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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Review: Purrfect Santa by Jessie Lane & Chasity Bowlin / @jessielanebooks @authorchasity

Series & Title: Howls Romance: Purrfect Santa
Authors: Jessie Lane & Chasity Bowlin
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Publisher: Whiskey Girls Publishing
Release Date: December 12, 2017
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
eBook Provided By: Purchased on Amazon

A woman afraid to love …

Nikki knows what it is to lose those you love. With her focus on her orphaned sister, she hasn’t given herself the chance to process her own grief over the loss of their parents. Life is chaos and the last complication she needs is a mate.

A lion alone for too long …

Joe Miller knows chaos. Being orphaned as a child, he’s never had a family to call his own. Crashing with a friend for the holidays, he’s hoodwinked into playing Santa Claus at a local mall. The last thing on his mind is finding a mate.

A love worth the risk …

With her baby sister on her hip, sadness in her eyes, and a longing in her heart, Nikki waits in line with her sister to see Santa. From the moment he scents her, Joe is in deep. It’s going to take everything he has to convince Nikki the love outweighs the risk to her heart. Luckily for Joe, he has fate and Nikki’s adorable baby sister on his side. After all, who can say no to the Purrfect Santa at Christmas?

Joe and Nikki's story is sweet and warm and hopeful and pretty much everything you want in a Christmas romance.

Joe's filling in for Santa at the mall and Nikki's in line so her little sister can see Santa. Even from a distance, they scent one another and know what they are to one another. Joe isn't deterred by the fact that Nikki's sister comes with her, neither is he put off by her resistance to the mating instinct. Nikki is prickly and wary. She doesn't want anyone in her life who's going to leave like her parents did, who'll end up crushing her and her sister Sarah's hearts and spirits more than they already are.

Nikki kept unloading ornaments until Joe came and knelt down beside her.
“Why do I get this feeling you’re not as thrilled as Sarah is about the tree?”
Unable to look at him for fear of crying, Nikki kept her eyes on the box in front of her. “You can’t buy our love, Joe.”
Two fingers tipped her face his way and she stared into his determined face. “Not trying to buy your love, babe. What I am trying to do is give my girls a good Christmas. There’s a difference and I hope you can see that.”
Leaning toward him, Nikki whispered, “Promise me you’re not going to hurt us, Joe. Promise me that if I let you in to mine and Sarah’s lives that you’re not going to leave us. Because I don’t think either of us can take that sort of pain again.”
Joe reached out and cradled her face in his big hands. “You accept me, accept our mating, and there’s nothing that can take me away from you or Sarah. Promise you that, sweetheart.”

This is such a poignant moment in their story. The loss Sarah and Nikki feel is present throughout the story but this moment between Nikki and Joe highlights the underlying emotion that is mentioned but not really voiced: fear.

I love that Joe is tender in this moment and giving so much of himself to Nikki with just a few words.

Joe's gentle persistence pays off. He breaks through the walls Nikki's built and earns the right to claim her as his mate and Sarah as his family. The gift of claiming and loving is the perfect end for this Christmas story.

Jessie Lane is a best-selling author of Paranormal and Contemporary Romance, as well as, Upper YA Paranormal Romance/Fantasy.

She lives in Kentucky with her two little Rock Chicks in-the-making and her over protective alpha husband that she’s pretty sure is a latent grizzly bear shifter. She has a passionate love for reading and writing naughty romance, cliff hanging suspense, and out-of-this-world characters that demand your attention, or threaten to slap you around until you do pay attention to them.

She’s also a proud member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA).

Chasity Bowlin lives in central Kentucky in a house that has more character than woking parts. She loves writing, loves traveling and enjoys incorporating tidbits of her actual vacations into her books. She is an avid Anglophile, loving all things British, but specifically all things Regency.

Growing up in Tennessee, spending as much time as possible with her doting grandparents, soap operas were a part of her daily existence, followed by back to back episodes of Scooby Doo. Her path to becoming a romance novelist was set when, rather than simply have her Barbie dolls cruise around in a pink convertible, they time traveled, hosted lavish dinner parties and one even had an evil twin locked in the attic.

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