The boys are back!!! The kings are back each player with their holiday stories as author Jean Joachim brings their stories to its final close. I laughed, cried and fell in love all over again rereading each individual story and reading this holiday book makes me smile. The kings will always rule on and off the football fields.
“The Connecticut Kings bid you a fond farewell. They thank you for joining them on their journeys and hope you have enjoyed being a fly on the wall in their lives and lives.”
I didn’t want to read this book. Not because I wasn’t expecting it to be good but because I didn’t want to say goodbye to the characters in Jean Joachim’s First & Ten series. You see, this series book 9, A Kings' Christmas, really is the end with no reprieve in sight as (unlike Overtime, the prior book at the end of which the author noted this one coming) the last two sentences in the Epilogue, quoted above, make this absolutely clear.
The “silver lining” to all of this is that the book is a beautiful send off to ALL of the story lines covered by the prior books and really does finish these stories as much as can be expected in the case of lives still ongoing. They truly do all live “happily ever after” and we readers are richer for it.
Very (very) highly recommended for readers who have followed this series. For newcomers, start with book 1. This is about the best sports romance series around - and you too will feel the same when you reach the end of the series at the end of this book.
You can't see me but just know that I am doing a little happy dance that Ms. Joachim chose to grace us with another look at the fabulous Kings and their families. Christmas is the perfect time to check back and see what our favorite players have been up too and what trouble they have stirred up. Similar to book 8, we get short stories that update us on our favorite couples and the chaos that seems to surround them. Each look is filled with new and exciting experience that are sure to make you laugh, cringe, shake your head, yell OMG and knock some helmets together. I am thankful that I was able to glimpse their lives again and take part in their triumphs, screw-ups, excitement and life changing events. Ms. Joachim created a family that was built on and off the field, overlapping their lives and making us a part of what she created. This last glimpse helps us say goodbye to the characters who have become our friends with a lighter heart and smile. FYI , I saw a spot in this storyline that left an opening for another visit( wink wink) I'm just saying. :) I volunteered to read this story and leave my honest opinion which is"ITS AWESOME".
s I said before, when Jean said that Overtime would be the last in this series, I cried and whined to her yelling NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
I am so happy she gave us this one last book to visit with the Kings and their families. This book ties up some loose ends. It gives us new loves, new family, and a few rings. It let me see a fantasy scene I had in my head play out for a couple I adore. The book even gives the twins some closure.
With this book, I am at peace with the ending of 1st and Ten series, although I wouldn't mind them popping up in other series Jean. Bump into them on a red carpet, sports awards, agent's office? Ya know.......
I loved getting a glimpse of the HEA's of the characters that we have grown to love in the series. I hate to see them go and I hope that they will pop up now and then in future series to come. They have become a part of my "family" and always bring a smile to my face.
Thank you Jean for series, the laughter, and the memories.
This can not be read as a stand alone. This is a conclusion of a series. But I'll tell you a lil secret. The whole series is great so I recommend starting on book 1. You will not be disappointed.
When a series wraps, I always feel melancholy and sad, knowing there will be no more romantic pairings and tugs at my heartstrings. Fortunately, this holiday season, we have A Kings' Christmas, giving us a nostalgic glimpse into the ongoing lives of our favorite characters—including their quirky and sometimes downright irritating families that provide a few truly tense moments and at least one epiphany. And although not everything goes as planned, as with the very best holiday tales, love wins the day.
A Kings' Christmas makes for a lovely capstone to an excellent series.
What a delight to get another book dedicated to our Kings. I was quite surprised and extremely happy to get another look into the lives of some of the players we have come to love - and what better time than Christmas! Jean did a wonderful job with this holiday novella. While I hate for this series to end, I think this helped wrap things up a little more with a beautiful bow on top. Of course I am still hoping they won't leave her alone and force her to give us more!