So This is Christmas
October 4, 2022
What I Liked: I appreciated that this book took the Grumpy/Sunshine trope and made it more Grumpy/Grumpy? Cara is a workaholic who is hoping to be made partner at her company was very relatable to me, especially the pressure she put on herself to support her family. I felt that the issues Cara and Matteo had made sense and propelled the story along. I believed that as much as Matteo may like Cara, he still saw her as a threat to his home and everything he loves about it. The enemies-to-lovers trope is a tricky one; if there is too much hatred you won’t believe that the lovers will ever come around and like each other. But the reason they’re enemies also must be believable. Holiday writes this trope well and it works here. Like the previous books in this series, the supporting cast is fun, and Eldovia is the perfect backdrop for a holiday love story.
What I Didn’t Like: As much as I hate to say it, I found Matteo to be a bit of a bore. There wasn’t much to his character, which is a SHAME, because his actions to help Eldovia and his relationship with his family were sweet and he could have been charming. But there was just something missing. I also found myself thinking that after the initial misconceptions about each other, one good conversation between Cara and Matteo would have cleared up a lot. Instead, they spent much of the book not understanding each other. This wasn’t a slow burn, this was a sllloooowwwwww burn. I wanted more to happen and sooner in the story.
Who Should Read It: If you read and liked the first 2 books in this series, I think you’ll like this one, despite being the weakest of the bunch. Even though this is the 3rd book, you can read and understand it without having read the rest of the series.
Review Wrap Up: This wasn’t the best Christmas romance I’ve read but there were things that I enjoyed and I think it’s worth a read if you are looking for a Hallmark-esque story. Holiday does a good job of capturing Christmas magic.
*Thank you to Netgalley and Avon Books for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.*