A Christmas in Last Stand brings unexpected gifts to two very different people…

Detective Sean Highwater may be one of the famous Highwaters, but he has always felt a half-step off because of the way his agile mind works. Only learning to focus has enabled him to not just survive, but thrive.

Elena de la Cova is from a respected and highly regarded founding family, brought up with rather stringent expectations, but right now she is a widow trying to raise a son she doesn’t understand.

If Last Stand had royalty, in Sean’s book it would be elegant Elena. He’s willing to help her son as he had been helped, but being that close to Elena scares him to death since he’s been in awe of her for years. Elena is impressed both with the way Sean gets through to her son and with his appreciation for the Christmas customs of her culture as much as his own.

Their perceptions of each other shift, but will the passion that strikes between them be enough to overcome their perceptions of themselves?

Titles in the Texas Justice series include — The Lone Star Lawman – Lone Star NightsA Lone Star Christmas

This series is part of the Last Stand, Texas group of connecting series.  (think Marietta, Montana– Tule Publishing’s other large set of series set in a fictional town).  For a look at the other series in the Last Stand connecting series please visit our Last Stand, Texas page.

Title:  A Lone Star Christmas
Series:  Texas Justice #3
Author:  Justine Davis
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  November 7, 2019
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4.5 stars

A LONE STAR CHRISTMAS quickly captured my attention and my emotions as we finally get Sean’s story and have the chance to understand him a bit better.  If you’ve read the Texas Justice series so far then you’ve run into this remarkable brother with a mind that never stops.  (If you haven’t started the series I would definitely recommend it.)  There are many layers to Sean, those that he allows the world to see and those that he keeps to himself, even as much as he can, from this family.  His long-time admiration of, and maybe his crush on Elena, will finally see the light of reality as he helps her son, Marcos, deal with bullies and with abilities that mirror Sean’s in so many ways.  Where most of the world doesn’t “get” Marcos, Sean does and begins a relationship with the hope that he can help Marcos as he was once helped by his mentor.

This is a slow burn romance between an older woman with an extraordinary son and a slightly younger man who comes to know the real Elena, not the woman he’s put up on a pedestal for so many years.  I enjoyed their combined stories, the glimpses into an incredible mind, and running into old book friends once again.  We have two more siblings who need to find their happy ever after, one a brother who has to be found at all to bring happiness to his family and hopefully himself.  We’re not done with the Highwater family just yet, and I’m fine with that.  If you love a really good romance that will tickle your funny bone, perhaps get you misty-eyed, deliver a couple who work together so well plus the magic of Christmas and all of the various ways we celebrate this day – then you’ll love A LONE STAR CHRISTMAS.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher, Tule Publishing. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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