Tuesday, December 12, 2017
This Christmas by Jeannie Moon
Christmas in New York Book 1
This is a charming novella-length love story filled with romance tropes which I didn't mind at all. The heroine, Sabrina, Bree, is the single mother of an almost 10-year old daughter and the hero, of course, is the father, Jake Killen, pro hockey player.
There's not a lot of real angst as Bree and Jake readily admit their past and the fact that their feelings haven't died. Well, not to each other of course. We need a bit of conflict! The electricity between them is still there. Their daughter, Charlie (Charlotte), has inherited her mother's looks and her father's hockey talent. She loves her mom and she quickly comes to love her dad. Her one wish for years has been to have her father back and whatddya know, this Christmas it happens!
We have Bree's parents who are suspicious of Jake at first and Bree's crew of girlfriends who have her back. There are the obligatory confrontational scenes between them and Jake. There is also an obligatory ice-skating scene. A father-daughter dance. Some not-really-needed bullying at school and a side sort-of plot concerning the local lighthouse that I thought could have been built upon more.
All in all, it was a charming read but I found myself wishing there had been less introspective inner-dialogue and more action. And maybe a little more conflict? Bree was a little too nice for me, I guess. *LOL* Anyway... a sweet holiday read.