Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Christmas at Bravo Ridge - Bravo Family Ties
Author: Christine Rimmer
Publisher: Silhouette (Special Edition)
Release Date: December 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance
Year/Setting: Present day, Texas
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Christine's Website: www.christinerimmer.com
Corrine Lonnigan is happy with her life. She and former lover Matt Bravo had a 5 year old girl who was conceived the one time they didnít use protection. Corrine & Matt had become friends after their relationship dissolved and now put their beautiful daughter, Kira, first in their separate lives. Corrine runs the local bar and Matt is high up at Bravo Enterprises. Kira splits her time between each parent during the week and is very well adjusted. Matt has an on-again, off-again girlfriend and Corrine is engaged to Pastor Bob from her church.
When an evening of wine tasting gets a little out of hand, former lovers have a one night stand. Of course it was once again unprotected sex, but Corrine knows sheís not at the right time in her cycle to get pregnant. Whew! Corrine also realizes that cheating on Bob while engaged to him spells serious trouble for their future together. She calls off the engagement and Matt, who is off-again with his girlfriend, sees the chance to make Corrine his own again. Matt starts to court Corrine and in the midst of this, his mother leaves his father and moves in with Corrine. She needs a place to get away and decide if she will remain married to Mattís father and Kira needs a babysitter while Corrine is at work.
Sparks start flying everywhere as the powerful Bravo men try to win back their women. Matt wants to make a true family with Kira and Corrine, but Corrine doesnít see it as possible. Itís hard for him to decide if his mother is helping or hurting his cause. And some of his sneaky ways to see Corrine are hilarious as well as sweet.
Itís very touch and go through the whole book and I wasnít sure Matt & Corrine would end up together. I have read a couple of the prior Bravo Series books, but not enough to be well versed on the past history of the family. I thought Christine Rimmer did a great job of filling in the back story while moving the present one along. The first couple chapters were a little confusing while I caught up on the back story, but the focus moved ahead so I was able to keep with the story.
I was thrilled to see both Matt and Corrine portrayed as devoted parents who were friends and could get along with each other for the sake of their child. I was glad werenít painted as lesser parents just because they chose not to marry when they had Kira. Matt is a strong modern-day cowboy who has a sensitive side that made me fall for him, too. Corrine is self-assured and comfortable with herself and her life as a bar owner.
With the sex added back into their relationship, Matt & Corrine become closer physically while she continues to push Matt farther away emotionally. Sheís afraid that loving him would mean losing him and Corrine will protect her heart at all costs. While it looks like nothing will ever get through to Corrine, a big surprise will rock her to the core.
I found Christmas at Bravo Ridge to be a wonderful winter escape. Take a break from the winter doldrums and say hello to love at Bravo Ridge.
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