Saturday, January 27, 2024

The Heart of Christmas Cheer by Rachael Eliker: Book Review

 *Book received for consideration. All thoughts are my own.

This Christmas, a second chance could kindle a love truly worth the fight.

Everything Jetta Carter has worked and expected for her life should be coming together. Instead, in one especially unfortunate evening, it all falls apart. Her career as a budding artist skids to a halt, her boyfriend betrays her, and the rumors start to fly. Needing a break from the disappointment, Jetta keeps her head high as she packs up her things and lugs her guilt with her to Peppermint Hollow.

A lone wolf doesn’t need anyone, and that’s exactly who Maverick Blackwell is. Even when he’s reintroduced to the newly arrived Jetta, he tries to maintain his stony demeanor as a safety precaution for his bruised and battered heart. It’s futile. Jetta is captivating from her headstrong demeanor to her teasing smirk. It doesn’t take long for Maverick to wish he could meet her under the mistletoe.

Maverick is determined to show Jetta how fiercely he can love a woman, but she has a secret that makes her balk. Unless he can get her to open her heart and give love a second chance, both of them might be in for a lonely Christmas.

Welcome to Peppermint Hollow! Enjoy this sweet, small-town Christmas romance, full of swoony moments, passionate kisses, and one satisfying happily ever after between a broody cowboy and the free-spirited woman who captures his heart.

USA Today Bestselling author of humor, romance, and happily ever afters.

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Rachael Eliker lives in Indiana with her husband and children on their own slice of paradise. When she’s not writing, she’s probably running lonely stretches of country road, riding her old horse, or working on a home improvement project. She enjoys reading just about anything, having a good laugh, and making memories with friends and family most of all.

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The Heart of Christmas Cheer is the second book in the Peppermint Hollow Christmas series. I had not personally read the first book in the series and found this read just fine as a standalone. 

This was such a cute romance. After Jetta is betrayed in her relationship and she finds her life seems to be falling apart, she heads to Peppermint Hollow to escape and help her friend plan her wedding... she certainly had no intentions of falling in love. Likewise, Maverick had hurts in his past that kept him from wanting to put his heart on the line. Of course, as we romance readers know... love always comes when you're not looking for it. I just adored watching these two work through their issues and grow closer to one another. They were a great match and I enjoyed every minute spent with them. 

Christmas may be over, but this was a perfect read for anytime of the year. It really wasn't overly Christmas-y with little taking place over the holidays... though it does take place in a holiday town... and a town I can't wait to visit again soon!

The Heart of Christmas Cheer is a closed-door romance with kisses only and no language. 

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