on November 29th 2015
Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo
family for Christmas?
Scott Walker doesn't have time for a relationship. The sexy mechanic has career ambitions, not to mention a mother and three sisters to take care of. The last thing he needs is Carrie Jameson, the beauty he never forgot, arriving in Templeton Cove over the holidays with some unexpected news.
Scott still finds Carrie irresistible, and he's not one to shirk responsibility. Scott's issues with his own dad make the prospect of parenthood a minefield. But if he and Carrie can overcome their fears, this Christmas could bring them the best gift of all.
¬¬Reviewed by Evelyn¬¬
CHRISTMAS AT THE COVE by Rachel Brimble is the fourth book in the series named after the small, fictional town of Templeton Cove in the United Kingdom. While the story seemed somewhat predictable, the characters were likeable and it was an easy book to finish in one sitting.
Carrie Jameson and Scott Walker met while Carrie was on vacation in Scott’s hometown of Templeton Cove. There was an intense sexual attraction between the two that they could not resist, but after a few days of falling in and out of bed with each other, Carrie’s vacation was over and she went home. That should have been the end of the story but, as could have been easily predictable, Carrie shows up back in Templeton Cove three years later. She is looking for Scott, but not for hot sex this time. This time she has a three year old curly haired secret that she needs to tell Scott about.
Scott is very glad to see Carrie back in town because he hasn’t been able to stop thinking about her since she left. He’s not ready for a commitment, however, because he has baggage of his own that he needs to resolve.
I thought, given the situation, that Scott and Carrie were written very realistically. Instead of immediately getting back together living happy every after, they were both very honest with each other. They admitted that they didn’t really know each other and that they both had serious reservations about whether or not they even wanted to be together for anything more than sex. Carrie had her child to protect and Scott has a situation in his own family that he needs to deal with before he can consider taking on other family members.
While I liked the realism of how the characters approached their situation, I also felt that, unfortunately, this is where the story got derailed. It became bogged down in too much repetitive dialog about whether or not Scott’s a player and could Carrie trust him to be there for her and her daughter. They really don’t know each other. Is Carrie’s daughter really Scott’s and what if she’s just playing him? How can they get together when Carrie has a job and family in her hometown and she’s not willing to move? Scott has his own business and family members he’s responsible for and he’s not willing to move. Is Scott really a ladies’ man and can Carrie trust – oops, I said that before. An so it goes. Page after page, it seems, without making any progress.
The end of the story was far more satisfying, however, as more characters became involved in the situation and new revelations were made. The town of Templeton Cove and its assortment of characters is also very interesting, but the Christmas time frame was little more than a backdrop. It wasn’t really a factor until the very end of the story.
There was a lot to like in CHRISTMAS AT THE COVE: the town, the characters, the beginning and the ending. I just wish the story hadn’t spent so much of the middle going around in circles. I’m giving CHRISTMAS AT THE COVE three stars.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.