Monday, November 4, 2019

Tangled up in Christmas by Lisa Renee Jones

I might be a country girl from the same small town of Sweetwater, Texas, as horse wrangler Roarke Frost, the girl next door who knows him like few know him, but I didn't know enough to save my heart.

He's the reason why I left Sweetwater behind.

But now fate proves she loves a wicked twist and sends me back to Sweetwater to pull together a Christmas festival—and I run smack into the man again, quite literally. His body is pressed to mine, his hands on my arms, and I'm melting like chocolate in the sizzling Texas sunshine. And I run.

I know it’s not exactly respectable, but it works, just not for long. No matter how much I try to get tangled up in Christmas, I end up tangled up in Roarke instead—and the man has me feeling the heat of our attraction and the warmth of our past friendship. He feels like Mr. Right, but history says he’s Mr. Wrong.

But if he wants a second chance, Roarke Frost is going to have to work for it. He’ll need to prove to me that this holiday is a season of new beginnings, the kind that last forever.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Second Chance Romance
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This is a story about allowing yourself to love again. After Hannah thought her world had broken apart, she left her hometown for a different life. She has been away for years and now finds herself back in town to help promote a Christmas festival.

Roarke is known as the horse whisperer. Now a vet that caters to all kinds of animals, Roarke knows that he has to find a way to get Hannah to forgive him – to listen to him. He has never loved another woman as much as he has loved Hannah.

With secrets about to be discovered and a festival that needs to be put on, Hannah and Roarke start this dance around their past and future.

The secondary characters are well developed and I really enjoyed watching this story unfold. The couple is easy to relate to and the secrets are not super angsty. Both will have to decide if the past will rule their future or if they are willing to carve out their own path.

This is the second book in the series, but can be read as a standalone – I did! I may have to go back and read about Jason and Jessica, as they are important in this story, and we get some strong hints that how their relationship started is definitely worth knowing.

Hannah finds herself back in the town she grew up, and that she left after being sent an incriminating video of her fiancé, Roarke. She never found another to love but has lived in denial ever since. Inevitably they meet on her return, and the chemistry is still there. He never found anyone who filled her space either – so in theory, this should be easy!

As we find out what really happened and how they both misstepped, it is just a matter of time and circumstance that should bring them back together. The timing in particular is key. What the author cleverly does, is ensure that we can see growth in attitude and confidence by Hannah. She is older, wiser, and prepared to listen and believe. It is refreshing and works well, rather than repeating the errors of the past.

I enjoyed seeing Roarke's career of caring for animals, and whilst being a big deal in his world, he liked nothing better than the home he has created in Sweetwater. The side characters were also great fun, and I enjoyed how Hannah was drawn into a family that she felt she had lost.

A very enjoyable Christmassy and romantic read, thank you, Lisa Renee Jones!

Lisa Renee Jones is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the highly acclaimed Inside Out series; the Dirty Money series; the White Lies duet; the Tall, Dark, and Deadly series; and The Secret Life of Amy Benson series. Murder Notes is the first book in the Lilah Love series.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Tangled Up in Christmas (Texas Heat #2) by Lisa Renee Jones to read and review.

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