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The Christmas He Loved Her (Bad Boys of Crystal Lake) Mass Market Paperback – September 24, 2013
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"Showcasing the healing power of love, the characters are relatable and the feelings evoked are quite heartfelt. Prepare to run the gamut of emotions with this one! " - RT Book Reviews
"Readers will enjoy the passionate interludes, feisty protagonists, and smalltown charm." - Publishers Weekly
"Two lost souls who've been friends forever struggle to overcome the past and get on with their lives in this heart-wrenching, uplifting story that overflows with family, friends, and holiday spirit and is infused with the healing power of love. " - Library Journal
"It's a story that will appeal to many readers. " - Smexy Books
"This book is about finding love and learning you are not alone when tragedy strikes and it is done well. " - Yummy Men, Kick Ass Chicks
"I really love this series and I love the cast of characters that Juliana has created. I can't wait for the next book in this series." - Books-n-Kisses
"I adored this story and think it was a wonderful addition to this already fantastic series." - Reading Between the Wines
"You won't be disappointed." - Urban Girl Reader
"It's a roller coaster ride of tears, laughter and love and Stone delivers it flawlessly. This is easily my favorite book of hers to date! " - Ramblings from a Chaotic Mind
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And leaves behind Raine the woman they both loved so very much. You see the twins were a part of the group the Bad Boys that were well known in the small town of Crystal Lake. There was Jesse, Jake, Mac and Cain and one extra member that was an orphan that they all took under their wing, Raine.
She did everything with the boys and she was just one of the guys. Until the day she married Jesse. Then, both the Edwards, boys went to Afghanistan and left her a widow. In their sorrow Jake and Raine turn to each other after the funeral and then puff he is gone for over a year and a half now he is home and the anger they both have has to be worked through or can it? Will the love they once had for each other win out? They will struggle together to find out what it is that happen there on the battle field and here at home to make it all so bad.
I loved this soul searching, heartfelt, painful, loving, and tearfully happy Christmas story. One that will stay with me for a while. One that makes us forever grateful to the men and women that serve in the arm forces. For all that they live through and for all that they have to see there and then again and again her in their nightmares. I pray for your peace, joy and love that you mind, body and souls can heal that you too like this story can heal with a happy ending. I thank the Author for a wonderfully written story with a joyful ending if they all could end so well. This is some of the most heated up, hottest, sensual, emotionally binding sex scenes in a long time that it is gut wrenchingly hot. Be warned ladies and gentlemen. Provided by Netgalley.com
This is a tough series since book #1 starts with the funeral of one of the four Bad Boys of Crystal Lake. The stories surround the three remaining Bad Boys and this is book #2. This one is about Jake, Jessie's (the one who died) twin and Rhaine, the widow he left behind. Okay, with that set-up you know that this book is going to be emotional and wow...it did not disappoint. This book was amazing and so incredibly heart-wrenching.
The books surround the lives of the four bad boys, but Rhaine was always the fifth who hung around with all the guys. She was especially close to the twins, Jesse and Jake. It's been a year and a half since Jesse died, but neither Jake nor Rhaine are even close to living again. They are both living half-lives....both because of their loss of Jesse and the resulting loss of each other in the aftermath. It's really difficult to watch how much pain they are both in and how they are so close to not recovering. But it's the holidays and Jake is back home because his father is sick. As Jesse's widow, Rhaine is included in all the family activities. There's no avoiding each other this time.
The pain of the characters in this book is palpable. There were moments when reading that I had to set the book down because I hurt so much for them, but it's a romance novel so there's that hope there for an HEA that keeps you reading. It's obvious that no matter what happened between Jesse and Rhaine (and there's absolutely no doubt that she loved him) that she is meant to be with Jake. He's her other half as much as Jesse ever was although they are completely different men. Where as Jesse fit her in a comforting way, Jake fits her in a passionate way.Read more ›
It has taken Jake Edwards a year and a half to return back home to idyllic Crystal Lake after his twin brother, Jesse was killed in action overseas. Jake had been part of the same unit and survived, but there were days he wished he hadn't. Frankly, he had avoided going home. Too afraid to face the pain in his parents faces, but especially to be confronted with Jesse's widow, Raine.
All Raine can feel is fury, when she sees Jake standing on her front lawn. All this time she never heard from him, she needed him and he wasn't there for her. Yet there is part of her that can't help being relieved he is here. Losing her husband and having his brother, her best friend, disappear from her life permanently, would have devastated her beyond repair.
The past year and a half has done damage to everyone. Raine is is a mere shadow of her former self, functioning only to appease the outside world and to take care of her grieving in-laws, but barely cares to take care of herself. And pain and guilt have become so overwhelming for Jake, that he has completely shut off from everyone, attempting to hide in work.
But when Jake's father becomes ill, and Jake finally returns home and is confronted with his parents and Raine, he realizes that he is done hiding. Buying and restoring an old local home is a catalyst for the reparations to be made in his life. With life long friends, with his parents and most importantly, with Raine, who he's loved all his life. She can see the monsters that haunt him and won't rest until they're gone, and there is only one way left for them to go........forward.
OMG..... Within a few pages I could feel myself getting emotionally yanked into this story.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this book. However, it is not a fluffy Christmas story. The writing and characters were complex. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Debra Lyne
Okay in general I liked this book. For the life of me I cannot remember why I did not write a review but I just didn’t. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Tsukikomew
Reviewed by JoAnne
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I love stories set at Christmas but this story was not... Read more
I rarely DNF a book as many have started off rough but ended up being at least decent by the ending if not really enjoyable. Read morePublished on August 18, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books
When I originally started this book I had planned on reading a few chapters and then putting down until I finished the book I was currently reading. Yeah, that so did not happen. Read morePublished on August 3, 2014 by Ramblings From This Chick Blog