Title: Home For Christmas (Texas #9)
Author: R.J. Scott
Publisher: Love Lane Books Ltd
Release Date: November 28th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, holiday
Page Count: 45,000 words approx.
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Can Connor show River a real family Christmas?
When Connor finds River on the roof of the campus admin building, he doesn’t know what to do. His friend is drunk, and shouting into a snowstorm, a bottle of vodka in his hand. The easy part is getting River down; the hard part is insisting River comes home with Connor for Christmas.
River doesn’t have a family, or any place outside of college that he calls home. Not that it matters to him; he’s happy being alone for Christmas in his budget motel, watching reruns of Elf. Only, Connor keeps telling wildly improbable stories of the perfect family celebrations at his parents’ ranch in Texas, and it’s wearing River down. He didn’t ask to be kidnapped. He didn’t want to fall in love with the entire Campbell-Hayes family. But he does.
From one Christmas to the next. This is Connor’s year to rescue River, and himself, for them both to mess things up, make things right, fall in lust and finally, for Connor to show the man he loves what being part of a family can mean.
This latest book in the Texas series starts with Connor in his last year of college in Denver. He’s got a friend in River that he’d like to make into something more, but he’s leaving to go back to Dallas for Christmas. When he finds that River has nowhere to go, he forces him into going home with him to the D.
Connor is a fixer. He’s got a huge heart and wants everyone to have what they want and to be happy. But when River has some major issues and won’t let Connor in to fix them, he’s at a loss of how to proceed with the relationship. Connor’s dads, Riley and Jack are perfect. They are the epitome of what a supportive, healthy, loving family means and they waste no time letting River into their fold.
But, for River, all of this love and family is overwhelming. He’s got a shady past that he’s kept secret and doesn’t know how he’ll ever fit in.
The characters of River and Connor were so very different from each other. Connor is an open book. He wears his heart on his sleeve and I loved that about him. He’s always looking for ways to make everyone happy, which fulfills him. On the opposite end of the spectrum is River. He holds everything in, building up walls around his heart. I loved how Connor was able to tear them down with words. I loved how he gave his whole self to River and how River was able to accept his family as his own.
The family dynamic was just awesome to read. Jack and Riley were so different as well and they made it work so well for them and their family. They knew each other so well and were able to show that understanding and love and be an example and it was really refreshing to read. I truly enjoyed the familial theme of this story and the bonds that were so easily created with love.
As ever, R.J. Scott’s writing was impressive and engrossing, leaving me wanting more of Connor and River’s story. I always feel part of the action, like I’m sitting in the backseat of the car with the characters and I love that about her writing. Another awesome adventure.