Love, Laughter, and Luminarias
by Jaycee Weaver
Published by Sandia Sky Press
Publication Date November 1, 2018
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: New Mexico Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
He has his books. She has her fandoms. They've always had their friendship. Could Christmas projects, snowball fights, and local traditions spark feelings neither knew were there?
Surprisingly successful action-suspense author Garrett Wilson is struggling to write a summer novel in December. That is, until he witnesses his best friend, Nina, chase down a shoplifter and realizes that maybe his tough, attractive heroine might not be based solely in fiction.
Geeky-chic Nina Trujillo finds herself contemplating a God she’s never believed in after her brush with danger taking down a thief. That one decision could change the whole course of her life, and quite possibly, her feelings for the one guy she’s never considered more than a friend.
When Nina dives head-first into a series of Christmas projects and ideas for new traditions, she drags Garrett along for the ride. Will her newfound courage and all the extra time together bring their feelings out into the open, or will Nina escape back into the comfort of her fandoms and lose him forever?
One of my favorite romance tropes is the best friends who never realized they were in love. And I believe this is one of my favorite books to use it!
Garrett and Nina were so much fun! He was a dorky bestselling author and she was a nerdy game store manager who loved cosplay. They had adopted each other in school and never stopped being friends. I loved that I loved Nina so much because she was so different from my normal favorite heroines – at least externally.
One of my favorite moments in the story (okay – they were all favorite moments!) was when Nina acted on pure adrenaline doing something heroic (no spoilers here!) and afterward realized what she had done. And that was the moment Garrett realized she wasn’t just a friend.
I appreciated so much that the author made it clear Garrett knew he couldn’t pursue a relationship with Nina beyond friendship because she didn’t have a relationship with the Lord.
Yes, I know Christmas has just barely passed. But if you consider this is a story that just happens to take place at Christmas, it is perfectly appropriate to read any time of the year.
I’m so excited to have seen a review for this book which inspired me to pick it up! Jaycee Weaver is a new author for me but you can expect to see more reviews for her here as I plan on reading many more of her books!