Review: You For Christmas

cover-you for xmasTitle: You For Christmas
Author: Madeline Ash
Series: Byron Bay #3 (unofficial title)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Short novel
Available: Now


Regan Case wouldn’t know the right side of the tracks if they ran her out of town. She’s lived hard since she ran away at sixteen, but eight years later, an accident has terrified her into pulling her life together. And that means finally going home for Christmas.

Taking her return one step at a time, she ends up on the doorstep of her sister’s best friend, Felix Nickson. The man indebted to her after she jammed ten grand down his trousers in high school and enabled him to escape his own demons. Felix agrees to let her stay, but doesn’t count on the chemistry that burns hot between them.

As they get into the Christmas spirit, he watches Regan’s shadows fade away and discovers that beneath her careless attitude, she is by far the bravest woman he’s ever met. He falls for her, fast and hard, but she fears she doesn’t deserve such a good man. A black sheep cannot change her colors.

Can Felix forgive her past or would asking for his love be one too many miracles this Christmas?

Source: Review copy from Tule Publishing via NetGalley

This enjoyable, emotional tale of forgiveness and homecoming is really Regan’s story. Eight years ago she was the wild child, the delinquent, the type of sixteen-year-old who could steal twenty thousand dollars and have no one be surprised. Yet there’s so much more to Regan than her past, and there’s so much more to her past than anyone has bothered to suspect.

Even though her troubles have made her hard and she finds it difficult to let people in, I really liked Regan. She’s not a bad person, not even close, but events have made her shut down to protect herself. But now she’s come home to Melbourne and landed in the one place she feels safe – the doorstep of her sister’s best friend, Felix. The boy she once gave ten grand to in order to ensure her older sister’s safety. Meaning Felix is the one person in the world who not only owes her, but knows that she does have a heart beneath all her rude remarks and cold looks.

I loved Felix. He’s a completely sweet guy, a total geek and all-round wonderful, whose kisses taste of kindness. Even without knowing Regan’s history he treats her with respect, never oversteps his boundaries and even when he’s trying to be firm and disapproving, can’t help admiring her. He’s the perfect match for Regan and I loved seeing their relationship develop and grow.

Because of Regan’s past this book definitely has darker undertones, ones which are obvious throughout, though they don’t get spelled out until right before the end. Yet this isn’t a dark book. Regan wants to change, she wants to learn to let people in again, and Felix is ready to help without knowing all the facts. It’s a book of hope and forgiveness and acceptance – with an added hint of Christmas magic to make it extra special.

If you’re looking for a warming Christmas read, but don’t want something too fluffy, then this is a good bet. The characters are complex and wonderful, the story is emotional at times, fun at others, and the whole thing is really enjoyable. It also offers up the hot Aussie sun instead of snow and ice and cold, so if you’re looking for an alternative Christmas, give this a try.

You For Christmas is Out Now!
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