A Holiday Novella
Riley wedding is in the works, a Riley Christmas means a house full of
family, and baby making is on Liz Riley's mind. Chasing Gavin around and
meeting in dark closets can be fun, but Liz is more than a little
determined. Even with family in every corner of the house, Gavin is more
than ready to do whatever Liz wants—especially when sex is involved.
It's a Riley family Christmas.
First off, let me say I love the early books in this series and the
entire sports-minded Riley family. I was so excited for this novella
because my favorite couple of the series, Jenna and Tyler, are getting
But as much as some of the activity in this book
centers around wedding and holiday preparations, this is really Gavin
and Liz's story. Liz wants a baby in the worse way and thinks she can
manage it just like she does her job. The story opens with a negative
pregnancy test and an even more determined Liz.
Most of the
Riley's make an appearance in this novella, but unfortunately their
interactions are used mostly to present backstory for new readers to the
series. I did find that left me wanting more. The football game with
Cole and Mick matching up was awesome and while I missed some real
dialogue between these characters, it was still nice to have them in the
A good bit of the story revolves around Jenna's wedding
preparations, and I have to say that the girls bacholorette party was
fun, with Jenna kissing bald heads and getting loaded. On the other
hand, the guys bachelor party is ho-hum. I would have thought those men
could have put together a much better send-off for Tyler.
this is really Gavin and Liz’s christmas miracle. The absolute best
moments of this book are between Gavin and Liz, and I gotta say, I don’t
remember Gavin being quite as hot as he is in this book. The scenes
between them are steamin’. But Gavin really won my heart when he called
his mom to help when they needed it. It’s the little moments in this
book that have the impact.
Overall, this is what I’d expect in a Christmas novella. It was great to visit with the Rileys.
one to rate. There were some definitel pluses and minuses. But I
wasn’t disappointed to pay for this one. So I'm rounding my 3.5 stars up
to 4 on this.