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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Christmas He Loved Her by Juliana Stone




All he wants this Christmas is her.

In the small town of Crystal Lake, Christmas is a time for sledding, hot chocolate, and cozying up to the fire with those you love. For Jake Edwards, it’s also time to come home and face his past. He thought there would never be anything harder than losing his brother. Turns out there is: falling in love with his brother’s widow, Raine.

Ever since they were little, Jesse was the Edwards brother who was always there for her, and Jake was the one who knew just how to push her buttons. Raine can’t imagine a life without them, which is why it was doubly decimating when Jake left town after his brother’s sudden death. Now he’s back and she doesn't know whether to be mad or thrilled. Maybe both. Maybe it will be the perfect chance for both of them to finally find happiness again
 
Juliana Stone is now one of my favorite authors. This is the second book in her Bad Boys trilogy and it is just as good as the first. In this installment, we learn more about the characters of Jake and Raine. Raine the widow of Jake's twin turns to Jake for comfort but is forced to turn her grief inside and focuses on functioning instead. She is not living, she is just surviving. When her father in law becomes ill, Jake comes back home. She finally isn't able to fool herself anymore. Once Jake returns, and despite her anger at him, he returns some color to her days, and her battle to regain herself begins.

 Jake is also conflicted over loving Raine and grieving his twin. Jake was present when his brother died, and he is feeling a lot of guilt, over not being able to prevent his twins death. No one wants to hear what happened and he is not sure he can bear to tell anyone, but he aches to unburden himself. He also lost his brother, his twin and best friend. He grieved with his parents and he feels guilty that he loves his brother's widow Raine. He has always loved his brother's wife.
 
Wow!!! Juliana Stone has written a heart wrenching, painfully poignant book that will put you through a range of emotions. You don't know if you should root for Jake and Raine or be upset, because Raine fell in love with Jake so easily. Then you realize that we cannot control our emotions. Even though it maybe painful to accept, we have to realize that it is okay to love again after the death of a spouse.
 
"The Christmas He Loved Her" is a passionate and moving romance that will make your heartache for Jake & Raine. This is a very satisfying read just remember to have your tissues ready.