Wanted: Mom for Christmas (A Cates Brothers Book) by Lee Kilraine

Setting: Climax, North Carolina
Genre: Holiday Romance
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
Release Date: November 7, 2017

Since his wife's death, Hawk Savage has done a great job raising his son and daughter. His job on the police force hasn't interfered much. His biggest struggle is taking his 10-year-old daughter bra shopping, so things aren't too bad.

Professional volleyball star Nora Joy's not having the best of weeks. She catches her boyfriend in bed with her best friend and volleyball partner. She goes to her mom, who happens to also be her manager, looking for some sympathy, only to learn her mom has spent all of Nora's money, driven up tens of thousands of dollars in debt, and is going to leave her to manage her former best friend.

Nora decides it's time to head out and find something new. A job for a rent-a-mom catches her eye. She takes it and heads back to the town she left as a teen. It's in Climax, North Carolina, that teenaged Nora also had to leave behind the first boy she ever loved.

Upon arriving at her new boss's house, she finds out that her past love happens to be that single dad in need of a rent-a-mom. Could this be the second chance for both of them to find the happiness they deserve?

Strengths and Weaknesses

Wanted: Mom for Christmas isn't long, but it hits all the marks. It's touching, emotional, and full of Christmas cheer. There isn't a ton of conflict like some romances focus on, and I liked that break. I liked watching the characters get to know each other, figure out where things could head, and look back at the past with joy and not anger or annoyance. It was refreshing.

RTR's Bottom Line

A sweet, touching holiday romance was just what I needed after a stressful day. Wanted: Mom for Christmas hit all the marks. The romance was passionate, the kids were adorable, and it didn't take long to read. This was a win with me.


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