Sunday, October 11, 2015

A Father For Christmas (A Veteran's Christmas Book 1) by Rachelle Ayala

A Father for Christmas (A Veteran’s Christmas Book 1)


To all the veterans who gave so much.


Single mother Kelly Kennedy can't afford lavish gifts for her four-year-old daughter, Bree. Homeless veteran Tyler Manning doesn't believe he deserves a Merry Christmas.

When Bree asks Santa for a father and picks Tyler, both Tyler and Kelly vow to keep Bree from being hurt while fighting their feelings for each other.

Tyler struggles with frightening flashbacks that scare Kelly. Meanwhile, Kelly's criminal past threatens her chance for happiness. Tyler and Kelly must believe in the power of love to give Bree her best Christmas ever.

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Review:  What a great book to start my holiday reading this year. It's a romance, but it's not the typical "and they all lived happily ever after" sort--it's much more realistic than that.

Both of the main characters have complicated pasts, and have tried to avoid romantic relationships because of those pasts. When they are brought together by 4 year old Bree (who is probably my favorite character in the book, as she is just so darn CUTE!), neither of them has any intention of falling in love with the other, and they fight the good fight to avoid it for quite a good portion of the book. Will Bree actually find her Papa under the tree on Christmas morning, or will Santa break her heart? 

There are a variety of supporting characters who add to the story--Kelly's mother and sister, and Tyler's friend Sawyer are particularly important.  They have stories of their own which we learn a little about as the book progresses. I hope we get to know them all better as the series continues.

There is also a bit of a religious component to this story, although it isn't overpowering, and just seems to flow naturally from who the characters are, and how they deal with life.

If you're looking for a clean, sweet holiday romance to get you in the spirit, this is definitely that book!

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**

Rating: Four stars
About the author
Rachelle Ayala is a bestselling Asian American author of dramatic romantic suspense and humorous, sexy contemporary romances. Her heroines are feisty and her heroes hot. She writes emotionally challenging stories but believes in the power of love and hope.

Rachelle is the founder of an online writing group, Romance in a Month, an active member of the California Writer’s Club, Fremont Chapter, and a volunteer for the World Literary Cafe. She is a very happy woman and lives in California with her husband. She has won awards in multicultural and historical romance.

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