Thank you so much to Harlequin for having me as a part of their Holiday Blog Tour (and thank you to them and to Netgalley for giving me access to an e-ARC of Happily This Christmas)! I love Susan Mallery so much- I started reading her Fools Gold books back in college maybe and then I started her Happily Inc. books last year I think, so I was super excited to read the last book (I think?) in her Happily Inc. series and to see what she had in store for Wynn and Garrick.
Happily This Christmas 5/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:
There’s no place like Happily Inc for the holidays…
Wynn Beauchene has a thriving business, a great kid and a mildly embarrassing crush on the guy next door—local cop Garrick McCabe. She’s a strong, independent woman who can’t help dreaming what-if about a man she barely knows. Until he needs her help…
Garrick’s pregnant daughter will be home for Christmas, and his house needs a woman’s touch. Garrick and his little girl were tight once and he’s hoping a small-town Christmas will bring her back to him. But thawing his daughter’s frosty attitude will take more than a few twinkle lights. Maybe sharing the holiday with Wynn and her son will remind her of the joy of family.
As the season works its magic on these wounded souls, Wynn realizes it’s time to stop punishing herself for a painful secret, while Garrick remains haunted by the ghosts of past mistakes. Will he allow Wynn to open the only gift she truly wants—his heart?
I loved getting to know Wynn throughout the other books, so it was nice to finally know more about her story and watch her fall in love. In all of the other books, the core Happily Inc. group played a pretty big part throughout the book and it seemed like in Happily This Christmas, there wasn’t as much with their friends (neither Wynn’s friends nor Garrick’s)- like don’t get me wrong, we see the crew a few times and there’s even a wedding that everyone helps out with (none of the main characters got married during the book, so don’t worry, this wasn’t a spoiler at all), but it felt like less than a normal Happily Inc. book. It could be because this book took place during the holiday season, so people were busy and everyone else had kids and families, but whatever, not seeing them a lot didn’t change the fact that I loved the book! I liked Joylyn a lot- she started out as a brat for sure, but I thought that Wynn was the perfect amount of no nonsense and compassionate with her and I think once she realized how much of a brat she was being, she really seemed to become more of an adult and I loved how her relationship with Garrick evolved throughout the book. I also loved how mature Hunter was and while I don’t think I’ve ever met a 14 year old who acts like that, it’s nice to be able to believe that it could be possible. I loved all of the fun Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations and foods and this was the perfect book to read during the holiday season. I highly recommend it!