Quick and SUPER cute, this has everything you could ask for in a holiday novella. It packs a punch in a small package, diving right into a road trip between co-workers. There’s a great grumpy/sunshine dynamic, and a hero whose thoughts are fun to puzzle out. It’s just Christmasy enough to feel like a holiday romance, but the focus is absolutely on the couple. It doesn’t delve too deep and is sure to leave you smiling, so I’d call this one a win all around.
The story follows Jillian, a woman who is scouting out locations for Hallmark-style movies on behalf of her employer. When her broody, scowly co-worker, Case, joins the trip at the last minute, Jillian isn’t sure what to think. They haven’t exactly been friendly at work, but Case seems to be a little grumpy and buttoned-up with everyone. But as things start to go awry, Jillian soon sees another side to Case… and she likes what she sees.
It’s novella-length, just over 100 pages, and told exclusively from Jillian’s point of view. I haven’t read anything from this series (yet), but I had no trouble jumping right in and enjoying the vibe. It’s exceedingly low angst and lots of fun, with some smokin’ kisses but nothing any further – essentially a Hallmark movie in book form. I loved that it packed so much into a small page count, with never a dull moment between these two. They had tons of chemistry and there was a great playful feel, which leads me to believe that I would’ve enjoyed a full-length book just as much. But I was craving something short, sweet, and seasonal, and this satisfied that craving in a major way.
My life is nothing like the movies we make at the studio where I work–especially not when it comes to relationships.
Which means that there will be absolutely NO romance between me and Case, the grumpy exec I’ve had a crush on from our very first not-so-meet-cute.
We’re simply two coworkers scouting the town of Sheet Cake, Texas as a location for filming.
Though, to be honest, I’m suspicious of why Case came on this trip at all.
Whatever the reason, there will be no Christmas magic, and definitely NO mistletoe kisses.
But when Case actually starts talking to me–gasp!–and reveals the humor and kindness buried beneath his gruff persona, my little crush explodes into something a lot harder to hide.
Except he’s harboring secrets of his own.
And I’m starting to wonder if his cagey behavior is because he’s planning to take credit for my (admittedly brilliant) idea to make this town our central filming hub.
He’s not that kind of man … right?
All I wanted for Christmas was a promotion, and now I’m falling for the man who might be trying to steal it.
A Holly Jilly Christmas is a grumpy sunshine Christmas novella set in the world of Sheet Cake, Texas. You’ll get all the chemistry and laughs in this closed door romance.
About the Author:
Emma St. Clair is a USA Today Bestselling Author who loves sassy heroines, witty banter, and love stories with heart and humor. She lives in Katy, Texas with her hubby, five children, and Great Dane. Her favorite place to write is tapping on her phone while on the elliptical machine. No Emmas have been hurt in the writing of these novels. (Yet.) Follow me on insta: https://instagram.com/kikimojo. Join the Facebook reader group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/emmastclair/
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