Lacey Gallagher has finally been released from prison after being convicted of a crime she didn’t really know she was involved in. Lacey had been an train engineer and got caught up with the wrong man. Her boyfriend had used her to traffic drugs but being caught with the package she couldn’t convince a jury she hadn’t known what was going on and her boyfriend Dave had testified it had all been her idea.
Austin Wilder was the officer that had arrested Lacey three years ago. When he runs into her after her release he immediately distrusts her and begins checking up on her quite often. When Austin has a problem with restoring a steam engine train before Christmas he turns to Lacey for help.
I have to admit I was a bit on the fence with this one all the way through. Lacey’s story was one that a lot of woman or even men in some cases could relate to, maybe not to the extent of prison time but in trusting someone so completely but being let down and ending up feeling used that I couldn’t help but wish the best for her.
Austin on the other hand seemed quite the jerk in the beginning of this. Even if Lacey had been completely guilty of her crime she had done her time and he really didn’t need to keep harassing her when she first was released. A part of me kept wondering why in the world Lacey would even be attracted to someone who couldn’t give her a bit of trust at all. I think I would’ve believed the attraction between the two more if Austin had come to Lacey saying ok you did your time let me help you get your life back and offer you a job working on this train and the relationship sparked from some sort of niceness on his part.
Also, I picked this one up thinking it was a small town Christmas cozy romance but it got a bit graphic in the sex and language. There’s romantic steamy and there’s erotic steamy and this one with the language and details fell more to the erotic side which isn’t necessarily bad but felt it should be mentioned as it isn’t overly obvious with the description or what one would expect from a cozy Christmas tale.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.