Wednesday, December 12, 2012

His Christmas Wish (Holland Springs #2.5) by Marquita Valentine

There's no time like the Present...

War Hero, Joaquin Morales, returns to Holland Springs after years of estrangement from his family...and his wife. His new mission: To convince his wife that they have a future together.

Falling in love with her husband for the second time was not a part of Sage Caswell's plans for the Holiday Season. She's convinced that what they had belongs in the past.

With the help of a little Christmas magic (and a well-timed snowstorm), can Joaquin and Sage's dreams come true?

Type: Contemporary Romance (Novella)
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

His Christmas Wish is one of those "curl up by the fire all snuggled up in a warm blanket with a cup of hot chocolate" type of reads and is one of those perfect escapes when you're looking for something warm and sweet with a little humor and a lot of heart to snuggle up and enjoy for a couple of hours. 


Joaquin and Sage were both such likable characters and drew me in right away. I just love those second chance at getting love right relationships and you couldn't find two people to pull for more. These two have been apart for years while Joaquin served and despite still being married are definitely not on friendly terms with each other what with their warring families and some "what the hell were you thinking?" choices along the way. I loved watching their relationship change as they figured things out and whew the two were really good together. The steamy scenes really heated things up too! 
"Sage Caswell?" Ella asked, her voice incredulous. "But y'all's parents hate each other. Oh! So, that's why you won't go out with me." She sighed dreamily. "Like Romeo and Juliet." 
Sage waved a piece of paper at him, and the tips of his ears grew hot. 
"Something like that." but only if Juliet had woken up and stabbed Romeo.
There's a lot packed into this little novella but it really flowed nicely and sparked my interest in the series. There were a couple spots I would have liked to see a bit more fleshed out, like Joaquin dealing with trauma from serving, but really I loved how things worked out with these two so it's hard to complain about the little things. His Christmas Wish was just a lovely heartwarming Christmas story that had me smiling and sighing and eager to pick up another of Valentine's books.

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Internationally bestselling author, MARQUITA VALENTINE, writes small town romances that are anything but small. Lisa Kleypas, Carly Phillips and Rachel Gibson are her favorite contemporary authors. Marquita met her husband aka Hot Builder at Sonic when they were in high school. She suggests this location to all of her single friends in search of a good man -- and if that doesn't work, they can console themselves with cheesy tatertots. She lives in North Carolina in a very, very small town with Hot Builder and their two children.




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45 comments:

  1. oh it seems lovely.

    i haven't read anything by this author yet and a favourite novella for christmas lke i told you i'm only starting to discover this genre so my list is still quite short but from the novella i've read i loved christmas in dogtown by suzanne sandlin
    and enchanted by blood by laurie london ( now i still have several others to read so i will perhaps expand my number of favourite but so far those two are the best quality and the one i enjoyed the most)

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    1. Oh I LOVE Laurie London! Haven't read Enchanted by Blood yet though. Will have to do that soon. She's one of the authors I need to catch up on :)

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    2. it's in an anthology " a vampire for christmas"

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  2. You are right it does sound like a sweet, snuggly read. I would read it because ocassionally it's nice to read something a little different. This is also a new author for me.
    Lori

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    1. I really like mixing my reading up Lori. Keeps things interesting :) It's a great snuggly evening in read since it's not too long and moves along quickly. I'm telling ya, I nice fire, a mug of hot chocolate or tea, lit up christmas tree in the corner? Perfect evening in :)

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  3. I haven't read anything by Marquita yet but I'm looking forward to giving her a try. Your review has got me interested in her work. I think second chances at love are doable and sometimes turn out better than they were in the beginning.

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    1. She definitely charmed me Leah. I think that's what I love about the 2nd chances. There's so much to overcome but it's even sweeter when they finally work things out :)

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  4. Oh this sounds like such a sweet book! Here I am already blubbering from the Christmas memories on the other post and now this sweet book! Now I definitely have to read this! lol Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Oh I know all those Christmas memories are amazing. I need to pop back over there and check out all the new ones. Hope you enjoy it Penni!

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  5. I have not read this author yet. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE second chance romances. My favorite Christmas novella is BY FIRELIGHT by Janice Maynard and I love all of Lori Foster's Christmas anthologies. I re-read them every year.

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    1. OOOoooo I LOVED that one by Janice Maynard. Had me in tears towards the end. ANd you know I'm a huge Foster fan. She's always a good bet :)

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  6. I love Marquita's work!!! She has a way of describing a scene, scent, sound and feelings.....you feel like your standing right there!
    I love second chance romances, and I especially liked that Sage didn't play the game of making Joaquim grovel , ( too much). LOL
    They never stopped loving each other..why waste time!
    I can't wait for the next story Marquita writes!

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    1. Aren't they the best?! Yeah I liked that as well. A little groveling's good but not too much like you said. They were just right for me. I can't wait to go back now and read the first two books!

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  7. Now you have made me curious why they are so estranged. Doesn't he get leave every few months to come home?

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    1. *in a sing songy voice* I'm not telling ;) LOL. Oooo and there's some drama when they get back together. Whew.

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  8. I do not have a favorite Christmas novella. I haven't read many Christmas stories. I think it's great that some people can get a second chance at happily ever after. Marquita is a new to me author, so I haven't read anything of hers. I love finding new authors and adding books to my list.

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    1. I do too :) Its so fun to explore all the worlds they can come up with :)

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  9. This is a new writer for me but it dounds great!

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  10. Romantic cover. Never read this author. But I love a good cover.
    lisakhutson at cox. net

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    1. Oh goodness all of hers are so great. Can't help but smile when you see em :)

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  11. I've not read Marquita before; I do like books where the characters have a second chance at love.

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  12. I haven't read her books before, but i want try to reading her book. It's looks sweet and fun, looking forward to reading her books :)

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    1. Hope you enjoy them. Definitely sweet and fun :)

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  13. Thanks for sharing the review, seems like it was a sweet enjoyable read... :)

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    1. You're welcome :) It really was. I'm so glad I gave her a read!

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  14. I SO want to read this book!!!!!

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  15. Thank you for the review; sounds like a sweet read!

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    1. Mmmhmmm. I can't wait to try the next on in the series!

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  16. that sounds like such a good story for the holidays - I'd love to read how they get their HEA!

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    1. Me too. It's always so fun to see how they finally get there :)

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  17. Sounds like a good read. I love second chance romances!

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  18. Another Christmas Story, always enjoy reading Christmas book

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    1. Me too Eli :) There's something so special about them!

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  19. I don't really have a favorite Christmas novella, but I always enjoy Christmas stories. I haven't read any of Marquita's books yet, but the second chance at love premise is one of my favorites.

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    1. Ahhh its so on my favorites list too. Combining that with Christmas was a win-win for me :)

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  20. sounds like a wonderful read for the holidays!

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  21. Marquita is new to me but i can´t wait for my chance to read, =)

    Happy New Year!
    //Linda

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  22. Sounds wonderful. I have to keep an eye out for it.

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  23. I haven't read any of her books..that I know of but I will be getting this one. I love books with this theme. Thank you!!

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