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Christmas with the Sheriff ~ Victoria James

Today's 12 Days of Christmas romances is Christmas with the Sheriff ~ Shadow Creek, Montana Book 1. This was a super cute book that I flipped pages on from start to finish. I have very distinct reading times due to the fact I have to get work done on my own books, but I didn't care with this book. I just wanted to finish it. This book was about a three-hour read and is free at the time of this posting.

After fleeing her beloved small town five years ago, Julia Bailey is back to spend Christmas with her family. Returning is hard, but keeping the devastating secret about her late husband is even harder. Her place isn't in Big Sky Country any longer...but the more time she spends with the irresistible Sheriff who saved her once before, and his adorable little daughter, the more Julia starts wishing she could let go of the past and start a new life.

Single dad and county Sheriff Chase Donovan had been secretly in love with his best friend's wife for years. But after her traumatic loss he knew Julia needed to get away from Shadow Creek, even though helping her leave was the last thing he wanted to do. Now she's home and he doesn't intend to lose her a second time. Chase is going to prove to Julia just how good they can be together this Christmas...and forever.

I LOVED, LOVED Christmas with the Sheriff! It was one of those books that hooked you from page one and by God you were going to figure out what happened to this woman. After losing her family to an accident, Julia leaves Shadow Creek, and the man she's always had feelings for, behind for the big city. Five years later, she's back, and she discovers that at Christmastime Shadow Creek is still home, and so is Chase Donovan. 

Chase Donovan has always carried a flame for Julia, since the very day they met. He's big, he's bad, he's the sheriff, but he's also sweet, comforting, sappy, broken by his ex's desertion, and the best single dad Julia has ever met. He's as lonely as she is, but together they barely make the shell of a person who could handle love.

But, it is Christmas, and instead of walking away, they start walking toward each other. He knows she's afraid of loving and losing again, hell, so is he, but she's lost more than him. He still has his daughter to hold in his arms. Determined to show her they're all she'll ever need, he sets out to make this the best Christmas she's ever had. 

The story was about family, true love, heartache, loss, grief, and the idea that sometimes the people we think we know, we don't know at all, and the person we think isn't for us, is actually the person put here for us. If you love family drama, romance, hot cops, and sweet little girls, then you'll love Christmas with the Sheriff! 

(I signed up for her newsletter at the end of the book to get the 'Epilogue' to this book. It's not necessary. The epilogue is four pages of basically introducing the next book. If you want to, go for it, but don't think you're missing out on something if you don't. You aren't.)

I give Christmas with the Sheriff 5 cups of spicy gingerbread tea!

Victoria James is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance.

Victoria always knew she wanted to be a writer and in grade five, she penned her first story, bound it
(with staples and a cardboard cover) and did all the illustrations herself. Luckily, this book will never see the light of day again.

In high school she fell in love with historical romance and then contemporary romance. After graduating University with an English Literature degree, Victoria pursued a degree in Interior Design and then opened her own business. After her first child, Victoria knew it was time to fulfill her dream of writing romantic fiction.

Victoria is a hopeless romantic who is living her dream, penning happily-ever-after's for her characters in between managing kids and the family business. Writing on a laptop in the middle of the country in a rambling old Victorian house would be ideal, but she's quite content living in suburbia with her husband, their two young children, and very bad cat.

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