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Head over Heels for the Holidays

(Lost Harbor, Alaska #7)

4.52  ·  Rating details ·  242 ratings  ·  77 reviews
Ever since her ex-boyfriend dumped her on Christmas Eve, the holiday season has been tough for Maya Badger—especially since Lost Harbor, Alaska pulls out all the stops for the holidays. Sure, she could focus on her police work and her father’s recovery from heart surgery. But when her dad’s home healthcare nurse turns out to be her childhood buddy—all grown up and the stuf ...more
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Published November 24th 2020 by Jennifer Bernard
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Kristina Birch
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been waiting for Maya and I was NOT disappointed!

Maya and Rune knew each other as kids but even then there was a special connection between them. Now all grown up and each dealing with their own escalating dangerous situation, fate brings them back together.

I’ve loved Maya from the beginning and getting to know her better and find the happiness she deserves was so rewarding. It was also to see SG/Maggie save the day and find some happy too!

I’m hoping for a Kelsey/Alasdair story but if no
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story! Maya is the town’s police chief & as such, is overlooked by many of the town’s men. She was humiliated in her last relationship & has pretty much called it quits since then. She has to maintain her reputation or her job will be even tougher. When the new traveling home nurse comes to help with her father, she’s surprised it’s her old friend Jay-Jay. He’s going by his middle name now & has brought his sister with him. She’s being stalked & when the stalker finds them, they pic ...more
Jennie Fortna
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
ARC for honest review with no compensation

Head over Heels for the Holidays is book 7 in the Lost Harbor, Alaska series by Jennifer Bernard and we have been waiting for Maya’s story!

Maya Badger, town police chief was dumped years ago on Christmas Eve so the holidays are tough. She’s trying to focus on her work and her father’s recovery until a home healthcare nurse shows up to help. What she doesn’t expect is her childhood buddy ... Jay Jay or now known as Rune Larsen to be the nurse.

Suspense, a
Kerry Croucier
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s always fun to return to Lost Harbor, Alaska, but returning for Maya’s story and the holidays was extra special. Maya is the tough-as-nails police chief of Lost Harbor. There is so much to love about this one, it’s hard to decide where to start. Maya Badger is conscious of her role every minute of every day. Already an over-achiever, she feels like she always must prove she is the right person for the job. With her Dad recovering from a heart attack and surgery, she finally realizes she need ...more
Kay Daniels (Kay Daniels Romance)
Maya Badger - yes!! We finally have the police chiefs story and it was perfect for the woman who protect and serves the residents of Lost Harbor, Alaska.

Maya has been the stoic background hero who always follows the rules  and never lets her weaknesses show. Waiting for her story has been a joy and also agony. Who would be the man to bring the police chief to her knees because nothing seems to phase Maya Badger. Reading Maya's story and learning more about her background we come to find out that
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jennifer Bernard is one of my favorite authors. Head Over Heels for the Holidays is the seventh book in her Lost Harbor series. I have been waiting for this book as Maya has been very present in the previous six books, but we never really get a chance to know her. Police Chief Maya Badger is so serious and always there for everyone else: listening to them, giving advice, and solving problems. She always seems to be working and not having any fun especially after she was painfully dumped by her p ...more
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, review-crew, romance
WOW!!! I loved reading Head Over Heels for the Holidays by Jennifer Bernard, book seven in her Lost Harbor, Alaska series. This story has all the feels, intrigue, suspense, and of course love. Life has not been easy for police chief Maya Badger, especially around the holiday season; Lost Harbor pulls out all the stops in celebrating the holiday season. Maya has been going solo to all the events, especially for the last five years since her ex-boyfriend dumped her on Christmas Eve to marry someon ...more
I jumped into this book when I won an ARC, even though I hadn't read any of the previous books in the series, and I'm happy to report that I wasn't at all lost even though there was a significant mystery thread that was developed in the previous books and came to a climax in this book. The beautiful location in Alaska, the holiday theme, and the fact that it featured lead characters in somewhat nontraditional roles (female small town police chief and male nurse) who were both very competent and ...more
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Head Over Heels For the Holidays is the seventh in Jennifer Bernard's lovely Lost Harbor series, set in beautiful Alaska. Lost Harbor is a small town on the edge of the harshly gorgeous wilderness, full of charm and welcome, especially for the holidays. Police chief Maya Badger would prefer to keep her distance, since being on the receiving end of a wretched breakup at the height of the season a few years back. And with her father recovering from heart surgery, she's really got her hands full. W ...more
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Head of Heels for the Holidays is full of community, family and suspense.

Maya Badger police chief of Lost Harbor is one tough cookie. I couldn’t get enough of this heroine, strong, loving, and the love that she shows for the town is heartfelt. Maya knows being a woman with dark skin, some question her as being Police Chief, but in the end they all come to rely on her.

Rune Larson aka Jay-Jay Breton Maya’s dads nurse and old friend turns heads when he and his sister come to town, what the folks of
Krista G
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Head Over Heels for the Holidays is a great way to get you or the holidays. If you are new to the Lost Harbor Series you are absolutely going to love it. It’s set in a small Alaskan town and is everything you imagine what you would find there. Although you don’t need to read the series in order it’s definitely to your advantage to start the series from the beginning only because you get the background on all the characters.

In the latest installment of the Lost Harbor Series we follow police chi
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How cool is it that “serious” Maya Badger, Chief of Police in Lost Harbor, Alaska has a story with a runaway yak? And not just ANY yak, but one that a local woman believes is the reincarnation of her dead husband??? YOU try being serious about investigating and reporting THAT incident!

I loved Maya. She has always been the super straitlaced, totally efficient, on the ball police chief character in previous stories but who knew she had a soft, mushy side to her. She can totally kick butt, but stil
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maya Badger, Chief of Police of Lost Harbor, is tough and gritty. She’s had to be as the only daughter to Harris Badger. Maya lost her mom as a child, so she knows loss. When her ex breaks up with her on Christmas Eve only to marry a few short months later, she’s devastated. Walls up, no more taking chances on love. She’s firmly in “Team Fun”, not “Team Romance”. But she’s lonely and overwhelmed with her dad’s health issues and the mystery involving The Lost Wilderness. The holiday season is fas ...more
Reading Addict
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maya Badger has been one of my favorite characters from the Lost Harbor series ever since her appearance in the first book. She is a tough a nails police chief but we all know that she keeps her real self tightly wrapped from the outside world. While her father is home recovering from his heart attack Maya hires a private nurse from a agency but she never expected to see her childhood friend Rune Larsen. Rune and Maya spent one magical year in Hawaii as pre-teens and never forgot the girl that t ...more
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an advanced reader copy of this book to leave an honest review. I have read almost the entire series and have thoroughly enjoyed all of the characters and storylines. Bernhard has a great writing style and interjects perfect amounts of humor and romance into the books.

This book follows Maya, an African American police chief in small town Alaska, and Rune, a travel nurse. So when Rune first shows up, Maya doesn't realize that he is actually an old friend that she had when we was young
Cindy Reifel
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maya Badger is the Lost Harbor. Alaska Police Chief. Having been severely burned by love before, she stays happy with her job, dad and friends. She has hired a Home Care nurse to help care for her father who is home after a heart attack and surgery.
Rune Larson is her childhood friend, Jay-Jay. Maya only figures this out when she goes home to meet the nurse who will be caring for her dad. This really throws her for a loop because, he was her first crush and, one she never got over. Rune also brin
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maya is the police chief of Lost Harbor. Rune is a childhood friend she met while vacationing in Hawaii. Rune is a travel LPN who is helping take care of Harris, Maya's dad, who had a heat attack in the previous book. Maya is on a dating freeze, she was dumped by her boyfriend 5 years ago, and hates dating. The girls tell her to date Rune while he is here, but she starts avoiding him. She decides to ask him to be her fake holiday boyfriend, where they go to parties together. He agrees, and they ...more
Norma Jean
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Head over Heels for the Holidays is a continuation of the story of the residents of Lost Harbor, Alaska. This series is great for binge reading during this time when we need to stay home.

Maya Badger, police chief of Lost Harbor has hated the holiday season since her ex-fiancé dumped her on Christmas Eve five years ago. The small town of Lost Harbor is a close knit community that loves festivals and celebrations during the Christmas season. Maya is not looking forward to all the festivities. She
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the story I think we’ve all been waiting for! We finally get to see Maya Badger fall in love and boy did this story not disappoint. We’ve gotten to know Maya very well in all of the other Lost Harbor books and you just know that it’s going to take a special man to get her to let her walls down and let someone in. Enter Rune Larsen. Turns out Maya and Rune became friends when they were just kids while both were living in Hawaii. Now he’s in Lost Harbor with his sister and he also just hap ...more
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yay! Chief Maya Badger finally gets her own HEA. I’ve been waiting for this story since we first met Maya. I love her strong bada$$ character so much!! If there was one person who deserved to have someone fall in love with her whole-heartedly and want to take care of her for a change, it’s Maya who has been keeping Lost Harbor safe and taking care of her dad and basically nothing else for a while now. And all of those things were very satisfying to her except now her friend group had all found t ...more
Quinn Fforde
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the first book in this series, Maya stole every scene she was in. I wanted to know her story from literally the first book, and I was beginning to be concerned that there wouldn't be a man able to match her. Maya is the definition of an amazing woman who gets stuff done, so what man wouldn't be completely intimidated by her and still be all that she deserves? Well, hello, Rune. I don't know how the author came up with him, but he is absolutely Maya's soul mate. I loved that they knew each o ...more
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Since the beginning of this series six books ago I’ve been eagerly anticipating the romance of Maya Badger, police chief of the sleepy town of Lost Harbor, Alaska. Maya is small but mighty, and just a little terrifying, as she keeps law and order and serves and protects her small coastal town.

The arrival of snow ushers in the winter festival season of Lost Harbor, bringing with it someone special from Maya's past. But along with the arrival of her childhood friend, Rune, comes a threat that has
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Head Over Heels for the Holidays is the seventh book in Jennifer Bernard’s Lost Harbor series. This series has been leading up to this point since the very beginning. We finally discover what the mystery of Lost Souls Wilderness is all about.

Maya Badger, who is the police chief, rediscovers a friend from her childhood. She’s thankful when Rune Larsen turns up to be her father’s nurse. Her was her best friend when she lived in Hawaii.
Rune is on the run trying to protect his sister from a stalke
Nicole ReadingBetweenTheSheets
Romance Author Jennifer Bernard has “wrapped up” her latest Lost Harbor, Alaska book…literally “with a bang”! The Head Over Heels for the Holidays book is a great blend of romance, suspense, friendships, and healing.

I have absolutely adored Police Chief Maya Badger since the beginning of The Lost Harbor series! I was so glad hers was the holiday story. Being reunited with someone from her past while trying to solve the mystery of someone else’s past, put a wonderful twist on a regular holiday st
Melissa Reeves
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jennifer Bernard’s 7th trip to Lost Harbor, Alaska does not disappoint! You’ll enjoy this latest trip to Alaska and revisiting old friends as well as make new ones. Maya Badger, Police Chief of Lost Harbor, Alaska finally meets her perfect match - again. When childhood friend Rune Larsen turns up in Lost Harbor, he is just what Maya needs. Their friendship was strong as children but it evolves into more, adding much needed laughter and love into Maya‘s life. Rune brings his sister Cara along and ...more
J Williams
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For six books we have watched Maya keep law and order in Lost Harbor. Always in the background, this police chief captured my heart and I was so excited for her to get her story!

Maya had her heartbroken five years ago and decided that her job, her father and her friends were all she needed. When an old friend comes to town she is happy to reconnect. Rune is on the run with his sister, Cara. Trying to keep Cara safe has been Rune's only focus for the past two years. As Rune and Maya renew their f
Rebecca Kroft
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Head over Heels" for this book!

It's hard to imagine any book being better than the one you just read...until the next one in the series comes out. That is what is happening with the Lost Harbor series by Jennifer Bernard. I am so in love with the whole lot of characters. From the innocent (Cara and Maggie) to the eccentric (Boris)...I find myself being drawn in more and more with each passing book. Head over Heels is no exception. Contains the exact perfect amount of laughs, romance, heat and d
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I've really enjoyed getting to know police chief Maya Badger over the course of Jennifer Bernard's Lost Harbor series, so to say that I have looked forward to her story might be something of an understatement. "Head Over Heels for the Holidays" more than lived up to my expectations, delivering a well-crafted slow burn, friends-to-lovers romance and a fast-paced plot with a nice touch of intrigue and suspense. Maya and her love interest, Rune, were so cute together! I enjoyed their banter and the ...more
Nelia D.
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A rogue wave from Hawaii reaches Alaska...

What a Grande Finale to the Lost Harbor Series! At last Police Chief Maya Badger gets her turn. She reunites with her childhood friend from Hawaii, Jay-Jay, now called Rune, who turns out to be the nurse she hired to take care of her father, after heart surgery. Rune is on the run from a stalker who has been following his sister for to years.

This is a slow burn romance, but as always Ms Bernard keeps us intrigued and in suspense throughout the book. And
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*4.5 stars*

Mystery, action and love…

Lost Harbor has been such a great place to visit! I hope this isn’t the last but if it is, Maya and Rune’s story was a great way to say goodbye…

Their meeting now was not the first. Though separated by thousands of miles, years and even degrees, their friendship rekindled quickly. The rest, well that percolated too… Hiding out, Rune and his sister Cara were looking forward to a short time of anonymous bliss. They knew their nightmare would catch up with them so
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Jennifer Bernard is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. Her books have been called “an irresistible reading experience” full of “quick wit and sizzling love scenes.” A graduate of Harvard and former news promo producer, she left big city life in Los Angeles for true love in Alaska, where she now lives with her husband and stepdaughters. She still hasn’t adjusted to the cold, so ...more

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