SEASON’S KISSES . . .
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 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.
I have a confession to make. I’m behind on Jill Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor books. SERIOUSLY behind. I think there are 5 or 6 of them I need to read. Did that stop me from reading this Christmas story with a Marriage in Jeopardy plot? OF COURSE NOT.
In Merry Christmas, Baby we go back to one of the three original sisters: Chloe. She’s 8 months pregnant and her husband Sawyer is heading out of town for a job for the DEA. As someone who lives with asthma, although nowhere near as debilitating as Chloe’s, she was always the one I connected to the most, and I enjoyed revisiting her and Sawyer to see how they’re dealing with her pregnancy and all the hormones that go with.
While Sawyer is physically gone throughout most of this story, his presence is very much felt, both with Chloe dealing with her insecurities regarding her marriage and being a mom, and with how she’s been acting lately because of those same things. When Sawyer does return, he’s very Sawyer. Strong, steady, and Chloe’s rock. The one who will be there for her forever. Or as he keeps telling her always.
At 65 pages this was a VERY quick read, but Ms. Shalvis delivers. Not only does it not seem rushed, but this book feels slow in the very best way. It’s the kind of slow that comes when you’re preparing for a new adventure, but need to take a few moments to stop and think about where you are and how you got there.
In this crazy holiday season, it was lovely to sit and take a break and enjoy Chloe and Sawyer and a glimpse into the lives of those in Lucky Harbor.
Lynda the Guppy
aka Merry Christmas, Fishy
aka The Fish With Sticks