Coming Home for Christmas by Lindsay McKenna, Delores Fossen, Geri Krotow

Posted December 22, 2014 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments

Coming Home for Christmas by Lindsay McKenna, Delores Fossen, Geri KrotowComing Home for Christmas by Delores Fossen, Geri Krotow, Lindsay McKenna
Format: eARC
Published by Harlequin Source: Netgalley
Genres: Best Friends Sibling, Christmas, Contemporary Romance, Military, Pregnancy & Babies, Romance, Second Chances
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Three stories salute the romance of holiday homecomings

Christmas Angel by Lindsay McKenna

When Navy SEAL Kyle Anderson gets a call saying Anna Campbell needs him, he doesn't think twice. On the Montana ranch where they grew up, holiday magic permeates every acre, kindling long-awaited love. But will duty trump desire?

Unexpected Gift by Delores Fossen

Tailed by a camera crew, Air Force Captain Gabe Brenner returns to Texas to deliver a Christmas message to his best friend's sister Kelly Coburn. But she's had her own delivery: beautiful baby Noel…Gabe's daughter.

Navy Joy by Geri Krotow

Chief Petty Officer Ian Cairne arrives stateside for Christmas with a four-legged friend: his late buddy's military service dog. Fortunately, the beautiful town vet Wendi Cooper is willing to take this odd couple into her home—and her heart.

So this book is another collection of Christmas stories with a military twist, I seem to be on a short story Christmas kick the past few days.

Christmas Angel: Lindsay McKenna was my favorite of the short stories out of the three. I really think the reason why it was easy for me to like this story more than the others is because the characters had a long term relationship before hand, so it was easy to see how a relationship could be rekindled in the very short amount of time the short story provided for. Kyle and Anna were childhood sweethearts, and when he joined the military he broke her heart. It’s really easy to read the pain between these two characters, but at the same time the love they have for each other is palpable from the beginning of the story. It was really easy to pull for these two to find a way to work it out, and I just really liked the characters in this one.

Unexpected Gift: Delores Fossen was probably my least favorite, but it was more of a personal hang up then a problem with the writing. So Gabe comes home to find that Kelly, his best friends little sister, has had a baby girl, and the baby is his. Yeah, talk about a dramatic entrance. I really don’t like women who don’t tell the father of their child they are pregnant (unless there is some kind of legit reason, like they tried to find them and couldn’t or it was an abusive situation or something, barring that, it’s hard for me to ever be okay with it). So from the beginning Kelly and I really didn’t mesh. I also thought she was really wishy-washy. Gabe I liked, I liked that he was an honorable guy, I liked that he took his daughter immediately, and I liked that he tried to do considerate things for Kelly. I did think the insta-love needed a bit more fleshing out to be believable though.

Navy Joy: Geri Krotow I liked for the most part, I really liked the inclusion of animals into the story. Wendi is a vet who has more than a few animals at home and has recently adopted her twin sisters’ three year old daughter after her sister and her husband died. Ian is recovering from the loss of his friend, the previous owner of his dog, and needed to find a place to stay that was pet friendly, enter Wendi. I liked the two of them individually and together, I liked how the animals all interacted with each other, and were catalysts for the two of them getting closer. I did think that the end of the story was more than a little rushed, but you will have to read it to understand why I think that.

Overall, I thought this was a cute collection of Christmas stories, and I did appreciate the military twist (who doesn’t love a guy in a uniform). That said, the stories were a little two quick to have the development they needed in my opinion, so it felt an awful lot like insta-love rather than taking the time to develop something more organically. But if you want something quick and sweet with a Christmas feel, this would definitely be your cup of tea.

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About Delores Fossen

Texas author, Delores Fossen, wore combat boots. Yep. During her five year assignment at RAF Lakenheath, England, this former Air Force captain often wore not only combat boots but also full chemical gear during simulated attacks. In fact, that’s how she met her husband, Tom, an Air Force Top Gun. They were both in charcoal suits and gas masks, with every inch of their skin covered, and yet Tom asked her out anyway. Delores obviously said yes, and they eventually married. Delores often relies on her military background, world travels and zany life experiences when she writes historical romances for Dorchester and romantic suspense and comedies for Harlequin.

About Geri Krotow

Award winning author of contemporary, military and WWII historical romance fiction who has the resume to back the military fiction part–she’s a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and former Naval Intelligence Officer.

About Lindsay McKenna

Lindsay McKenna lives her life as a risk taker, and it shines through the books she loves to write: romance, adventure and suspense. She started writing at age thirteen and continues to hone her writing skills to this day. She sold her first romance novel in 1981. The rest is history.
Because she went into the military, this experience became the backbone of her writing—she is credited with writing the first military romance novel (Captive of Fate, 1983, Silhouette Special Edition) and has created a thriving sub-genre within the romance field! As a New York Times Best Selling author, she has sold 23 million books and in 32 foreign languages in her career thus far. Her many experiences in the U.S. Navy are backdrop for her understanding of the military in general, and also her very successful Morgan’s Mercenaries, which is an ongoing series in Silhouette to this day! Forty-five books strong!
Lindsay has gone Indie in 2015 and has created a new family saga on par with Morgan’s Mercenaries It is known as the DELOS SERIES. There will be paperback and eBooks created under Blue Turtle Publishing, her company for her fans. Readers who love Morgan and his family are bound to fall in love with the Culver family. Delos is romantic suspense, which Lindsay is well known for. It took her five years to create and bring DELOS to her readers. It was worth the wait, but we’ll let you decide that.
Lindsay loves to hear from her readers and loves to know what they’d like to see her write next. Stay up with the latest on the Delos Series here. Please visit her Web site at www.lindsaymckenna.com. And be sure to sign up for her free quarterly newsletter. It contains exclusive content found nowhere else on the Net. Plus, giveaways and other surprises, to her loyal and faithful subscribers!

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