So Over You by Kate Meader

Hockey, family matters, and a complicated relationship are all explored in the second book of the Chicago Rebels series, and I was captivated by each situation that developed. Details about playing a professional sport are delved into, where the importance of physically preparing for a game along with being mentally ready is shown. Also outside influences can certainly cause havoc on game day. Isobel Chase and Vadim Petrov must adjust to learning about recently discovered family members, and I thought any discussions were genuine because old hurts often resurfaced. As for whether the couple will ever be more than owner and player this time around, they will first have to face some very tough and often poignant challenges. Kate Meader has created a believable romance with a compelling sports theme and a very engaging couple. SO OVER YOU is humorous, sensuous, and repeatedly emotional.

When Isobel Chase had the opportunity to play in the National Women’s Hockey League, almost all her objectives connected to this particular sport were now met, and hopefully her few remaining ambitions would soon be achieved. But an injury right after her first game started meant her professional career was already over. While Isobel can no longer participate on a team she still has much knowledge to share. So when she and her two sisters become co-owners of the Chicago Rebels, she becomes a consultant for the men’s hockey team.

After a repeated knee problem kept Vadim Petrov from performing his best, the player who grew up in Russia is traded to the Chicago Rebels. Upon learning Isobel will be helping him get back in shape, he is not at all happy. The two knew each other when teenagers, and a fling between them had bad results. But Vadim and Isobel are now adults, and it appears there are several things they could teach each other even when they are not practicing on the ice.

While I do not know a lot about hockey, it was easy to become enthralled in the story because of its delightful characters and fascinating premise. Vadim is Russian, and some of his comments when confused caused huge grins. There were also moments where he knew exactly what he was saying and his sly wit was evident. Since Isobel says what she thinks, their conversations were very lively if she did not filter her words. When the hockey players were together, their talks could be serious or comical, just like most of the family chats. I especially enjoyed the times when remarks were about an adorable dog.

SO OVER YOU is about a second opportunity to find lasting happiness in all aspects of life. Though Vadim and Isobel have known each other for eight years, neither thought they could actually be together because of too many differences plus obstacles. Yet when they are once again in contact with one another, they realize the passion they felt as teenagers was nothing compared to what they now feel. I thought the way in which their relationship progressed was convincing, as they experienced numerous ups and downs. The one area where Isobel and Vadim are always fun to observe was their sexual encounters because of all the banter and enthusiasm. Kate Meader makes SO OVER YOU enjoyably entertaining.

I voluntarily reviewed the book from the publisher via NetGalley, and all comments are my honest opinion

Series:  Chicago Rebels – Book 2

Publisher:  Pocket Star

Releases:  December 4, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/y7w68d5x

Genre:  Contemporary

Author website:  http://www.katemeader.com/

Rating:  4 Stars

Killer Colton Christmas by Regan Black and Lara Lacombe

The romantic couples who have been in the previous books of the Coltons of Shadow Creek continuity has gone through numerous trials and experienced conflicted feelings, and the final two stories are no exception. Regan Black and Lara Lacombe have imagined risky situations for their main characters to face, where lives are on the line and heartfelt entanglements are frequent. Several new people are introduced while past characters make a return, and each one had important roles. The ongoing plot about Livia Colton always left some details unanswered in the prior books, and I now have all the facts. KILLER COLTON CHRISTMAS is emotional plus filled with unanticipated danger.

 

Special Agent Cowboy by Regan Black

Since her background history was seldom encouraging, Marie Meyers is thankful for all Colton, Incorporated has done to make her life better. Working as its digital officer, she tries to ensure that any news related to criminal Livia Colton does not negatively affect the company. When a group known for hacking makes the business its next victim, her own personal information appears to be targeted more than most. The FBI is called in to stop the leak of data, and Emiliano Ortega is assigned to watch over Marie because the severity of the threats keep mounting. Hiding the fascinating woman on his ranch located in Shadow Creek is the plan, but becoming emotionally involved certainly was not.

As evidence is gathered connected to the hacking case, Marie could either be a victim or perpetrator. Regan Black makes the story interesting as clues are gathered along with motives. Marie and Emiliano are opposites in many ways, yet these differences seem to draw them together and form an emotional bond. To discover what is actually going on, a big risk must be taken, where feelings and duty collide. I never knew what would happen next. Special Agent Cowboy builds suspense with intriguing and unexpected circumstances.

 

The Marine’s Christmas Case by Lara Lacombe

Although Dario Ortega would like to know Felicity Grant better, it seems the newly returned resident of Shadow Creek is not interested in the same thing. But when the private investigator needs assistance to uncover the person responsible for hacking into Colton, Incorporated, his technical knowledge is very much appreciated. As a former marine, Felicity has the drive to prove she can be successful at her new career, and she is willing to accept Dario’s help to solve the case. Yet to find the answers, the couple must spend many hours researching, and surprisingly some of it is spent thinking about each other.

In the concluding book about Livia Colton, a number of unforeseen truths are finally exposed. I was kept guessing until the very end, and enjoyed looking out for any cleverly placed clues. Dario and Felicity are really likable, and I wondered if they would be willing to take a chance with their hearts. These two did not see their lives going toward the same goal, so it was fun watching them come to several stunning revelations. The Marine’s Christmas Case has engaging conversations and plenty of honest reactions. Lara Lacombe has created compelling situations for her particularly appealing couple to deal with, and the continuity came to a satisfying finish in this entertaining story.

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Series:  The Coltons of Shadow Creek

Publisher:  Harlequin Romantic Suspense

Releases:  December 1, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/ybmufesf

Genre:  Suspense

Author website: http://www.reganblack.com/ and http://www.laralacombe.com/

Rating:  4 Stars

All I Want by J.H. Croix

Stories set during the Christmas holidays are always a favorite of mine because the season is associated with joyous times and the possibility of something miraculous happening. J.H. Croix gives two people a second opportunity to be in a relationship, but it will never occur unless minds are changed and big risks are taken. With the help of friends and relatives, the couple might find what is missing in their lives is within reach if they will just take a chance with their hearts. I always enjoy a story written by this author, as the characters are so genuine while the plot is believably convincing, and ALL I WANT left me smiling and very happy.

When a friend wanted to know if Dallas Tate would go and make certain all was well with his vacation home, the FBI agent knew it was a great excuse to get away for a few weeks and revisit Haven’s Bay, Maine. His job has been rather demanding lately, and his former hometown along the coast is the perfect place for him to relax. But upon reaching his destination, Dallas discovers another person is already there ahead of him. Audrey Edwards is the one person who is vividly remembered from when he lived in this community, and seeing her again recalls a memory involving them both which has never been forgotten. Though circumstances were not right for them to be together years ago, perhaps fate will give them a different ending this time.

J.H. Croix captures my imagination with her colorfully depicted setting of coastal Maine, as it let me visualize the area and want to experience what winter would be like there, especially if I had someone like Dallas to aid in warming me up. This dedicated FBI agent may appear to only think about work, but his inner thoughts let me know there are plenty of emotional feelings also inside him. While his mind tries to deny the potent connection he has with Audrey, his body definitely realizes when she is around. For a man who is always in control, overwhelming lust can make Dallas act upon his craving for her in an instant. Since her adoration for him has never completely died even though they have been apart for years, she cannot stop herself from wanting to be with him in any capacity. Yet when things become complicated between them, some tough decisions must be made by both of them. Since the story is told from alternating viewpoints, I got to see how each was reacting to the same situation. There is even a playful dog in the book, and her antics had me grinning. ALL I WANT is passionately sexy and has engaging characters.

I voluntarily wrote a review after receiving a copy of the book via Booksprout

Publisher:  Amazon Digital Services LLC

Releases:  November 25, 2017

Genre:  Contemporary

Author website:  http://jhcroixauthor.com/

Rating:  4.5 Stars

Black Ops Warrior by Amelia Autin

While I have thoroughly enjoyed all the Man on a Mission stories, there was something about the hero of the tenth book that made him a favorite. Niall Jones is a dedicated agent whose work has him telling untruths and pretending. But when he interacts with Dr. Savannah Whitman, keeping his emotions from becoming involved is one of the hardest things he has ever done. As days go by and these two become more connected, the couple must ask themselves what is most important for future happiness and are they willing to try and make it happen. I immediately became caught up in the clever plot, and whether a scene contained threats or was only emotional, my captivation increased. BLACK OPS WARRIOR is engagingly imaginative because Amelia Autin has a talent for creating believable developments, where the reaction of characters is backed by genuine feelings and the circumstances are convincingly depicted.

For his latest undercover mission, Niall Jones is intently watching a woman who might become a traitor to the country that he has sworn to protect. Her previous job working with a defense contractor has left Dr. Savannah Whitman privy to sensitive government information, and there are corrupt individuals who would really like access to these facts. Now it is up to Niall to follow her around China while she sightsees, making certain nothing she knows is passed on to someone else.

Since Niall is trained to be aware of even the smallest detail, he cannot keep from noticing various personal aspects pertaining to Savannah yet wishes he did not. When he makes contact with her, it is to gain her trust and perhaps get some pertinent disclosures from her. But when it becomes apparent that the data she knows is wanted by an undetermined faction, Niall must remain close to Savannah or the critical material and even her life could be at risk.

Much of the story takes place in China, and Amelia Autin certainly took me on a colorful trip around this country. As Savannah and Niall take in the sights, I also got to “see” the many unique wonders that can only be found there. When it comes to the mystery of what individuals were actually carrying out the unlawful orders, the author kept me in the dark for most of the story. Subtle clues are given, yet just when I thought all was figured out, something would occur and change my mind. I like when not everything is known until the story almost concludes. The suspense definitely kept building with each new threat, and I never knew when something perilous would crop up. BLACK OPS WARRIOR skillfully balances the danger with emotional conflicts.

The relationship of Savannah and Niall is very complicated. He is undercover and must keep many secrets, while she is openly honest. The more time they spend together, the more guilt he feels, but duty forces him to remain silent. I felt how much it pained him when he could not tell her the truth, as he has quite a few inner discussions with himself. He is such an honorable man in all ways, and Savannah is just principled. When these two are intimate, the encounters are steamy yet also caringly tender. I had a wonderful time watching this couple discover so many new things about each other plus themselves.

I voluntarily reviewed the book and all comments are my honest opinion

Series:  Man on a Mission – Book 10

Publisher:  Harlequin Romantic Suspense

Releases:  December 1, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/y9y4lf7e

Genre:  Suspense

Author website:  http://www.ameliaautin.com/

Rating:  5 Stars

Christmas with the Best Man by Susan Carlisle

The two main characters in this Christmas in Manhattan story have very different views about what they want out of life. Dr. Helena Tate tries to be positive when she envisions what the future will bring, while Dr. Elijah Davenport feels he will always be alone and never have a wife. But when a celebration has them in close contact for an extended period, the simmering attraction they both feel turns into an almost uncontrollable desire for them to be together. What happens when they give in are days filled with delight until old fears resurface. The seasonal aspects in the book certainly had me smiling as I watched the couple enjoy various festivities during their daily lives. The storyline is also very emotional and truly compelling. Susan Carlisle makes every development in CHRISTMAS WITH THE BEST MAN believably realistic and constantly captivating. While part of a continuity, the book is understandable without reading the prior books.

After an emotionally distressing incident when Dr. Helena Tate was a teenager, she has tried to move forward. Though she is a successful emergency room doctor, there is no one special in her life at this time. Yet she hopes one day to find a man with whom to have the family that she desires. While Helena does often interact with Dr. Elijah Davenport at Manhattan Mercy hospital, his reputation of not wanting to settle down with one woman lets her know they can never be anything but professional coworkers.

When Elijah’s twin brother gets married and he along with Helena are attendants, there are several playful moments after the ceremony which have them really noticing the other for the first time. The couple then seem to come in contact more often at work after the wedding. Although there is certainly much physical longing between Helena and Elijah, his attitude about relationships is nothing like hers, so she feels giving in to the strong pull will only result in future misery.

Holiday stories are always a favorite of mine, and I had a great time visiting several decorated sights in New York along with the characters. The latest Christmas in Manhattan installment even has a wedding that was imaginatively seasonal. How Helena reacts to the snow had me grinning, since I am also a southerner. When it comes to any medical procedures, each problem is handled in a way which had me convinced every detail is accurate. Getting to see these two dedicated doctors during a crisis let me know just how much they cared about their patients.

From the start of CHRISTMAS WITH THE BEST MAN, I really like Helena and Elijah. While both have a good reason for letting an event cause them anguish in the past, she has not let it dictate much of her current life as he still does. These two individuals will have to do much soul-searching before their short fling can become more than a few days of pleasure, and Susan Carlisle gives each much to ponder when unexpected feelings are experienced. I thought all responses were spot-on for the happenings in their lives, and a few reactions left me worrying how everything would ultimately turn out for the spirited Helena and Elijah.

I voluntarily reviewed the book, and all comments are my honest opinion

Series:  Christmas in Manhattan

Publisher:  Harlequin Medical Romance

Releases:  November 21, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/y8rat5ae

Genre:  Contemporary

Author website:   http://www.susancarlisle.com/

Rating:  4.5 Stars

Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper

Life with all its ups and downs is portrayed with amusement and sincerity in the latest book of the Southern Eclectic series. Molly Harper is known for writing hilarious scenes, and her unique sense of humor is evident all throughout the story. Comments are constantly witty, while the distinctive personalities of characters are demonstrated during lighthearted instances. But there are also plenty of circumstances where feelings are displayed with honest emotions. I felt as though I was reading about a real family at times, as any interaction between its members seemed so genuine. There are countless laughs in SWEET TEA AND SYMPATHY along with an equal number of heartfelt moments.

As an event planner, Margot Cary has dreams of working with a leading company in Chicago whose influential clients will help to make her more in demand. But one wrong decision by someone under her direction leaves her career in shambles. Now she is out of work with not a single prospect in sight. Luckily for Margot, a relative in Georgia saw the embarrassing video about the unfortunate incident, and the elderly woman wants her to help promote their two family-run businesses. Though she has no idea what the new job will entail or really anything about these people, her situation is too desperate not to accept the offer.

When Margot arrives in Lake Sackett, she has some big doubts about the new direction her life is taking. The place is too rural, and she certainly has no knowledge about fishing or funerals. Yet her family members make her feel immediately like she will fit in, and one male resident has even grabbed her attention. As Margot begins to settle into a routine, she cannot help but wonder where she really belongs.

If I see the name Molly Harper on the cover, then I know the story will be totally entertaining. This author has a way of drawing in the reader with her downhome folks who face some real-life problems. In SWEET TEA AND SYMPATHY, a woman has lost just about everything, but family members whom she has never met come to the rescue. What happens when someone raised in the big city goes to live in a town where secrets frequently spread quicker than wildfire is captivatingly told with humor plus some unexpected seriousness, and I was always affected regardless of what was happening. I laughed repeatedly, especially when some of Margot’s relatives were making a statement in an earnest manner, but the meaning definitely came across as comical. Numerous citizens in Lake Sackett appear from time to time, and these individuals often made the story more noteworthy because of how they reacted.

What I will remember most about the book is the scenes dealing with family. Though a person cannot pick their relations, they can be thankful when devotion is freely given. I really enjoyed seeing Margot meet her new family and then discovering how everyone would respond. Even her first encounter with school principal Kyle Archer is memorable, and what transpired afterward was realistic and sometimes even moving. I do not know what direction the Southern Eclectic series will go, but I truly wish for there to be many more books.

I voluntarily reviewed the book from the publisher via NetGalley, and all comments are my honest opinion

Series:  Southern Eclectic – Book 2

Publisher:  Gallery

Releases:  November 21, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/y9kaozvn

Genre:  Contemporary

Author website:  http://mollyharper.com/

Rating:  4.5 Stars

Seducing the Defendant by Chantal Fernando

Lots of issues need to be worked out in the second book of the Conflict of Interest series, where emotions are conflicted and passion runs high. There are also a wide variety of characters in the story, from dedicated lawyers to loyal bikers, and their diverse personalities made the scenes more interesting. While some attorneys are known for being straitlaced and always formal, those working for Bentley & Channing Law are often lighthearted and have much fun. I really enjoyed their banter-filled conversations at the office. Since I have read the Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club series, it was great seeing several of its members again, but knowing anything about these individuals is certainly not a requirement to enjoy this novel. Chantal Fernando skillfully interweaves a previous series with her newer one to create an entertaining plus compelling story. SEDUCING THE DEFENDANT has numerous challenges, where outcomes are crucial in determining future lives.

When Jaxon Bentley is offered the chance to represent Scarlett Reyes in court, the criminal lawyer wants to speak with his potential client in person before agreeing. The wealthy woman is thought to have killed her husband, and now that his body has been found, a trial will soon be starting. During their conversation, many significant questions are asked by Jaxon. Though there is nothing to prove her innocence, he is affected by what Scarlett says and takes the case, hoping something relevant can be tracked down.

Since Scarlett’s husband was a cop, the case is even more complex. After some research reveals a person of interest who is linked to the Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club, a discreet inquiry is made by Jaxon. What the attorney discovers about the murdered man makes it seem like he was hiding plenty of secrets in his life. As Jaxon works to defend Scarlett on the murder charge by exposing the facts, the two grow unexpectedly close.

Part of SEDUCING THE DEFENDANT deals with a court case, but much of the story focuses on Jaxon and Scarlett’s relationship. At first, he is very professional, but the more he is around her, the more his feelings about the possible killer are influenced. I liked how his inner thoughts are conveyed when his viewpoints are expressed, as they let me know what he was thinking regardless of how he acted. Jaxon is definitely a man who can show a woman a good time, whether in the bedroom or out. He is thoughtful and makes certain Scarlett receives whatever will bring her happiness, and he is very attuned to her sexual desires, resulting in plenty of exceedingly sensuous encounters. She is also a very compassionate person, always willing to help those in need. Their discussions are realistic, making me feel as though their relationship was believable.

While most of the story centers around emotional topics, there is a little suspense plus one huge unforeseen development. I was deeply stunned when this incident occurred, as I was not expecting anything like this to happen. Chantal Fernando certainly caught me off guard. I am really looking forward to the upcoming books about other people associated with the law firm. SEDUCING THE DEFENDANT takes the reader on an emotional journey.

I voluntarily reviewed the book from the publisher via NetGalley, and all comments are my honest opinion

Series:  Conflict of Interest – Book 2

Publisher:  Gallery

Releases:  November 14, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/y98owtlc

Genre:  Contemporary

Author website:  http://www.authorchantalfernando.com/

Rating:  4 Stars

Take Down by Harper St. George and Tara Wyatt

The second book in the Blood and Glory series is about two people who have endured heartbreaking personal issues, and they now need to find a way to move forward and perhaps even find happiness. With the hero being a MMA fighter, he appears to be tough and in control. Yet on the inside, he is vulnerable and always guarded. While the heroine has also suffered, she tries to be upbeat and looks for something positive, even when an incident could turn out to be undesirable. When the couple are drawn together by sexual escapades, their lives are changed in ways neither could have ever predicted. The scenes where feelings are the focal point touched me on numerous levels, while the moments filled with steamy sex definitely grabbed my full attention. Harper St. George and Tara Wyatt have made TAKE DOWN a compelling plus emotional story about the world of MMA fighting.

As a journalist, Megan Sinclair likes to uncover facts that no one else knows. Her latest project for an online magazine is about the World Fighting Championship and the individuals who fight for this league. To learns about the reason someone would want to participate in such a sport, she is doing several interviews. One of the men with whom Megan will be speaking is Gabriel “The Sandman” Maddox.

When Megan and Gabe meet to discuss his career choice, he is cordial but seems to be holding back on various questions. There was an occurrence years ago that changed his life, and the event still haunts him every day. To take his mind off the tragedy, he tries to keep his whole focus on staying a champion fighter. Though the interview between Gabe and Megan was short, there was enough time for them to make a huge impression on each other, and now they want to discover more.

Since I had never watched a MMA fight before reading the Blood and Glory series, I did give it a try. What I learned was how challenging the bouts were, and I could tell these men had diligently trained to be so athletic. In TAKE DOWN, Gabe often seems to be giving his career everything he has, especially in how he lives his life on a daily basis. It may look as if all is wonderful since he is a champion, but one fateful day has left him guilt ridden and not letting anyone get past the emotional barriers that he has erected. But one interaction with Megan, and he feels a spark of interest that just will not go away. She also feels the same, but has no idea how big the hurdle is which stands in the way of them having a relationship. While they have no trouble at all when it comes to satisfying sex, having openly honest conversations do not look to be happening. I could easily sense how extremely difficult some discussions were for Gabe, and this caused me to worry about what would happen to their relationship, as I wanted the likable Megan to find pleasure in life. TAKE DOWN entertains with real-life experiences, lusty sexual encounters, and engaging characters.

I voluntarily reviewed the book from the publisher via NetGalley, and all comments are my honest opinion

Series:  Blood and Glory – Book 2

Publisher: Pocket Star

Releases:  November 13, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/yb73wb7w

Genre:  Contemporary

Author websites:  http://harperstgeorge.com/ and http://www.tara-wyatt.com/

Rating:  4 Stars

The Spanish Duke’s Holiday Proposal by Robin Gianna

This contribution to the Christmas in Manhattan continuity has a wide range of emotions and truly wonderful characters. The main romantic couple have suffered losses, plus their lives are filled with doubts. When their paths cross and a personal situation arises that must be dealt with quickly, a plan is formed which could have a lasting effect on their futures. I always enjoy a story by Robin Gianna, as she brings so much realism into her books. The characters in her latest medical romance are convincing because their flaws are genuine while conversations are honestly spoken. I was absolutely riveted to every word in THE SPANISH DUKE’S HOLIDAY PROPOSAL because of the heartfelt emotions and likable characters.

Although EMT Mateo Alves and Miranda Davenport, an emergency room doctor, had seen each other at Manhattan Mercy hospital, the two had never actually interacted. But a frightening incident gives them the opportunity to work together, where their skills are put to the test. The episode has them both respecting the other because of their abilities plus behavior.

When a dilemma has Mateo scrambling to find a solution, he thinks having Miranda pose as his fiancée is the answer. His family is Spanish nobility, and he now needs to take over the business affairs for his parents after an unforeseen event happened, but this is not what he wants for himself. The background of Miranda has her consenting to Mateo’s proposition, and their time in Spain with his family might bring them joy if they can get over uncertainties about their lives.

THE SPANISH DUKE’S HOLIDAY PROPOSAL is about family matters, and how a person deals with these situations. Miranda has lived with misgivings for years about whether she is worthy to be a member of the Davenport family, as they are wealthy and influential. Though things in his life are not the same as hers, Mateo has also felt circumstances are not ideal when it relates to his family. As these two explore new feelings and come to revelations about themselves, they cannot help but wonder if dreams really can come true. I so wanted Mateo and Miranda to be happy, yet there were certainly plenty of obstacles in their journey to having lasting bliss. I smiled a lot, fretted at times, and even laughed when these two were lighthearted. Robin Gianna has once again written a story that captured my full attention.

With much of the story taking place in Spain, I got to experience the sights of the countryside along with a some of the residents of this country. Since the Christmas season is approaching, I also felt the festive spirit of the holiday while reading. The medical emergencies could easily have occurred as described, and the danger involved had me nervous about the outcome. Though the story is part of a continuity, it totally stands alone.

I voluntarily reviewed the book and all comments are my honest opinion

Series:  Christmas in Manhattan

Publisher:  Harlequin Medical Romance

Releases:  October 17, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/yd7rgb3q

Genre:  Contemporary

Author website:  http://www.robingianna.com/

Rating:  5 Stars

Their Christmas Miracle by Lynne Marshall

Unexpected feelings plus shocking circumstances make the second book in the Charity, Montana series very compelling and often moving. The small-town setting is perfectly delightful, where residents are charming and know one another. With the story taking place at Christmas time, plenty of celebrations are occurring and folks are in a festive mood. I enjoyed all the fun seasonal experiences, especially since I remember doing some of the very same things in years past. Characters are engagingly believable, and their everyday lives are depicted with realism. Lynne Marshall always writes truly convincing stores, and THEIR CHRISTMAS MIRACLE is affectingly emotional.

Since Tracy Blevin needs a little extra cash to help with her house payments, she occasionally works another job after her shift ends at the urgent care in Charity, Montana where she is a nurse. She enjoys baking, and making pies for Wood’s Café brings her much pleasure along with some money. Getting to interact with the diner’s owner is a bonus, but Hunter Wood seems content to keep things professional, so Tracy thinks friendship is all they will ever share.

After serving his sentence, Hunter wants to put the past behind him and have a brighter future. As he and Tracy become better acquainted when their work schedule overlaps, both begin to dream of possibilities that each feels will never become a reality. When an unanticipated event drastically alters Hunter’s life, his relationship with Tracy could also go in a new direction.

A standalone story, THEIR CHRISTMAS MIRACLE is about taking a risk and hoping the outcome will bring happiness. Hunter paid the price for a tragic mistake, and now he just wants to be respected and move forward. Working hard at his café takes up much of his time, but he has definitely noticed the intriguing Tracy who bakes some really delicious pies and also appeals to him. When he ends up the guardian of a young infant, he makes sure the boy is a priority in his life. I liked seeing how this man faced the obstacles of raising a child, and some were amusing while other instances were touching. Lynne Marshall had me smiling often during the scenes where little Adam was featured as those moments were certainly accurate.

Tracy has fears about giving love another chance, but being around Hunter as first a business partner and then his friend has her secretly wanting more. I never knew if this couple would let their feelings dictate their actions or if their mind would be in control. The author has her characters behave with genuine reactions, and just like real life, responses are not always in a person’s best interest. Honest emotions are why I always like reading a story written by Lynne Marshall.

I voluntarily reviewed the book and all comments are my honest opinion

Series:  Charity, Montana – Book 2

Publisher:  Tule Publishing

Releases:  November 7, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/yac4mxsr

Genre:  Contemporary

Author website:  http://lynnemarshall.com/

Rating:   4 Stars