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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Christmas Crush by Kate McLachlan

Christmas Crush by Kate McLachlan
Lesbian Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 126 pages
Publisher: Yellow Rose by RCE (September 3, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1619291967
ISBN-13: 978-1619291966
Amazon: Christmas Crush
Amazon Kindle: Christmas Crush

Jazzy's Fresh Christmas Trees is Jasmine Oliver's last ditch attempt to rescue the family finances and send her little sister to college. She did some research, selected a prime location, and bought the very best Christmas trees available. What she didn't do, though, was check out the competition. SleepSafe Youth is Darcy Gabriel's baby, her way of paying back the help she received as a homeless teen. The charity she established gives homeless kids a safe place to sleep, and SleepSafe's annual Christmas tree sale is the organization's biggest fund-raising event of the year. When Jasmine learns that SleepSafe's Christmas tree lot is only a block away from her own, she turns her dismay and anger into determination and vows to give SleepSafe a run for its money. Sparks fly between Jasmine and Darcy as they compete for the Christmas tree business. Before long, sparks of a different sort fly, and they find themselves experiencing a Christmas they'll never forget.

I really enjoyed the reading of this story. I wanted to know more about the characters involved. I would definitely read more of the authors work.

Christmas Crush is not what the title might lead you to expect. Something silly and brief, light and fluffy. In fact, Christmas Crush is none of those things. It’s a real story about real people dealing with real problems in a real world. But most of all, Christmas Crush is refreshing. A break from the humdrum so many romance novels offer today. Beautiful people and contrived tensions that live in worlds where money and real life issues never seem to exist. But Kate McLachlan has crafted a story that, from the first page, captivates and draws you in with its all too real characters fighting the mundane the best way they know how. Something I’m sure we can all relate to. Characters rich in flaws, weaknesses, and uncertainties. Not the contrived kind; the real ones. Situations that are all too real in their unpredictability and commonality as defined by everyday life. All achieved through a richness of vocabulary expressed with an economy of words seldom found today’s contemporary authors. Most refreshing, the author’s craft is second to none.

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