She’s swearing off men, but the rules don’t apply to him 

Charity Wright has a history of picking the wrong guys and has decided to swear off men for the month of December – no dates, no kisses, no holiday romance. Great idea, in theory, until she meets the man that could be her Mr. Right: Marietta native and professional baseball player Quinn. 

Just out of a long-term relationship, Quinn Douglas isn’t looking for love at the Little Teton Resort, and he certainly isn’t interested in a girl from home. But now that he’s met Charity, he can’t get her out of his mind. Charity even has him re-thinking his career and life on the road. Is Charity the missing piece he’s been looking for?

Titles in the Love on Chance Avenue series include:  Take Me, Cowboy – Miracle on Chance Avenue – Take A Chance On Me – Not Christmas Without You –

Title:  Not Christmas Without You
Series:  Love on Chance Avenue #4
Author:  Jane Porter
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Christmas Romance
Published:  December 4, 2018
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  5 stars

Every time I finish a story based in my favorite small town of all time, Marietta, Montana, I foolishly think that I cannot possibly love this world more… and then along comes Not Christmas Without You and my heart is stolen all over again.

Both Charity and Quinn were doing a bit of undercover work for friends when they met at a resort in Little Teton.  Neither thought they’d meet their forever partner since Charity is escaping Marietta for a bit after discovering that the man she’s dating is really nothing more than a cheating scumbag – who she, unfortunately, works with as well.  And Quinn has made the break in a long time relationship that simply isn’t what he’s looking for in a forever woman – trouble is, she doesn’t take no for an answer and is determined to win him back by any means.  Being away from home, pretending to be someone else has allowed Charity to open up to Quinn and perhaps say more than she ever would have about her past, her mistakes and her life.  During their week long stay Quinn and Charity allow the comfort, the feeling of being known for who they are grow as a friendship begins.  Perhaps neither thought they’d meet again, but fate  often has surprises in store for us especially when the just right person comes along.

Not Christmas Without You is a beautiful romance for any time of the year, but more so at Christmas time.  Without giving away details that aren’t in the cover description, I can quite frankly say that of all the stories I’ve loved from Marietta, Montana this one is probably my favorite of them all.  Charity and Quinn are such real people with pasts, quirks, strengths and weaknesses that are realistic, believable and had me identifying with them each for different reasons.  Although Quinn does have some elements that he’ll be dealing with, it’s mainly Charity who will face battles within herself and will need to grow outside of her comfort zone to grab at her chance at a forever happiness.  Going along on this adventure with two unique and perfect for each other people was pure magic and I really didn’t want the story to end… although the ending was priceless.

We’re going to run into a lot of well loved characters in this story.  And I had so much fun catching up with old friends as I got a glimpse into their lives today, after their own happy endings.  Not Christmas Without You broke my heart many times, and healed it back again stronger than before.  If you have ever visited Marietta, Montana then this is a must read story for you (and I rarely use that phrase).  If you’ve picked this one up for the holiday feel then you’ll be introduced to a community of amazing, down to earth people that you’ll want to explore.  I loved my time back in this world and would happily recommend this story to any Romance reader no matter the genre.  You’ll find a touching romance, good people, a tight knit community and enough Christmas magic to last the season.  Indulge yourself and enjoy.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. 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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