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Posted February 2, 2013
Doc Holiday was the perfect Christmas read, in fact it was a perfect after Christmas read as well! Just a heart~warming, fun, well written, emotional story that I enjoyed so much! I loved the concept of the story in that Drew asked Taylor for help in creating a Christmas for his son that he always wished he had and never did.
I was totally drawn into the story from the beginning. I loved Taylor and Drew but the character that I most enjoyed was definitely Noah. Oh..I just loved him!! I wanted to reach through the book and wrap him up in my arms so many times!! The scenes that stuck in my mind the most after I finished reading were the gingerbread decorating (my heart hurt during this scene for both Noah and Drew!!), the parade float where Noah donated his bear (I had tears in my eyes reading this part!!), picking out the Christmas tree, Noah's red boots and the scene where Noah told Drew that he asked Santa for Taylor to be his mommy for Christmas...so good!! Oh..and I especially LOVED LOVED LOVED the ending...I just wished that there was more to the story after Drew and Taylor got together as a couple because they were so cute together and I would have loved to have seen them all further into their relationship as a family.
I loved Drew's character and how he never gave up on Taylor even though she kept pushing him away. I love that he saw in her the need to be taken care of because she took care of everyone else but no one took care of her. Oh...and I loved that he fell in love with her when she was only 16 but he couldn't show it because he was way to old for her at the time and she had no idea of his feelings for her. I also loved how he teased her and called her Mouse~so cute!! I love how he was able to catch Taylor so off guard all the time because he knew what she was thinking and how she would react to certain things that he did. He was so sneaky but in a totally fun and loving way!! I also loved that it was so important for Drew to be a good dad and give Noah all the things that he never had as a kid, especially emotionally. Taylor was another great character. She was so afraid to love them but she just couldn't help herself. She was so calm and reassuring to both Noah and Drew. She was so sweet and funny and I loved that she knew exactly the right things to say and do for Noah and Drew.
A great entertaining read full of love and tears that left me smiling at the end. Oh..and the sex was pretty HOT also!! ;) Definitely a keeper to be reread and not just at Christmas!! This was my first read from Debra Dixon and I look forward to more from her.
5 out of 5 rating!!
***ARC provided by NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group. Thank you!! Mariann at Belle's Book Bag
Posted December 24, 2012
I've read a couple of other Loveswept Classic Romances before and I either found those to be just okay or not to my liking. So, I have to say, I was a little disappointed after I realized this was a classic romance. I went into reading this book thinking the book blurb was great but I didn't have high hopes for it. Oh my GOSH! I loved this book. It has everything I could possibly want in a contemporary romance.
Taylor Bishop is a twenty-nine-year-old single girl. Her mother died when she was sixteen years old & she has been pretty much taking care of her father and six brothers ever since. In Taylor's mind, she has already raised one family & she doesn't want to raise another. Thus, she doesn't have any kids & she's not married. One of her rules is to NOT date guys who have kids. Those guys, in her mind, are only looking for someone to raise their kids. Now it's a week before Christmas and she's back in her hometown of Harvey, Arkansas trying to will herself to put together another perfect Christmas for her family.
Drew Haywood is a thirty-five-year-old single dad to a five-year-old son named Noah. Drew has been divorced from his ex-wife Anna for about four years and two months ago she flew to Arizona and left Noah with Drew, with no intentions of coming back for him. It appears Noah didn't fit into her new life. So Drew moves him and his son back to his adopted hometown of Harvey. It's Christmastime. It has been a difficult last couple of months. Drew wants to give Noah a Christmas he will remember.
Taylor and Drew have had a thing for each other for years but the age difference was a problem. Drew is six years older than she is. In fact, on one of the lowest days of her life, the day of her mother’s funeral, Drew kissed a then sixteen year old Taylor and made her feel better about herself. Drew immediately realized his mistake and apologized, thus breaking a young girl's heart. Now, thirteen years later, Drew has not only moved back, he's come looking for Taylor to give him the one thing only she can give, a Christmas he and his son can remember for a lifetime.
Through the course of the book, Taylor tries her best to not fall for Drew and Noah. After all, she still thinks Drew doesn’t want her romantically, but as a mother replacement for his son. You have Drew who can read his “Mouse” just by looking at her and does everything he can to break down the walls she’s desperately trying to put up. Over the course of one week, Taylor manages to turn Drew’s beautiful yet dreary house into a warm home, filled with Christmas decorations. She turns Noah into a little boy who gets his first stuffed animal and has his first fit with his dad (that was a funny scene). Also during this time, Drew confesses his feelings for Taylor after all these years. Of course, she doesn’t believe him. Turns out, at least one member of the Bishop family knew of Drew’s feelings for Taylor thirteen years ago and finally tells her so.
In the end, Taylor fulfilled her promise to give Noah and Drew a Christmas to remember. In the process, she also made her own family as well.
Debra Dixon is a fabulous storyteller. While reading this book, I could actually picture the scenes as if they were truly being played out in front of me. This is a MUST Christmas read.
Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews blog