Between the Ho-Ho-Ho Readathon and the 20 Books For Christmas, I am working through lots of stories set at Christmas both new releases and older ones that have been hanging around on my TBR. These three were all provided to me at one time by the publisher upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.
Colorado Christmas Magic by Caitlin McKenna
Published October 5th 2021 by Carina Press
4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This is a wonderful story about finding the love and meaning of Christmas. Charley Dawson writes a blog for Authentic Lifestyles called the Cold Hard Truths. Her last post was all about canceling Christmas and received a lot of negative comments. Her boss decides she needs some Christmas spirit and sends her on assignment to St. Nicholas, Colorado, home of the Scrooge Legend. The legend states that any Scrooge that enters the town will end up loving Christmas as much as Santa. Her purpose is to prove the legend to be false, but St. Nicholas and it’s citizens have other ideas. Detective Jack Brody also assumes it is just a legend, but when he is awarded a free stay, he things someone is trying to scam people, so he and his boss agree to let him investigate. St. Nicholas is a winter wonderland, full of friendly people, but also close-mouthed about the legend. The other thing, or should I say person, he finds is Charley, his high school sweetheart he has never forgotten, Charley and Jack team up to prove the legend false.
COLORADO CHRISTMAS MAGIC by Caitlin McKenna is the kind of read that is full of Christmas spirit and gives you all the great feels of the holidays. I really enjoyed the story, with its charming setting, fun and sometimes quirky characters, and all the Christmas traditions. I really liked both Jack and Charley and enjoyed learning about their past as well as seeing them move forward and begin to build a possible future. This book definitely has a Hallmark Movie vibe with the cutesy town, the quirky characters and the romance. I will say there is a few other things going on in some parallel storylines that pull on the heartstrings. Colorado Christmas Magic was a fun, quick read, with an interesting plot, and some mystery. It is a heartwarming and magical read; perfect to put you in a festive mood.
Flora’s Travelling Christmas Shop by Rebecca Raisin
Published October 28th 2021 by HQ
4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This was a feel-good Christmas story that had me laughing all the way. Flora is an outspoken, honest, fun person who doesn’t thing of the consequences of her actions or words until it is too late. She has a tough time keeping a job because of that and her BFF suggests she become her own boss by buying a van and selling things at the local Christmas markets. Flora follows most of her advice, but ends up booking a spot at the Christmas Market in a small town in Lapland. Flora’s idea of reindeer rides and hot chocolate don’t quite come true. Connor, the manager of the market is a bit of a Scrooge. He has a thick book full of rules (Flora can’t read the language it is printed in) and is constantly trying to put a stop to her plans. Flora sets herself a goal, she is going to get Connor to love Christmas as much as she does.
Flora’s Travelling Christmas Shop is wonderful. It is full of humour, has wonderful characters, both you will like and those you will not, and full of Christmas Cheer. I love how Flora is constantly looking for her life to become a Hallmark movie. This book is full of witty dialogue, funny mishaps and friendship. There is romance, but that is not the main part of the story. If you are looking for a story to bring on the Christmas cheer, one to make you smile or laugh out loud and with characters to fall in love with, then pick up Flora’s Travelling Christmas Shop, guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
Want Me, Cowboy (Copper Ridge: Desire #5) by Maisey Yates
Published November 6th 2018 by Harlequin Desire
4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I have been trying to catch up on the Copper Ridge series, so this one being set at Christmas and available on audio through my library was perfect. Poppy Sinclair has worked for Isaiah Grayson for over ten years and has been in love with him almost as long. He has decided to place an ad in the paper to find the perfect wife and has asked Poppy for her help. She is supposed to interview the candidates. Enough is enough and she finally blows up and lets him have it. Can they become more than boss and assistant, does Isaiah have too many fears to have a real relationship?
Isaiah is quite the character. As I read about his social issues and clueless nature about others, I felt that he must be somewhere on the spectrum. He is a brilliant businessman, but can’t see or decipher social cues at all. Poppy was raised in foster care and has an unhealthy allegiance to her foster sister. She dated Isaiah at one time, but is not happily married. Poppy still feels it would be wrong to get together with him. Two people who should be together, but keep putting up walls. Both Isaiah and Poppy were insecure and worried to show the depth of their feelings beyond the arrangement they strike up, but they find out that they are very compatible, at least in the bedroom. It takes Poppy to finally show she has a backbone before they realize that a relationship might just work, and find out that the emotions between them make it impossible to keep each other at arm’s length. This is a story of unrequited love that blossoms into more when they open their hearts to see the truth. A nice romance, that has some steam, but also a sweet romance.