A good laugh served with a side of warm fuzzies!
Recently I needed to end my day with a smile and a good feeling. I knew just what would hit the spot: A Very Raven Christmas, by Jennifer Brasington-Crowley. This short story is part of the Raven Song Series – an opposites-attract romance with a rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle. (Link to book on Amazon.)
I read the first installment (Raven Song – my review here) in this series and loved it. While I plan to read the second book (Bird Song), I contacted the author through social media and asked if reading book three before book two would make a difference. In other words, can I read A Very Raven Christmas as a standalone? The answer: Yes! Jumping from Raven Song to A Very Raven Christmas wouldn’t spoil the series. Lucky me!
I have a real soft spot for Raven – and not only because I could’ve seen myself accidentally starting a fire at Christmas. No, I recognize the kind spirit inside Raven, working to do his best behind funky hair, a lot of tattoos, and even more cursing. I love that he’s sexy and badass (sort of). I love how he cuddles his young sons.
I felt like Stanzie (Raven’s wife and the protagonist of book one) is much more comfortable in her skin in this short story. Marriage and motherhood look good on her. She’s even more likeable. And frankly, a lot of us can identify with parents who mean well – and drive us around the bend.
The comedy in this short story is sometimes a little dark, but who hasn’t wanted to throw an ice ball at someone who won’t stop picking at us at every turn? Plus, there is a fire and an awkward mall moment with a lingeried-mannequin. Something for everyone!
The ending to A Very Raven Christmas is sweet and lovely. I suspect the author is a bit of a softie. And besides, in a Christmas story don’t we all want a happy ending? (No, Raven, not that kind of happy ending.)
Readers: Grab your copy of A Very Raven Christmas. You’ll eat it up in one night. To author Brasington-Crowley: Thank you for delivering a much-needed laugh served with a side of warm fuzzies.