About the Book:
A devastating house fire cost Jane Clark nearly everything: her husband, her confidence, and her looks, with the physical scars marbling her body. Now, two years later, she’s living and healing back in her childhood hometown of Lone Pine Lake. The upcoming holidays are the perfect opportunity to bring some Christmas cheer into her young children’s lives, starting with a visit to the firehouse, where her brother’s best friend has offered to help quell their residual fears.
Lone Pine’s resident playboy, fire captain Christian Nelson is happy with his single-guy lifestyle. He’s an everyday local hero, so he’s never wanting for attention around the holidays. But when Jane Clark shows up, Chris is immediately drawn to the beautiful widow—even though kids and commitment have never been his style.
Despite her brother’s warnings about his friend’s playboy status and dangerous occupation, Jane can’t help but fall for the gorgeous fire captain. The holidays are a time of new beginnings, but can two scarred people find the strength to let go of their pasts to live in the present, when a lifetime together might be the sweetest gift of all?
This was a pretty formula romance between two people who were both afraid to get involved, but who were so attracted to each other than they threw caution to the wind. She had loved, and then lost her husband in a fire; his childhood home lacked loved, and so he has avoided marriage (and, he thought, hurt).
It was a quick easy read without substantive subplots. They ended up in bed shortly after they got involved and the bedroom scenes are very romantic but not terribly graphic, though we are definitely not left outside the bedroom door. My guess is that it is the first in a series as a couple of supporting characters got a few too many lines to just be dropped.
I'd like the thank the publisher for making a review copy available via NetGalley. Grade: B-