HIS CHRISTMAS GIFT                               SARAH MAYBERRY

His Christmas Gift by Sarah MayberrySince tragedy estranged defense attorney Jenna Macintosh from her family, she’s done her best to pretend Christmas doesn’t exist. Not so easy this year when she needs to work with client Lacey Gallagher, who is living on her brother Sawyer’s Christmas tree farm. All those fragrant pines dripping with twinkling lights are bad enough, but when disaster strikes, Jenna is stuck alone in a wooded cabin with Sawyer, the hottest man she’s ever met.

Experience has taught Sawyer Gallagher that smart city women like Jenna don’t want men like him, but when Jenna falls ill, he must abandon his plan to keep his distance and soon he’s trying to work out ways to make her his—and not just for Christmas.
Lacey Gallagher was sent to prison for three years for transporting illegal drugs she had no clue were on her train.  You see she was a rare bird she was a conductor.  Not knowing that the guy she had an on again off again relationship with was part of a gang.  He had been stowing the drugs on her train making her a mule.
     Jenna Macintosh is a lawyer in a firm that chose to take on her case pro bono.  One of her clients told her about Lacey.  On the day she was to be released her brother Sawyer couldn’t make it due to it being so close to Christmas and their rush season for their Christmas tree farm.  So, Jenna picked her up which was a six hour turn around for her.  Jenna and Sawyer had only met via email.
     When Lacey got home Sawyer was swamped with customers but also he was standoffish.  She was so nervous she didn’t fully notice.  So, she called over her lawyer to introduce them to one another.  When she came over and she was the young beautiful city girl, like the one that left him behind saying he wasn’t enough, it wasn’t computing.  He thought she was an older lady by the way she talked in her letters so he didn’t know how to act.  He told Lacey to get herself acclimated so Lacey offers to get Jenna a cup of coffee.  When Sawyer panics for the house is a mess so he runs ahead of them like his ass was on fire. 
     There is almost a full pot of coffee but he didn’t want her to have it for he said it was too old.  He started a fresh pot.  Started loading the dishwasher too.  Lacey would ask questions and he would give one or two word answers.  When Lacey finds the cookies from her granny's recipe that he baked her.  Lacey became so animated and wanted to go share with the customers.  You wouldn’t guess she was 31 years old.  Leaving Sawyer and Jenna all alone.  Jenna hated it.  She was left with her “Lumber Sexual” brother and his hostile personality.  She even wondered how bad she would get burnt if she drank the coffee he gave her all in one swallow.  But she didn’t.
     The next time she comes out is to work out some great news for a court date to get her case overturned.  Lacey hadn’t told Sawyer so when he hears Jenna mention it he blows.  He goes to do grunt work  doesn’t pay attention and gets hit by a customer backing out of a parking space.  Breaking his leg pretty badly.
     From this point on the feel of the story changes there are so many funny moments because Sawyer is so pigheaded.  There are so many heartbreaking moments because Sawyer is thoughtful and pigheaded at the same time causing grief for himself and others.  As for Jenna, you find the pain that mars her life and keeps her from love and true friendships.  Lacey finds her north again and sets her course to finding her new happy.  I give this 5 stars.  Provided by netgalley.com.

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