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Wanted: Mom For Christmas

(Cates Brothers #5.5)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  112 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Christmas is coming to Climax, North Carolina—and it’s delivering an unexpected second chance right to Hawk Savage’s door…

For small-town cop and single dad Hawk Savage, Christmas tends to be more hassle and worry than mistletoe and magic. His daughter, Heather, is ten going on teenager, while his son, Henry Lee, has decided he needs a mommy, ASAP. HL’s constant matchmaking
Published November 7th 2017 by Kensington's Lyrical Shine
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3.5 stars

The blurb for this book caught by eye and honestly who can resist a story about a little boy who wants a Mom for Christmas, not me and I did enjoy Wanted: A Mom for Christmas even though it was a bit too easy considering all the circumstances surrounding this couple and the hero’s two children.

Seven years ago Hawk Savage’s life was turned upside down when his wife died leaving him the single parent to a 3 year old daughter and an infant son. He managed with help of family and friends, b
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nora is losing her dream and instead of fighting it she is looking for a way out. Rent-a-mom is the job she takes and escapes her life.

Hawk tries to be the best father he can but a teenage daughter needs some female help. Luckily for him his ex-girlfriend is about to roll back into his life. These two need a little help in their lives

This is a Christmas story with lots of spirit and a sweet romance. It's about family and second chances.

It reminded me of a Hallmark Christmas movie.

4 Stars out of
Lee Kilraine
Aug 07, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I couldn't end the Cates Brothers Series without giving Henry Lee and his dad, Hawk Savage, their own HEA. So I wrapped up their story with a big red bow and lots of Christmas magic. ...more
Debbie Oxier
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I found a new author! I'm so glad I did! This one was really good. Nora Hoy was an Olympic volleyball player. A shoulder injury has her sidelined and considering giving it up. When she discovers her mother, who is also her manager, has left Nora broke, Nora answers an ad for a Rent-A-Mom. When she shows up for an interview, she's met at the door by kids, Heather and HL. Apparently Dad is laid up with the flu. Nora immediately steps in and takes care of dad and the kids. She's stunned, however, t ...more
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
HL finally gets his mother! Nora, a volleyball Olympian goes to her home town for Christmas as a Rent-A-Mom for Hawk.
Lynn Lim
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OK, I know, Christmas in September, right? Call me a sucker, but I absolutely love a good Christmas romance ANY time of year. But, Wanted: Mom for Christmas, it just was not a “Good” Christmas romance. It was PHENOMENAL!!!
WOW, just WOW!!!
I LOVED this book! I could go on, and on, telling you why I loved this book. I loved the way the author created the characters in the book. I love the way she built up family dynamics, even through the loss of a spouse/parent. I love the way the author created
Erin Lewis
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Star review of Wanted: Mom for Christmas (Cates Brothers #5.5) by Lee Kilraine
Lee Kilraine is a new author to me. Recently I have found myself gravitating to stories of single dads and when I saw the premise for this story I jumped at the chance to read.

Although not a particularly long story and part of a series, (I didn’t know that when I requested) I had no difficulty reading Wanted: Mom for Christmas.

Hawk Savage is a single dad of two, daughter Heather who is 10 and son Henry Lee (call m
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
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**I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you**

This review is going to be short as I am going to try to sum my thoughts up as briefly and concisely as possible.

This book was written for those, like myself, who are Christmas fanatics and love everything about the holiday season (well I may have a slight issue with Christmas music but that aside, love everything e
Cathy Geha
Nov 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Wanted: Mom for Christmas by Lee Kilraine
Cates Brothers 5.5

Second chance at love for an Olympic medalist and a small town cop that were once high school sweethearts – will they find a HEA – probably ;)

Nora Joy had a no good very bad day that continued downhill with one hit after another until she felt she had hit rock bottom – and then – a job in her old hometown appeared as if by magic. She grabbed the job with both hands and headed to Climax, North Carolina to become rent-a-mom to the childre
E-ARC is received thanks to the publisher via Netgalley.

Did I request this because the hero's name is Hawk Savage and it reminds me of my two favourite KA characters Hawk Delgado and Indy Savage? Yep.

Anyway, this is my first Lee Kilraine book, and it's a short and fast read. While I think the writing could be a little stronger, I really like Nora and the Savages, especially little Henry Lee Savage who is super adorable and a show-stealer. Hawk and Nora were high school lovers until Nora moved aw

This is actually my very first read from this author and I AM NOT DISAPPOINTED!!! I'm actually questioning myself why I missed this. Because this is exactly what I needed after being burnt out reading dark books. Yep! A light but definitely sweet romance is what this book is.

You'll be sure to enjoy this book albeit a quick read because, boy, do you wish for it to be long. Or better yet a follow up book from this couple/family. A single dad raising his kids that is growing up quite fast thrown in
Received from netgalley for honest review.

I can't say I didn't like it. But I also can't say I loved it. I don't really know how I feel about it. It's kind of one of those books where you're just like "yeah, I read it" and that's it.
I love single dads so I think that's why I really stuck with it. But it was just okay... I don't have an overwhelming need to tell people "OMG YOU HAVE TO READ IT," you know?
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Will definitely leave you with a smile!

This is a sweet, sweet story. No worries, there are plenty of people that you can boo, but this family will warm your heart. I am so happy I picked up this book and it will put you into an early Christmas spirit, too!
Yvonne Cruz
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I had not read any books by this author, and was drawn to the title, so what better time to get started.
Well, I absolutely fell in love with the story, Nora, and the Savage family, Hawk, H.L. and Heather.
The story centers around Hawk Savage and Nora Joy. Hawk is a cop in the town Nora grew up in and also her first love. He is also a widower with two adorable kids. Nora, an Olympic medal winner, is struggling after a shoulder surgery that might affect her career, has dumbed her cheating boyfriend
Tracy Sylvester
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. This story was like a second chance at romance. Beautiful story about a current widowed single dad named Hawk. He has a pre-teen daughter named Heather and a young son named Henry Lee(HL). When HL asks repeatedly for a new Mom, Hawk feels a tug at his heart. Realizing that his children want a Mom makes him start to wonder if he can handle opening his heart again. When a holiday miracle happens and brings his first love to the door as a ...more
Kari Lemor
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't have asked for a better ending to the Cates Brothers series than this. I had been loving Hawke and his son HL from the very beginning, always wondering about their story. Always a bit sad that the little boy put so much effort into finding a mom for himself and a new wife for his dad. And she was perfect! Exactly what that family needed though she didn't always believe it herself. Thank you, Lee Kilraine for such a charming series, with a town that felt like family after a while. I'm ...more
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This one is so sweet charming Christmas miracle story. It is also a second chance love story between single
father hawk and volleyball player in trouble Nora. They both need a miracle in their life and K.Kringel make it
possible. Both Nora and Hawk have great personality are loving and caring and easy to love. Nora truly is a
great person, not fake and is taking really seriously to be a good step in mom which we see in her actions.
Hawk is also a great parent but is struggling with teenagers proble
Christine Hill
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cates Brothers series by Lee Kilraine
Contemporary Romance

Wanted: Mom for Christmas

I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley. I decided to post this review because I think you might enjoy this book as much as I did, if not more! This review is also up on my blog:

Overall Rating: 3.5 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Nora Joy needs some time to regroup. As an Olympic volleyball player, Nora is no stranger to set backs and losses, but the problems are begi
Danielle  Gypsy Soul
Wanted Mom For Christmas is a charming, sweet and fun holiday romance with characters I fell in love with. Although this is book 5.5 in the series it can be read as a stand alone (I did) and it's still very enjoyable. I can only imagine how much more I would have loved it if I had read the previous books.

This book centers around Hawk and his two children who's mom died several years ago a week before Christmas. Hawk and his kids really haven't been big on celebrating Christmas since then and Haw
Miriam Wolfe
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a voluntary review of an advanced copy.

I enjoy second chance romances and this was a great one! I loved that Hawk and Nora were each other's "firsts"! Due to threats, Nora could not contact Hawk again, and later heard how he became a manwhore so she left him in the past. Fast forward to years down the road, they meet again.

It was great that Nora became a Rent-a-mom, and went to the client's house only to find her old love, Hawk (she knew him as Jackson) and his two children. There is a b
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley

Every year, despite my mostly grinchy attitude, I pick up a handful of Christmas books trying to find what seems to be a needle in a haystack. Unfortunately, Wanted: A Mom for Christmas by Lee Kilraine only served up more hay. The novel, in and of itself was ok, just WAY too sweet for my tastes (if a Hallmark movie and aspartame had a baby…). Maybe it’s because this is my first read by Ms. Kilraine. Maybe it’s because I unwittingly jumped into this series at book #5.5, and had no prior connectio

Romantic Reads and Such
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is one of those holiday stories with just the tiniest of supernatural twists. It reminds me so much of those Hallmark Channel Christmas movies where Santa or an angel or a ghost helps to get the couple together for their HEA. I love those movies so that made it even more fun!

Nora is at loose ends and thanks to a little holiday magic she finds herself on Hawk’s doorstop just when he needs her. While she’s definitely not Mary Poppins she does have a HUGE heart and finds herself quickly drawn
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was asked by the author for an honest review.

3.5 Stars

H.L. wants a mom more than anything else for Christmas this year, and Heather just wants to stop being sad. Now a Rent-a-Mom is at the front door and she seems to already know their dad. Just when he's about to send her packing, work circumstances change and he's all but begging her to stay. This is the story of Hawk and Nora's romance.

My first read of Kilraine's, I was very excited about this book, but there were a couple of parts that did
Jeanette Book-Reviews
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 4-5-star
***4.5 Stars!***

This is the first I've read by this author.... I'm glad I took a chance, as this author will be added to my never ending TBR list lol!!

I loved reading this beautiful, short, warm and a little OTT but who cares?? I absolutely adore Christmas stories & this one certainly hits the spot!

Hawk is a widower with a 10 year old daughter - Heather & an 8 year old son- Henry Lee better known as HL.... They don't celebrate Christmas as it's so painful due to their mom dying a week before Chr
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nora is in need of a new life after her old one dumped her. Nora's boyfriend and best friend/teammate left together taking her mother/manager with them. All her money is gone and unless she makes some big changes, her hopes for her career are gone. An online job search finds her going back to her home town and reconnecting with a long lost love.

Hawk, Heather, and Henry Lee are making their single parent family work but something is definately missing. When a Rent-a-Mom shows up unexpectedly Hawk
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
You can tell the plot of this sweet Christmas story just from the title. It starts out with a common opening from romance novels when the heroine, professional beach volleyball player Nora loses her career, finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her with her supposed best friend, and loses all her money all in the same day. After this less than propitious start to her day, she eventually answers an ad to be a Rent-a-Mom to two children and their widower father who just happens to be her first bo ...more
Bette Hansen
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED this story!! It's so sweet, fun, and perfect for the holiday season. It's wonderfully written and you will fall in love with these characters.

Nora Joy has had a rough time lately. First her Olympic dreams are on hold due to an injury she's not sure she can come back from. Then her boyfriend and her best friend and teammate betray her. The cherry on top of her craptastic life? Her manager/mother has gone through all the money she's gotten from various endorsements and she's not
Jackie Wright
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wanted: Mom For Christmas is book 5.5 in the Cates Brothers Series but it can be read as a standalone, how do I know this well Lee Kilraine is a new author to me and I really enjoyed this sweet Christmas story. I’m a sucker for Christmas stories and this one really touched my heart so much so I will be looking into the other books in the series, what’s not to love about second chance romance, a single dad and two adorable children. This story captivated me and I read it in one sitting, I loved t ...more
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Lovely Sweet Story.
Wow, poor Nora. She loses her boyfriend; her best friend and volleyball partner; her mother as her manager; all her savings and gains $20,000 in debt all in one day! However her luck changes when she receives a job offer in her hometown of Climax, North Carolina. Not with her parents that she knows anything about parenting but the Rent-a-Mom offer is the only job she can find; the big surprise is that she finds herself working for her first love, now a widower with two childre
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a very fun story to read. I enjoyed every page of it.
Nora was an Olympic volleyball player who had been betrayed by her partner in volleyball, her boyfriend and her mother. She is recovering from an injury and takes a job as a rent-a-mom for a police chief's 2 children. It turns out she used to date Hawk when she was a junior in HS. Hawk's kids were a hoot. HL was a mischievous little boy who really wanted a mom. Heather was a young girl just growing into a young lady and needed some g
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Lee Kilraine lives in the pine woods of North Carolina. When she isn't typing away on her computer with her golden retriever, Harley, destroying something at her feet, you might find her on her front porch swing plotting her next book while guarding her garden from the local gang of deer. She has a weakness for dogs, bacon cheeseburgers, red wine and Alpha heroes. She loves reading and writing sto ...more

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