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Friday, December 14, 2007

Review: Christmas on Parole

Christmas on Parole
by Stacy Dawn

Welcome back to Noelle, Alberta, home of the infamous Reindeer Games, Santa Claus Holloran, and a fifteen-foot Rudolph monument welcoming you to town—that is, before Deke Halls accidentally runs his semi into it. Thanks to the beautiful but annoying judge, instead of a holiday vacation in Bermuda, Deke’s spending Christmas on parole.

Having divorced his kind before, Laney McGovern isn’t about to let the good-for-nothing trucker get away with reckless driving and decapitating the town’s cherished historical monument. Sentencing him to community service with each of the six founding families seems like a just punishment. When the eccentric townsfolk begin to embrace the handsome cowboy, this judge slowly discovers not all offenders of the heart are the same.

Besides all the guilt free chocolate available during the Christmas season, Christmas romances are my favorite thing. Christmas on Parole is the prefect Christmas romance, sweet, light hearted, and sexy. This is Stacy Dawn's second books set in Noelle, Alberta. The first short story, Reindeer Games, introduced the characters of Jessica Holloran, her dad, Santa Holloran and Brent Nickles. Christmas on Parole introduces Laney McGovern, Deke Halls and a town of secondary characters.

Laney McGovern is a wonderful heroine. Her character grows through out the story giving the reader a sense of really getting to know Laney. Laney has some issues she needs to work out, issues that until it's too late she almost doesn't realize.

The last thing Deke Halls needs in his life is a woman, yet he finds himself drawn to Laney. While Deke isn't looking for romance he doesn't shy away when it comes knocking. I found Deke a delightful hero - rugged, handsome and full of depth.

As punishment for Deke's crime, Laney sentences him to work for each of the heritage families of Noelle. The heritage families provide a comical cast of secondary characters. I enjoyed getting to know Nester twins, Bitty, and Millie Gillespie.

I smiled all the way through Christmas on Parole and laughed often - it was a real Christmas treat.

Review by Magnolia