Thank you to Rachel @rararesources for inviting me onto the tour and to Aria for my copy.
It’s December 23rd and while everyone else is rushing home for the holidays, workaholic Leesa Oliver is dreading switching on her out-of-office for the festive season. And it seems her equally driven boss, Cary Anderson, isn’t relishing spending Christmas at his family’s country estate either.
So together, they draft an unexpected Christmas contract: They’ll spend half of the holidays with each other’s families, pretending to be a couple. Leesa knows the insufferably good-looking Cary will make her Christmas more bearable, but what happens after the last of the mince pies have been eaten…?
Leesa signed off on a sensible business agreement, but somewhere, amongst the fairy lights and carols something seems to have changed… It seems there might just be some magic under the mistletoe this Christmas!
My Review *** 3 Stars This is not your typical traditional cosy Christmas romance, it touches on Christmas and especially the ending has some wonderful Christmassy moments. But it’s more than that it actually boarded on contemporary such was the intensity of the storylines. The MC’s Leesa and Cary are very similar people and this did bode well for their relationship for which didn’t start off conventionally a little bit cringe at times and I actually didn’t think they would end up together at all that is quite clever by the author. Cressida was a personal favourite for me, she is a formidable character and quite a whirlwind, a true romantic at heart. I loved her. A particular bug bare and purely personal taste was the business talk which I found a little tedious at times but was a big element to character development. In essence there is a moral to this story and that is love isn’t always hearts and flowers and slushiness. And that it isn’t always about love at first sight. It’s about learning to love the one you have found because it isn’t always meant to be. A romance you can read anytime of the year.
About The Author
From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton – who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman – says ‘it’s been a fantastic journey!’
Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and is excited to be writing for both Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus) and Harper Impulse (Harper Collins); she’s represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.
When she’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture or working in the garden.
Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award; her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards.
Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she freely admits she’s an eternal romantic.
Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Society of Authors. She writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.