Published by Joffe Books on October 25, 2023
Genres: Christmas Read, Christmas Romance
Format: ARC, eBook
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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Photographer Libby just got fired. Again. Then she gets home early to find her boyfriend in bed with another woman. And just like that, her dreams of a Christmas Day proposal are shattered.
Libby lands a new job as a personal assistant to enigmatic businessman Seth Coleman. He’s terse and demanding — it’s no wonder Libby keeps messing up.
Then one day an adorable Golden Retriever puppy is delivered to the house. As Libby helps Seth train Barney, she realizes that there’s a surprisingly sweet side to this CEO . . .
But everything goes wrong when Libby finds out that Seth’s company just bought the community centre where they’ve been training Barney. It’s not only puppy classes, it’s a lifeline for the whole village. Libby is devastated when Seth says it’s ‘just business’. So she packs her bags.
Until disaster strikes and Libby is forced to spend her favourite time of the year with a man who doesn’t even own tinsel. It’s up to Libby to bring some much-needed Christmas spirit. Starting with a truce, since they’re going to be stuck together whether they like it or not.
But Libby might just find magic under the mistletoe after all if she can encourage Seth to open his heart to Christmas . . .
I was impressed with how Seth’s and Libby’s characters were brought to life in the story. The author did an excellent job crafting their personalities and making them feel genuine. In particular, I found Libby incredibly relatable, adding an extra layer of enjoyment to the story.
On the other hand, Seth’s character was a fascinating contrast to Libby’s. He strongly preferred structure and predictability, which made him a foil to Libby’s more chaotic nature. This dynamic created an exciting tension between the two characters and kept me engrossed in their interactions.
However, everything changed when Libby landed the Seth’s girl Friday position. These unexpected events added a new layer of excitement to the story. It was fascinating to see how Libby’s life and relationship with Seth evolved.
Overall, this was an enjoyable enemies-to-lovers story. It’s a quick and enjoyable read that will make you feel joyful and festive. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys this type of trope.
Thank you to NetGalley and Joffe Books for allowing me to read and review this book.