Ever since her ex-boyfriend dumped her on Christmas Eve, the holiday season has been tough for Maya Badger—especially since Lost Harbor, Alaska, pulls out all the stops for the holidays. Sure, she could focus on her police work and her father’s recovery from heart surgery. But when her dad’s home healthcare nurse turns out to be her childhood buddy—all grown up and the stuff of her naughtiest fantasies—she may have a solution to her holiday blues. After all, Jay-Jay always was the perfect playmate!
Rune Larsen hasn’t been skinny little Jay-Jay in a long time…not since he and his teen sister were forced to change their names to avoid Cara’s stalker. Taking a job in tiny, remote Lost Harbor seems like the perfect way to stay one step ahead of danger. The fact that his childhood friend is the town police chief is a bonus. Not to mention the fact that Maya has grown into a beautiful bronze goddess. Hell, even her serious cop side is a turn-on…though he’s up for the challenge of bringing some fun back into her life.
In fact, if they can navigate a stalker, a runaway yak, eleventy-billion holiday parties and a criminal investigation into the dark side of Lost Souls Wilderness, Rune just may convince Maya to fall head over heels for the holidays…and beyond.
Maya Badger, Chief of Police of Lost Harbor, is tough and gritty. She’s had to be as the only daughter to Harris Badger. Maya lost her mom as a child, so she knows loss. When her ex breaks up with her on Christmas Eve only to marry a few short months later, she’s devastated. Walls up, no more taking chances on love. She’s firmly in “Team Fun”, not “Team Romance”. But she’s lonely and overwhelmed with her dad’s health issues and the mystery involving The Lost Wilderness. The holiday season is fast approaching with the bazillion holiday parties to attend. Maya vows to NOT endure another holiday season alone. Even her dating app yields no one of interest! When in walks “Jay-Jay”...
Rune, aka Jay-Jay, was always an ornery child. Rune was adventurous, always getting into trouble. While growing up in Hawaii, Rune meets Maya. They were complete opposites in every way, but they fit. Fast forward...Rune and his younger sister Cara arrive in Lost Harbor. Rune, now a home health RN with EMT experience, applied for a job helping to rehabilitate Harris. Maya can’t believe her luck to be reunited with her friend. Not only does Maya accept his help with her dad, but also asks Rune to be her fake boyfriend for the holidays.
This is the perfect ending to the Lost Harbor series! The underlying mystery in all the novels in this series is finally solved. Maggie and Cara’s friendship was so sweet and supportive. The missing yak, the stalker issues, and the bazillion holiday parties were a blast. It was laugh out loud funny! Maya was one of my favorite characters and Rune was her perfect match. Great story! I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.
Head Over Heels for the Holidays
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Head over Heels for the Holidays is book 7 in the Lost Harbor, Alaska series by Jennifer Bernard and we have been waiting for Maya’s story!
Maya Badger, town police chief was dumped years ago on Christmas Eve so the holidays are tough. She’s trying to focus on her work and her father’s recovery until a home healthcare nurse shows up to help. What she doesn’t expect is her childhood buddy ... Jay Jay or now known as Rune Larsen to be the nurse.
Suspense, a stalker, laughter, investigation, holiday parties and so much more...so looking forward to more from Ms. Bernard!!
Great holiday story
Very satisfying conclusion to the S.G. storyline, a new mystery thrown in, and a long lost friends-to-lovers make for a story I had to keep reading until I finished.