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Snowfall on Cedar Trail (Sweetwater Springs #3) by Annie Rains [arc review]

Another Day, another Christmas book.
It's that time of the year!
The Blurb:

Last Christmas was tough for Halona Locklear and her seven-year-old son Theo, who hasn't spoken a word since his father's death. This year, Halona wants nothing more than to give him a good holiday and to hear his sweet voice again. Enrolling him in the Mentor Match program might help, but when Theo gets matched with Sweetwater Springs Chief of Police, Alex Baker, Halona realizes that the handsome hero might know secrets about her past that she is determined to keep buried.
Chief of Police, Alex Baker, re-opens his father's hit-and-run cold case every December, hoping to finally solve it. This year, his plate is full with being a Mentor Match to a young seven-year-old boy as well. His biggest obstacle, however, is fighting his attraction to the boy's mother, Halona. As Alex gets close to solving his father's cold case, he learns that those closest to him may be in danger -- including Halona. Alex has already lost one of the most important people in his life; he isn't about to lose her too, even if it means walking away to keep her safe.

The Review: 2.5 Stars
I have mixed emotions on this one. I liked it... and I didn't... It also appears I am alone in not liking it so much. Why oh why do I always have to be the one with unpopular opinions?! 🤦 #storyofmylife

Anyway...I liked Halona. She is a hard working mother who has gone through a lot in life and is trying her best to make her son happy and talk again. I also really liked Alex, he was the perfect man to get her little boy out of his shell and the perfect man for her. He is steady, loyal, handsome :)
Their romance was nice as well. They were careful around Theo and respectful to each other. There were no passionate fireworks but they fit. 
Now, did you get excited over that description? Nope?! yah... that is one of my issues with the book.
It was nice. It wasn't exciting. 
It was nice. It wasn't memorable.
The romance was nice. It wasn't passionate.
The MC's were nice. They weren't relatable or super interesting....

And the background story? blah... Alex's dad died years ago and no one has found the killer. All the way towards the end of the book everything gets sorted really fast. Anti-climatic. 

All in all it wasn't a bad read or I would never have finished it, I don't torture myself through books. But it wasn't great either. I said this before and I will say this again: I need my romances to have a little more to it than just a sweet easy boy meets girl story. Liking it or not, most holiday romances are exactly that, hence I almost never read them. That being said, I've read a few I loved, so I am not completely giving up on them just yet. 

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