‘Blue’ - Aussie slang for a fight/ an argument, as in “they’re having a blue”
Christmas - peace and goodwill to all.
At least, it was supposed to be. But all good intentions and plans can go awry, as Flynn found out.
Can she save Christmas?
Can she survive her family?
Can Ben save her?
Can her sanity remain intact?
Will true love be hers?
Or will the blues happening at Flynn’s end it all?
I absolutely adore Angela Verdenius' stories, they are filled with friends that would do anything for each other, humor that has you laughing out loud, romance that makes you swoon and sigh, and emotions deep enough to take your breath away. They always manage to make me smile and if I find myself in the funk - either with reading or with life - I often cheer myself up with her books.
We always hear about those disaster stories about Christmas with family, and oh boy, does Flynn have relatives that can put out some drama and 'blue'. There are each of those stereotypes of family members represented and then drawn to the extream. I took turns with laughing, feeling sorry for Flynn, and getting upset with the inconsiderate and at times rude behavior from her relatives.
But thankfully Flynn has Ben. Ben is just perfect. He is a vet nurse and neighbor to Flynn. From the first moment Ben saw Flynn, he has been developing feelings towards her. Nothing has ever happened between them, they are friends, but Ben had high hopes of quiet Christmas together with Flynn and their fur babies.
I loved Ben, he is kind, generous, considerate man yet takes charge and is protective when needed. He stands up for Flynn when her relatives are about to walk all over her, and tolerates them when she wants to give them another chance. He is tender and gentle, and so in love with Flynn, it is impossible not to like him.
Flynn is not the doormat her relatives thought she was. Her heart is pure gold, she loves to bring people together and have fun, she helps around the neighborhood and loved by all because of her kindness and thoughtfulness.
Her feelings towards Ben has been developing for a year and while escaping her quarrelsome relatives to his peaceful home, the passion ignites and burns h.o.t.
The Australian culture, customs, and slang shine through from the tale, giving it an extra layer of enjoyment. Ben and Flynn stole my heart, made me laugh, and gave that extra shot of holiday spirit I so needed right now. Delightful and delectable, with lots of family drama, humour, and enticing, delicious romance, a fun novella for the holidays!
~ Four Spoon with a teaspoon on the side
Published December 17th 2017 by Angela Verdenius
A member of both the Romance Writers of Australia & the Australian Romance Readers Association, I live in Australia, where I am happily ruled by my cats. When not procrastinating and sneaking peeks at books, or at work as a nurse, I can usually be found at my trusty computer… procrastinating by playing on the internet…
I started writing sci-fi romance some years ago before spreading my wings and writing contemporary romance . But there’s always room to spread my wings further!
So, apart from romance, I also wrote a short horror story (Zombie Hospital - I mean, get it? I love zombies and I'm a nurse...I was influenced by night shift, I tell you!) I love supernatural horror films (not slasher...they make me queasy and cringe) and I stand up and say proudly - ZOMBIES RULE! They are truly the coolest of the monsters.
Reading has always been my escape, writing my dream. Horror, crime, mystery, thrillers, humor, myths, legends, fantasy and history ,there are no limits to the wonders to be found. And romance? Well, that adds the spice, hope and happiness ever after…
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me