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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Harlequin
Released on October 29, 2013
Candlelight Christmas was my first book by Susan Wiggs and while it was more on the sweet side than naughty, it felt like a true love story.
Logan O’Donnell is a single father who’s son lives halfway across the US from him. Each time he gets his visitation, he tries to make it an experience that his son, Charlie, will remember. Getting a girl pregnant in high school was the best thing to happen to him. That may sound crazy, but he was on a bad course. This helped straighten him out, finish college and start a career. Unfortunately, marrying the mother of his son didn’t work out. Logan knows he is a family man. He wants to marry the right woman and have a lot more babies, but he just isn’t going to settle for anyone. On the last day of summer camp with his son, he meets a woman who both intrigues him and at the same time has him wondering if he has lost his mind. Their chance encounter leaves him wanting more, but with Charlie leaving, he lets the chance slip through his fingers.
Darcy Fitzgerald is an alpha chick. Recently divorced, she has sworn off men and their cute off-spring. Not only did her husband cheat on her, the step kids were the ones to tell her about it. Throw in that Darcy is one of five sisters who’s family is best friends with her ex’s family. One holiday was enough to know she can’t go back and face her ex again for the holidays. Oh, and she didn’t tell her family he cheated, not wanting to rock the family boat and put a wedge between family friends. So when India, Logan’s older sister, invites Darcy to Florida for Thanksgiving, she hops on it with some regret, but mostly with relief she won’t have to put on a brave face with her family.
Darcy and Logan once again hit it off and the flirting begins. Still these two separate, come together, separate, etc. Darcy feels the attraction, even starts to like Charlie, but she doesn’t want to get hurt again. And she’s not sure she even wants kids of her own. Logan knows more and more each day he wants her, but how to convince her that he isn’t her ex and get over his wanting to have a big family?
I loved the interaction between these characters as they go from attraction, to friendship, to romance, and finally to lovers. While there were sex scenes, they faded to black and left you with a sweet feeling that these two got sweaty between the sheets and they didn’t need you watching. All of the side characters had me longing for my own family…Charlie, the son, India and China – Logan’s older sisters, Logan’s parents and even his nieces and nephews. You also get some surprise characters in the mix.
This was a delightful addition for the Christmas Season. With hope, joy and magic just in time for Christmas. I recommend this one as a sweet read to enjoy on a cold afternoon.