Title: Claiming Shandy, Return to Welcome Book 4
Author: Bonnie Edwards
Genre: Contemporary Romance
She thought her divorce was final…
Welcome WA, where rumor, gossip, and old grudges endure long past their best before date.
Justin Camden wants his life back. His wife back. His son back. And he’s returned to Welcome to get them. Justin has a plan for the Christmas season and moving in with his ex and his boy is just the beginning.
Shandy Camden is stuck. Her big oaf of an ex-husband has finagled his way into her home for the entire month of December. He claims to want an old-fashioned family Christmas with their son. She’s forced to let Justin stay because refusing will break her son’s heart.
Slowly, Shandy sees that her ex may have another agenda. But she doesn’t believe in the magic of Christmas the way their son does. Helpless and forced to live with her ex, Shandy struggles to overcome her growing attraction to the only man who’s ever left her. The only man she’s ever loved. But Justin left once and if he leaves again, she’ll never recover, and neither will their son…
When the truth comes out, Shandy and Justin may well have discovered that more than anything, Christmas is about love.
Warning: In this husband returns romance, if you don’t want to read a divorced man grovel, then this romance isn’t for you.
Justin is a man on a mission, and nothing will deter him from getting back together with his wife and son, not even his prickly wife. Three years ago, Justin made the biggest mistake of his life. Now, he’s got a plan to win back his ex-wife, Shandy, and his little boy. He’s moved into Shandy’s home for the whole month of December. He wants a true family Christmas but Shandy’s not buying it. That’s okay because Justin wants her fiery and full of emotion. Can the magic of Christmas thaw Shandy’s heart? Can Justin prove to Shandy and their son he won’t ever leave his family again?
Claiming Shandy is a heartwarming, funny, second-chance romance I truly enjoyed. The premise has a classic rom com feel and the dialogue is filled with humorous lines. I must confess, I connected with Justin more than Shandy. His emotional state came from the heart while Shandy’s emotional state came from resentment and pain. The emotions run high in Claiming Shandy and it had me whipping through the pages. The descriptive narration propels the plot with plenty of interesting characters to interact with. I loved the small town of Welcome. The romance is one of my favorite tropes, second chance, and Bonnie Edwards really captures the essence of what a couple goes through with second-chance romance. There are plenty of feel-good moments as well as angsty moments in Claiming Shandy. Bonnie Edwards is a gifted romance writer and Claiming Shandy was a pleasure to read. Yes, this is book four in the series, but it can be read as a standalone. If you’re looking for a romance that makes you believe in the magic of Christmas and love, you’ll want to read Claiming Shandy. If small-town romance is your reading jam, pick up Claiming Shandy. Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5 stars
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Bonnie Edwards has been writing all her life, starting with a poem about Santa suffering with gout. She was seven, Santa was a thousandteen years old. Delighted with writing, she went on to write family sagas, humorous contemporary romance, romantic suspense, erotic paranormal ghost romances and more.
She may jump around within romance, but all her stories come with a tear, a laugh, and a happy ending. Published by Kensington Books, Harlequin Books, Carina Press, and Robinson (UK) Bonnie’s stories stretch from short stories to novellas and novels. Now, she's happy to be publishing her work herself.
With 40 titles to her credit, she has been translated into several languages and sold books worldwide. Aside from standalone romances, she has 6 romance series that include Christmas romances and beach reads. Contemporary family sagas find a home in Return to Welcome. Learn about more exciting releases and get a free romance by subscribing to her newsletter, Bonnie’s Newsy Bits
Cheers and happy reading!
Reviewed by: Mrs. N