I can honestly say that I’ve never read a love story quite like this one. It’s quirky, funny, ridiculous, and an eye-rolling, head-shaking, good time. I won’t say that I necessarily fell for these characters, but it was really nice to get a deeper look at their relationship. Bodhi and Tess have been a couple since the first book in this series, and I would never ask for a full book about them, but this was kind of the perfect length. It absolutely flies by, is guaranteed to make you laugh, and can easily be read in an hour or two. The perfect little Christmas treat.
The story follows Bodhi and Tess, a truly unique couple. Their eccentricities somehow fit together, and they’ve found someone to accept them just as they are – an amazing thing. After six months together, Bodhi is ready to make Tess his wife, but she’s not sure if she should take this perpetual stoner seriously given the circumstances of his “proposals.” As they spend their first Christmas together and get even closer, these two prove that their non-traditional relationship is just as strong as any other.
It’s exceedingly low in angst and a definite feel good read with plenty of holiday spirit. I loved getting to know more about Bodhi and what turned him into the lovable stoner that we know him to be. He’s definitely not the kind of hero I would typically gravitate towards (nor is Tess my kind of heroine), but there’s something inherently likable about him. This was just the right length to keep the comedy quirky and the mood light, without having to delve too deep into things. These two already love each other; it’s simply a showcase of that love and a festive treat for the season. Though this will easily read as a standalone, the rest of the series is FANTASTIC, and I really just consider this a bonus. It’s weird, but it works. It’s a fun, easy read for the season and it will hold you over until the next installment of the Summersweet series – which I cannot wait for. I received an early copy via the author and am voluntarily leaving a review of this holiday novella.
‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through Summersweet,
Tess Powell was annoyed and wanted to retreat.
With a BIC in her hand and a frown on her face,
everyone knew she needed a break from this place.
Wanting the holiday to be nothing but the best,
Bodhi took his girlfriend to the mountains to rest.
While visions of fire happily danced in Tess’s head,
soon she would see she had everything to dread.
Crying kids, singing hippos, and a stalker with a van,
definitely wasn’t part of Bodhi’s evacuation plan.
But all he wanted for Christmas was for her to say yes,
to the question he kept asking with zero finesse.
With some help from new friends and their holiday cheer,
Tess and Bodhi get much more
than they asked Santa for this year.
Start the series today!
Dashing Through the No will technically read as a standalone, but we were introduced to this unique couple in Kiss My Putt. Also… Kiss My Putt and Swing & a Mishap are both on my shortlist for Best of the Year, so they are well worth a read. If you’re looking for quirky comedy with plenty of sexual tension, these two will both deliver that in a big way.