If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. - Oscar Wilde
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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Review: Noel: A Blue Collar Christmas by J.C. Valentine / @indiesagepromo @AuthorJCV

Title: Noel: A Blue Collar Christmas
Series: Blue Collar, Book 1.5
Author: J.C. Valentine
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: December 23, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Uniform, Holiday, Romance
ARC Received From & Reviewed For: IndieSage PR

**Initial publication as part of the Red Hot Holidays Anthology on November 24, 2015**

E.R. nurse Noel Walker knows a thing or two about trauma, but when Officer Hunter Davis ends up as one of her patients, she might be the one in need of a gurney. Despite her attraction, Noel maintains a firm ‘no patients’ policy when it comes to dating, but as a man of the law, Hunter lives by a policy of his own: When he sets his sights on a target, he doesn’t give up until he slaps the cuffs on good and tight.

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Ever read a short story, get to the end, and say to yourself, "That's it?"

Yeah, I didn't say that with this book.

Ms. Valentine packed quite a bit into this short story without rushing it. The attraction between Noel and Hunter is, at first, one-sided as this is told only from Noel's third person POV. But it becomes obvious that Hunter feels that same connection, that he's more than willing and definitely happy to see where it goes. A chance meeting brings them together after his discharge from the hospital which leads to a night of conversation and explosive passion.

I have to say that Ms. Valentine wrote their passion beautifully. Not once did Hunter's POV come onto the pages yet the excitement he felt for a woman he'd just met came through just as strongly as Noel's.

I liked this story. Insta-lust, yes, but that's it. The end of the book presented declarations of like which made me chuckle and smile. I was relieved Ms. Valentine did not put any confessions of love in this book. I might've gagged if she did; too much, too soon for me. So if you've got time for a short story about an injured cop and a nurse who rediscovers life because of him, I hope you consider this one. For me, it's a definite keeper.

J.C. Valentine is the USA Today and International bestselling author of the Night Calls and Wayward Fighters Series and the Forbidden Trilogy. Her vivid imagination and love of words and romance had her penning her own romance stories from an early age, which, despite being poorly edited and written longhand, she forced friends and family members to read. No, she isn't sorry.

J.C. earned her own happily ever after when she married her high school sweetheart. Living in the Northwest, they have three amazing children and far too many pets and spend much of their free time together enjoying movies or the outdoors. Among the many hats she wears, J.C. is an entrepreneur. Having graduated with honors, she holds a Bachelor's in English and when she isn't writing, you can find her editing for fellow authors.

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