Title: Merry Christmas, Baby
Author: Katie Reus
My Rating: A
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Main Characters: Nora and Jackson
Release Date: January 2016
Publisher: KR Press, LLC
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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.
I liked this book just because there's a lot of history between the two MC's that happened before the story started.
Nora moved to this small town 9 months ago and Jackson has been courting her ever since. 3 weeks ago, she finally gave in (which she didn't want to do because she didn't want to risk their friendship) and they went out on a date. A date that was wonderful. So wonderful, in fact, that it totally freaked Jackson out. He's been avoiding her for 3 weeks...exactly what Nora feared. But as the book begins, he has realized that he totally screwed up and wants another chance...something that Nora isn't really willing to do, no matter how much she used to like him. She's learned her lesson.
And that's where the book starts...with Jackson coming into the book shop with flowers in his arms and Nora really not wanting to even talk to him. This is a short story that never felt like there wasn't enough information. The story feels very complete. Nora is the guardian for her younger sister and there's even a side story line there for what's going on in her sister's life. To make all of it even better, almost the entire story is told within the confines of the bookstore. Can we say happy place?
I liked the source of conflict between the two. It worked. I found it totally believable that a guy like Jackson would freak out at the perfection of their first date. Even though he really liked her, his momentary panic ruined everything. I could also see Nora's viewpoint. He really hurt her when he never called again.
The story was sweet. It was filled with wonderful small town romance...a place like Holly would be interesting to visit...and fun little moments. I liked the side story line, too. Overall, I just flat-out enjoyed it. Another plus...Jackson is a former SEAL...YUM!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.