Melisa Hart has a soft spot for her brother Connor’s ex-best buddy, Rob Reed. Unfortunately, Rob slept with Connor’s girlfriend and is no longer welcome with any of the Harts.

Melisa lends her pet lovebird for a Christmas Toy Drive, but a mix up brings her face to face with Rob and his lovebird. Melisa is drawn into a whirlwind romance with Rob and discovers he hasn’t told her the entire story.

Can two little lovebirds and Christmas cheer open Melisa’s heart to giving Rob another chance?

Titles in the Have A Hart series include:  Christmas Lovebirds – Valentine Hound Dog – Spring Fling Kitty – Blue Chow Christmas – Valentine Wedding Hound

Title:  Christmas Lovebirds
Series:  Have A Hart #1
Author:  Rachelle Ayala
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  November 5, 2015
My Rating:  4 stars

A lie is never a good thing to get caught up in, even when you believe the results will be in the best interest of someone you care about.  That was the situation Rob faced ten years ago – and it cost him his friend, his extended family and the young woman he’d loved and was simply waiting for her to grow up into their relationship.  All of that gone because of a decision that was at best foolish, at worst disastrous – in spite of those good intentions.

Melisa has never forgotten Rob, if she’s forgiven him is also if-y, but the fight was between Rob and Connor and she was certain there were details she didn’t know.  All these years later Rob is still occasionally on her mind – that what if syndrome we all fall into.  When luck, good or bad depending on your opinion, finally stepped in Melisa found herself on the classroom floor trying to rescue her lovebird Cassie from a light fixture – with two broken fingers and a possible concussion there was only one place she was heading, the Emergency Room.  It so happened to be Rob’s night shift in the ER, and the very last person he expected to find in an exam room was his childhood love, the woman who he’d never stand a chance with.  Old feelings for them both that they’d never really gotten over come rushing to the surface once again.  But timing is everything, and this timing was the worst.

A few days later with Melisa still injured, her pet lovebird is left in the care of a friend who is volunteering at a fund raiser allowing pictures of Cassie to be taken with children for the event.  When Cassie is mistakenly put in the same cage as Rob’s lovebird Casey, and transported to his Christmas vacation spot… well, to say some people were upset would be an understatement.  Melisa gets it into her head to drive to Rob’s location, in spite of her injuries, to rescue her pet.  The results will be truths finally told, disbelief, and even more.  Somehow out of this complicated mess two people’s love and future hang in the balance.  It’s up to them to find the truth and accept it.

I came across Christmas Lovebirds accidentally when looking for something light to read.  Since I always, when given the chance, will go back from the book that caught my eye to the first in the series, I ended up with Rob and Melisa’s story to begin this series.  I enjoyed my time spent with these characters, and I’m very glad I followed my ‘start at the beginning’ rule, for there are many members of this large, extended, boisterous family to keep track of.

If you are looking for a lovely story that is romantic yet clean and sweet then Christmas Lovebirds will fit you perfectly, no matter what the time of year.  Rob and Melisa have some explaining to do, some accepting to deal with and some making their own decisions within a sea of cross purposes within the family.  The truth is always the best solution, but everyone needs to come clean to make it all work again.

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