RETRO REVIEW: Humbugged by Pippa Grant

It’s prime time for holiday romances, so it seemed like the perfect time to re-share my review for Pippa Grant’s hysterical AND hot holiday romance, Humbugged. I read this back when it released, and the book is a great combination of holiday vibes, humor, and heat. It’s got just enough swoon to feel super romantic, but the timeline also gives it sexy, fling vibes. It’s also from that “classic” Pippa Grant era, aka when I personally believe she was writing her best books. All in all, a well-rounded, ideal read for the season.

Read on for my original review!



Prepare to laugh your butt off and fall for an adorably sexy Marine with this sweet and hilarious holiday rom com. I’m not sure that Pippa Grant can write anything that I won’t love, and adding Lili Valente into the mix hasn’t changed that one bit. This is laugh out loud funny, heartwarming and sexy all at once. It’s extremely rare that I enjoy a story that features friends with benefits, but it really worked in this scenario. These two were falling for each other all along, but they knew the obstacles in their path might be too much to overcome. What that means is that the chemistry is off the charts, the banter is fun to read, and the emotion just builds along the way.

The story follows Clint, a Marine spending some time in his hometown while between orders. He’s got a larger than life personality, an eternally optimistic attitude, a family that loves him, and abs that just won’t quit. Clint’s known Noelle for a while now, but her new outlook is like catnip to him. She’s had more than a few bad Christmases and is determined that this will be a good one… regardless of the trouble that seems to follow her around. Spending time together just makes the attraction build, but Clint’s job means that a fairytale ending likely isn’t in the works for these two.

While this is part of a series, it’s not necessary to read the other books first. Clint’s family does play a big part in the story, but it’s easy to follow along with the dynamics. Even if I wasn’t a huge Pippa Grant fan, I would’ve picked this book up because of that COVER which depicts Clint so well – kinda cocky, kinda humble, and undeniably sexy. He really stole the show here, and it was easy to connect with him in a big way. I loved that he was all in, and just such a caring, all-around great guy. If I have any complaints about the book at all, it would maybe be that there’s SO much focus on comedy and family that I wanted more Clint and Noelle. There’s still plenty there, and the added humor and heart just adds a nice dynamic, but I would’ve loved more focus. If you’re looking for a light, feel good read that will make you laugh repeatedly, don’t hesitate to give this book a try.



He’s the world’s most alpha Marine and the last man I should be letting jingle my bells this holiday season.

So why does Clint O’Dell keep running through my thoughts wearing nothing but a Santa hat? And why do I stupidly agree that we should be Christmas friends with benefits?

Someone must have spiked my eggnog.

I don’t do Marines.

Or Santas.

I learned my lesson about both the hard way.

But when Clint steps in to rescue me—from a murderous goose, a rogue reindeer, and the ghost of Christmas Right Now causing trouble in my bakery—I can’t help but wonder if we’re meant to be more than friends.

If maybe Clint is the holiday miracle I’ve been praying for…or if all the magic will disappear with the season.

Humbugged is a laugh out loud holiday romp featuring a Marine with a heart of gold and a baker in need of a hero. Complete with the world’s most awkward Christmas caroling, a photoshoot with furry friends, and more naughty baked goods than is good or decent.


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Welcome to Happy Cat, Georgia, where the men are hot, the romance is swoon-worthy, and the animals don’t play by the rules. This box set includes four stand-alone but linked romantic comedies, as well as a bonus novella featuring a British single dad who’s head-over-heels for his nanny.

About the books:

Hosed is a steamy romantic comedy featuring a firefighter and the virgin nerd next door, complete with a pet raccoon, scandalous gossip, and dildo football. (No, really.)

Hammered is a tipsy fun romance featuring a grumpy bartender and his rainbows-and-sunshine secret crush, complete with a panty-stealing hedgehog, the world’s best wedding rescue, and love saving the day.

Hitched is a red-hot, enemies-to-lovers laugh-a-palooza featuring a girl in need of a marriage of convenience and a man in need of a cold shower to keep from falling for his fake wife. They say opposites attract, but in this case, they also combust.

Humbugged is a laugh-out-loud holiday romp featuring a Marine with a heart of gold and a baker in need of a hero. Complete with the world’s most awkward Christmas caroling, a photo shoot with furry friends, and more naughty baked goods than is good or decent.

Happily Ever Aftered is a steamy novella featuring a nanny in search of true love, a hot British single dad, and all the animal and town shenanigans you’ve come to expect from Happy Cat.


About the Author:

Pippa Grant is a USA Today Bestselling author who writes romantic comedies that will make tears run down your leg. When she’s not reading, writing or sleeping, she’s being crowned employee of the month as a stay-at-home mom and housewife trying to prepare her adorable demon spawn to be productive members of society, all the while fantasizing about long walks on the beach with hot chocolate chip cookies.


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