Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Can Connor show River a real family Christmas? H
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.
I have been a huge an of the Texas series since I read The Heart of Texas where playboy Riley Hayes meets and blackmails cowboy rancher Jack Campbell into marrying him. That begins the saga of the Campbell-Hayes family, and by association extended family and friends that is now up to book nine. We have gone through marriages, adoptions, all sorts of incredible angst, enough that this group now feels a part of us as well.
With Home for Christmas (Texas #9) by R.J. Scott, the author now gifts her readers with an endearing holiday story that not only brings us up to date on all the family members current status but gives us a look at the twins, all grown up. And in Connor’s case, looking for his future and love.
He finds both in the troubled form of River, a fellow student from college struggling with the holidays, a dismissal from the diving team, and so much more.
I don’t consider any of the Texas stories standalone so perhaps I should have lowered the rating for that but the gift is the series itself. You need to read the series. It’s like buying into a family of the person you want to date. Turns out you not only adore the person but everyone they come with. What a winning combination!!
That’s the way with this series.
You get to see Connor grow up so you understand the young man who is at the heart of the story here. The one fighting for River to come home with him for Christmas, the fixer of the younger generation. The layers to this character have been coming for eight books and are now firmly in place. We know Connor, just as we know all the children now grown here.
As always with RJ Scott, I appreciated the realistic dynamics of the relationship between River and Connor. A struggle at times to understand each other and communicate, to open up and become aware of inground perceptions and raised barriers, it’s an authentic emotional journey between the two young men. And it let’s us connect to them more intimately then if it had been a story of instant love.
Riley and Jack, one of my all time favorite couples, is also front and center, in their own still passionate love and as supportive dads to Connor. How I love these two!
There is so much more to this story, most of which I don’t wish to give away. You should discover it for yourself. It makes for heartwarming reading, perfect for Christmas and the holidays. Plus you get all the Campbell-Hayes holidays traditions and families all together in one story!
My only wish? It was longer than a novella. But I wish that for all Texas stories.
Grab this one up, I highly recommend it for all lovers of the Texas series and the Campbell-Hayes clan. They are home for Christmas and it’s not to be missed!
Cover art: Meredith Russell. I love that cover! That’s Connor in a nutshell. Perfection.
Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Published November 28th 2018 by Love Lane Books
Edition Language English
Series Texas #9
Book #1 – The Heart of Texas – Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #2 – Texas Winter – Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #3 – Texas Heat – Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #4 – Texas Family – Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #5 – Texas Christmas – Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #6 – Texas Fall – Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #7 – Texas Wedding – Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #8 – Texas Gift – Amazon US | Amazon UK