Twelve Dates of Christmas: The Ballad of Lula Jo
Book 2.5, Lonesome Point, Texas
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TWELVE DATES OF CHRISTMAS: The Ballad of Lula Jo
A Lonesome Point Holiday Novella
It’s the time of year for miracles…
Once upon a time, Lula and Carter were inseparable and Christmas was Lula’s favorite time of the year. But when Lula refused Carter’s proposal one dark December night—unwilling to abandon her hometown to live the dangerous life of a treasure hunter’s wife—the holiday lights went out in her heart. She abandoned all hope of romance and embraced a hermit’s existence, keeping her distance from dangerous men and untamed cowboys. Until now…
Years of hard knocks have taught Carter that the greatest adventure is the one he once found in Lula’s arms. He’s back in Lonesome Point determined to win back the only woman he’s ever loved, but Lula is just as determined to keep her heart under lock and key. She gives Carter twelve days—and twelve dates—to make his case before she sends him on his way, not counting on the fact that the two of them have grown into people even more meant to be.
It looks like Lula and Carter are on track to Happily Ever After take two, but when Lula’s old fears are reawakened Christmas Eve it will take a holiday miracle to keep them together.
Jessie is a brilliant writer of novellas. Short, sweet, hot and awesome!
Some people don’t like novellas. I happen to love them. Especially Jessie Evans' novellas. It takes a brilliant writer to get everything you need, want and love into a short book! This book has 2 of my favorite things: it takes place at Christmas and it's a second chance romance! Lula Jo and Carter were in love and planning to spend forever together, but he leaves to follow his career dreams. Years later he comes back to town and wants Lula Jo back. She puts up a good fight, but her body quickly remembers Carter. Her mind is a little slower to believe that he's back for good and wants her. Can she forget the pain and loss she felt when he left? Can she let him in again? He has 12 dates to convince her that he loves her. Can he do it? I love this series and I can't wait for Diamonds and Dust!
"Play with me," Cater said, his voice husky. "I'm yours."
"Don't ever leave. Stay here forever."
"Yes, ma'am," he drawled. "Though we might get some funny looks if we go down to serve customers naked and tangled up."
Magically sweet holiday romance!
Twelve Dates of Christmas is a story which offered me three pleasures in one. First, it is a story which takes place at Christmastime. Second, it is from one of my favorite book series, Lonesome Point. And third, it is written by one of my favorite authors, Jessie Evans. With these three treasures included, Christmas has come early for me, and I knew this was going to be a “gift” I was going to love.
Lula has lived for years with heartbreak which arose that awful night eleven years ago when Carter, the only man to ever hold her heart in his hands, disappeared from her life. When suddenly he returns to Lonesome Point, all of the hurt that has remained quickly resurfaces. Carter has always regretted impulsively leaving Lula all those years ago and believes all the misfortune and adversity which has befallen upon him since running away was his punishment. Now, eleven years later, he has finally been able to make his way back to Lonesome Point and to the woman who has always owned his heart.
Hoping he can rekindle their love, Carter proposes they share twelve dates, and if Lula is unable to let go of the hurt from the past, he agrees to leaves Lonesome Point for good. Lola agrees, however, insists their time together be spent merely as friends. But as each new date together reignites the passion inside, Lula allows the walls she has built around her heart to disintegrate and finally lets Carter, her only true love, back into her heart. But when occurrences from the past begin to resurface in Lula’s mind, the hurt reappears as well, and she begins to question whether Carter’s love for her was ever as deep and true as he proclaimed it to be.
Wow, Ms. Evans. You had me at the prologue. I had been wondering about Lula’s story since reading Leather and Lace and finally here in this Christmastime novella, I have it. The connection between Lula and Carter and their love for each other at the beginning quickly pulled me into their lives. Lula spent so many years with a shattered heart and despite trying to remain closed off, upon seeing Carter after such a long time of being separated, you could quickly sense the love which still remained buried rapidly bubbling back up to the surface. Twelve Dates of Christmas is a magically sweet holiday romance. It is a quick read and can be read as a standalone. Though believe me when I say once you’ve experienced Lonesome Point here, you’ll want to read the others as well.
12 Days of Christmas
12 Days of Christmas is a great story full of Christmas fun, love and second chances. It's a quick read to get you into the holiday spirit! I really enjoyed it! I hope we see Lula and Carter again soon! Gotta love Aunt Louise!!!!