Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The Nowhere Child by Christian White Review

The Nowhere ChildKimberly Leamy is a photography teacher in Melbourne, Australia. Twenty-six years earlier, Sammy Went, a two-year old girl vanished from her home in Manson, Kentucky. An American accountant who contacts Kim is convinced she was that child, kidnapped just after her birthday. She cannot believe the woman who raised her, a loving social worker who died of cancer four years ago, crossed international lines to steal a toddler.

On April 3rd, 1990, Jack and Molly Went’s daughter Sammy disappeared from the inside their Kentucky home. Already estranged since the girl’s birth, the couple drifted further apart as time passed. Jack did his best to raise and protect his other daughter and son while Molly found solace in her faith. The Church of the Light Within, a Pentecostal fundamentalist group who handle poisonous snakes as part of their worship, provided that faith. Without Sammy, the Wents eventually fell apart.

Now, with proof that she and Sammy are in fact the same person, Kim travels to America to reunite with a family she never knew she had. And to solve the mystery of her abduction—a mystery that will take her deep into the dark heart of religious fanaticism where she must fight for her life against those determined to save her soul…

My Thoughts:

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Wow, what can I say. This is a debut thriller from this author. I could not put it down. A 2 year old child goes missing, 26 years ago. Kim lives in Australia as a photographer. She has a sister and a step dad she loves with all her heart. Her mom died of cancer 4 years ago. Stuart Went contacts her and says I believe you are my sister, Sammy, who went missing 26 years ago. Kim can not believe that the mother who raised her was a kidnapper. So Kim travels to Kentucky to meet the family of Sammy,
You will read what happened then and what is happening now all throughout the book. Each chapter changes so you get to know the Went family 26 years ago and you get to know Kim's family now and her meeting the Went family. As you keep reading things fall into place but I still was a little surprised at the end. I am so glad that I read this book and will look forward to this author's other books.
I received this from Minotaur books for review.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Review: The Suspect by Fiona Barton

The Suspect

When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft, and frantic with worry. What were the girls up to before they disappeared?

Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, first with the exclusive, first to discover the truth--and this time is no exception. But she can't help but think of her own son, whom she hasn't seen in two years, since he left home to go travelling.

As the case of the missing girls unfolds, they will all find that even this far away, danger can lie closer to home than you might think...

MY Thoughts:

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Alex and Rosie are 18 and go to Thailand to see what is there. They end up missing. The parents don't hear from them and they are worried. Meanwhile journalist, Kate Waters gets involved and while searching for clues she can't help but wonder where her son is and what he is up to since she hasn't heard from him in a long time.
I found this story full of who did what and when and where. The police in Thailand were no help and makes you wonder if other countries do cover things up from foreigners. I really enjoyed this story but the Thailand police force really made me angry.
I received this from Berkley and Shelf Awareness giveaway.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Blog Tour 1001 Dark Nights Novella: Dragon Claimed by Donna Grant

New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant brings you another sizzling Dark Kings novella. 

Born to rule the skies as a Dragon King with power and magic, Cináed hides his true identity in the mountains of Scotland with the rest of his brethren. But there is no respite for them as they protect the planet and the human occupants from threats. However, a new, more dangerous enemy has targeted the Kings. One that will stop at nothing until dragons are gone forever. But Cináed discovers a woman from a powerful, ancient Druid bloodline who might have a connection to this new foe. 

Solitude is sanctuary for Gemma. Her young life was upended one stormy night when her family disappears, leaving her utterly alone. She learned to depend solely on herself from then on. But no matter where she goes she feels…lost. As if she missed the path she was supposed to take. Everything changes when she backs into the most dangerously seductive man she’s ever laid eyes. Gemma surrenders to the all-consuming attraction and the wild, impossible love that could destroy them both – and finds her path amid magic and dragons. 

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.** 
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My Thoughts;

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This novella is a stand alone book for the Dark Night's World. I have been reading the new ones but would love to get the ones before that I have not read. Cinaed is a Dragon King and he meets Gemma and feels connected somehow and wants really help her. She lost her family as a child and does not know what happened to them. She doesn't trust anyone and is a researcher for people when she meets Cinaed. He wants her to trust him and to help her find out about her family. As she gets to know Cinaed she learns about magic and dragons. But for some reason she isn't upset but intrigued by it all and wants to learn so much. This was a little over 100 pages so is a quick read and really loved the chemistry between these 2. I am going to look forwards to reading more of this world.
I received this free for review through #Inkslinger.

**COMING SOON** DRAGON CLAIMED from NYT bestselling author Donna Grant releases Jan. 15th!

About the author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Donna Grant has been praised for her "totally addictive" and "unique and sensual" stories. Her latest acclaimed series, Dark Kings, features a thrilling combination of dragons, Fae, and immortal Highlanders who are dark, dangerous, and irresistible. She lives with her two children and an assortment of animals in Texas. Visit Donna at www.DonnaGrant.com

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Review: In Dog We Trust by Beth Kendrick

In Dog We TrustWhen Jocelyn Hilliard finds herself named legal guardian for the late Mr. Allardyce's pack of prized Labrador retriever show dogs, her world is flipped upside down. She's spent her entire life in Black Dog Bay, Delaware, but never expected to be living the pampered life of a seasonal resident in an oceanside mansion with a generous stipend. But her new role isn't without its challenges: the dogs (although cute) are difficult to manage, her boyfriend leaves her, and suddenly she's contending with her late benefactor's estranged son, Liam, who thinks he's entitled to the inheritance that was left to the dogs. 

But Jocelyn has worked too hard, and her mother has sacrificed too much, for her to back down without a fight. She uncovers Mr. Allardyce's secrets, connects with her mother on new levels, and learns more about her own father's legacy while trying to find common ground with Liam.

As Jocelyn fights to keep her new fur-family together, she is faced with a new rival who threatens to take everything.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the 5th book in the Black Dog Bay series. I hadn't read the other books but I didn't feel like I missed anything. Jocelyn is out running when she saves 2 dogs from being hit by car. One is a mutt and 1 is a show dog. The owner of a show dog pretty much demands that she take care of his dogs every day by taking them out by the beach for walks and tires them out. She is also running a business with her mom and best friend. The guy of the car, who almost hit the dogs start dating Jocelyn despite her mom's warnings. The owner of the dog passes away and leaves the dogs and the house in her care. But his son fights her on that. Then another threat is on the horizon. She will fight for what she thinks is right.
I received this from #NetGalley for an honest review #indogwetrust

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Review: Strangers In Death by J. D. Robb

Strangers in Death (In Death, #26)In 2060 New York, some murders still get more attention than others, especially those in which the victim is a prominent businessman, found in his Park Avenue apartment, tied to the bed—and strangled with cords of black velvet. Fortunately, homicide cop Lieutenant Eve Dallas's billionaire husband, Roarke, happens to own the prime real estate where Thomas Anders's sporting-goods firm is headquartered, giving her some help with access. Before long, she's knocking on doors—and barging through them—to look for the answers she needs.

But some things don't add up—and everyone's alibi checks out, from the wife who was off in the tropics to the nephew who stood to inherit millions. Was this a crime of passion—or a carefully planned execution? It's up to Dallas to solve this sensational case in which those who seem to be intimates sometimes guard secrets from each other—and strangers may be connected in unexpected, and deadly, ways. . . .

My Thoughts:

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the 26th book in the series. It has been a few years since I read the last book and once I picked this one up I remembered all the characters in it and their personalities. This is set in 2060 , NY city. A very wealthy man is found dead in his apartment. Strangled with ropes and all kinds of sex devices. The first suspect ,of course, is the wife , who has an alibi. Anders is the man murdered and he owns a sporting good firm. They help children go to camps and get sporting equipment. While his wife meets and greets the mothers of these children. After much investigating things just aren't as rosy as they seem. I have always loved the dynamics between Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her multi billionaire husband Roarke. Their past and who they are today. Eve can be quite a tough bitch but can help a stranger in return. I will continue to keep reading because I am invested in these characters and have missed them so much.
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Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Christmas in July by Debbie Mason review

Christmas in July (Christmas, Colorado, #2)Grace Flaherty had given up hope of ever seeing her husband again. After all, it'd been over a year since he went missing in combat. So when he strides through the door of her bakery in downtown Christmas one sunny afternoon, she can hardly believe her eyes. But her happily-ever-after is going to take some effort - because Jack has no memory of his family.

All Jack Flaherty remembers about Christmas is that he couldn't wait to leave town. Now he's a local hero with a wife and son he doesn't know. Even as he struggles to rekindle the romance with his wife, he knows in his heart what he wants: a second chance at love.


My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Jack Flaherty went missing in Combat almost 2 years ago and his wife Grace and their 2 year old son were left behind. Grace had pretty much given up hope. But when Jack comes home he has no memory of her and their son.Hi memories are of the town and never wanting to live there again. While missing he had gotten close to another woman and she isn't about to let go of him. She will do anything to remind him of why he didn't want to be tied down and live in Christmas, Colorado.
I loved this book. I could have done with a little less fighting between Grace and Jack but it all came together in the end. I feel bad for Grace as her relationship with her mother was so strained and I really wanted to slap her mother upside the head. This is a small town where everyone watches out for everyone but beware if you hurt someone because they can all turn on you real quick. I am going to keep reading this series.

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Tuesday, January 08, 2019

New Facebook Group

I have started a new group with 3 other readers. It is for anyone who reads or reviews books. Come join the fun. Book Blogger Buddies

Reckless Love by Kelly Elliott Blog Tour

The first time I kissed Scarlet, I knew I was in trouble.
The night I slept with her, my life changed forever.
The day I found out I was going to be a father, I ran from her.

Now that I’ve been given a second chance I won’t be so reckless.

Will my love be enough to prove to her that even in the darkest times I won’t repeat the past?

My Thoughts:

Reckless Love (Cowboys and Angels, #7)Reckless Love by Kelly Elliott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book. Even though I did not read any of the other books in the series I still knew who all the characters were and how they were all related to each other and their stories were probably all told in the previous books. Trevor and Scarlett had me shaking me head, wanting to slap them, wanting to cry with them and I actually laughed a couple of times. Especially with Chloe and Patches. There were a couple of lines in the book that had me laughing out loud especially when Trevor and Scarlett go to a restaurant and what Trevor says to the waitress had me cracking up. The author does say this is the last book of the series. But there will be a new series looks like from when all their children grow up.

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Kelly Elliott is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author. Since finishing her bestselling Wanted series, Kelly continues to spread her wings while remaining true to her roots and giving readers stories rich with hot protective men, strong women and beautiful surroundings.

Her bestselling works include, Wanted, Broken, Without You, and Unconditional Love, to name just a few.

Kelly has been passionate about writing since she was fifteen. After years of filling journals with stories, she finally followed her dream and published her first novel, Wanted, in November of 2012.

Kelly lives in central Texas with her husband, daughter, and two pups. When she’s not writing, Kelly enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She is down to earth and very in touch with her readers, both on social media and at signings.

To find out more about Kelly and her books, you can find her through her website.

Evidence of Desire by Lexi Blake blog tour

Evidence of Desire
A Courting Justice Novel
By Lexi Blake
Coming January 8, 2019

A fast-paced contemporary romance that sizzles from the New York Times bestselling author of Order of Protection where passion for the law isn't the only thing heating up the courtroom.

Isla Shayne knows she's in over her head. As former all-star linebacker Trey Adams's personal lawyer, she's used to handling his business dealings and private financial matters, not murder charges. She needs to find an experienced criminal attorney who speaks her client's language. David Cormack of Garrison, Cormack and Lawless is exactly what she needs in the courtroom—and the only man she wants in the bedroom.

For David, taking on the Adams case means diving back into a world he thought he'd left behind and colliding head on with tragic possibilities he's in no mood to face. There's a reason professional football is in his past and no matter how close Isla gets to the truth he intends to leave it there.

But long days working on the case together lead to hot nights in each other's arms. As their feelings grow, the case takes a deadly twist that could change the game between the two lovers forever.

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Now available for pre-order!
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Evidence of Desire (Courting Justice #2)Evidence of Desire by Lexi Blake
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Isla is Trey's personal lawyer and when he is found with his dead wife's body then he is number 1 suspect. What we find out is what his football career has done to him mentally due to concussions. We learn a lot about what football players go through after their careers are over. We also meet David who is a criminal lawyer and he had played football in his younger years. His toughness as a lawyer and Isla's toughness as a family lawyer brings these 2 together and I really liked that no matter what Isla was going through she never backed down or showed weakness. The ADA was a total schmuck and I really wanted to reach through the book and choke him. He had no morals and will do anything to get him elected as DA. 

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Evidence of Desire (Courting Justice #2)

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Isla couldn’t believe she was doing this, but the minute she got a good look at David Cormack without his suit on she knew there was no going back. She’d been ready to make a pot of tea and wait for him to come out of the shower when Erin Taggart had appeared in the kitchen.
“Not jumping his bones, then?” she’d asked as she dragged a bottle of water out of the fridge.
“He wants to take it slow.” She was aware of how disappointed she’d sounded.
“No man who looks at a woman the way that one looks at you wants to take things slow. He’s scared you’re too good for him or something stupid like that,” she said. “I should know. I held off my gorgeous hottie for way too long because he was a tiny bit younger than me. Don’t waste time. Take command. And then when he’s all in, give that control up. That always works for me. ’Night.”
There was something in the way the redhead smiled, something intimate and soft. Something Isla wanted for herself again. She’d had it as a girl with Austin. She wanted to know how it felt to have that connection as a woman.
So she’d made the decision. Maybe for the first time in her life, she’d genuinely made the decision to be brave, to go after what she wanted with a singular purpose, to put herself out there and see if she was bait enough to catch the one fish she wanted.
Though first she needed some fishing gear. According to Noah, that was in the nightstand drawer.
She’d stepped in and taken off her clothes. All in. Just like a poker game. If he refused to play, she would be devastated and potentially never be able to face the man again, but she’d felt almost compelled to undress and walk to the entry of that sexy natural stone shower. She’d stood there and looked, really looked at David Cormack. He’d been turned away from her, his back on full display. He was beautifully male, his muscles defined by years of athleticism. His back was strong, his butt practically perfect, and he was held up with strong legs. But his head hung low and she could swear she felt how lonely he was.
She hadn’t realized how lonely she was until she’d met him. “David?”
He started, every muscle tensing, and then he turned, though he mostly moved his torso as though trying to keep his private parts private. His eyes latched onto her, but he didn’t say a word.
Oh, she wanted to run. He was far too gorgeous. She wasn’t in his league. She knew she was attractive, but she wasn’t even close to being in the same condition he was in. He’d been an elite athlete and he’d obviously never stopped working out. She could stand to lose a few pounds.
And if those pounds and the roundness of her hips ran him off, then so be it. She was done sitting around and hoping she got what she wanted. At least she would know. “I don’t want to go slow.”
For a second, she was almost sure he would tell her to go. Then he turned and he was standing there in his full glory, as though let- ting her see what he had to offer. When she simply stared, he crossed the space between them and, without a word, his hands cupped her face and his mouth was on hers.
The minute they touched, something sparked to life inside her, something wild she’d never felt before. It seemed to start in her toes, making them curl as the sensation rushed through her system. Heat and anticipation and pure joy.
It had been forever since a man kissed her like this. Maybe never. The only thing that compared was the sweet high school fumbling between her and Austin. He’d been eager, but he had no idea what he was doing.
David Cormack knew how to kiss. He mastered her mouth with his, soft when he needed to be and then rough, sending a thrill through her system that burned a path straight to her pussy. He brushed his lips against hers and then zeroed in on her lower lip, biting gently and sucking briefly before another soft kiss allowed her to breathe again. And then when she was ready to beg, his tongue surged in, rubbing soft velvet against her own.
“Tell me you’re sure,” he said against her mouth as his hands moved down.
“I’m sure,” she replied with a breathy whisper. He could throw her up against the side of the shower and take her then and there and she would be perfectly satisfied.
“Because there’s no going back. I’ve been a good boy up until this point. I’ve been civilized, Isla. I’ve played the gentleman around you, but if you let me in, I’ll invade and you’ll see the real man under- neath the suit. I’ll be demanding and overly protective and I’ll want you every fucking minute of the day.”
And that was bad, how? She’d been on the outside looking in for so long, the idea of being someone’s center, being the person for him, made her heart ache with longing. “Please touch me, David. I want the real you, every dirty, possessive part of you.”
His hands found her hips and he dragged her against him, their bodies coming together for the first time. He was warm, his skin soft over the steel of his muscular body.
She took a moment, letting her arms wrap around him, her breasts against his chest, that hard erection of his cradled to her belly. This was sweet intimacy. Yes, it would lead to something wild, but for a moment she basked in the comfort of another body against hers.
He stepped back, taking her with him and bringing them into the warmth of the shower. He seemed to understand she needed a moment, and he followed her lead perfectly. One hand held her to him while the other smoothed back her now-wet hair as he brushed light kisses over her forehead and down to her nose, lavishing her with affection she’d been starved without. He stood like that with her, learning her body with his hands and mouth.
“See,” he said with the sexiest chuckle as he leaned over and ran his tongue along the shell of her ear. “We’re still taking it slow. I could do this for hours and I haven’t even gotten to your tasty parts yet. You’re sweet, Isla. I could eat you up. Are you going to let me eat you up?”
She nodded.
One hand tangled in her hair, gently drawing her back and forc- ing her to look up at him. His eyes were hot, his jaw tight with arousal. “Talk to me. I won’t let you disconnect from me when we’re intimate. Tell me. ‘‘Yes, David, I want you to eat me up.’”
“Yes, David. I want you to eat me up.”


NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.

Saturday, January 05, 2019

The Christmas Camp Wedding by Karen Schaler blog tour

Christmas Camp Wedding by Karen Schaler
Series Sequel to The Christmas Camp
Genre Adult Contemporary Romance
Publisher Morrow Impulse
Publication Date January 8, 2018
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After finally becoming partner at her advertising agency, Haley Hanson barely has time to plan her Christmas Eve wedding with her fiancé Jeff. When their perfect location falls through at the last minute, they need to find a new venue, fast. But everything is booked for the holidays, except for the place where Haley and Jeff fell in love, Christmas Camp.
With time running out to transform the inn into a winter wonderland, Trisha, a top
wedding planner is brought in to help; she also just happens to be Jeff’s ex-girlfriend.
Will Jeff and Trisha’s Christmas past get in the way of Haley’s Christmas future, or
can Christmas Camp still work its magic for a holiday happily ever after?

Haley Hanson was right in the middle of one of those once-in-a-lifetime moments every girl supposedly dreams of. She was trying on a spectacular wedding dress. But looking at herself in the mirror, instead of feeling overjoyed, she almost felt—guilty, because this had never been her dream.
A successful career woman and the youngest partner at one of Boston’s most prestigious advertising agencies, Haley had always been more of a realist than a fairy-tale kind of girl. But somehow, in the most unlikely way, she had found her HEA, her Happily Ever After.
Meeting Jeff had changed everything.
Even as she thought about him now, she had to catch her breath. He had a way of doing that to her, taking her breath away. His love, his kindness, his dedication to family, his passion for life and his work, and most of all, his unconditional love for her had opened a door to a future she had never dared dream of. The fact that he was also incredibly handsome was just a bonus.
From the moment she had met Jeff and his dad, Ben, at Christmas Camp a year ago, the path she had always been on shifted. With Jeff, her journey to find love had been far from easy. There were bumpy roads, wrong turns, detours, and delays, but in the end, she knew that right now, even if this hadn’t been a dream she’d grown up with, she was exactly where she was meant to be, standing on a dressing room platform, inside one of Boston’s beautiful boutique bridal stores.
As she did a slow spin in front of the mirror, taking in her stunning silk-sheath wedding dress, she still couldn’t believe how trusting her heart had led her here.
It was really happening.
She was marrying Jeff in forty-eight hours, on Christmas Eve!
She still couldn’t believe how fast the last year had flown by. The last few months especially were a blur, planning the wedding while helping Jeff’s dad franchise his Christmas Camp concept.
When she first pitched Ben the idea, she believed it would be successful, but nothing had prepared them for the overwhelming response of people wanting to do the Christmas Camps, not just in the United States but in Europe, as well.
Working in advertising, she knew one of the keys to being successful was creating something people needed. She had learned firsthand just how powerful and life changing a Christmas Camp experience could be. She knew the day she had given up a prestigious national account to help Ben launch the Christmas Camp franchise idea that she was doing the right thing, just like she knew now, two days before her wedding, that she was marrying the right person for all the right reasons.
The fact that she had no doubts left her with an incredible sense of gratitude and wonder at how this could now be her life. She had gone from being nicknamed the Grinch to having her own Christmas miracle.
As her sparkling oval-cut engagement ring caught the light, she smiled remembering how Jeff had proposed to her at the same place his dad had proposed to his mom, at Star Peak, overlooking a breathtaking snow-covered mountain range.
Jeff had started off by having them both look for a pinecone so they could make a Christmas wish together, a tradition in Jeff’s family. After he had helped Haley pick the perfect pinecone, she had found a stunning engagement ring tucked inside. Jeff had told her it was his dad’s idea to use diamonds from his mom’s wedding ring to have a special ring created just for her, to continue the tradition of true love. He had then gotten down on one knee and proposed, saying how much he loved her and that he wanted to spend every Christmas together for the rest of their lives.
Knowing that Jeff had proposed to her at Star Peak, just like his dad had proposed to his mom, meant everything to her. Now that his mom had passed away, she knew it was even more important to him to honor her memory by keeping special traditions like this alive.
Haley would be the first to admit that when she first met Jeff and his dad, Christmas traditions weren’t exactly her thing. That’s why her boss, Larry, had sent her to Holly Peak Inn, to Christmas Camp, to find her Christmas spirit, hoping it would help her land a huge new holiday advertising campaign.
For years, Haley’s idea of celebrating Christmas meant getting out of town and taking her parents to the Caribbean to avoid all the Christmas craziness and celebrating the holiday. While her parents would vacation on the beach, she would always work, using the time not celebrating Christmas to get ahead, while her competitors took time off.
But as soon as Haley had arrived at Christmas Camp, she quickly found there was no avoiding the Christmas craziness there. She was surrounded by Christmas 24–7, from the decorations, to the activities, to the meals, you name it. If it had anything to do with Christmas, it was happening at Christmas Camp. Haley had desperately wanted to escape, but when her boss insisted she stay the entire week, all she could do was try to find ways to avoid all the holiday hoopla. But every time she tried to take a shortcut, she kept running into one big roadblock.
Jeff’s dad, Ben, owned the inn and ran the Christmas Camp, so Jeff had made it his personal mission to keep an eye on Haley. He’d known she didn’t want to be there and had told her he wanted to make sure she didn’t wreck the other guests’ experiences. That’s when she had nicknamed him the “Christmas Camp Police.”
But what had started out as Christmas Camp chaos had turned into something much more meaningful for Haley. Through Christmas Camp, she was able to learn what mattered most at Christmas—family, friends, community, and love—and was then able to open her heart to finding her Christmas spirit and finding true love.
If someone had told her back then that the following Christmas she’d be marrying the “Christmas Camp Police,” she would have laughed them all the way to the North Pole.
But yet, here she was, wearing a wedding dress. It was crazy. Christmas crazy, in a good way.
Haley twirled around one more time in front of the mirror. “So what do you think?” She looked over at her best friend, Kathy, who was enjoying the posh surroundings, lounging on a white velvet settee, sipping champagne.
Kathy lifted her glass in a toast. “I think it’s perfect for you. It’s simple but chic, classy but not stuffy, expensive but not showy. It’s totally you. I love it!”
Haley smiled brightly. “So do I. They did a great job with the alterations.”
“It’s going to be perfect for the pictures,” Kathy said.
“I hope so.” Haley reverently touched her silky dress. “You know, at first, I only agreed to do all of this—the designer dress, the fancy cake, and all the flowers—because my mom and dad needed some promotional pictures to get ready to open their B&B. But now, honestly, I’m really getting into it. I guess it’s happened. I’ve officially caught bridal fever.”
“And why not?” Kathy said. “You only do this once. You deserve this.”
“I’m just glad I was able to get everyone to donate everything in exchange for all the publicity this will hopefully bring them.”
Kathy nodded. “Your parents are lucky they have a brand specialist for a daughter who can work her magic and make all these things happen.”
“I’m just thankful all the renovations are finally done at the Money Pit, in time for the wedding, and to open after Christmas,” Haley said.
Kathy gave her a look. “Hey, remember, you’re not supposed to call it the Money Pit anymore? That’s bad karma. It’s now your parents’ beautifully restored Victorian that’s going to be one of the hottest B&Bs in Massachusetts.”
Haley laughed. “As long as I’m still paying the bills on it, I’m calling it the Money Pit.”
“Fair enough,” Kathy said and smiled back at her.
A pretty salesclerk walked over to Haley holding a fabulous bejeweled tiara and veil. “Are you ready to try this on?” she asked.
Haley nodded, excited.
As the salesclerk arranged the veil, Haley shut her eyes.
“Okay, you can open your eyes now,” she said.
When Haley opened her eyes and looked at her reflection in the mirror, she let out a small gasp. As she fought back tears of happiness, she couldn’t believe this was really her life. She was getting married to a man who was better than any dream she’d ever had. “I feel like . . .”
“Cinderella?” Kathy asked.
“No,” Haley laughed, breaking the spell. “I could never do those glass slippers.” She thought about it for a moment, then smiled. “I feel like Meghan Markel in my own fairy tale.”
They all laughed.
When Haley struck the perfect princess pose, Kathy snapped a quick picture with her phone. “Well, no one deserves a fairy tale more than you and Meghan.” Kathy lifted her glass of champagne for a toast. “To the fairy tale . . .”
Haley held out her empty hands. “Wait, where’s my champagne?”
Kathy was already pouring her a glass. “After you get out of your dress.”
“I think that’s our cue,” the salesclerk said to Haley, as she led her back into the dressing room and carefully help her out of her dress. Haley, with a grateful smile, handed her the veil and tiara. “Thank you, this is all perfect.”
The salesclerk smiled back at her. “We’ll have it all ready for you up front. You’re going to look beautiful. This dress is perfect on you. We can’t wait to see the pictures.”
“Thank you, again, for everything.” Haley gave her a grateful smile.
A few minutes later, Haley came out of the dressing room wearing chic black pants, strappy high heels, and a sapphire-blue leather coat. She looked every inch the success she was.
When Kathy handed her a glass of champagne, they clinked glasses. “Now we can toast together. To my best friend getting married, chasing her dreams, and creating her own happily ever after. You’re my inspiration.
Haley gave Kathy a heartfelt hug. “And thank you for being here and doing all this with me.”
Kathy sipped her champagne, smiled. “You’re my best friend. Where else would I be? Plus, I love the dress I get to wear.” Kathy walked over to a gorgeous burgundy velvet cocktail dress that was hanging up.
“Only the best for my best woman,” Haley said. “It really is going to look amazing on you.”
“I love that you’re not calling me your maid of honor,” Kathy said. “The word ‘maid’ is too close to the word ‘old maid,’ and I don’t need to be reminded . . .”
Haley laughed. “We’re only thirty-three. You’re not an old maid.”
“Yeah, well tell that to my dating app where all the guys only want to date hot twenty-year-olds.”
“Then you need to find a better place to meet guys,” Haley said.
“Well, one of those places is supposed to be a wedding, but then you decided to have this small, intimate wedding, so you’re not helping me out one bit.”
Haley laughed. “So, you’re saying I should have done a big wedding so you could meet someone?”
Kathy poured herself more champagne. “Exactly. You’re supposed to help me get my HEA.”
Haley put her arm around her. “I’m sorry I let you down on this one, but I know your happily ever after is just around the corner. Jeff’s dad always says at Christmas anything is possible. You just have to believe.”
Kathy laughed. “And to think a year ago I was calling you Grinchy.”
Haley grinned back at her. “I guess my heart has grown three sizes, just like the Grinch’s.”
“And then some,” Kathy agreed.

My Thoughts:
A quick Novella of 144 pages. Jeff and Haley are getting married on Christmas Eve but nothing seems to go right for them. When it looks like the wedding will be cancelled just a day or 2 before in walks Trisha. a friend of Jeff''s family and his ex girlfriend. I felt bad for Haley as she didn't know about Trisha and it looked like Trisha was not going to make it easy for Haley. Loved the bantering between the characters and the love that Jeff showed Haley. Even though it was such a short story you still got to know the characters a little bit and their background. 

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KAREN SCHALER is a three-time Emmy award-winning writer, author, screenwriter, journalist, and national TV host. She has more than a decade of experience working as a national TV correspondent and host, traveling to more than 65 countries. She is currently the creator and host of Travel Therapy TV, which was inspired by her book, Travel Therapy: Where Do You Need to Go?