THE CHRISTMAS KEY by Lori Wilde

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Twilight, Texas, Book 9

From the publisher:

There’s a legend in Twilight, Texas. If you sleep with a kismet cookie under your pillow on Christmas Eve, you will dream of your one true love.

She saw him in her dreams . . .

It’s impossible! Naomi Luther was standing face-to-face with the man she’d dreamed about over a year ago. Was it the magic of kismet Christmas cookies that brought him to her? Or is there an even greater force at work? All Naomi knows is she is falling, hard and fast, for the one man all good sense says she should not have.

She was his buddy’s sister . . .

Rebellious Mark Shepherd found order in the Marines but chaos on the battlefield. In a mission gone wrong, Mark is injured and one of his fellow soldiers loses his life. Haunted by guilt, he arrives in Twilight to keep a solemn promise. But when the Luthers mistake him for their handyman, he’s swept up in playing Santa to his buddy’s orphan son . . . and falling hard for Naomi’s irresistible bright spirit and sweet, sexy smile. But what will happen when she learns the truth?


I’ve only read a couple of the Christmas books in this series and I really liked them a lot. This one not as much.

I loved the characters and they definitely redeemed this book for me. Naomi was just about too good to be true but she had problems, too, even though she kept them fairly well hidden. On the other hand, Mark Shepherd (good name for a Christmas story, no?) was all problems, all the time. A damaged veteran, this was my Veterans Day read and it fit the bill, although I did have a bit of trouble with the unorthodox treatment he received.

I found myself irritated at times as the book seemed a bit forced and repetitive. I did like the Christmas miracle though, that always works for me.

11/18 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™

THE CHRISTMAS KEY by Lori Wilde. Avon (October 23, 2018).  ISBN 978-0062468277. 400p.

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