Sleigh Bells-Sleigh Bells

Sleigh Bells
Beth Albright
Mira, Sep 24 2013, $14.95
ISBN: 9780778315308

In Tuscaloosa, TV reporter Dallas Dubois is irate that Vivi is giving birth on a football game day, which has the Crimson Tide Voice making a bad choice by rushing to Druid City Hospital instead of calling the game. She hides her ire that she covers the baby rather than the play; but with a live mic she thought cleared Dallas proclaims she hates kids. On the plus side, Dallas knows she is in the running for the open WTAL news anchor chair even if she must prove she deserves the spot by covering mush stories.

Former Alabama quarterback Cal Hollingsworth ignored her back in school though she wanted him. He wrote her off as an Ice Queen, but now has second and third thoughts re Dallas. Cal courts her and Dallas wants him but has doubts about relationships as her past keeps her afraid of trusting anything but football.

The third Sassy Belles (see Wedding Belles and Sassy Belles) is an enjoyable Crimson Tide romance starring a damaged refreshing Steel Magnolia and the ex-football player who takes the offense by blitzing his beloved’s defenses. Although the horde of children initially driving Dallas crazy is overdone even as they are key to moving the plot into the fourth quarter, readers (once again except Auburn fans) will enjoy this amusing holiday tale.

Harriet Klausner

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