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Santa to the Rescue is a very cute story. Jamey is the new guy in town, and he’s working through his probationary period at Appleton Fire Station. He’s feeling a little blue because it’s his first time away from home during the holidays, and he doesn’t have anyone special to spend Christmas with. When he meets Heather at the grocery store, he’s instantly charmed, but can he convince her that he’s worth taking a risk on?
This novella worked for me because Jamey is such a sweet guy. He’s proud to be on the Appleton fire fighting team, and now that he’s accomplished that goal, he’s eager to move on to his next life goal; finding the perfect woman and starting a family. Being away from home for the first time is rough on him, so he wants to meet someone special to spend Christmas, and possibly the rest of his life, with. Heather seems like the girl of his dreams, but when he has to break a commitment he made to her, he has to show her that he’s not a flake or a liar. A tough job, because Heather has been burned many times in the past.
I’ll admit that Heather’s attitude irritated me at first. Jamey was upfront about why he couldn’t make it to the party at the hospital, and I thought she was acting like a spoiled child about it. If she couldn’t accept his odd fire fighter hours before they are officially even dating, how is she going to deal with them if they do enter into a long term relationship. When she finally pulled on her big girl panties and admitted to herself that she needed to be more accepting of his erratic schedule, I did like her better. Part of Heather’s problem with Jamey breaking the date was because of betrayals in her past, but if she never even gave him a chance to prove himself to her, she was going to be one lonely RN.
Jamey is desperate to make Heather understand how important his job is to him, and I loved how he was able to integrate a job conflict into her party. Here’s a guy who goes above and beyond the call of duty because he is such a nice guy. He was willing to think outside of the box to make Heather, his boss, and the hospital administration happy, and it’s hard to fault a guy for that.
Santa to the Rescue kicked off my holiday reading spree on a positive note. Clocking in at about 50 pages, there is a realistic conflict to Jamey and Heather’s romance, and a satisfying resolution for everyone. You can’t beat that, especially in a holiday read.
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Firefighter Jamey Tucker knows three things in life to be true: an honorable man doesn’t go back on his word; never hurts a woman; and lasting love isn’t a myth. But with his recent move to a new job at Appleton Fire Station, the long hours don’t offer hope of finding the love he’s looking for.
When Jamey meets beautiful pediatric nurse Heather Longhurst after hearing her sing "Santa Baby" in a supermarket aisle, he offers her a promise he discovers he can’t keep. Heather has been betrayed by men in the past, making it hard for Jamey to gain her trust. Determined to find a way to win her heart, Jamey uses firefighter engine-uity and Heather’s favorite song to prove he’s got Christmas spirit she can believe in all year.