Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A Christmas for Ava

Author: Stephani Hecht
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Publisher’s URL: http://www.extasybooks.com
ISBN/BIN:  978-1-77111-397-7
Genre: {M/M}, Paranormal, Series
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

The Coalition has their most important, and probably impossible, mission in front of them; help a little seven year old Leopard shifter believe in Santa Claus. No one knows just how they will be able to grant her wish, but if her father, Shane, has any say in it his little girl will have her Christmas wish.

A Christmas for Ava is the 21st book in The Lost Shifters series.  Bringing many of my favorite couples back, this quick read soon became my favorite holiday addition to a series.  This outstanding story starts off with laughs.  Seeing Brett try to play Santa was funny, especially when confronted by Ava.  I could not believe the way he fell into her trap and her statements to Shane afterwards were priceless. 

Unfortunately, things do not stay light for long.  When the men are called out on an emergency, it starts looking like Christmas will be the same as any other day.  It is nice to see that even after the couples have settled down with their mates, they have stayed just as crazy as ever.  No one should get as excited about a flamethrower the way Shane does and the way they plan to get revenge against Lenius had me wrinkling my nose, it was that nasty.  I did feel bad for Carson when it soon became apparent that he had a personal connection with the latest creep the Coalition was after, but knew his Cub would be there for him when he got back to Coalition headquarters.

While no Christmas story should have blood and guts in it, these guys would not be who they are if they did not get into a little fight every now and then.  It is during this time that Ava gets her Christmas wish, and the scene that follows with Keegan is heartwarming.  The author does an outstanding job wrapping up A Christmas for Ava and had me close to tears in the process.  I am sure fans of this series will love this story, and I for one will be reading it again.

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