12 Books of Christmas~ Reviews 11 & 12

If you’ve followed my blog for the past week or so, you will know I have been reading a series written by seven authors centering on a group of girlfriends coming back to Christmas Falls, Tennesse. This series had me crying over my coffee and biting my tongue to not cry standing in the grocery line. I’m not that sappy most times, and these books aren’t necessarily an “emotional rollercoaster”, but there is just something about these simple love stories with the best HEA’s ever. Maybe I’m just caught up in the season or getting sentimental in my old age. (If you are a blogger friend and I start crying over my vamps and shifters, please give me a virtual smack) I did not read these books in order so it’s proof that they can be read as stand-alones with the exception of the last one. Read book seven last.

 

Many years ago, Lexi found herself the victim of a nasty rumor. Rumors and small towns go together like tequila and salt. So she spends the next eight years trying to separate herself from Christmas Falls and the gossip. But of course, she’s pulled back and has to face her demons head-on. She is spunky and determined and deals the past with class and determination. The romance in this book, like the others is sweet and very clean. I mean like new-car-clean. However, it worked very well because these characters are so real, the plot is fast moving, and the dialog is spot-on.

Twelve unlucky years ago, rumors flew about Lexi and Kevin. And now? Well, not much has changed, except this time neither can run away. Not from Christmas Falls. And maybe . . . not from each other.
As a political strategist at Dunlop Bennet & Associates, Lexi Townsend’s career is going nowhere. She’s a cubical dweller writing speeches for freshmen senators in DC. But if she can hitch her career wagon to a rising political star, she’ll be on her way to a corner office in no time. When she’s offered a plum holiday assignment–an ideal candidate with deep pockets, someone who could make the leap from local to national politics–she starts to dream about that corner office.
Until she realizes her candidate is Kevin O’Malley, aka Kevin the Hottie, Kevin the Snob, Kevin the Liar, the same guy who shattered her high school reputation back home in Christmas Falls with a rumor. Assignment in hand, Lexi braces herself for the most difficult political race of her career–because this time it’s personal.

 

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This is the seventh book in this series. I recommend this is the only one you read in order. Like the other girls, Olivia’s life has changed over the years and she finds herself back in Christmas Falls dealing with a life that did not turn out how she, or anyone else planned.  I enjoyed the romance in this book. I think it’s wholesome and focuses on the magic of the Christmas season. I liked the interplay between characters and the way new characters are integrated into this town.

Olivia Mackey spent her whole life hearing how she was destined for bigger and better places than Christmas Falls, Tennessee. A regular on the beauty queen scene from a very young age, she learned from her stage mom, that appearances mean everything. Having spent the years after high school traveling the world and failing at the dream everyone told her she should have, she’s back home and wondering what she’s to do next.
Nothing is where she left it. Friends have scattered, her mentor is ill, and Olivia is fumbling her way through a big life in a small town.
Tim Avondale and his young daughter showed up in Christmas Falls one evening looking for a fresh start. Buying the Sleepy Hound Bookstore seemed the perfect opportunity. Life had gone so wrong and now here in this quiet town he could keep anything bad from happening to his daughter again.
When the two cross paths Olivia and Tim find an instant connection. A tug toward each other they don’t want to ignore. The problem is, in the process they are being tugged away from all the things they thought were important in their lives. He can’t hide out from real life forever. She is more than just what people see on the surface. But when they’re forced to decide will they choose to be better together or safer apart?

Danielle Stewart is a USA Today Best Selling Author of over twenty books. Her series include The Piper Anderson Series, The Edenville Series, The Clover Series, The Piper Anderson Legacy Mystery Series, The Rough Waters Series & The Barrington Billionaire’s Series. She has had more then 2.5 million books downloaded and held the number one book rank on iBooks, Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Danielle currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and six-year-old son. She works hard to perfect the ability to write in a noisy house and create storylines while folding laundry. She loves hearing from readers so please find her on social media!

 

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