Book Review & Giveaway ~ A Pet for Christmas by Rachelle Ayala


To those who still suffer the wounds of war.


Kelly Kennedy thought her life was finally on track. Engaged to the man of her dreams and with a baby on the way, she reassures her five-year-old daughter, Bree, that the father she picked for Christmas still loves her.

Unfortunately, war veteran Tyler Manning has been away most of the year. Recovering from PTSD isn’t easy. Rather than worry Kelly, Tyler spends his time traveling to Afghanistan to work at a children’s charity he founded.

Kelly decides to distract Bree with promises of a pet for Christmas. When Tyler is taken hostage by terrorists, she finds it hard to convince Bree that they will truly be a family in time for Christmas.

A Pet for Christmas is a sequel A Father for Christmas. While it can be read as a standalone, you’ll get more of the relationship aspect between Kelly, Tyler, and Bree by reading A Father for Christmas first.

~~~ My Thoughts & Review ~~~

A Pet for Christmas is the sequel that started with A Father for Christmas. I decided to read the first book as well, so I’ll give my thoughts on both books 🙂

~ In A Father for Christmas, we are introduced to the main characters – Bree, her mother, Kelly and Tyler, a war veteran struggling with PTSD. Tyler is also the gift (father) Bree requested from the mall Santa.

Kelly is fiercely independent, a supermom. She had Bree through artificial insemination, fully intending to be a single parent – she didn’t need a man. In preschool, Bree learns about families that have both a mommy & a daddy and sets her mind on getting herself a daddy. The rest of the story shares the rocky, romantic road that Kelly and Tyler travel together.

~ In A Pet for Christmas, the story picks up around the Holidays a year later. Kelly and Tyler are now engaged and expecting a baby. Tyler continues to struggle with flash backs from the war, as well as, survivor’s guilt. He has founded a charity to help children in war torn Afghanistan. He travels there to handle some charity business when there is a terrorist attack and Tyler has no way to communicate with his family back home.

Meanwhile, Kelly is very pregnant / hormonal. She is trying to deal with her own personal fears of abandonment and trust. Bree is showing signs of being jealous of her unborn baby brother and wants to know about her “real” daddy. They are all worried if Tyler is ok and if he will get home in time for Christmas. Getting a puppy seemed like a good idea … something to love and, hopefully provide a distraction from worrying.

Is Tyler ok? Will he get home for Christmas? Will this new little family survive? You’ll have to read the book to find out. What could be better than a nice Christmas-y romance ??

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“Heartwarming story of hope and second chances.” – Ruth Davis on Book 1, A Father for Christmas

“Absolutely breathtaking love story.” – Amber McCallister on Book 1, A Father for Christmas

Also Available

A Father for Christmas (A Veteran’s Christmas Book 1)

To all the veterans who gave so much.


Single mother Kelly Kennedy can’t afford lavish gifts for her four-year-old daughter, Bree. Homeless veteran Tyler Manning doesn’t believe he deserves a Merry Christmas.

When Bree asks Santa for a father and picks Tyler, both Tyler and Kelly vow to keep Bree from being hurt while fighting their feelings for each other.

Tyler struggles with frightening flashbacks that scare Kelly. Meanwhile, Kelly’s criminal past threatens her chance for happiness. Tyler and Kelly must believe in the power of love to give Bree her best Christmas ever.

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About the author

Rachelle Ayala is a bestselling Asian American author of dramatic romantic suspense and humorous, sexy contemporary romances. Her heroines are feisty and her heroes hot. She writes emotionally challenging stories but believes in the power of love and hope.

Rachelle is the founder of an online writing group, Romance in a Month, an active member of the California Writer’s Club, Fremont Chapter, and a volunteer for the World Literary Cafe. She is a very happy woman and lives in California with her husband. She has won awards in multicultural and historical romance.

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