Elia Aiavao wants nothing to do with Christmas this year. Once known for his good humor as the “Smiling Samoan” of mixed martial arts, he hasn’t had much Christmas cheer since he lost his beloved niece, so when he’s offered a job working through the holidays, he jumps at the distraction of running security for the Princess of Pop… only to discover his client is actually Calliope Rae, the star’s nine-year-old daughter.
Elia is determined to keep his distance, but that’s easier said than done when he meets Callie… and the sultry singer who is her unconventional mother.
Alexa Rae didn’t know the first thing about parenting when she found herself famously widowed with a baby on the way—so she did what she always does. She focused on her career while her personal life was falling apart and hired the best nannies in the business to take care of the baby. But now that baby is nine years old and every time Alexa looks at her she’s crushed by the guilt that she couldn’t be the parent she herself had never had.
With a new album and a new tour to promote, Alexa knows now is not the time to let up on her career, but maybe with the help of one unlikely Christmas elf—in the body of a sexy six-and-a-half-foot Samoan bodyguard—the singer and her daughter may find a Christmas miracle of their own and finally learn how to be a family.
A heartwarming holiday romance from award-winning author Lizzie Shane.
Lovely bond between Elias and Callie
This charming holiday read really does make you believe in miracles. Elia is a former MMA fighter turned security specialist. His new assignment turns into a little more than he bargained for when he learns that his bodyguard duty is for pop star Alexa Rae, but her nine year old daughter, Callie. Elia has a heartbreaking reason for not only taking a job over the holidays and being away from his family, but also feeling uncomfortable around the little girl. But when the nanny is called away, he's forced to take on more of her care than he thought.
Elia's relationship with Callie was the real draw for me. Callie and her mom are not close at all, for a lot of reasons, and that has made Callie more than a little withdrawn and older than she should be. I loved how Elia brought her out of her shell and brought Christmas into her world, while her mother was off playing pop star.
While Alexa did grow on me, I was not impressed with that character at all. This has nothing to do with Lizzie Shane's writing style; in fact, I think she did this on purpose so the reader had to learn to forgive Alexa, like Callie did.
Very easy to read but full of fun and heartwarming moments, Miracle on Mulholland was a great holiday read with an interesting storyline and engaging characters.
Beautiful Holiday Story
This was a wonderful addition to the Bouquet Catcher series! What starts out as a job for the “Smiling Samoan” , and a distraction from his own holiday heartbreak, turns into a HEA for three people who really needed a Christmas miracle! A heartbreaking, but in turn uplifting, romantic story. Well worth the read!
I voluntarily reviewed this advanced reader copy and I have not been compensated in any way.