Christie's Reviews

~ REVIEW: Christmas with the Houstons (The Acceptance Series) by D Kelly ~



*Christmas with the Houstons, is book four in The Acceptance Series and should not be read out of order.*

Jake and April’s long-awaited delivery date is getting closer by the day. After thirteen years together, they are finally going to be parents. This should be the most exciting time of their lives except they are now faced with obstacles they never imagined.
Jake Houston is at his wits end and is taking it out on his wife. Work is a nightmare ever since his brother, Connor, joined the family business. As excited as he is to finally become a father, the stresses of day to day life are really bringing him down. When April drops a bombshell on him and tries to bring her work into their home life, it’s what he’s always dreamed of and his biggest nightmare all at once.
April Houston loves her husband with all her heart and knows he’s struggling. She wants to make things easier for him but oversteps some major boundaries in the process. Can Jake and April’s love conquer her major misstep? Or will this couple realize marriage isn’t all they thought it would be and throw in the towel?
Come celebrate Christmas with your favorite Acceptance Series characters and find out.

*Mature Content Warning* This book contains situations not intended for persons under the age of 18. Including, but not limited to – explicit sexual encounters, graphic language and alcohol use that some readers may find objectionable.*

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christie review 5 star a

Christmas with the Houstons is the perfect ending to the series, even though I’m going to miss these people like crazy! I feel like I have become a member of this special group, having shared in their joy and their pain.

Readers finally get Jake and April’s story. It’s not like the other books in the series; this couple is already married and are awaiting the birth of their first child. With most series, the HEA comes right after the couple walk down the aisle and pledge their love to one another. Well…we all know that’s not really how it is in real life, just like Jake and April will find out in this book. The issues they have to overcome are real, and it takes a lot of work and compromise to make a marriage work. But, through all of the turmoil they are facing, there is a lot of joy and happiness too. Jake gives the perfect analogy to his and April’s love when he says:

“The ocean is relentless, timeless, and never stops moving, never gives up. It doesn’t matter if the waves crash too high or too low–if they wreak havoc, destroying things in their path, leaving death and destruction in their wake—because the waves eventually recede. They calm, the beauty resets, and they become perfect imperfections all over again.”

There were points in this book where I shed a few tears, and miraculously most were tears of happiness. It’s a beautiful romance with some hot, steamy sex, but it’s also a love story of family. Family isn’t always about your blood relatives, but it’s about the family you choose with your heart and how wonderful that can be. I could go on and on about how wonderful this series is. I have loved every moment of smiles and tears I’ve shared with all of the characters, and D. Kelly really blew me away with how she ended it…it was perfect and bittersweet. I loved seeing all my favorite characters again, and I hated telling them good-bye. Perfect ending and a perfect Christmas story. Good-bye, gang! Thanks for allowing me to take this journey with you. You will be missed!!!!