Friday, December 29, 2017

Review: Rumor Has It in Christmas Falls by Melinda Curtis

Book Four in the Return to Christmas Falls series

Seven fabulous authors bring you this holiday romance series about a group of special friends returning to their hometown at the request of their high school mentor. Each book is a standalone, but read them all to fully enjoy the journey of these remarkable women and their emotional reunion with their mentor, an incredible woman who changes their lives and helps save a small town community forever.
 Heidi Reads... Rumor Has It in Christmas Falls by Melinda Curtis

My rating: 3 stars / I liked it


Twelve unlucky years ago, rumors flew about Lexi and Kevin. And now? Well, not much has changed, except this time neither can run away. Not from Christmas Falls. And maybe... not from each other.

As a political strategist at Dunlop Bennet & Associates, Lexi Townsend's career is going nowhere. She's a cubical dweller writing speeches for freshmen senators in DC. But if she can hitch her career wagon to a rising political star, she’ll be on her way to a corner office in no time. When she’s offered a plum holiday assignment–an ideal candidate with deep pockets, someone who could make the leap from local to national politics–she starts to dream about that corner office.

Until she realizes her candidate is Kevin O’Malley, aka Kevin the Hottie, Kevin the Snob, Kevin the Liar, the same guy who shattered her high school reputation back home in Christmas Falls with a rumor. Assignment in hand, Lexi braces herself for the most difficult political race of her career--because this time it’s personal.

My Review

I enjoyed the parts of the story where Lexi reunites with her childhood friends and realizes how much they mean to her. My not-so-favorite parts involved the dysfunctional relationship between Lexi and Kevin. Even though he comes from an emotionally abusive background, it doesn't excuse the way he treated her in the past and the way he behaves in the present- mixing charm with indifference, depending on what will get him what he wants. I had a difficult time understanding their connection and thought she could do better. The romance in this one is turbulent but of course ends with a happily ever after.

(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)

The rest of the books in the Return to Christmas Falls series

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