Sandra Hill, Kate Holmes, Trish Jensen
Published: Bell Bridge Books 2010
Genre: Light contemporary romance
Source: Own it.
What do a Blue Angels pilot, a bounty hunter and an ex-NFL football player have in common? The three bad-boy bachelors of Snowdon, Maine have to make a friend's Christmas Eve wedding on time or die trying! They're willing to risk anything to make that happen-even dashing through the snow in the goofiest bus on Earth, bright red and filled with a bunch of merry, meddling senior citizens known as the Santa Brigade. All too soon, these men will have met their matches in three special women: a woman from their past, a forest ranger so hot she ought to be declared a fire hazard, and a woman on the run.
While serving up holiday cheer with the Santa Brigade, the guys will discover 'tis the season for good will and folly. Wise men or not, they are well and truly caught, which means these roguish St. Nicks are willing to jingle a few bells along the way if that's what it takes to find what they truly want for Christmas nestled in their beds after the stockings are stuffed and the gifts placed under the tree.
This book has been sitting on my Kindle since 2011, so it was a very good candidate for the TBR challenge this month which called for a Christmas holiday season book. Written by three authors, it still flows as one story, each author possibly taking responsibility for one of the heroes and their heroines. However they did it, this is one coherent story. This Kindle publication is a reissue, it first came out in 2001 and another of its titles is Here Comes Santa Claus.
As a Christmas season book, Twas the Night had all the elements that make a 'feel good' Christmas spirit book. A group of older people who go around against great odds and bring joy to the less fortunate. Three men who have been abandoned as children, returning to their home town to be at the wedding of the man who had 'fathered' them as they grew into teens. Travelling through severe winter weather to make it to the wedding in time, they find themselves roped in the Santa Brigade, and also into a love that leads to commitment and finding 'true home'. There was also a 'no room at the inn' scenario.
Favourite moments in the book were when Sam a Blue Angel pilot helicopters in and parachutes down to meet the Santa Brigade. I also liked the way his heart goes out to Ritchie a small 10 year old who is dealing with a druggie mother. Another moment is when Callie pickpockets Kevin - an ex policeman and now a private investigator.
It may have been me, a little wilted at this time of the year, this book didn't grab me by the hand and make me sit down and read, and at times I skim read. A pleasant enough story though.