Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Review ~ NOT QUITE CHRISTMAS by Sharon Kleve

Not Quite Christmas (Coming Home for Christmas, #2)
by: Sharon Kleve
Series: Coming Home for Christmas
Genre: Sweet Contemporary Romance/Christmas
Release Date: September 24, 2018
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It’s not quite Christmas without family.

After years of being away during the holidays, all Adair Hutton wants is to spend Christmas with her family. As a travel nurse, she’s been all over the country and enjoyed every minute of it, but it’s time to come home for good.

It becomes more difficult than Adair has anticipated when she has to rely on a handsome stranger, a taxi, Greyhound bus, an Uber, and an airplane to make the journey home. Because the road home isn’t always as easy as planned.

Easton is a cartoon artist and can work from anywhere and isn’t in any hurry to reach Seattle. There’s no family waiting for him. When a beautiful stranger needs his assistance to get home for the holidays, he jumps in with both feet and maybe his heart too.

It’s been a couple of years since I’ve read Sharon Kleve. I remember her characters and stories being fun, quirky, and sometimes over the top. I also remember there being a permanent smile on my face, while reading the stories. Not Quite Christmas was no different.

In Not Quite Christmas, Sharon takes a quest to be home for Christmas and turns it into a love story. For the past few years, travel nurse Adair Hutton has had to celebrate Christmas with her family late. This year, she manages to get off for Christmas, just in time to surprise them. Traveling from Hot Springs, Arkansas to Seattle, Washington should be easy. But mechanical problems and weather delays put her dream of spending Christmas with her family in serious jeopardy.

Easton McQuin is a really laid back, easy-going, cartoon artist. He’s ready to stop traveling so much and has decided Seattle is a good place to settle down for awhile. With plans of staying with friends, he’s in no hurry to get there. When a mechanical problem forces him and other passengers bound for Seattle to make other travel arrangements, he befriends a complete stranger.

As Adair and Easton navigate their way west through mishap after mishap, they strike up a friendship. That friendship quickly leads to flirting, with them developing feelings for one another. In the end, Adair realizes that while she doesn’t get to have the Christmas she expected, she does get to have a Christmas she will never forget.

I loved the characters of Adair and Easton. They’re fun, playful, and have really good chemistry. Things happen between these two very quickly. Not Quite Christmas is a sweet romance, which will have you smiling from start to finish. I would have definitely loved to have had more of this couple. I'm disappointed the story ends at 80%, with the remaining percentage being used to showcase Sharon's other books.

**Received a copy of the book from the author and voluntarily reviewed.**

Rating: 4

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Sharon Kleve was born and raised in Washington and currently lives on the Olympic Peninsula with her husband and two cats. When not writing, and working full-time, she can usually be found either curled up in her recliner with her cats and a good book or in the kitchen making cheese or baking sourdough bread or bagels.

Sharon is a multi-published author of contemporary romance with over twenty stories published in eBook, paperback, on audio and translated into six different foreign languages. She has written New Adult and Romantic Suspense, but what brings her the most joy is writing Romantic Comedies.

She loves giving her characters the happily ever after they deserve—with a few laughs and maybe a few bumps and bruises along the way.

When not writing, she can usually be found either curled up in her recliner with her cats and a good book, or in the kitchen baking sourdough bread or bagels. She has recently added cheese making to list of accomplishments.

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