It may be after Christmas, but just before the holiday I had one more book to review so I am going to share this a little late. I’ll be honest and admit that my tree is still up and there are still lights twinkling all over my house, so this fits right in.
Let me start off by saying something I didn’t realize at the onset of this story. A Sugar Plum Christmas is actually book EIGHT in the Christmas Mountain series. However, this is easily read as a standalone and is a lovely little dollop of holiday sweetness that you can chomp on long after your cookies are gone.
Basically A Sugar Plum Christmas is a Hallmark movie that stepped out of your TV and onto a page. The entire town embraces their name, Christmas Mountain, and all the businesses behave accordingly by giving all their businesses Christmas themed names. This… got a little corny after a while, but… so do Hallmark movies if we are being honest. And that is kind of the draw, right? Losing yourself in something wholly impossible and excessively cheesy, but sweet and romantic to make you forget the reality that is the news and current world events. It’s called escapism and you can’t help but appreciate a little cheese with your fantasy.
Although this is a clean and wholesome read you can easily see the chemistry between Lacey and Jacob when the big city foster child with some serious baggage meets the small town loving soul who doesn’t want to see the town he loves exploited for TV ratings. I honestly can’t blame Lacey. If I had a highly competitive producer position like her and I stumbled across an idyllic locale like Christmas Mountain as a possibility for a reality dating show, I would jump all over it too. But Jacob’s protectiveness and concerns that his beloved hometown will be victim to big city executives is valid and wholly endearing. Especially when he uses his de facto job as “tour guide” as a way to deter her from choosing Christmas Mountain for the show which leads to SEVERAL hysterical moments that made me literally LOL.
As much as this book met my personal requirements for the label “romcom,” there was that story long worry. Will they be more than just a fling when she lives a far different life than his? Who is going to compromise and can it really work?
Never fear, Ms. Hatler ties this story up with a beautiful, red glitter, bow that leaves you with that gloriously contented feeling that only comes from a decadent holiday meal or a fully satisfying HEA.
Where to find A Sugar Plum Christmas
For my review of Book One in this series: https://ameliafosterauthor.com/2020/10/21/a-girl-gone-crazy-by-becca-baldwin-book-review/
A Girl Gone Crazy was a funny, mostly lighthearted read and it was the fun entertainment I needed. I will admit I was caught off guard with A Girl’s Dream Come True. This is a much heavier, angstier read. Danger, threats, and secrets abound in this installment of the Girl Gone Crazy series.
Joel has recovered (well mostly) from his mugging and he and Haley move to Paris so that Joel can start work on his new cooking show. This is a fateful decision because things start happening to both Haley and Joel. Danger and tragedy seem to lurk around every corner and nearly every situation seems to point the proverbial finger at Joel’s ex Caroline… who still very clearly wants to be a part of Joel’s life.
In an effort to keep Haley safe, the woman who owns his heart and whose wellbeing he will always put above his own, Joel brainstorms an idea that will eliminate the threats following Haley… but what he thinks is a brilliant idea is one that is practically guaranteed to end their story without a “happily ever after.”
Warning: This story does end in a cliffhanger, but the third book in the series will be out in January and I have all the things crossed that we will finally see Joel and Haley get their full HEA rather than their previous HFN.
Where to find A Girl’s Dream Come True
Yes, we are counting down to Christmas with another holiday read. Don’t judge me, it’s the time of year I get my elf on.
Jessica Calla is an author I am always excited to read, even when she steps out of the romance genre. While I adore her Sheridan Hall series (I’m a sucker for NA as we all know), Ms. Calla has also written a gripping and deep women’s fiction Maple Summer Wallace that has stuck with me long after I closed the book.
But let’s get back to Snowed In. Obviously I am in the holly jolly mood myself and as an avid Hallmark Christmas movie watcher, I am giddy to find books that are, essentially, Hallmark movies on paper.
One of my favorite tropes in general is a single dad trope. Typically when the single mom trope is done there is so much struggling included you don’t always feel like the woman is a strong person, but rather just one in need of saving. While I’ll never call single motherhood easy, I think that sometimes it’s overdone and exhausting. Throw a little gender bendy single dad at me and I am putty in your hands.
Yup, I am a sucker for this leading man. He is a fabulous character all around and, I’ll fully admit that his single dad skills are mad on point and make me completely swoon.
And then we have Emma.
Now, I’ll be honest, from reading the blurb I was expecting to dislike Emma. Remember I am a Hallmark movie fan and typically if you’ve got a character who is a “big city ex-supermodel” she is a bit of a diva and needs a reality check that comes through the course of the story. That is not the case with Emma. She is so sweet and caring and just… absolutely precious. While Andrew and Emma manage to be portrayed so perfectly as opposites, they are both equally as likable and have you rooting for them to find their HEA.
Snowed In is EXACTLY the sweet romance you need to put you in the holiday spirit. Especially in 2020, this is the kind of read we need in our lives because I think this year has managed to give all of us a little extra dose of Grinchy attitude. Banish that green fella by grabbing a copy of Snowed In today. You will NOT regret it.