Top critical review
A LIGHT, FUN AND ENTERTAINING READ
Reviewed in Australia on 20 November 2016
I like R L Mathewson's series NFH and appreciate her aim at writing light, fun, sexy, engaging narratives.
Duncan Bradford was the all too abliging Bradford. He was also the tall, built, handsome firefighter who seemed to be out of luck when it came to avoiding the outcomes of his accident-prone neighbour, Necie Dixon. He was living with his brother, Danny and sister in law, Jodi at the time (the Dixon's neighbours), helping them get back on their feet. Needing a new start, clumsy, Necie returned to live with her grandfather and help run his bakery. She was depicted as a cute, sweetie, but a bit of a loser in the game of love. Necie was clutzy, but more so in the presence of Duncan, as she had a major crush on him, but the feeling wasn't mutual...until circumstances changed, then it was! And, well you know the Bradford methods once they make up their minds about a woman. I loved how Duncan saw her artistry and recognised that in her element, she was graceful, confident and focused.
In the first few chapters, Mathewson's NFH books can be a tad hard to follow until they settle into the storyline and get rolling. Persevere and they're worth it! However, in Christmas from Hell, the plot lacks clarity a little too often - hence 3 stars and that's a shame because the scenario was a good one. As Duncan and Necie faced challenges, conflicts and fell in love, the Bradford's continued their banter and food-loving antics. Gun-toting Grandfather Dixon was a hoot (but his sex education talks were a little uncomfortable, given Necie was 28, yikes!)
Knowing that R L aims to entertain, I finished this book and look forward to Lucifer's story.