Christmas with the Band (Sex, Love, and Rock & Roll #3.5) by Michelle Hazen
Released: September 3, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Michelle Hazen
Reviewed by Keyrsten
All Jax wants for Christmas is for his favorite people to get along. So when he takes Ava home for the holidays, she vows to finally make peace with his drummer. What she gets instead is a house fire, house arrest, and the kind of dinner none of them will ever forget.
The one thing I had wanted with Insatiable (Sex, Love, and Rock & Roll #3) was to be able to see things through Ava's perspective. Michelle granted that wish in Christmas with the Band. This novella takes place a few months after Insatiable ends. It's Christmas Eve and Ava yearns to give Jax the one Christmas present he wants but will never ask for, for Ava and Jera to make amends. She vows to do everything she can to finally make peace with Jera, even at the expense of her own pride.
The witty banter that I have come to love in this series was back with a vengeance with this novella. It was refreshing to see a more vulnerable side of Ava. There was a peak of it at the end of Insatiable, but it was nice to see it through Ava's eyes. She's still struggling to relax and be herself after using costumes and a persona to hide herself for so many years. Ava is still trying to find her place in her new world, and in her relationship with Jax. The friction between Ava and Jera is white hot from the get go, and it was interesting to watch them interact with each other throughout. Not only did they have to face their problems with each other, but also the fears they both had of the future. I really enjoyed this glimpse into Ava's head and seeing the love that both women had for our precious Jax.
Rated: 4.5 stars
Give me an alpha male with a woman who aces all forms of sarcasm and I'm putty in you hands -- bonus points if a Reverse Harem is involved. Supernatural esque romance and power plays tend to make my heart go pitter patter. I haven't met a book I wasn't willing to try, so if you've got recommendations email them my way. I'm a foul mouthed makeup addicted with slight wino tendencies.