Tuesday, October 28, 2014

ARC Review: Christmas at Twilight (Twilight, Texas #5) by Lori Wilde

Title: Christmas at Twilight (Twilight, Texas #5)
Author: Lori Wilde
Source: Amazon Vine
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Christmas
Length: Novel
Release Date: October 28, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 4
Sexual - 3

It's Christmas in Twilight, Texas. The Cookie Club is baking, the town is decorated,
and Delta Force Operator "Hutch" Hutchinson has finally, reluctantly, returned home . . .

. . . only to get pepper sprayed by the delicious- looking stranger who's taken over his house. She says her name is Jane, and she immediately sets down ground rules. Top priority: no touching. For Hutch that isn't easy—he was wounded in action, but one part is still working very well.

Then Hutch learns the truth. Jane harbors a frightening secret—she's really Meredith Sommers, on the run from a dangerous ex-husband and desperately in need of the safety Hutch can provide. In that moment, he vows he'd do anything in his power to protect her. And as Christmas approaches, they discover that their love can conquer the past and overcome any obstacle—but what price will they pay?
I have not read any of the previous Twilight, Texas novels and this one means I now have another series to go buy.  Definitely works very well as a stand-a-lone.  There are a few characters from previous book included, but they are really side characters that we don't see too often.  The focus of the story is directly on Hutch and Meredith and the two kids.  We very rarely see anyone else at all - which was kind of odd thinking back on it, but I didn't really notice it too much while reading.

There were just a couple of things that bothered me that prevented Christmas at Twilight from getting 5 stars.  The first was that way too many people in this town come from the elite of the military branches.  I know this is fiction, but having three grow up in the same town seemed a bit much.  The other is an issue involving a kevlar vest - a device that manages to save the lives of two different people in two different situations.  The second time it seemed more of a way to tie loose ends up instead of really an integral part of the story - almost an afterthought.  These were the only two little plot issues that stood out and made me do a double take.

Both Hutch and Meredith are great characters.  They are perfect for each other.  Meredith is going by the alias Jane - which was very confusing at first.  She still referred to herself as Meredith in internal dialog, but everyone around her was saying Jane.  Before I got used to it, I kept thinking there were two people.  She is soft and hard at the same time and the way she treated both the kids was magical.  I loved to watch her.  Hutch was complicated.  Not being able to speak made it difficult to get to know him too well right off the bat.  It was all emotions and actions - but we learn to watch for the cues to how he feels and learn what he is trying to say right along with Meredith.

This almost qualifies as a romantic suspense - which surprised me in a holiday book - it was a very nice surprise and a great way to break up some of the gushiness of the traditional Christmas story.  I love those too, but you just need a break once in awhile.  Christmas at Twilight was a great way for me to keep up with the holiday reading and mix it up a bit at the same time.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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