Thursday, December 17, 2015

Last Chance Christmas

Fashion buyer Shea Walker had a fast track lifestyle until a car accident sidelines her to a painful recovery. Seeking quiet for the holidays, Shea returns to the snowy mountains where she grew up to make peace with her past and spend time with her estranged family. She never expected J.C. Royce–now a hockey star–would return to their hometown, too. Determined to avoid that particular sexy mistake, she’s caught off guard when her first night in town brings them face to face.

Seeing Shea practically fall at his feet is gratifying, until J.C. realizes his proud former friend, who he once thought would become a whole lot more, is truly hurt–and in more ways than she lets on. Lucky for Shea, he’s got a big house just sitting empty and a tree ready to decorate, as she is in no shape to stay by herself. With his bad boy arrogance down to an art form after eight years in the NHL, J.C. is more than a match for feisty Shea. Especially when it comes to her outrageous claim that there was never any chemistry between them…

But when it comes to convincing her to stick around town until the New Year, he
just might need a Christmas miracle.

Last Chance Christmas 
Published November 11th 2015
 by Tule Publishing 
5 Stars

Joanne Rock takes us to Cloud Spin, Vermont which is a small, ski resort town set in the Green Mountains.  We are introduced to Shea Walker who is coming home for Christmas for the first time in years.  She is a fashion buyer for a high end department store, or at least she was until recently.  3 weeks ago she was in an auto accident and ended up having surgery on her leg, but when she called her employer to take a medical leave of absence she was informed they were filing bankrupt and essentially she was out of a job.  She heads home in hopes to mend her relationship with her parents and complete her recovery from the accident.  Unfortunately when she arrives the house is empty and the last person she wants to run into is the first person she sees, JC Royce.  He informs her that her parents are on a trip to Hawaii and not returning until after the holidays. Having no place to stay for the night JC offers to let her stay at his house until she can make other arrangements.
 JC is actually home on a medical leave from the NHL after receiving a concussion. He plays professional hockey and understands more than anyone that Shea doesn't need to be alone with her injury.  Of course he also has a hidden agenda.  JC and Shea have a long past together and the way their relationship ended was not what he wanted and he realizes he has a lot to make up for.  If he can help her out and get her to forgive him then this trip home he will have accomplished something. 
This is a wonderful book about second chances, forgiving and secrets that no one wants to come out.  Shea is a complicated character and she weaves her way into the reader's heart quickly.  JC is handsome and all man, but is he trustworthy?  For me with his character that was the biggest question.  The author uses vivid imagery to bring the setting to life.  I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good romance.  
*I received this book through Netgalley for an honest opinion without bias or outside influence. 

Joanne Rock

Three-time RITA nominee Joanne Rock turned a passion for writing into a career when imaginary characters kept her awake at night, demanding she tell their stories. An optimist by nature and perpetual seeker of silver linings, Joanne finds romance fits her life outlook perfectly--love is worth fighting for.

Joanne recently discovered a new creative joy in co-authoring, penning a Young Adult series as J.K. Rock with her sister in law, Karen, and-- more recently—writing the Runaway Bride series with her long time critique partner Catherine Mann. She is continually excited to find new ways to spark creativity and maintain the fun in writing. 

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