Title: Merry Christmas, Baby
Author: Katie Reus
Publisher: KR Press, LLC
Publication Date: January 20, 2017
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Format: eBook, Paperback
Page Count: 132
Rating: 3 Stars
Warm up with a sexy holiday tale of love and romance from USA Today bestselling author Katie Reus…
After unexpectedly inheriting a bookstore, Nora and her younger sister settled in Holly, NC, a place where it’s Christmas year-round. As the legal guardian for her sister the past few years, romance has been the last thing on Nora’s mind. But she broke her rules for the town’s golden boy—former SEAL Jackson O’Connor.
When Jackson does something stupid and almost loses Nora for good, he realizes just how far he’s willing to go for the woman who’s stolen his heart. But it might take a Christmas miracle to get Nora to give him a second chance.
Author note: This novella is part of the All He Wants for Christmas anthology. It may be purchased as part of the anthology or as an individual title.
♦ Personal Thought ♦
Merry Christmas, Baby is a second chance story …no. Scratch that. It’s not exactly a second chance, but definitely a “fix things right after a major screw up”.
Pages into this book, I felt glad that the story doesn’t start “before the date” as I’m not sure I’d be readily forgiving to Jackson – and I quite like him – so it’s (initially) that we get to read the fixing part only. That said, I’m rescinding my standpoint because, as the story progress it felt like there’s a lot of details I’m missing out.
The strong chemistry between Jackson and Nora would’ve felt more real if we get the whole story of the first attraction, the stumble, THEN the making it right. As it is, the novella still has its appeal, though nowhere close to awesome.
And – as much as I love Alpha males and their former military lives whatsoevers – the few mentions of hero’s SEALs past in never fail a mission, he’s a tough guy, he got dangerous vibes bla bla just once too many. Unless this novella is part of a military series or something and Jackson’s one of the members need his story to tell??
Added to that the really really rapid speed the relationship cemented to more; the barely there problem of someone who tried to get between them; and the unnecessary epilogue (because… come on, we knew that was given. No need to overdo it, really).
I like Nora’s relationship with her kid sister here and her trying to parent her the best she could. Her kid sister might act like …well, teenagers. But this snippet of the juggling parenting/sistering made the story real to me.
Mayhap I went too far judging this story. If one only look at feel-good slightly steamy Holidays story, this is one for you. Just don’t expect too much of it. 🙂