Absolutely glorious festive romance with a delicious hint of spice
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Keira Andrews knows how to write a festive romance which has just enough spice to ensure the sweet never overpowers.
For this, she goes to college with a jock and a nerd who fulfil all the necessary trope requirements while still managing to bring fresh enjoyment to their romance.
It also happens over a relatively short time period, but it’s completely missing any feeling of insta love.
Instead, it seems like Jeremy and Max have been friends forever, the attraction between them is palpable from the off and I loved the dynamics of their relationship.
Max is very much the nurturing type, he was captain of his team and he just wants to take care of Jeremy.
And the gorgeous redheaded anxiety full science nerd is an utterly delightful bundle of innocence.
I loved the interplay between them, I also loved that Max’s sporty mates were all cool dudes and there was no angsting about him being gay.
Instead, the tensions came from Jeremy’s parents being cool with him and from Max’s fears over failing in his promise to his dead mum.
Max’s family were also awesome and I very much loved the guest appearances from Nick and Hunter (Santa Daddy) at their Christmas tree farm.
As is often the case with Keira, there’s a delicious frisson of light kink which prevents the book becoming overly Schmaltzy and I totally appreciated that!
I also appreciated the interracial relationship and that Max’s family were originally from Goa. It added an extra element to his determination to live up to his mother’s legacy and the experience she’d been given by her family in turn making sacrifices as immigrant settlers in Canada.
#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.