STORY-LINE LOVING YOU AT CHRISTMAS BY KRISTEN WALLACE:
Loving You At Christmas, unfortunately, is the last book in the Shellwater Key Tales series. Former actress and Broadway star Annaliese Matheson feature in the finale of this excellent series. Annaliese still grieves for her husband Matthew; Annaliese believes she will never love again. Her soul mate’s death left a hole in her soul and heart. Noticing a handsome, sexy stranger on the beach, Annaliese begins to wake up from her three-year emotional sleep.
John-Luke “Duke” Evans, famous football star, finds himself raising his four nieces after his sister’s death. Hot, sexy, and handsome, the women of Shellwater Key pant as he walks by; including the pregnant, married ones. Meeting Annaliese, the attraction is immediate and intense.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
I am sad to say Loving You At Christmas, by author Kristen Wallace, ends our sojourn in Shellwater Key, Florida. An excellent series of love and happily ever after, this book‘s a perfect ending for the series. Kristen Wallace filled this story with intense emotion; grief, attraction, love, and romance.
Although a novella, Wallace, created a substantial tale which grabs the reader immediately. With skillful plotting and well-developed characters, Wallace made this novella feel like a full-length novel. I found the pace perfect for the length of the book and her writing flowed well; making the book easy to read. Her scenes transition from scene to scene smoothly and with vivid writing, I felt the character’s emotions. My heart broke for Annaliese; enduring a childhood, no child should and then the death of her anchor and soul mate, Matthew, brought tears to my eyes. I could feel her resistance as she began to care for Duke and his nieces, as well as, Duke’s sorrow at the passing of his beloved sister. Annaliese must face her fears of losing the ones she loves, but can she?
Adding the mama drama with the Queen of Shellwater Key, gave the story an extra element. What a witch Wallace gave us in these books. Wallace also included humor in Loving You At Christmas. When Layla called in the big guns, I laughed and laughed. By the way, Noah’s the big guns; Shellwater Keys resident soul searcher, advise giver, and counselor to one and all. Not only does this story have grief, but it also has a lot of funny snips and snarks. If I was not laughing, I found myself crying. I cried buckets at the end of the story.
Kristen Wallace also included characters from the earlier books. I love a series with continuing characters; we get an update on their life and all the town gossip. Loving You At Christmas is a beautiful romance perfect for any time of the year. I would not hesitate to buy this sweet, clean, romance for myself or a friend. Although sad to say goodbye to my friends in Shellwater Key, I am sure Wallace has another series up her sleeve.
LOVING YOU AT CHRISTMAS RECOMMENDATION: STARS 4
FINALLY, PLEASE NOTE;
Also, I received this book from the author and chose to review the book with honest romance book reviews voluntarily. Lastly, book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion. Consequently, all book reviews online and on my blog, are my opinions. Additionally, no one influences my voluntary romance book reviews.
This book was previously published in Sweet Christmas Kisses 4 Bundle.
LOVING YOU AT CHRISTMAS ABOUT KRISTIN WALLACE
Kristin is the USA Today Best Selling Author of inspirational and sweet contemporary romance filled with “love, laughter and a leap of faith”. Growing up Kristin devoured books like bags of Dove Dark Chocolate. Her first Golden Book led to Laura Ingalls Wilder, Nancy Drew, C.S. Lewis and the Sweet Valley High series. Later, she discovered romance novels and fell in love all over again. It’s no surprise that she would one day try her hand at writing them. Kristin is the author of the Covington Falls Chronicles, inspirational romances set in a fictional Southern town, as well as the Shellwater Key Tales.
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