by Jill Shalvis
Series: Lucky Harbor #12.5
Published by Forever on December 2, 2014
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Wild child Chloe Thompson can't believe how much things have changed. She still can't get enough of her sexy husband Sawyer, but he seems to prefer working to impending fatherhood. So tonight, a very pregnant Chloe is escaping her troubles at the town Christmas party.
Sheriff Sawyer Thompson hopes surprising Chloe at the party will give him a chance to set things right. But as the snow begins to fall and the wind rages, he wonders whether he can make it back in time. While mother nature conspires to keep Sawyer and Chloe apart, an unexpected arrival will require them to kiss and make up . . . and ring in the happiest holiday Lucky Harbor has ever seen.
I finished Jill Shalvis’s Lucky Harbor series a while back, but somehow never got around to reading this novella (book #12.5). Merry Christmas, Baby is a follow-up to Chloe and Sawyer’s story from Head Over Heels (book #3). This is a short but sweet story that’s infused with a strong sense of realism past the HEA.
Chloe and Sawyer have been married for five years and are now expecting their first baby. This was an unexpected pregnancy, and Chloe questions whether she and Sawyer are on the same page in their marriage.
As Chloe moves further along in her pregnancy, it seems that Sawyer is throwing himself more and more into his work as a sheriff—and into harm’s way. Chloe feels the emotional distance between them and hopes that it’s temporary.
Tired of being cooped up at home, a very pregnant Chloe decides it’s time for a little fun and attends the Lucky Harbor Christmas party. But the night of the party, a snow storm hits as Sawyer makes his way back home…and along with the storm comes the newest resident of Lucky Harbor.
This was a sweet novella that had some steam, thanks to some flashback moments. While I love steamy scenes, the flashbacks felt slightly out of place to me, simply because so much of the story’s focus is on Chloe and Sawyer’s emotional distance versus intimacy.
Chloe and Sawyer are one of my favorite couples in this series, so it was fun to revisit them and the other characters surrounding them. I also liked how the development of their relationship feels realistic: marriage certainly isn’t always easy or happy, and that’s reflected in the ups and downs of their relationship over time.
Merry Christmas, Baby is a heartwarming holiday read that nicely rounds out the Lucky Harbor series.
Rating: 4 stars