Jeannine Colette delivers a sweet, charming short read that honestly it was as gripping as ‘Wild Abandon’. I was dying to read more about Nate and Crystal ever since I finished that one. While this short, lovely read wasn’t exactly what I had in mind for a Christmas novella for these two characters, I enjoyed it and loved to catch up with these characters and also meet new ones.
“When our mouths connect, it’s as if every Christmas wish I ever asked for has been answered.”
Five years have passed since Crystal met Nate, the love of her life and father of her child, a very cute little boy, named Austin. Life in Napa is good and they are happy. They are in New York, Crystal’s town, to meet some business with pleasure. Business, since they have to meet with a luxury restaurant group who wants to buy their Napa Valley wine and pleasure, to spend more time as a couple and to spend the holidays with Crystal’s family.
Everything is turned upside down when the business meeting doesn’t go as planned. Crystal had hoped she will show Nate the city that holds such a special place in her heart, but sadly she finds herself visiting the city alone since Nate is stuck up in some meetings.
Will Nate be caught under the mistletoe or will this couple of wine and roses find their way back together for Christmas?
“I don’t care if we never make a dime. As long as I have you and the roses, I will never be lost again.”
I liked how the story began, but to be honest here, I wasn’t sure about its progression. I admit, I would have preferred something a little different , but in the end I was satisfied with how everything ended for these characters. The story is fast-paced, filled with just a little angst and drama and it was pretty gripping for a short read. I didn’t feel for one moment the story was rushed or something since I already met the two main characters and knew the dynamic between them. So, it goes without saying, to fully enjoy this novella you must read ‘Wild Abandon’ first.
Crystal was sweet and endearing as ever, but I have to say Nate infuriated me so damn much. I wanted to slap him senseless at times. I understood his point and I knew the entire time how deep his feelings are for Crystal, but some of his actions annoyed the sh*t out of me. However, I liked how sweet he was with Crystal at times. They were really great together, a lovely couple I loved reading about.
“Merry Christmas, Mr Teller.”
“Merry Christmas, Mrs Teller.”
Overall, a nice, short, Christmas-y story!
About the Author:
Jeannine Colette is a former television producer turned writer, mother, and philanthropist. She is the author of Pure Abandon, Reckless Abandon, Wild Abandon and the upcoming novella, Wrecked.
A graduate of Wagner College and the New York Film Academy, Jeannine went on to become a Segment Producer for television shows on CBS and NBC. After years of dreaming, she finally put pen to paper (read: finger to laptop) fulfilling her dream of becoming a full-time author and published her first novel in July 2015. She lives in New York with her husband, the two tiny people she adores more than life itself, and a rescue pup named Wrigley.