A Little Christmas Jingle by Michele Dunaway
Release Date - October 7, 2014
Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth
A Little Christmas Jingle has a lot going for it. Of the holiday-themed romances I've read in the past couple of months, this one is easily my favorite and will stick with me. Here's another great read for those who love Christmas stories.
Detective Jack Donovan is happy with the work he does on the city's animal abuse investigative unit. He's not as happy as the attention he's drawing as Mr. December for a charity calendar. He's also not thrilled that his mother works tirelessly to find him a wife. Little does Jack know, he's about to meet the woman of his dreams.
Kat Saunders works hard to save the lives of the animals in her veterinary clinic. In fact, she's opened up a no-kill shelter as part of her clinic, though it seems to be ticking off some of the area residents. She's facing a court hearing that her shelter is illegal and that the animals she rescues are being kept in deplorable conditions. Meeting Mr. December, even if it is for one night, is a good distraction, but she has her court case to focus on and a relationship is not in the cards.
The pair meet again when Jack rescues a pit bull puppy that has been tied to a dumpster and set on fire. He needs Kat to save this little guy, and he starts to realize that Kat might also be his answer to keeping his mom off his back. If they pretend to be a couple, it becomes a win-win for both of them. Little do they know that their pretend relationship is on the verge of becoming the real thing. Something neither of them feels they are ready for.
I loved A Little Christmas Jingle. It's not a long story, only about 170 pages. This makes it perfect for a couple hours of "me time" or to fit in between errands. The romance between Kat and Jack sizzles, but there's also plenty of focus on their jobs, which I liked. Jingle became an important fixture in the book, and I was rooting for him as much as I was Jack and Kat.
There are annoyances in this book, just as there are in many books, and they offer some of the conflict. One neighbor in particular who was fighting Kat and her shelter, I wanted to smack him. Yet, I also know people like that, so he was developed with a lot of realism. There's also a female character that makes a brief appearance, and she also annoyed me. What I did like is that despite them, Kat was tough enough to handle whatever they wanted to throw her way. Her strength made her one of my favorite romance novel heroines and a reason I'll be watching for more books by Michele Dunaway.