Review: The Christmas he Loved Her by Juliana Stone

The Christmas he Loved Her
Bad Boys of Crystal Lake #2
Juliana Stone
September 24, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 353
Format Read: Paperback
Source: Purchased

In the small town of Crystal Lake, Christmas is a time for sledding, hot chocolate, and cozying up to the fire with those you love. For Jake Edwards, it’s also time to come home and face his past. He thought there would never be anything harder than losing his brother. Turns out there is: falling in love with his brother’s widow, Raine.

Ever since they were little, Jesse was the Edwards brother who was always there for her, and Jake was the one who knew just how to push her buttons. Raine can’t imagine a life without them, which is why it was doubly decimating when Jake left town after his brother’s sudden death. Now he’s back and she doesn’t know whether to be mad or thrilled. Maybe both. Maybe it will be the perfect chance for both of them to finally find happiness again.

On one of our (Un) Forgettable Friday post I mentioned how I have this one sitting on the shelf and would love to get to it. Since it would work for Christmas in July I decided to read it. 

Between reading this and Hallmarks preview of Christmas movies I was so in the mood to put up my tree and decorate. Then I walked outside and the heat slapped me right in the face. 

Yep, it's not the holidays yet!

So instead of putting up Christmas decorations I went back to painting my bedroom furniture. Have I mentioned that I was redoing my houses decor? What a mess. I do something move on to something else and come back and redo what I did the day before. Slowly it's all coming in order. I getting to the part where I have to put out big bucks for the furniture part and I'm just not willing to do that yet. Enough about my woes. 

The Christmas he Loved Her is the second book in the Bad Boys of Crystal Lake series. I've let myself get very far behind on these and I'm not sure why. I remember enjoying the first one but then I stopped and the author kept going. Rude of her, right! Now I want to get myself caught up a little on her so I never fall this far behind again. 

This one like the first one is a tearjerker in many ways. Loss can really keep you from moving on and living life. I enjoyed the way the author helped her characters do that. She did it with love and some tough words. And lets not forget time. We all sometimes need time to heal. 

I really enjoyed Raine. She was so sad and alone. Her relationship with her mom is tough to read about because you really do understand where she's coming from. It's had to feel like your mother cares about everyone but you until she now feels the need to care for you and wants you to forget the past. 

That's not always something easy to do. 

Jake is a tough nut to crack. I'm not sure what I first thought of him. It's like he ran away from all that was going on and then came back and said...I'm here now! Now don't get me wrong much more then that happens I just don't want to give too much away. In fact, so many good and some sad things happen and you will be so happy to read about them. 

I truly enjoyed this story and I'm so glad I picked it for my Christmas in July reading. I feel so much better knowing I've read it and I can now move on to The Day he Kissed Her. Now this one should be a good one. One character I like, another not so much. I really like Mac! ha!!

Have you read The Christmas he Loved Her or any other books by Juliana Stone. I'd love to hear your thoughts. She has some really good paranormal too. Thanks for visiting and happy reading! ♡


  1. It's definitely not Christmas weather around here either. lol I haven't read this one but it sound good.

    1. Very emotional. So much going on. I wish we were a little cooler, maybe the love 80's would be nice.


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