Monday, December 1, 2014

Merry Christmas, Baby by Jill Shalvis - Review

Merry Christmas, Baby
(Lucky Harbor #12.5)
by Jill Shalvis
Expected publication: December 2, 2014 by Grand Central Publishing

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis brings you a heartwarming tale that could only happen in Lucky Harbor . . .


Wild child Chloe Thompson can't believe how much things have changed. She still can't get enough of her sexy husband Sawyer, but he seems to prefer working to thinking about impending fatherhood. So tonight, a very pregnant Chloe is escaping her troubles at the town Christmas party.

Sheriff Sawyer Thompson hopes surprising Chloe at the party will give him a chance to set things right. But as the snow begins to fall and the wind rages, he wonders whether he can make it back in time. While mother nature conspires to keep Sawyer and Chloe apart, an unexpected arrival will require them to kiss and make up . . . and ring in the happiest holiday Lucky Harbor has ever seen. (13,000 words)

My review:
I always love visiting Lucky Harbor, and this short story didn't disappoint. I was very sad that the Lucky Harbor series has come to an end, so I was delighted to see this little extra surprise. In Merry Christmas, Baby, we get to revisit Chloe and Sawyer, whose love story was in the third Lucky Harbor book, Head Over Heels.

Chloe and Sawyer have now been married several years and are expecting a baby. Chloe's childhood wasn't the best. Her mother was absent most of the time, and Chloe grew up living on the spur of the moment, marching to the beat of her own drummer. Sawyer didn't have a very good childhood either and had been very rebellious in his teen years as a result. Chloe is very worried about how the two of them are going to be good parents with their background. Chloe is also worried because she has become more irritable as she has become more worried about impending motherhood and dealt with the aches and pains of pregnancy, and it seems that Sawyer is becoming emotionally distant and taking jobs out of town to be physically distant.

Some of the key players in the other Lucky Harbor novels come back into play as Chloe's baby makes an unforgettable entrance into the world. I loved getting to "see" some of the familiar faces and really enjoyed getting to read a follow-up of two of my favorite characters, Chloe and Sawyer. 

If you enjoy reading contemporary romance, I would recommend this sweet Christmas story and would definitely recommend the entire Lucky Harbor series.

An ARC was provided for an honest review.

Read my review of Head Over Heels by Jill Shalvis, the book where it all started with Chloe and Sawyer.

About the author:
New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras with her family and far too many assorted quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental.

Visit Jill's website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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