I received this book for free from Avon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Christmas at Twilight by Lori Wilde
Also in this series: The Sweethearts' Knitting Club, The First Love Cookie Club, The Welcome Home Garden Club
Series: Twilight Texas #5
Published by Avon on October 28th 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, American West, Small Town, Holiday Romance
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?
Meredith Summers, is on the run, she has changed her name to “Jane”, always looking over her shoulder for her abusive ex husband, and she will protect her son at any cost. Meredith has felt more contentment in Twilight, Texas than she has anywhere else. When she comes home one day, she finds a stranger there, and sprays him with pepper spray, not realizing that he is her roommate’s brother. Hutch, has just been discharge from the military. Hutch worked for the Black Ops, and was the “best of the best”. Then he got injured, lost a finger, and got damage to his throat, and now can’t speak. He decides to return home to Twilight, only to get sprayed with very potent pepper spray, and despite being injured he feels a attraction to his “attacker”, young Meredith with her son. As Christmas draws closer, so does Meredith and Hutch. At first they form a friendship, but there is sizzling chemistry between them. And Meredith knows it is only a matter of time that she will have to be on the run again, can Hutch convince her that they are worth taking a stand and fighting for?
Christmas At Twilight, was quite a wonderful romance. It is the fifth in the Twilight Texas Series. I have read most of her other books, but I have yet to read this one. Now despite the fact that it is the fifth book, you can definitely read it as a stand alone. I a curious to read the previous books and see how they connect with this one. Christmas At Twilight is such a tender and poignant romance, and there were many times, I felt such a kinship to the characters, and there was so much emotion that seemed to jump out from the pages, and due to the circumstances of the story line…it definitely keeps the reader on edge at times.
The characters in the story, were so unique and life changing. I had no issue with any aspect of the characters…both the hero and heroine I fell in love with. The hero, Hutch, well he is one sexy male, even without working voice. He definitely knows how to convey his feelings…especially sensuality with just one searing look…I practically felt it to my toes. One of the things that I adore about Lori Wilde, is her ability to convey each emotion and feeling to the reader…there was such a vitality to the story and especially in connection to the characters. Now the heroine…such is one complicated character. After you finish the story, you really come to respect her strength and determination to make a life for herself, even on the run. She loves her son, and has enough respect for herself to leave a man that would treat her with cruelty and abuse. There was such a fierce tone to the story that keeps you reader and what a page turner this one was. Now the kids…oh the kids…oh adorable they were. We have Meredith’s son, and then we have Hutch’s niece, and they were so precious and just made me want kids.
A beautifully written Christmas romance that will tug at your heart strings, and bring that sweet Christmas spirit to your heart! A story to keep you engaged, with sensuality and deep characters, an intriguing and suspenseful plot, expertly crafted to captive you!!! A WINNER OF A ROMANCE!!