“Damien’s Christmas” by M.L. Buchman blends romance and suspense in a compelling seasonal tale that provides plenty of ‘aw’ moments along with exciting action scenes even as it gives a unique glimpse of some of the complicated maneuvering accompanying the installation of a new president. Unfortunately, I have not read the other stories in this particular spinoff of one of my favorite military romance series, but that does not detract from my enjoyment of this particular tale. As usual, the author creates larger-than-life characters who are appealing for both their intellect and their physical prowess, even more impressive considering the familiar characters who already people this compelling series, some of whom popped in for their own cameos. I loved the tour of the lesser known areas of the White House and drooled over the description of the chocolatier’s creations, and my appetite is definitely whetted to visit the areas of D.C. so vividly described. This was a great way to armchair travel while enjoying a quick exciting tale.
This contemporary story is a novella that is part of the ‘Night Stalkers White House’ series and follows Cornelia Day as she begins to deal with becoming Chief of Staff for President-elect Zachary Thomas. Complicating her life is cocky Damien Feinman, the head of the Situation Room duty watch who uses his talents as both a librarian and Marine to continue to efficiently perform his unprecedented tenure. The sparks that fly between them provide great entertainment for the powerful people who surround them, but a mysterious warning about an upcoming event could derail the new administration before it can even truly begin, and may prove fatal to the budding romance.
JOB:Marine Corps Situation Room Duty Officer
NAME: Cornelia Day
JOB: White House Chief of Staff
After ten years, Damien’s duties as Sit Room watch officer let him see it all: the good, the bad, and the disastrous. But nothing prepared him for the beauty and power of the new Chief of Staff.
Cornelia’s new role as White House Chief of Staff leads her to the Situation Room where every crisis comes home to roost. A dozen years of assisting the now-President-elect never prepared her heart for what awaits her there.
Only together can they save Christmas in the nation’s capital. Only together can they discover Damien’s Christmas.