I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Holiday Serenade by Ava Miles
Series: Dare Valley #4
Published by Self Published on October 21, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Professional gambler Rhett Butler Blaylock is everything Abbie Maven doesn't want in a man-flamboyant, flashy, and unreserved. After a horrible experience in her youth, she has spent her life trying to make all the right choices, pouring her energy into being the best possible single mother to her son. But though Rhett doesn't seem to be husband and stepfather material, he awakens emotions in her that are as frightening as they are powerful. They had a fling she’s never forgotten, and now he has followed her to Dare Valley, Colorado with the intention of winning back her heart…this time, forever.
Rhett’s determined to show Abbie he can be the man of her dreams. He’ll do whatever it takes for the woman he loves, including giving up his flamboyant lifestyle and bad-boy image. As Christmas approaches, he prepares a special surprise for her, hoping the holiday will work its magic and grant him a miracle. Will his holiday serenade heal Abbie’s heart and convince her to give love a second chance?
The set up
Rhett Blaylock is on a mission to get Abbie Maven to give their relationship a chance. She doesn’t trust her judgment when it comes to men because the last time she did, the results were disastrous. Rhett’s waited patiently the last six months, playing by her rules. Now he’s pulling out all of the stops during the Christmas season to get her to admit she loves him and he’s a man she can trust her heart and her teenage son to for life.
While Abbie has given Rhett the impression that his flamboyant professional style is one of the barriers to their being together, it’s clear that there’s more behind her reluctance than his poker persona. Her son, Dustin, and her brother, Mac, are all supportive of the relationship and her friends are all rooting for the couple. Abbie’s almost paralyzed by her fear despite her deep feelings for Rhett.
What I liked about the story
Rhett’s a larger than life character, almost too much but you really cannot help falling for the guy. He declared his love for Abbie in the last book and never waivers, publicly or privately. He adores her son who reciprocates those feelings. Rhett’s sense of humor kept me smiling and his romancing efforts were touching, even when he went overboard. The Christmas theme made everything even more magical. Abbie was a bit uptight but given her history, it was understandable.
The bottom line
You’ve gotta love a character called Rhett Butler Blaylock who is every bit as dashing as his namesake. This story is all romance, steam and humor with a touch of the holiday spirit added just to make it even sweeter. It’s a nice installment in the series and the perfect ending for Abbie and Rhett.
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