Monday, November 7, 2016

Christmas with the Sheriff by Victoria James

After fleeing her beloved small town five years ago, Julia Bailey is back to spend Christmas with her family. Returning is hard, but keeping the devastating secret about her late husband is even harder. Her place isn't in Big Sky Country any longer...but the more time she spends with the irresistible Sheriff who saved her once before, and his adorable little daughter, the more Julia starts wishing she could let go of the past and start a new life.

Single dad and county Sheriff Chase Donovan had been secretly in love with his best friend's wife for years. But after her traumatic loss he knew Julia needed to get away from Shadow Creek, even though helping her leave was the last thing he wanted to do. Now she's home and he doesn't intend to lose her a second time. Chase is going to prove to Julia just how good they can be together this Christmas...and forever.

This book was way more emotional than I thought it was going to be. I thought this would just be a sweet romance story, which it was, but there was there was a lot more to this story. Christmas with the Sheriff dealt with grief, coping, love, family ties, and much more. I personally would have like the sad parts to be a little less prevalent, but I understood that it was important for the characters to go through those emotions that everyone has felt before. It all felt very natural.

As I mentioned, there was a sweet romance in this book. I thought the author did a great job at building up the romance between Chase and Julia. The chemistry and the emotional connection between them was palpable. I was definitely shipping them! Chase and Julia had so many cute moments that warmed my soul. I thought they were perfect together. 

Chase was the perfect love interest for Julia. I thought Chase was kind, loving, understanding, passionate, and basically perfect. Chase never pushed Julia into a relationship when she wasn't ready. He knew she was dealing with a lot, and he never tried to make her feel uncomfortable. I am so glad he finally got a chance at love. Julia was another great character as well. I admired her strength and love for those around her. My only issue with Julia was that she was very hot and cold with her feelings regarding Chase. I completely understood how she had difficulty dealing with her emotions, but it was also frustrating because I just wanted her and Chase together! 

This was a great Christmas romance to read that made me feel all of the emotions, even if it was a bit predictable at times. One moment I would be feeling warm and fuzzy, and the next moment my heart would be breaking for these characters. Overall, I thought this was a charming and smile-inducing read. I would recommend this to anyone who loves adorable Christmas love stories!

3. 5 / 5 Fangs

*This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * 

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