Type: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: Net Galley
‘Tis the Season to Be Naughty Connor McClain knows what he wants. And after four harrowing years in Afghanistan, that’s a quiet life in the lakeside town of Evergreen Cove. But coming home has land mines of its own-the most dangerous of them being long-legged bombshell Faith Garrett. Now getting her into his arms this holiday is going to require more than mistletoe . . .
With a cheating ex behind her, all Faith wants is a relaxing holiday free from man drama. And even though every moment with gorgeous Connor is a sweet temptation, Faith is determined not to give in. But Jack Frost has other plans, and soon Faith and Connor are snowbound in a winter wonderland with only the sparks flying between them to keep them warm. As one hot kiss leads to another, they’ll have to decide if they’re ready to give each other the best gift of all-love.
I have a thing for holiday romances and when they are combined with small town life and fun characters, I am all in. This is the third in a cute series featuring bad boys and the women who capture their hearts.
Faith lives in Evergreen Cove, a delightful small town with good friends and a business to call her own. The only problem is that she can’t avoid her ex-fiancé and his new girlfriend and she is pissed, she misses her favorite wine. She has also decided to take a break from men, which means she must not gawk at Conner when he comes around.
Conner McCain has had a rough few years, after a bad breakup, he left for the service and spent several years in Afghanistan where he blames himself for several deaths. Since he came home two years ago he has been unable to move on, he still has unpacked boxes in his undecorated apartment. He has always been attracted to Faith but has stayed clear, however when she finds herself in danger, he is more than willing to be near to protect her, and when a blizzard keeps them inside he is thankful for all that snow.
This is a heartfelt romance that embraces the holiday season and has one of my favorite scenes, a couple stranded in a cabin during a snow storm.
Faith is a delightful heroine, donning the cloak of independence she is staying away from men and keeping busy with her business. She does flirt with a certain landscaper when he is around but tries to keep it innocent even though her thoughts are anything but innocent. She is still dealing with the fallout of her ex and his cheating. I did find it a little ironic that for all her bravado of independence she is too afraid to venture into the local store where her ex works to pick up her favorite wine and I had to laugh at her hilarious attempts to overcome her fears.
I like Conner; he is loyal to a fault and has a good circle of friends. Not many know of the troubles he faced while overseas and how he has a hard time moving on with his life. When he finds himself being overly protective around Faith, he realizes his feelings for her have grown into more than friendship and he is not sure what to do. The two together have some serious chemistry and it is evident from the beginning and I like how they flirt around, but each have their own reasons for staying away, until the reasons fade. The only thing that I question is the “bad boy” label; I just never got that impression from him, maybe in his younger days?
The pace of the story works well, their relationship is based on friendship and when his protectiveness kicks in their feelings escalate into more. He admits to falling first but she can’t seem to shake the feeling that she must first find her independence before she can find love; this is something they must overcome. Secondary characters play important roles as this is a small town with interwoven lives, I like his family and think his sisters are a hoot especially when they include Faith in their Thanksgiving antics. Although this is the third in the series, it can easily be read as a standalone as the author keeps new readers well informed. This is a delightful holiday romance that will warm your heart.
I give A Bad Boy for Christmas by Jessica Lemmon 4 stars!