Final Christmas Books of the Season: A Merry Little Meet Cute & So This Is Christmas

A Merry Little Meet Cute by Julie Murphy & Sierra Simone

Goodreads blurb: Cowritten by #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Murphy and USA Today bestselling author Sierra Simone—a steamy plus-size holiday rom-com about an adult film star who is semi-accidentally cast as a lead in a family-friendly Christmas movie, and the former bad-boy pop star she falls in love with.
Bee Hobbes (aka Bianca Von Honey) has a successful career as a plus-size adult film star. With a huge following and two supportive moms, Bee couldn’t ask for more. But when Bee’s favorite producer casts her to star in a Christmas movie he’s making for the squeaky-clean Hope Channel, Bee’s career is about to take a more family-friendly direction.

Forced to keep her work as Bianca under wraps, Bee quickly learns this is a task a lot easier said than done. Though it all becomes worthwhile when she discovers her co-star is none other than childhood crush Nolan Shaw, an ex-boy band member in desperate need of career rehab. Nolan’s promised his bulldog manager to keep it zipped up on set, and he will if it means he’ll be able to provide a more stable living situation for his sister and mom.
But things heat up quickly in Christmas Notch, Vermont, when Nolan recognizes his new co-star from her ClosedDoors account (oh yeah, he’s a member). Now Bee and Nolan are sneaking off for quickies on set, keeping their new relationship a secret from the Hope Channel’s execs. Things only get trickier when the reporter who torpedoed Nolan’s singing career comes snooping around—and takes an instant interest in mysterious newcomer Bee.

And if Bee and Nolan can’t keep their off-camera romance behind the scenes, then this merry little meet cute might end up on the cutting room floor

This is an ARC review thanks to a gift from the publisher.

my take: 3 out of 5. This was a bit odd as it was not what I expected from Julie Murphy. I think i ignored the: a steamy plus-size holiday rom-com from the description so I was really surprised by how steamy it is. IT is funny it is a very juxtaposed setting because you have basically a porn star in a wholesome Xmas setting, but it is very open door so be forewarned. As a Hallmark movie lover I enjoyed it, a predictable but nice story, but It was not the best holiday book I read this year, not even close. What did I like: I liked the characters, their flaws were evident but cool and were more nuanced than expected. The story was a bit far fetched, but major points for body positivity empowerment.

So This Is Christmas by Jenny Holiday

Goodreads blurb: Matteo Benz has spent his life serving at the pleasure of the Eldovian crown. His work is his life and his life, well…he doesn’t have much of one. When he is tasked to aid a management consultant who has been flown in to help straighten out the king’s affairs, he is instantly disturbed by her brash American manner—as well by an inconvenient attraction to the brainy beauty.
Cara Delaney is in Eldovia to help clean up the king’s financial affairs, but soon finds herself at odds with the very proper Mr. Benz. As intrigued by his good looks as she is annoyed by his dedication to tradition for its own sake, she slowly begins to see the real man behind the royal throne.

As they work together to return Eldovia to its former glory during the country’s magical Christmas season, Matteo discovers he is falling hopelessly in love with the unconventional American. But a man who has devoted his life to tradition doesn’t change easily. Can he become the man Cara needs, or will their love be another sacrifice to the crown 

This is an ARC review thanks to a gift from the publisher.

my take: 3 out of 5. I realized I should have read the other Christmas in Eldovia books (
A Princess for Christmas and Duke, Actually) before getting into the third one, but I guess that didn’t happen, we always have next Christmas. The good thing is you don’t need to now the previous stories to enjoy this one, there are just characters and stories that I’m sure will make more sense given that background, but the story in itself stands pretty well as a standalone. I just obviously now know the other 2 books are spoiled. This was a cute, if not very predictable Christmas story. Big corporate consultant goes to small town and romance ensues. However (spoiler alert) major bonus points to this one for the ending not being the stereotypical leave everything and your dreams for the one you met10 days ago. The progression of this made sense and it might have been what I liked the most. What I liked the least, I didn’t get the Matteo Love, nor their spark, I really was not rooting for them. Maybe I really should have read the other books.

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