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Weekend Writing Prompt #97

Line paper drawing that says "Weekend Writing Prompt" with the blog's website at the bottom.PROMPT: Write lyrics for a holiday song. Choose any holiday you want.

 

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Book Review: The Mistletoe Kisser by Lucy Score

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Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Series: Blue Moon #8
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Recommend to Others?: Yes
Favorite Quotes: (see end of post)

ABOUT: “Just because I don’t run around with a stupid grin on my face all day every day doesn’t mean I’m grumpy.”

Ryan Sosa, grumpy former corporate accountant, has had it up to here with surprises. He didn’t see getting fired coming. And he certainly didn’t anticipate flying across the country to the world’s hippie-est, happiest, most annoying town to save his great-uncle from some mysterious emergency.

Not only is there actual snow on the ground, but the town of Blue Moon appears to have decked its halls with elves on psychedelics. But he doesn’t have time to be snarky about the impending Winter Solstice and Multicultural Holiday Celebration—whatever the hell that is. Not when he’s got a farm to save, a free-range sheep that he may or may not have nudged with his stupid microscopic rental car, and some small-town veterinarian telling him she can’t take the animal off his hands.

Dr. Sammy Ames has a practice to manage and a fundraising crisis to attend to. She doesn’t have time to deal with a big-city grouch who doesn’t remember being her first kiss ever. Especially not since he wants to dump a sheep named Stan on her. So not happening. No matter how cute—and naked—Ryan is when he’s drunk.

Besides, as soon as he solves his uncle’s problem, he’ll be on the first flight out of Blue Moon, never to return again.

It will take a Winter Solstice Miracle or perhaps some matchmaking interference from the Beautification Committee to get these two to see eye-to-eye under the mistletoe…unless they got the Wrong Ryan after all.

 

My Review: Lucy Score’s stories are always so nice and sweet with plenty of feel-good moments and interesting main characters. The Mistletoe Kisser is such a sweet holiday romance that I enjoyed reading and made me smile a lot.

Ryan’s grump pragmatism made for hilarious, adorkable moments any time he came into contact with the happy, smiley, brazen friendliness from the people of Blue Moon. Life for him is a carefully calculated plan and any deviation is an error.

I loved how Sammy tried to build a life for herself on her own terms around her deep love of animals. She will go above and beyond to help animals and people but has never put herself first.

Sammy and Ryan are very cute together. I love how they met and every comical encounter with each other since. Although neither wants to get too swept up in their obvious attraction, the more time they spend together – and challenge each other – the harder it is to say goodbye for good to what they’re feeling.

The only thing I didn’t like was the Beautification Committee and how they go about matchmaking. While this is the first book I’ve read in the Blue Moon series, I’m more than familiar with the well-intentioned ways of people in small town romance stories. The Beautification Committee’s practices did not sit well with me even if they do have a very good track record. They go too far in trying to make Sammy happier.

All that aside, The Mistletoe Kisser is full of holiday magic and pleasant, romantic surprises that’s worth the read.


Favorite Quotes

‘Compatibility is important,’ she conceded. ‘But there’s also something to be said for finding someone who challenges you, who makes you a better version of yourself.’

Until you start taking care of yourself, no one else is going to excavate under the layers of exhaustion and pathological helpfulness and self-neglect to find your sexy center.

Whatever you think you’re proving by being the first in line to volunteer or the one to never say no isn’t worth never getting what you want. Sometimes you have to say no to everyone else so you can say yes to what’s important to you.


More By Lucy Score

By A Thread

Protecting What’s Mine

Heart of Hope

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Book Review: Merry Christmas, Little Hoo! by Brenda Ponnay

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Genre: Picture Book, Children’s Fiction
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: It’s Christmas Eve and Little Hoo should be sleeping. But there are so many interesting noises! Are there reindeer on the roof and elves in the kitchen? Join your favorite owl and find out in this Christmas story that will make December bedtime more fun for toddlers, preschoolers and even big kids who can’t help but believe in Christmas magic.

 

My Review: Merry Christmas Little Hoo! is a simple story with simple rhymes. It’s very visually pleasing. I enjoyed the illustrations a lot more than the story itself. Every sound Little Hoo hears – strings of onomatopoeia – get him excited and in the Christmas spirit. Readers will connect this to their own anticipation for the most wonderful time of the year. This book would be a pleasant read aloud the night before Christmas.

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Book Review: #AllIWantForChristmas by Yesenia Vargas

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Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance, Novella, Holidays
Series: #BestFriendsForever #4.5
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: Five friends. Five Christmas wishes. Five chances for things to go horribly wrong.

With Christmas Eve just around the corner, the perfect Christmas is looking more impossible than ever. Ella’s prince charming is caught in a snowstorm. Lena is SO over the holidays, she should change her name to Scrooge. Harper’s a hundred dollars short of making ends meet for a family in need. Rey’s forever alone while Tori’s more wrapped up in balloon colors than her own boyfriend.

Will their first Christmas as friends end up being a giant flop, or will Harper prove to her friends that Christmas miracles happen in more than just Hallmark movies?

 

My Review#AllIWantForChristmas is a novella from Yesenia Vargas’s YA contemporary romance series, #BestFriendsForever. I have not read any of the books yet, but didn’t have too much trouble following the different POVs . 

It’s a nice holiday story featuring all the girls – Ella, Harper, Lena, Rey, and Tori – from the series. I liked that the conflicts are unique to each girl. The true meaning of Christmas and remembering what’s important is emphasized by those conflicts.

#AllIWantForChristmas is a light, sweet story that will put you in the Christmas spirit. There isn’t really any character growth but it’s still a likable novella.

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Prepping for the Holidays: Blogging, Books and More

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Happy Thursday, Bookworms!

Have you started decorating for the holidays? Are you reading any holiday-themed books?

With a month left of fall I am more than ready to start prepping for the holidays.

I’ve already been listening to Christmas music for the past couple of weeks (but real talk, have been listening to some over the summer).

Half my decorations have been made. I hope to have those up by the end of November.

To get more into the holiday spirit, I reworked my Fall TBR to include a few holiday themed books.

The blog is getting another makeover for the upcoming season. I have that all planned out and ready to go.

Finally, there is the major prep for 25 Days of Book Reviews, where I post a book review every day from December 1 to December 25. Book reviews are a big part of my blog. Last year was my first time implementing this idea and I hope it continues for the foreseeable future. As challenging as this was, I did enjoy it.

Although the holidays will be drastically different this year, there is still much to love, appreciate and be grateful for.

Stay safe. Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Stronger together.


As Always, Happy Reading!!!

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