Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Joyce and Jim Lavene - Emilie's Christmas Love

*Contains adult themes
**Review by Stacey

It’s Christmas time in Ferrier’s Mountain, North Carolina. 

Emilie Ferrier wants to adopt a child to fill her empty life. She’s given up any hope of meeting the ‘right’ guy. She can offer a child anything, except two parents. 

Nick Garrett owns the mechanic shop that works on Emilie’s cars. He’s fresh out of the military, caring for his niece and nephew following his sister’s tragic death in a car accident. He promised her he would give her children the one thing she and Nick didn’t have: two parents. 

Nick doesn’t know that Emilie is the rich woman who wants to adopt his niece and nephew. She invites them to her house for the holidays when she finds out they need a place to stay. Her plan is to convince Nick that she can be a great single mother. 

Neither of them plans to fall in love. 

Will a Christmas miracle make them a family?

I've mentioned before that I'm a sucker for a Christmas book, especially a romance one. I loved the snowy cover of this book too which attracted me to it! 

Emilie lives in Ferrier's Mountain with her Aunt Joda (who is a little eccentric) and is in the process of wanting to adopt a little girl. This stems from the fact that she had polio as a child which made her infertile and also rendered her with a disability which she feels makes her unattractive to the opposite sex. Nick is the local mechanic who works on Emilie's cars and rescues her after she breaks down one evening. Right before Christmas, Nick's house is in need of immediate repair and he has to move out with both the children he is now caring for - Emilie invites them to stay with her, but she has an ulterior motive...

"There should be a contract made between children and their mothers that the child had to grow up before the mother died. Every child deserved to have their mother."

I found the story quite slow to begin with and it wasn't until around two-thirds of the way in that I started to get into it more as it kind of dragged on and it was only then that it really started to become about Christmas. You can feel the sexual tension between Emilie & Nick right from the beginning and all the way I was egging them on to just get on with it as it felt like they were never going to! When they eventually did though, it was sensually written and you could feel the passion between them. The ending was as I expected it to be, though something happened before it which I didn't see coming but it did put a dampener on Emilie's plans which were going well up until then. Can a near disaster bring a Christmas miracle for both Emilie & Nick? Well you will have to read to find out... An easy read for a cold winter day.

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Get your copy of Emilie's Christmas Love here (UK) or here (US).

I purchased this book myself and wasn't asked to write this review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.

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