Review: Christmas In The Sun - Sapphire Cay #4 by R.J. Scott & Meredith Russell

Return to Sapphire Cay for Christmas. Lucas and Dylan invite their friends to share in their Christmas celebrations on the island along with Lucas’s sister, Tasha, and her husband. Christmas is a time for family, forgiveness, and to look to the future, and this year Dylan has to face up to all three. Unearthing the memories of two men in love, frozen in time and buried among the history of the island, Lucas and Dylan realize that sometimes loving someone is not always enough. It’s about being brave and taking the next step. To learn from the past to move forward. Family has always been important to Lucas since his own was struck by tragedy. Though Dylan disapproves of his methods, Lucas has nothing but good intentions about wanting Dylan to reconcile with his father. The two Grey men haven’t spoken properly in years, their relationship strained by heartache and mistakes reaching back into Dylan’s childhood. Forgiveness is a hard thing to give and sometimes even harder to receive.

Merry Day After Christmas All
Time for A Tropical Vacation!

I’m a big fan of this series. Reading the Sapphire Cay stories are like going on a sexy vacation.  I would recommend reading the first three stories to get the characters, but you want to read them anyway, trust me. There are three established couples working and/or living on Sapphire Cay. A private resort in the Bahamas, Sapphire Cay is a popular spot for destination weddings which is how our two main MC’s, Lucas and Dylan met in book 1.

The bulk of this Christmas story revolves around Lucas and Dylan and I loved revisiting them and getting a glimpse into their lives as an established couple. Lucas is still tightly wound and keeps the Cay running with the ultimate efficiency. Dylan is his perfect balance and does as much as he can to keep Lucas happy. Christmas is coming to the Cay and the boys are looking forward to some downtime to reconnect and spend time with Lucas’ sister and her husband who are on their way to the resort. Family is a very important theme to all the characters in this series and especially so in this book.

It’s always made Lucas sad that Dylan doesn’t have a connection to the father who gave him so much monetarily but nothing of himself as a father. So, Lucas creates some drama by contacting Dylan’s father and man is Dylan pissed. I was with Dylan on this one, I wouldn’t have been happy either, even though Lucas has the best of intentions. It is nice to see an established couple moving forward and working though issues to make a stronger bond and take the next step in their relationship. Those steps can sometimes be painful and we get to watch Lucas and Dylan argue, make up and then really make up.

We also get to spend time with Edward and Jamie who may well be my favorite couple. They are so unexpected, yet perfect together. Edward is such an OCD riddled control freak and Jamie is his dreamy ex Marine and son of the former owners. It’s fun being in Edward’s head and seeing him trying to keep his controlling ways in check for Jamie.

Book 3’s couple is there as well. They don’t make as much of an appearance, but it’s great to see Adam settling in to his new job as head chef at Sapphire Cay and building his confidence. Scott is as charming and sweet as always.

There is one new addition to the family. A homeless mutt, named Mutt that Dylan can’t help but bring back to the island, much to Edward’s dismay. He quickly becomes part of the extended family though and settles in easily. I lied, there is another addition, but that needs to be read about and all I can say is, that is going to be one lucky new family member.

Along with visiting the couples of Sapphire Cay, there was a mystery that put things in perspective for Lucas and Dylan. They find some buried letters outside their shack and as they try to solve the mystery of the men in the photos and the letters, they learn to take the opportunity for life and love while they can and because they can. It was a really sweet and poignant addition to the story.

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