Auri, protecting herself and hoping it'll be the push Reed needs, leaves him. Now we all have the sads because it backfired and five years later, they're still mated/married, but it's more of a technicality because there's been no peep from Reed in all that time.

Of course, it's time Reed makes an appearance and he does. He's not alone though. He has a mini-me, a little Reed replica that's around 5 years old. Oh man, wouldn't that be devastating to Auri? Especially considering part of her issue with him was he didn't want kids, yet he knew she did. You really feel the urge to reach through the book and throat punch him. But, thank goodness, he realizes how it looks and quickly lets Auri know that the little boy is his brother. Phew, crisis averted, Reed can live.

But it's a small world after all *there's an earworm for you LOL* because Geri, yes, that Geri, the matchmaking queen, knows Auri and has known Reed for years as her husband was Reed's mentor when he was younger. *whispers - Reed really needed a positive male role model in his life.*

Yes, I was fully onboard Team Auri and ready to dislike Reed...a lot. That changed once I got to know Reed's reasons. Oh the pain and heartache I felt for his history. His father, I refuse to call him Dad as he didn't deserve that title, was not a good man. He went from marriage to divorce to marriage to divorce, rinse and repeat. Reed doesn't have happy Christmas memories and now that his father has passed, he'll never get that closure that he needs. Yet, he can get it in other ways. He's building a solid relationship with his little brother, Gavin. Granted, Reed is more like a father figure to Gavin than an older brother, seeing as there's like thirty years age difference between them. Also, he can come clean with Auri and share his past with her, maybe recapture what they once had and move forward, together. He can show Auri what he's built in those five years, something that is from the heart and essentially encompasses both of the reasons Auri left him. *whistles innocently* Nope, that's all I'm saying on that. My lips are sealed because it's so much more awe inspiring to read it after you've fallen for the characters.

So where has Reed been for five years? Why did it take him so long to come back for Auri? Is he still all full of the humbug? Or is he now filled with joy for the holidays after essentially getting some slaps upside the head from the proverbial ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future? Can he convince Auri that he's changed, that he thought of her every day, missed her unbearably, and wanted to return to her sooner?

I do recommend reading this series in order as previous couples are mentioned in this story and because the series is full of great characters, stories, and HEAs. So off to one-click land for you. After you click all of the books, this one is #9.5 (book #10, Barefoot and Pregnant is now available for pre-order), you can rest your exhausted finger and get comfy with all the books you're about to fall in love with. Happy reading!

**I received a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review. I also pre-ordered my own copy due to my love of this series.*
Nikki Lawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Scrooge Me Hard by Milly Taiden
Reviewed in the United States on December 4, 2015
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Short and sexy!! This is NOT a standalone! Auri owns a bakery and has become very successful. She's independent, curvy and proud of everything she's accomplished. It's nearly Christmas, one of her favorite times of the year, she should be happy with her life except for one problem... Reed Stone, her mate and husband who she hasn't seen or heard from in five years. Reed comes from money and has a successful business of his own, when he met Auri, he knew right away that she belonged to him. Their chemistry is off the charts and within a week, they are mated and married. Auri wants to start a family right away and Reed shuts her down immediately and leaves. Now Reed is back and determined to win Auri back and show her that he's a changed man. Five years is a long time, can he convince her that they're worth it? This book was great! We got to see the a little bit of what's been going on with the couples (and threesomes) in the previous PDA books and get a couple of hints on who might be next 🙂