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Book Review: Booked for Christmas: A Short Story by Lily Menon

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Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance, Holidays
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: Novelist Sophia Hart (real name: Sophie Bartholomew-Kaur-Hughes, but try fitting that on a book cover) absolutely hates her loudest critic—Evan Wolfe, evil mastermind behind the Lone Wolfe book review column. They’ve never met, but Wolfe’s favorite pastime seems to be dumping on Sophie’s unapologetically happy, magical romances. Sophie, not one to be left behind, gets her revenge in her own ways (never annoy a writer in search of a villain).

When Sophie decides to throw a holiday party at her cabin, Wolfe is the last person on her mind. But the universe has a twisted sense of humor. Not only does Wolfe show up as someone’s plus one, but a massive snowstorm blows in, stranding them both alone together in Sophie’s cabin.

Over the next few days, Sophie begins to realize that Wolfe isn’t as odiously cynical a man as she’d originally thought. In fact, he’s kind of…sweet. And impossibly hot. But still, Sophie’s been hurt before and she has so much to lose. What she needs is one sure sign that she and Wolfe are meant to be together. Will Sophie and Wolfe get their Christmas miracle?

 

My Review: Booked for Christmas is an enemies to lovers holiday read that’s as cute as its cover art.

Sophie is a romance author (which I immediately loved) who loathes book critic Evan (the perfect opposition/rival) brash reviews. Sophie is an idealist while Evan is more pragmatic. Both are shocked to the core to find themselves at the same party. And so ensues some funny moments.

Being snowed in forces them to make conversation and learn more about each other. Their interesting backstories made me care more about them and hope for a happily ever after. Although we only get Sophie’s POV, there is an obvious attraction between based on what they talk about and the actions they take. Neither is who they thought they were on paper but so much more.

This was a very short but sweet romance story. Not only did I love the main characters but all the side characters we meet before the snowstorm. It didn’t feel rushed at all, which is great for a story that’s under 100 pages. I can’t help but wish it were longer so I can see Sophie and Evan’s relationship develop. I would totally read a full length novel about them!

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