Santa, Bring My Baby Back
by Cheryl Harper
I’m an Elvis fan. Not quite as obsessed as Willodean is, the owner of the Rock’n’Rolla hotel in Cheryl Harper’s series, but I enjoy the King. And even more than that, I enjoyed Santa, Bring My Baby Back. It’s a fun, funny, emotional, nod your head and sigh, kind of read that I loved and laughed my way through.
Grace is abandoned on her wedding day in the perfect dress at the Rock’n’Rolla hotel chapel. She was left to pick up the pieces of her life… and pick up the tab of the wedding that wasn’t. Charlie was helping his mom, Willodean, by officiating a few wedding ceremonies as Elvis. Grace and Charlie’s first meeting is priceless. Gold lamé on him and white satin on her. I could totally picture it. 😉
I admired Grace from the start. She’s been knocked down but she’ll get up again (yes, I’m singing. Gahhh! I should be singing Elvis.) Anyways, Grace needs a job because her wedding fell apart and Willodean gives her a chance. I loved her can do attitude and the way she could see both sides of a situation. She could see both sides of Charlie too and liked his serious side as well as his emotional side.
I couldn’t help but like Charlie. He was trying so hard to help his mom and protect his heart that I just wanted to kiss him and shake him. Grace wasn’t what he thought he wanted in his life but when he saw her he thought of magic…
Here are just a few of the parts that made me laugh or sigh…
♥ She snorted and Charlie liked her better, if that was possible. A princess was one thing. A beautiful woman with an unladylike snort, that was real. “You said a mouthful there, Elvis.”
♥ For some reason, she had the urge to wrap her hand around his arm and maybe rest her head on his shoulder. Not exactly what she expected from a man with rock-star good looks and enough gunk in his hair to preserve his style in a tornado.
♥ “… It’s all Elvis. You remember that. I think it’s like working with neutrals. You just buy Elvis and it all goes together.”
♥ “…but when I’m with her it’s like everything settles.” He scrubbed both hands down his face. “It’s hard to explain.”
Santa, Bring My Baby Back is a fun book and I love Cheryl Harper’s writing style. I was grinning like a loon through much of Grace and Charlie’s road to romance. There are so many lines in this story that resonated with me. There’s a solid chord of family and second chances that grounded this story. That’s why I read romance, the belief that the power of love can and does make a difference. I recommend you give yourself a present and curl up with Santa, Bring My Baby Back. You can’t help but be caught up in the fun and family of the Rock’n’Rolla hotel that you’ll want to stay there for real!
The Queen of Tarts
♦ eARC provided for review for my honest opinion.