A Chance This Christmas by Joanne Rock
October 5, 2017
Growing up in the Christmas-crazed theme town of Yuletide was fun for fashion designer Rachel Chambers until a family scandal made her unwelcome. Eight years later, she’s home for a friend’s wedding and trying to go incognito… until her old flame spots her.
Snowboarder Gavin Blake wants to make things right with Rachel, and smoothing her way back in Yuletide seems like the best way to do just that. Making Rachel his date for a week of pre-wedding parties is sure to bring them closer. Except he underestimated how long a small town can carry a grudge–or how much the memory of a long-ago kiss could tempt him all over again.
As the wedding approaches, Rachel remembers all she loved about her close-knit, Christmas-loving neighbors. But even if she can win over the town again, will she be able to convince her footloose, mogul-shredding wedding date that they can find happiness beyond the holidays?
As most know, I have been reading Ms. Rock since she started writing for Harlequin. I still read her Harlequin’s, her indies and now her books with Tule. Who, by the way, is one publisher that you need to be buying books from. You’d be surprised who writes for them and the books are just too good to pass up. Anyway, I never miss a chance to spotlight Ms. Rock on the blog. But, I do need to tell you before I start the review that this is book #3 in a series but they can totally be read as stand alones. I just need to go back and read the other girls stories. And yes, I have them on the Nook.
What really made the story for me is that not only is a second change story but it’s always about redemption. This town is so ugly to Rachel and in some ways to Gavin because of his association with her that I almost didn’t finish it. I know and I NEVER DNF a book but with this one, I seriously thought about it. They didn’t care about the facts about the scandal with Rachel’s dad and let’s not forget about the ex-boyfriend, Luke. Luke is a douche. Yes, I said it and Ms. Rock knows this. There is nothing to like about him at all. He treats Rachel like a piece of gum on the bottom of his shoe and never lets up. Even when his bride to be is forgiving. In fact, she wants Rachel at their wedding and makes every effort for Rachel to be included. Luke and his parents just want Rachel to be gone. Of course, I could tell the “why” but you really need to read the book to find out for yourself. I never saw it coming and in all honesty, I would have liked some more closure in regards to the town and the Harris clan.
Gavin is just too patient at times for me but he never gives up on Rachel and her acceptance back into the town and in his heart. I liked him from the start and their relationship is a slow build and emotional at times. He never had a bad thing to say about Rachel but at the same time, didn’t really stand up for her before she left. He realizes this and makes it his journey to make sure that the town sees how much they were wrong and Rachel is right. Nothing like a man standing up for his woman. I loved it. Rachel, on the other hand, wasn’t so sure about it. She really didn’t even want to be there but there she was. Her mom is a gem, too. I really liked how supportive she is of Rachel, regardless of the past and the possible future.
Overall, do yourself a favor and pick up this book. Heck, pick up any of Ms. Rock’s books. She never disappoints and always delivers the goods. Trust me and you’re welcome.
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About Joanne Rock:
Four-time RITA nominee Joanne Rock has never met a romance sub-genre she didn’t like. The author of over eighty books enjoys writing a wide range of stories, most recently focusing on sexy contemporaries and small town family sagas. An optimist by nature and perpetual seeker of silver linings, Joanne finds romance fits her life outlook perfectly–love is worth fighting for. A frequent speaker at regional and national writing conferences she enjoys giving back to the writing community that nurtured and inspired her early career. She has a Masters degree in Literature from the University of Louisville but credits her fiction writing skills to her intensive study with friend and fellow author Catherine Mann. When she’s not writing, Joanne enjoys travel, especially to see her favorite sports teams play with her former sports editor husband and three athletic-minded sons.
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