I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Romance writer Julia Landon knows how to write a happily-ever-after. Creating one for herself is a whole different story. But after a surprising--and surprisingly passionate--kiss under the mistletoe at Harmony Harbor's holiday party last year, Julia thought she might have finally found her very own chance at true love. Until she learns her Mr. Tall, Dark, and Broodingly Handsome has sworn off relationships. Well, if she can't have him in real life, Julia knows just how to get the next best thing....
Aidan's only priority is to be the best single dad ever. And this year, he plans to make the holidays magical for his little girl, Ella Rose. But visions of stolen kisses under the mistletoe keep dancing in his head, and when he finds out Julia has written him into her latest novel, he can't help imagining the possibilities of a future together. Little does he know, though, Julia has been keeping a secret that threatens all their dreams. Luckily, 'tis the season for a little Christmas magic.
Sugarplum Way by Debbie Mason has all the trimmings of a cute Christmas read. It will definitely get you in the mood for the holidays.
Having read books 1-3, I was totally excited to finally read about Julia and Aidan. Theirs seemed like an interesting relationship, given Aidan’s suspicions of Julia. Really, no one could be that nice in his eyes so of course he had to be a brooding jerk about it. Putting his somewhat cliched character type to one side, I really enjoyed the cute ways Julia tried to wear him down. The fact that she has a major crush on him didn’t help her cause much either.
Let me just start by saying that everyone in Harmony Harbor has a secret. Those secrets are all written down in a book (that’s missing) and there are forces that are trying to bring it to light. So Julia’s “fairy godmother” role for the town is her penitence because of the guilt that she’s carrying. That guilt/secret will be the chink in the romance armor, so to speak and is the source of contention.
I do think that Julia was the real star to this story. The romance between her and Aidan was okay, but not amazing given the tension, but Julia by herself was charming. Her love of Christmas, her “swear” words substitutions “Duckety duck, duck, duck”, her love of books and children, all screamed favorite beta heroine to me.
By reading this series you will come to know Colleen, but rather than tell you outright who and what she is, I just wanted to mention that I wished she had more of a roll in this story. It seemed like it took awhile for her to make her appearance.
Overall, this was a nice installment to the series. I like the sub-romances also happening in the background. It’s such a sweet series. This book was a lighter installment than the others. I liked that it did have some sad moments but it was definitely a lighter read.
I recommend reading this series in order, to prevent spoilers.
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