Review: A Very Russian Christmas by Krystal Shannan

A Very Russian Christmas by Krystal Shannan
Release Date: December 5, 2012
Publisher: Decadent Publishing Company, LLC
Pages: 47
Source: Book provided by the publisher for review



For most of her adult life, bodyguards have shadowed Ksenia Sharanov, daughter of a Russian mobster. A ski vacation with her college roommates ends on a terrifying note. Her father’s enemies have been following her more closely than anyone could have anticipated. The mistake will cost a life…but will it cost her heart? Or will she find love in the arms of a complete stranger?

Matt O’Reilly, a retired Marine, generally keeps to himself. Working as a deputy in a small country sheriff’s office, provides just enough seclusion for him to cut himself off from his family’s pity and the heartache of losing his wife. He never thought love would be in the books for him again. Will the sudden arrival of a spunky dark-haired Russian beauty change his mind?


Review:  Like a knight in shining armor on a white horse (except in this case his sidekick is a dog), Deputy Matt O’Reilly rescues Ksenia Sharanov from the clutches of kidnappers bent on destroying her family.

While A Very Russian Christmas is an incredibly short read, author Krystal Shannan packs in a tremendous amount of action. From international politics to a snow storm, a lot can happen in less than 36 hours. If I could wish for any improvement, it would be more development. The author dangles a number of interesting tidbits in front of the reader, but opts not to develop them. Both characters have dealt with loss and sour relationships, yet there is not a lot centered around how their pasts have shaped the present.

The characters have a good mix of chemistry, which they would definitely need if they are willing to hit the sheets in such a short time span. It works as a snack, but needs more substance in order to truly be fulfilling.