Today I am reviewing A Team Macachek Christmas Anthology by Jean C. Gordon.
This anthology includes three wonderful Christmas stories. . . Holiday Escape, A Team Macachek Christmas, and Christmas Pizza to the Rescue.
Here is a brief synopsis:
Fall in love with the strong women and fearless men of the motocross circuit in these three heartwarming holiday stories:
Bridget O’Brien lost her fiancé to a dangerous job. And, while she’d love to have a relationship like the one she lost, the last thing she wants is one with another man who willingly puts his life in danger. Luke Foster is a motocross racer whose track record with women runs short and no-strings-attached on both sides. He’d never seriously pursue a forever-after woman like Bridget. All they want is a holiday week away. Bridget from her well-meaning family’s condolences about her planned Christmas Eve wedding and her memories of a future that won’t be. Luke from his family’s annual critique at which he and his life choices always fall short of expectations. But, under the blue Caribbean skies, anything can happen.
A Team Macachek Christmas
Sparks fly from a Christmastime reunion of motocross racer Jesse Brewster and his ex-girlfriend Lauren Cooper. Being thrown together to plan the race team’s Christmas party reignites a flame Lauren thought she’d extinguished when she broke up with Jesse six months earlier. But will Jesse’s well-meaning secret Christmas gift—meant to help win her back—compromise the independence Lauren is fighting to establish? Is it, as she maintains, the wrong time for their love?
Christmas Pizza to the Rescue
Jilted at the alter two weeks ago, motocross champion Royce Evans plans to make an appearance at the Team Macachek Christmas party to show the guys he’s just fine. Then he’ll hunker down alone at the team barracks for the rest of the holiday season. Out-of-work investigative reporter turned pizza delivery person Samantha Linder needs money for her younger sister’s special school tuition and needs to re-establish her cred as a reporter. When a freak winter rain storm strands them alone at the barracks, they strike a bargain that benefits them both. But after Sam appears to break that bargain, can even the spirit of Christmas save their blossoming love?
Holiday Escape — After her fiancé dies, Bridget books passage on a “holiday escape” cruise to escape her Christmas Eve wedding date and the memories that threaten to crush her. Away from family and friends, Bridget has a chance to lose herself temporarily with shopping and sightseeing and a chance to relax. In the meantime, Luke agrees to accompany his Uncle Ralph on a holiday cruise — one that will hopefully allow Luke time to rest and recuperate from a recent motocross injury.
Luke and Bridget enjoy spending time together, but another favorite couple in the series is Ralph and Joyce. I loved getting to know Joyce and I found it easy to identify with why she seemed more than a little critical at times. Honestly, I think Joyce and Ralph made this story much stronger — and I loved how all the characters flowed along with the story, and the ending — wow! The ending was perfect!
A Team Macachek Christmas — When Jesse Brewster runs into Lauren Cooper again, he’s thrown for a loop when he learns that she’s not attending Syracuse University as she planned. . . instead, she’s working full-time at the Team Macachek headquarters in Chenango Falls. In the meantime, after using her savings to help her mom, Lauren is trying to earn enough money to get back to school before she loses her scholarship.
When Jesse tries to help Lauren anonymously, I cheered him on — but I had a bad feeling about it. I just knew Lauren wouldn’t appreciate his help. I was NOT expecting what happened next, but I was delighted with the outcome. I know if you take time to read this special story, you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. So grab your own copy and read it for yourself.
This story can also be found in Sweet Christmas Kisses 4: A Bundle of 14 Wholesome Holiday Romances
Christmas Pizza to the Rescue — When Samantha Linder delivers a pizza to the Team Macachek headquarters, Royce Evans thinks the worst about her — that she’s only there to get a tell-all interview. When the weather turns bad and they’re stranded at the barracks, I figured they would both learn a few things about each other. . . and somehow I knew I was going to love this story every bit as much as the others.
Of course, I knew they would have their ups and downs, but I’m a firm believer in “happily ever after” stories and was rooting for everything to work out. I can’t tell you exactly what happens at the end, but I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy this sweet story to the very last page.
This story can also be found in Sweet Christmas Kisses 5: A Bundle of 9 Wholesome Holiday Romances
Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt