Title: I'll Be Home for Christmas
Christmas in Twilight, Texas, is all merriment and mistletoe. The Cookie Club is whipping up their most festive sweets, the townspeople are scrambling to get their holiday shopping done, and Joe—a hometown guy with a restless heart—is dreaming about the woman he wants to kiss most...
...And who happens to be staying at his sister's place over the holidays, while Joe's sister is away. But Joe isn't quite sure he wants to be a living Christmas present to runaway law student Gabi Preston.
Joe thinks the sassy sweetheart he nicknames "Trouble" won't inconvenience anything but his healthy sex drive. But when he discovers the reasons Gabi escaped from her life, he aches to give her everything she's never had. As the magic of the season draws them together, the gift of love is the only one worth giving…
Author: Lori Wilde
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Christmas at Twilight, Rules of the Game, The Christmas Cookie Collection, Love of the Game
Series: Twilight, Texas #7
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Christmas at Twilight
Published by Avon Source: Publisher
Published: October 27, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Holiday Theme
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In the seventh installment of her popular series, Wilde returns to Twilight, Texas for a Christmas full of hope and love. Joe, the hometown guy, isn’t exactly looking for love. He’s always been a no-strings-attached kind of guy. But when he meets Gabi, the runaway LA law student who’s switched homes with his little sister for the holidays, he falls hard and fast.
Gab’s character is fully flushed out and as relatable as they come. Her personal baggage holds her back from getting too attached to Joe, but there was never a point where I thought her reasons were unjust or could’ve been resolved by a simple conversation. The changes necessary had to happen within Gabi’s heart, and they were nicely played out throughout the story. Gab’s character arc was full and well-paced.
Joe’s character development is more in the acceptance of the blessings in his life.. His own insecurities are internal, and I love how he found the courage to push through and figure things out. His development was faster than Gabi’s, but it made sense in that he knew where he wanted to be in life, but it hadn’t been anything he’d ever truly wanted up to that point, so was thus unfamiliar.
The novel takes place over a very short amount of time – only three weeks- but I never felt as though the romance was rushed. Wilde took her time in exploring the issues of each character, and I was more than happy to suspend belief and indulge in the magic she wove into this Christmas tale. When the couple’s HEA does come, Wilde manages to make both of them equal in their determination to be with each other, and I got that happily-ever-after sigh I was hoping for.