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Christmas Themed Mini Book Reviews

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

‘Tis the season for some Christmas themed mini book reviews. Not all were keepers, but below you will find two mini reviews of what I’ve read so far. My Christmas Goose is Almost Cooked by Eliza Watson and Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

My Christmas Goose Is Almost Cooked

Christmas Themed Mini Book Reviews
by Eliza Watson
Series: The Travel Mishaps of Caity Shaw #3
Also in this series: Flying by the Seat of My Knickers, Up the Seine Without a Paddle, Live to Fly Another Day
Published by Elizabeth Watson
on July 21st 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 204
Format: Print
Source: ARC, Bought
Rating: 4 Stars

Goodreads

Blurb:

What do you do when your Christmas goes from white to blue?

Despite a few setbacks, Caity Shaw’s future no longer looks as emotionally and financially bleak as it did a few months ago. Rather than working as an elf this holiday season, she is the head photographer for a group event in Dublin. Not only is Caity mending family ties, she’s learning to trust men again, thanks to her hot Irish coworker, Declan.

That is, until Declan and Caity visit rural Ireland and their relationship comes to a crossroads. Declan’s family welcomes Caity into their home with open arms, but they are tight-lipped when it comes to sharing memories that could send Declan running from his past—just when Caity is learning to face hers. However, facing her grandmother’s mysterious past is a different story. With the help of her quirky Irish rellies and a local historian, Caity uncovers secrets about her grandmother that may cause her family ties to unravel once again.

When Caity experiences her biggest mishap to date, everyone is forced to face their pasts and nobody’s life will be the same.

ARC Romance Series smart and funny

It’s always fun to read about Caity Shaw and in My Christmas Goose is Almost Cooked, her character does not disappoint.

Three books into the series and Caity shows a lot of growth in her character. While this book may not have had the usual ‘mishaps’ but it still did not diminish Caity’s character but just made her a bit more sure of her self.

Caity finds out more about her Grandmother in this book and her journey in Dublin brings her closer to Declan and his family. Although, Declan might’ve been a little bit more jerk-y in this one, his relationship with Caity grows. It’s not full blown romance yet, but there is more of it in this installment.

It was a quick holiday read. I recommend reading this series in order.

Miracle on 5th Avenue

Christmas Themed Mini Book Reviews
by Sarah Morgan
Series: From Manhattan With Love #3
Published by HQN Books
on December 1st 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 384
Format: Print
Source: Bought
Rating: 3 Stars

Goodreads

Blurb:

It will take a Christmas miracle for two very different souls to find each other in this perfectly festive fairy tale of New York!

Hopeless romantic Eva Jordan loves everything about Christmas. She might be spending the holidays alone this year, but when she's given an opportunity to house-sit a spectacular penthouse on Fifth Avenue, she leaps at the chance. What better place to celebrate than in snow-kissed Manhattan? What she didn't expect was to find the penthouse still occupied by its gorgeous—and mysterious—owner.

Bestselling crime writer Lucas Blade is having the nightmare before Christmas. With a deadline and the anniversary of his wife's death looming, he's isolated himself in his penthouse with only his grief for company. He wants no interruptions, no decorations and he certainly doesn't appreciate being distracted by his beautiful, bubbly new housekeeper. But when the blizzard of the century leaves Eva snowbound in his apartment, Lucas starts to open up to the magic she brings…This Christmas, is Lucas finally ready to trust that happily-ever-afters do exist?

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Although this was a well written book, in the style that I love, I found that I could not really invest in the lead characters. Miracle on 5th Avenue was sub par for me.

I didn’t believe in the romance factor because Lucas was just so moody and obviously annoyed with Eva. She constantly interfered in his life and at times I couldn’t blame him. Her naivety could have been sweet, but it kind of bordered on psycho with her emotional needs. I really just couldn’t get into it. At one point she couldn’t handle him “yelling” at her, even though she totally deserved being scolded. So she stalks off and threatens to leave his apartment. Grow up Eva. Her impulsive handling of Lucas’s life just didn’t sit well with me.

This was my first read by Sarah Morgan and even though I didn’t like this one as much, the writing was enough to keep me invested to see how her other stories are.

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Oh nice. I’ve been wanting to try Watson. I’ve got book one on my tbr pile somewhere. lol Glad to see they’re still going well!

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books
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My Christmas Goose is Almost Cooked sounds like a lot of fun. Too bad the second book was more of a miss for you.

Greg
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Okay so these may not be my kind of reads necessarily, but the first one looks cute (love that cover), and the title’s pretty awesome too.

Lily B
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the first book look cute, love the title
The second. I read my first Morgan book this year and it was /shrug I can see maybe why people rate it so high on Gr, but I found it kind of blah

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
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I love the cover to My Christmas Goose Is Almost Cooked and it sounds delightful. I have enjoyed Morgan but admit this was not one I tried. Bummer it left you wanting.

Mary Kirkland
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I haven’t had time to read much this month but I want to get at least one Christmas read in this month.

Angie @ Ba_BAMB
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I’m so jealous you’re able to fit in Christmas reads. I did a terrible job planning my reading year, which means I haven’t had a chance to read any Christmas books yet. I will have to do better next year.

Sorry the Sarah Morgan was a disappointment to you. 🙁

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