Series: Bad Boys of Crystal Lake #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Holiday, Military
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on October 1st, 2013
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
Also in this series: The Summer He Came Home, The Day He Kissed Her
Purchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble
Book Links: Goodreads
All he wants this Christmas is her.
In the small town of Crystal Lake, Christmas is a time for sledding, hot chocolate, and cozying up to the fire with those you love. For Jake Edwards, it’s also time to come home and face his past. He thought there would never be anything harder than losing his brother. Turns out there is: falling in love with his brother’s widow, Raine.
Ever since they were little, Jesse was the Edwards brother who was always there for her, and Jake was the one who knew just how to push her buttons. Raine can’t imagine a life without them, which is why it was doubly decimating when Jake left town after his brother’s sudden death. Now he’s back and she doesn’t know whether to be mad or thrilled. Maybe both. Maybe it will be the perfect chance for both of them to finally find happiness again.
Juliana Stone is back again with a new addition in her Bad Boys of Crystal Lake series. The series follows three life-long friends and their trials and tribulations after the tragic death of one of their own, Jake Edwards. In the first book, Summer He Came Home, love blossomed between Cain and Maggie. In the recent addition to the series, The Christmas He Loved Her, Jake and Raine get a second chance at love.
Once again Juliana Stone crafts a vivid and engrossing tale that deals realistically with loss and love. A well thought out plot and complex characters add layers to this enjoyable read. Stone’s vivid descriptions of Crystal Lake and its nosy inhabitants pull the reader directly into the story. And though the basis of the story is rooted in tragedy, she successfully manages to lighten the mood from time to time with humor.
Jake and Raine are two likeable and not easily forgotten characters. Jake essentially abandoned his family and Raine as a result of his grief and harbors a couple of secrets surrounding Jesse’s death and his relationship with Raine. Raine is drowning in grief as a result of her husband’s death, and is dealing with her anger and disappointment in Jake for abandoning her when she needed him the most. On top of her grief, she’s been keeping a huge, life-changing secret that not only affects her, but Jake and his family as well. Needless to say, as rocky as their relationship is, they make each other feel alive and the chemistry between them is undeniable. However, it takes a lot of work, both together and separately, before they’re able to take a chance on love.
In the end, this was a satisfying read. I’m excited to see what’s in store for Crystal Lake’s final bad boy, Mac Draper, in the next installment entitled The Day He Kissed Her. If you have yet to read this series, I encourage you to go out and pick up the book that started it all, The Summer He Came Home. You won’t be disappointed. (Reviewed by Quiana – The Book Lover)