Review of It’s In His Christmas Wish by Shelly Alexander #15BooksForChristmas #ChristmasReadingChallenge

Return to Red River–a beautiful mountain town in the southern Rockies, where the nights are cool and the romance is hot–one last time in this wonderful holiday romance that has as much heart as it does heat.

Maybe some wishes aren’t meant to come true.

Christmas is a hot button for Kimberly Perez, and not in a good way. Having grown up in the foster system, she’s as frugal as she is smart and can’t abide the materialism of the holidays. In an effort to use precious funds to help children in need instead of wasting money on meaningless commercialism, she pitches a new city ordinance to Red River’s town council that would cut all holiday decorations and festivities from the budget.

Ross Armstrong is determined to honor his late sister’s memory by continuing her love of all things Christmas in Red River. But to do so, he’s got to block the passing of a silly new law—and the person behind it—which would essentially ban Christmas altogether.

When their disagreement pits them against each other at a public town council meeting and splits Red River in half, the council chairperson forces them to work together on a new Red River holiday tradition—the Wishing Tree. Can they work together in the true spirit of the holidays, not only to reunite the town they love but to also cultivate the burgeoning feelings they have for each other. Or will their differences turn them into enemies and divide Red River forever?

Available on Amazon and via Kindle Unlimited.

Look at that snowy, Christmasy cover, complete with the charming red bench and snow laden trees. Such a sweet cover for a Christmas-romance novella. The descriptions of the town’s main street and park are simply enchanting and certainly help create the ideal Christmas atmosphere. Throw in a giant Christmas wishing tree and tons of community spirit (even if some is a bit misplaced) and you’ve got a short, cute Holiday read. 

It’s not all sweet candy canes and perfect cookies, however. Our heroine, Kimberly, seems a bit self-righteous with her demands than no money be spent on decorations so that all can go towards children in need. Our hero, Ross, isn’t much better as he seems to put too much stock in having town decorations to preserve his sister’s memory. There’s also a ridiculous SOS call to get his friends to stand up against the Grinch who would cut funding to their Christmas decorations. Admittedly, therefore, the first 20% of this story really had me rolling my eyes and not particularly engaging with either main character.

However, the storyline and the characters improved as the novella went on and by the end I was absolutely feeling the romance and Christmas magic. There’s some entertaining chemistry between these two.

As the story unfolds, both Kimberly and Ross face the demons of their past to better understand their current way of thinking. Kimberly’s inability to trust and believe in other people is fully explained as she herself comes to realise that being vulnerable doesn’t have to end badly. That said, Ross behaves quite horribly towards her and, even for a romance story, I wouldn’t have blamed her one bit if she left him and never looked back! Thankfully, in confronting his parents and how they coped/ didn’t cope after his sister’s death, Ross comes to acknowledge his shortcomings and figures out a way to win his lady’s heart back.

Overall I enjoyed It’s In His Christmas Wish. It’s a quick, festive, romantic read with a little bit of spice thrown in. I give it 4/5 espresso shots.

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