Saturday, November 1, 2014

The Heart Of Christmas-Brenda Novak

The Heart Of Christmas
Brenda Novak
Harlequin MIRA, Oct 28 2014, $7.99
ISBN: 9780778316398

In Whiskey Creek, thirtyish Eve Harmon manages her family-owned Little Mary’s B&B.  However, as Christmas arrives, she feels depressed because her love life for the most part remains celibate since Ted Dixon dumped her (see Take Me Home For Christmas); while she desperately wants a family. 

She is astonished to find a naked stranger in her bed with their disheveled clothing providing Eve with an explanation as to what happened there but not what occurred before they shared her sheet.  Rex McCready (see Bulletproof trilogy) knows he must leave unsatisfied with just a one night stand; but keeps delaying his departure as he needs Eve.  Still he realizes he cannot have forever with her though he craves this because she deserves someone without his ugly baggage.  As they fall in love, his dark past becomes known but Eve is hurt that her beloved failed to tell her before it became known.

The latest Whiskey Creek romance (see Come Home To Me) is a charming contemporary Christmas tale due to the beguiling lead couple who apparently has no future together, but thrives on their one day at a time relationship.  Though Eve’s obsession re biological clock and family can be distracting, readers will root for this couple to make it.  An added bonus is resolution of the Little Mary icy cold case. 

Harriet Klausner

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