Sweet, sentimental, with a bit of sexy heat all rolled up with a Christmas backdrop made Wanted: Mom for Christmas a cute and entertaining holiday story. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures
Christmas is coming to Climax, North Carolina—and it’s delivering an unexpected second chance right to Hawk Savage’s door…
For small-town cop and single dad Hawk Savage, Christmas tends to be more hassle and worry than mistletoe and magic. His daughter, Heather, is ten going on teenager, while his son, Henry Lee, has decided he needs a mommy, ASAP. HL’s constant matchmaking is enough to break a father’s heart, but Hawk has a more immediate problem. His high-school girlfriend, Nora Joy, just arrived on his doorstep, claiming to be his family’s new Rent-A-Mom. He sure didn’t hire her, but he can’t turn Nora’s admittedly shapely tush out on the street.
Sidelined by injury, Olympic medal-winning volleyball player Nora receives a mysterious Rent-A-Mom job offer just when her finances, and her spirits, are at an all-time low. True, she’s not much for cooking. Or housekeeping. Still, it’s hard to resist Hawk’s children…and Hawk himself has changed from the lanky teenager she once knew to a strong, steady, very tempting man.
Christmas in Climax is shaping up to be full of surprises. But the biggest one of all might be the happy-ever-after that a little boy’s Christmas wish can bring…
The blurb for this book caught by eye and honestly who can resist a story about a little boy who wants a Mom for Christmas, not me and I did enjoy Wanted: A Mom for Christmas even though it was a bit too easy considering all the circumstances surrounding this couple and the hero’s two children.
Seven years ago Hawk Savage’s life was turned upside down when his wife died leaving him the single parent to a 3 year old daughter and an infant son. He managed with help of family and friends, but with his children growing older he’s beginning to doubt his ability to get through a teenage girl’s puberty and a young boy who desperately wants a mother. When laid out by the flu, a woman appears from Rent-A-Mom and nurses him back to life while delighting his son with holiday decorating and bit by bit getting his shy and unsure daughter to interact.
Olympic Medalist Nora Joy’s life implodes when she finds out the injury to her shoulder might keep her off the National Team, she walks in to find her boyfriend screwing her sand volleyball partner, and her mother/agent confesses she’s not only blown all of Nora’s money but she’s actually in debt over her head. Determined to take a hold of her life Nora applies for every job and lands one in her old hometown of Climax, North Carolina and turns up on the doorstep of her old high school boyfriend and his adorable two children.
It was easy to like both Hawk and Nora from the start of this book and feel for both of their situations although honestly, Nora’s felt a little bit over the top. Scene stealer 7 year old Henry Lee (HL) had an infectious personality and was impossible not to love from the start. Stoic, shy, and extremely intelligent 10 year old Heather, internalized everything and despite her mom being gone for seven years she still feels the loss deeply which broke my heart for her. From the minute Nora arrived on their doorstep, HL was immediately drawn to Nora and their outgoing personalities made it fun to watch them bond from the start. While Heather sat back and watched, it was easy to see that she was interested in the loud, strange, woman who came into their lives but she wasn’t ready to go “all in.” Once Hawk was up and around, their prior relationship made it easy for them to fall easily into each other’s lives.
The Christmas spirit and a bit of competitiveness has these four working together and building a family relationship before they even realize it.
Sweet, sentimental, with a bit of sexy heat, and a Christmas backdrop to boot made Wanted: Mom for Christmas a cute and entertaining holiday story.