Former baseball star Trey Prentice is happily adjusting to life as a bookstore owner in his hometown of Sweet Ridge, Texas. While he loved his competitive and elite lifestyle in New York, he craved a quiet life with friends and family more. As Christmas approaches, Trey is excited to decorate his newest venture and participate in the town’s holiday traditions. He never expected to find himself battling Sweet Ridge’s very own Miss Christmas. Game on.
The only thing librarian Maggie Watson loves more than books is Christmas. She’s even earned the nickname of Miss Christmas because she decorates shop windows and spreads Christmas cheer around town. But this year she’s got some competition. No way is she going to let the cocky Trey Prentice take away her Christmas crown, even though he makes her heart flutter.
When their verbal sparring turns to flirting, Maggie finds there’s more to life than books and Christmas. But will her past insecurities steal her newfound happiness?
*there is a connection to the ‘Sweet Texas Secrets’ series – it’s not necessary to have read those titles but you may find some characters mentioned*
Title: A Merry Texan Christmas
Series: The Prentice Brothers of Sweet Ridge #3
Author: Nicole Flockton
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: October 20, 2020
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4.5 stars
It’s always a bittersweet moment when I come to the final story in any series, and it appears that the last Prentice brother has found his way home and his special lady as well in the third title of The Prentice Brothers of Sweet Ridge, A Merry Texan Christmas.
Trey has recently returned home after a successful career in major league baseball. He was away for much of the time during his father’s illness and his return home is a combination of emotions and events… the retirement from baseball, the desire to be closer to his family (growing by the ladies his brothers are marrying), and purchasing an old bookstore which will give him a different direction to take in business and just may hold his future happiness. The last thing he expected when he decorated his bookstore’s front window display area for the coming Christmas season was the attention his efforts gained or the immediate annoyance of the town’s unofficial Miss Christmas, Maggie who has decorated Christmas windows around town for years – and holds the title of ‘loves Christmas the most’ with her month-long festive outfits that even include matching bow ties for her loyal dog.
To say Maggie was annoyed by what she considered a newcomer trying to take over her seasonal decorating business would be an understatement – and it didn’t help that the guy was really a hometown boy who made good and was her high school crush once upon a time. No. She’s convinced that Trey is out to steal her thunder and it’s going to take some concentrated effort from Trey to convince her otherwise.
Trey and Maggie were a delightful couple to get to know and watch their romance unfold through one of the brightest times of the year. A slow-burn romance, this couple took some time to move from annoyance to friendship to something more. And it didn’t help Maggie’s hesitation any when Trey is constantly being offered ways back into baseball.
A Merry Texan Christmas is filled with everything that I need for a really good Christmas Romance – a couple with a bit of angst between them, a town full of Christmas joy and celebration, secondary characters that make the story come alive, many making return visits, and a love story slowly unfolding that meets every wish for a happy ending. Yeah, I was hooked on this one – and if I have to say goodbye to this series, at least it was with an emotionally satisfying story.
*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.*
Available for your favorite e-reader, mine is the Kindle.