Friday, December 13, 2013

4 stars! Santa Wore Combat Boots by Barbara Witek

Emma Turner feels like her life ended with the death of her husband. Three years later she’s doing the best she can for her children and moving through life on autopilot. She doesn’t believe true love can happen twice in a lifetime. As a matter of fact, she doesn’t believe in much anymore. Putting her trust in one honest man might be just what she needs to move forward.

Bound by duty Jake Nicklaus never imagined he’d cross the line and fall in love with the woman he swore he’d watch over. If only he’d died on that chopper instead of her husband, she wouldn’t be hurting. The only way to heal her heart is to show her how to live again. Finding the magic in Christmas is the perfect way to start.

Will one kiss under the mistletoe change their lives forever?

Type: Contemporary Romance + Magic, Novella
Heat: 1 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

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So. I saw Christmas. And I saw a freaking drool-worthy hunk of man candy and, well, I was in! With not a clue what Santa Wore Combat Boots was gonna be about. lol And I got quite the surprise from this little novella as neighbors Emma and Jake bring a little magic back into the holiday season after losing someone they love.

The quick of it is that Emma lost her husband years earlier and since then her spirit and joy have been fading day by day. She's just barely getting by emotionally and only pulls it together for her children. Her neighbor and friend, Jake, has watched over her all these years and now, with the help of her husband's spirit, he's decided it's time to help her finally heal and grab back on to life.

Jake is a great man (and a firefighter). He really adores Emma and her children. He may have started helping her because he felt obligated to her husband-who he served with-but you can tell he just loves this little family and wants to be with them. He was so blasted cute with her kids it totally made all my girlie bits do a little sigh. lol And I liked Emma too. She really has lost the Christmas spirit and you could feel her struggles and desperation over not having her husband and having to endure the season. It was nice to see her come around with a bit of a nudge from everyone.

This one was really sweet and pulled at my heart. It was such a hard spot for all of them dealing with their loss and having to finally move on. There's a bit of magic involved since her husband's spirit is part in the storyline but it worked for me overall. And, whew, the ending? Had me a total girly crying mess. That's what popped this one up to a 4.

*3 bucks is a little steep but if it goes on sale it's one I'd recommend if you just want a quick and touching Christmas read.

Have you read Witek? What did you think?
Have a favorite neighbors to lovers?

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