by: Kaylie Newell
Series: The Harlow Brothers
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Christmas
Release Date: November 1, 2018
Publisher: Tule Publishing
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After serving in the Army, Luke Harlow returns home in time for the holidays to help his brothers raise their twelve-year-old half-sister. With his new job as Marietta’s police officer, Luke finds himself in the middle of a festive mystery that the entire town will want solved before Christmas morning.
Mary Best is Marietta Courier’s most promising young reporter. When she starts spending time with sexy Luke Harlow to write an article about his heroic military service, she begins to suspect there’s more to this new police recruit than meets the eye. He’s kind, generous, and very mysterious. When anonymous gifts start appearing around town for people in need, Mary knows there’s a story there. A magical one. It doesn’t take long for the breadcrumbs to lead right back to Luke.
As the gifts pile up, so does everyone’s urge to unmask Marietta’s secret Santa. Luke is deeply private, and Mary is deeply curious- opposites who’ll find themselves tumbling toward each other amidst the snowy backdrop of a town fully embraced in the spirit of Christmas. But when Mary uncovers Luke’s secret, will she be able to bury her reporter’s instincts for the sake of love? And will Luke finally be able to trust someone with his heart?
Hi Kaylie. Welcome to Read Your Writes Book Reviews.
Hello! Thank you for having me.
You’re welcome. Congratulations on the release of Luke’s Gift. Before we get started I have to say the Harlow brothers sound great. What can you tell me about Luke’s Gift?
Thank you! I do love this series. Three sexy bachelor brothers find out they’re the guardians of their eleven year-old half-sister, so they all move back to their small, Montana hometown to raise her.
Luke is coming home to Marietta from his third tour in Afghanistan when he meets local newspaper reporter Mary Best. Mary’s always looking for a story, and it doesn’t take long to see Luke would make a great one. But when anonymous Christmas gifts start showing up around town and Mary starts to suspect that Luke is behind them, her story turns into a festive mystery that all of Marietta will want solved before Christmas morning. It’s a secret Santa story, with a little Robin Hood twist, and some heat thrown in for good measure!
Tell me about Luke Harlow and Mary Best, and why do you think they work as a couple?
Mary is very guarded because of the way she was raised. She’s also very curious as a reporter, and believes everyone has a story. Luke believes in the overall goodness of people, but is intensely private. Together, there’s a natural chemistry because in a lot of ways they’re opposites, but at their core, they’re very much the same. They just have to find a way to meet in the middle, which is the fun part.
What’s your favorite part of a book to write?
I really love the slow build of sexual tension before the first kiss. Those moments are so full of angst in real life, that it’s a blast to try and translate that to two fictional characters. I like to make them suffer a little (insert evil laugh here).
Oh man. Well, that’s just kinda mean. Tell me about one your favorite scenes from the book, and why is it a favorite?
I can’t say specifically without giving it away because it’s toward the end, but it’s a scene where Luke and Mary finally realize they’re in love with each other, but there’s a lot on the line for both of them. It’s a moment where they have to decide what’s more important- protecting themselves, or opening themselves up to the possibility of true joy.
That does sound good. Can you tell me a fun fact or two about Luke’s Gift?
I wrote this book after watching about 200 Hallmark Christmas movies in a row (slight exaggeration. Maybe it was closer to 189). I saw it unfolding like a movie in my head, and Luke and Mary were in the starring rolls. So I hope that comes across on the page. I’d love my readers to feel like they’re stepping inside a Hallmark movie for a while!
You definitely have me wanting to read this book. What’s your favorite way to spend Christmas?
My family is pretty traditional- we spend a LOT of time during the holidays in our pajamas watching Christmas movies, baking cookies, going for drives to see the lights, and dressing our animals up in Christmas sweaters, because that’s the law.
Lol. I’m going to have to try to dress my cat up this Christmas. I’m sure he’s NOT going to like it. What’s next for you?
I actually just got edits for the last book in my Harlow Brothers series, Judd’s Vow. This one comes out right after the new year, and I’m so excited to introduce everyone to this sexy oldest brother. (Hint: Judd’s a pilot and he’s also gorgeous, and does things like carry you off to bed.)
The Harlow men sound amazing. Kaylie, thank you for answering some questions for me. I’m looking forward to reading both of Tanner and Luke’s stories.
Thank you SO much for having me, and happy early holidays!
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