Happy Ever After in Christmas
It's beginning to look a lot like love . . .
As her thirtieth birthday approaches, deputy Jill Flaherty decides it's time to live a little. When she walks into Sawyer Anderson's bar in her sexiest dress, she's not thinking that he's her brother's best friend or about the many women he dated during his years as a pro hockey player. All she's thinking is that it's finally time to confess to her longtime crush how she truly feels.
Sawyer is done being a player on and off the ice. Yet no one in the small town of Christmas seems to believe he's ready to settle down, not Jill, and certainly not Jack, who is determined to keep Sawyer from breaking his little sister's heart. But as Sawyer and Jill's relationship heats up, can he prove that he's her happy ever after?
Finally, we have Jill’s story! If ever a character was deserving of a story it is Jill. Her “hot cop” looks and sweet girl personality really endeared her to me. It was cute how her crush on her brother’s best friend played out. We’ve all been there and can relate to her feelings. Sawyer is her brother’s best friend and the story revolves around getting him to not think of Jill as a sister. It really was an opposites attract sort of story because of the good girl in Jill and the playboy in Sawyer. They bickered like siblings, but really, everyone can sense the undercurrent of attraction. It was fun to read about.
It was a typical romance read. Sawyer, who has qualms about serious relationships and Jill with her insecurities and self doubts. It was a bit predictable, but the journey was still worth the read. I could not find fault with Jill. I just felt for her. As for Sawyer, I could have beaned him over the head a few times, just to make him come to the realization that Jill was the one for him, sooner than later.
As with any Christmas ,Colorado book, there were funny scenes and bittersweet ones. I don’t like to give spoilers but Jill does go through something that might end up pulling the heartstrings of many a reader. It does make her stronger and Nell (the ever nosy Christmas resident) is still my favorite character, even more so in this book.
I like that Nell is writing about the love connections from Christmas. That was a funny twist to the series.
The one character that I do feel sorry for is Brandi. Yes, she can be a hard pill to swallow at times, especially with her attitude, but she deserves redemption. I like her story, it makes me think that her situation causes her to act like that. I hope that she gets her HEA too, some day.
Note: I would suggest reading the previous books in the series just to get an understanding of all the characters involved.
*I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*