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Will her cat ruin her Christmas chance for love?

Bella Tallahan has always hidden behind her twin sister, Tally. She was born with cerebral palsy and even though she has finished college, she lives vicariously through her sister's adventures.

It worked, until her sister married writer Lucky Lenigan, and Bella developed a crush on Lucky's brother - a bad boy with a shady past.

Chance Martin made one mistake growing up - one that landed him in prison. After his release, he spends his days restoring antique furniture and his nights alone.

When Mr. Klutz, Bella's fat tabby cat, wreaks havoc in the furniture workshop, Chance confronts Bella and finds himself with a dilemma. He's not the right kind of guy for a woman with disabilities, but at the same time, he can't get her out of his mind.

Will the trail of destruction left by one naughty cat bring Bella her Christmas chance for love? Can Chance rise above his past and convince Bella that she is truly worth loving? Or will the secret he is keeping horrify Bella enough to send her back into hiding?

Author's Note: Although part of the Christmas Creek Romance Series, Her Christmas Chance is a complete and standalone story. Bella Tallahan appears in a previous story, Lucky in Laguna, where her sister Tally Tallahan meets and falls in love with Lucky Lenigan.

©2016 Rachelle Ayala (P)2017 Rachelle Ayala Publishing, LLC

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Ayala never veers away from tough subject matters.

I'm not sure how many Rachelle Ayala books I've listened to, but she never ceases to surprise me by the things she is willing to take on in her writing. In this book, the main character has cerebral palsy. Ayala is straightforward in handling the difficulties of the condition and just tosses it all out there for the reader--drooling, having to use a sippy cup as an adult or living without being able to use the stove to cook. Bella faces all those things, but is determined to live her own life.
The hero of the story, Chance, has faced his own struggles in life and feels as though no one will ever accept him due to his past. The beauty of the two characters together is that they can see through the crud everyone else sees and give the other the love and acceptance they so badly crave.
Once again, Ayala gives way more than your average Christmas story. I lift my glass to her for dealing with the hard subjects with such sensitivity as well as realism! What a beautiful romance for these characters!

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Sweet love story

I loved how the author brought together 2 people who had many odds against them. Chance felt unlovable with his prison history and Bella had cerebral palsy. Both felt less than perfect and undeserving of true happiness. Their journey to love was not easy, which made the story perfect. I thought the narrator did a wonderful job with the various characters and distinguishable voices. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. This book is part of a series and a standalone listen. I will most definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator. Love, hope, and forgiveness are the main themes I took away from this story.

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great story

I received this audio book free in exchange for a review at my request. Narration was good, I truly enjoyed listening. The story was well written, it had it all. There was love, family drama, secrets everything to keep you wanting more.

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  • Dawn
  • Baxter Springs, KS
  • 11-30-17

A Sweet Romance

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Her Christmas Chance is a sweet romance about two people who each think they’ll never be in a relationship. Chance is an ex-convict and Bella has Cerebral Palsy. They met each other when his brother and her sister got married and they enjoyed each other’s company. Unfortunately, now that they live next door to each other, her cat keeps ruining Chance’s work. It’s causing a major rift between the two of them. Can they overcome the cat problem and become friends again? Maybe even more than friends?

I like how Chance treats Bella like any other person. Everyone else feels the need to protect Bella and treat her with kid gloves but Chance sees her for what she is: an independent woman.

The narrator did a good job. Her timing was good and I was able to distinguish between all of the characters’ voices.

I definitely recommend Her Christmas Chance if you like sweet romances.

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My very first audio book from the author

What made the experience of listening to Her Christmas Chance the most enjoyable?

I liked the voice of the narrator. My very first time to listen to her voice. She did an amazing job narrating this one heart-warming book. I liked the voice the most when she is talking as Bella. She nailed it and cannot wait to listen to more of her books.

What other book might you compare Her Christmas Chance to and why?

Her Christmas Chance book is one of a kind and a very special book to listen and of course read.

Have you listened to any of Kate Marcin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to her other performance. This book is my very first time to listen to her book and it sounded so beautiful.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Ms. Rachelle Ayala's book is always a fun to read. It makes you laugh and most of all will touch your heart. She write heroines that will blow your mind. She adds animals that also that make the story even more meaningful. Love is always powerful. It does not matter if you have special needs or a normal person. Love is kind and Chance has that in him despite of his past. This book is one of a kind and loved every moment of it.

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Christmas Creek Romances Book 2

I’m well aquatinted with Rachelle Ayala’s writing. She writes unique stories and this one was outstanding. I don’t think I’ve read any books where the heroine has special needs. Bella has cerebral palsy but she is independent, she works, and wants to do as much as she can by herself. It is an inspirational story.

Narration is excellent and brought the story to life.

I really enjoyed the characters specially Mr Klutz! I’m an animal lover and absolutely love cats. The story also had some serious areas about abuse, resentment, and forgiveness. As in the previous book, it also has a touch of magic.

The story is fairly clean with heated moments but no specific details.

The books wraps up nicely with a HEA conclusion for everyone including Mr. Klutz!

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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Exceptional!

Book 1 in this series was good, however book 2 is exceptional! The author deals with a very difficult subject with skill, thoughtfulness and finesse. Chance has a very tragic past and needs to deal with his demons and get on with his life. Bella has been coddled by her family all her life and just wants to be treated normally and live her own life, even if it means making mistakes. Chance and Bella are good for each other and their relationship blossoms in such a sweet way. I really enjoyed this story, even though some of the subject matter was difficult to listen to. I had to pause the book a few times to wipe my tears! This book is a standalone and definitely worth listening to. Once again Kate Marcin does the story justice with her narration. This book was given to me for free and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Cat
  • Missouri
  • 11-12-17

A magical Christmas Story

Bella and Tally are twins. Tally has recently Married Lucky and moved to Christmas Creek with him. Bella has Cerebral Palsy and is ready to live on her own so her parents let her since she will be in an Inlaws cottage in Tally's backyard.
Bella has a sweet Poodle named Miss Kooky and an atrocious cat called Mr. Klutz.

Mr. Klutz has it in for Chance Martin an ex-con and antique furniture refinisher. Every chance he gets, he goes into the shop and wreaks havoc on Chance's work.
Bella has been Crushing on Chance since the wedding and Chance has been crushing on Bella, but since she moved to Christmas Creek, she has been standoffish. He figures she found out about his being an ex-con.

One thing I like about Rachel's romances is that there is a lot going on. I like to hear about the wood, and furniture Chance is fixing up, and about Bella's struggles, we also get a little backdrop from the first story(Tally and Lucky to catch us up if we haven't read that story (and make us want to.) We get hints of Chances crime, his background and there is usually a magical twist somewhere. I love that Mr. Klutz is pretty much the main character here causing all sorts of conflict.
There is some heat, but it's relatively clean, and sensual without any details. Just enough to make it sexy.

Karen Marcin did an excellent job narrating the story. She gave Bella a voice showing her disability, She made the magic seem a bit eerie and magical, she showed passion, empathy, and an overall great job.

If you like a good romance, cute animals, hot ex-cons, women with disabilities, broken characters, holiday stories, and a great allover read I highly recommend this.

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Her Christmas Chance

When two people who both feel they are unworthy of love end up together anything can happen. Bella has dealt with her disability her entire life and Chance's troubled youth and upbringing led him to prison. Can they help each other to find happiness?

I really enjoyed this Christmas Creek romance story!

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Great Love Story!!

I think this is the first book I have read/listened to that had a person with special needs as the heroine. I loved how the author depicted Bella and then loved how the narrator brought her to life. Yes, she has challenges, but she is also a very capable and independent person who is looking to live her life and all the while hopes that love might be in the mix as well.
Chance comes from a broken home and doesn't believe that anyone could love him after he spent 10 years in prison and came from such a broken family.

I think I listened to this book start to finish in one day. The story was compelling and the narrator did a fabulous job of bringing each and every character to life. Highly recommend this book and the author!

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  • DubaiReader
  • 11-27-17

Will there be romance at Christmas?

I rarely read Christmas books in the run-up to Christmas, so this year I thought I would give it a go and see if it made me feel any more festive. Her Christmas Chance was set at the right time of the year but I wasn't particularly aware of the season, other than the mention of a Christmas tree. The story was more about the relationship between Bella, who has cerebral palsy, and Chance, an ex-con.

Bella has been protected by her family for many years and longs to become more independent. She has moved into a cottage next-door to her newly married sister, Tally, and had met Chance, the brother of Tally's new husband, at the wedding. Chance has a murky past and since leaving jail, has concentrated on his woodwork skills; repairing damaged antiques. There is an attraction between Bella and Chance, but Bella's huge ginger tom cat has a habit of getting into Chance's workshop and destroying his painstaking work.

What with Chance's history, Bella's disabilities and a destructive cat, any relationship seems doomed from the start.

Despite its problems, the friendship between Bella and Chance proceeds in a fairly predictable, but enjoyable fashion and I was enjoying the audiobook. What really threw me with this novel was the episode, towards the end, where Chance and Bella seem to end up in some alternative time. There was no evidence earlier that this was in any way a paranormal novel, so this sudden time-slip seemed completely out of place. In fact the ending, per se, seemed rather awkward and contrived, and for me, dropped a star rating from an otherwise, pretty good read.

The narrator, Kate Marcin, did an excellent job of the challenge thrown up by Bella's speech defect, without rendering her impossible to understand.
5* for the narration, 3.5 stars overall.