The bit on the back…
’Tis the season for small-town Missouri boutique owner Brooke Abbott to get crafty. Much as she adores making art for art’s sake—decorating windows, designing ornaments, crafting the perfect present for under the tree—this Christmas she needs the gift of good customers. Lots of them. Sweet Opal Studios will go under if she can’t do some serious business before the New Year…and she has no time to lose. What Brooke needs is an honest-to-goodness miracle. Instead, she finds a burglar lurking in the back room of her shop. And here she thought the holidays couldn’t get any worse!
Or maybe things just got a lot better. Turns out the burglar is none other than Alex Coleman—local bad boy slash legendary heartthrob, childhood best friend to Brooke’s older brother, and…future landlord? That is the question. He’s come home for the holidays to see his grandmother, make peace with his distant mother, and settle his grandfather’s estate, an estate that includes the building that houses Sweet Opal. What he never expected was to bump into a grown-up Brooke, whose spirit, charm, and irresistible good looks give him pause. Should he go back to Oregon as planned, or give small-town life a chance? The only thing Alex knows for sure is that before he walks out that door, he’s going to get Brooke beneath the mistletoe, where anything can happen…
Firstly thank you to St Martin’s Press for approving me for a review copy of this title via NetGalley. I was drawn to the book because of the cover and the Christmassy theme!
The story is all about creative Brooke Abbott and her old crush Alex Coleman.
I used to be completely unaware that Christmas reads were such a thing but I absolutely love them, especially at this time of year! I hadn’t ever read anything by Nicole Michaels before though so wasn’t sure what to expect of this Christmas romance and I really enjoyed it!
The story is short and sweet and follows Brooke as she becomes reacquainted with Alex after mistaking him for a burglar. I really liked the creative side of Brooke’s character. It was unique and original to her and her story. Brooke has had a bit of a troubled time with an ex and her store is her new beginning and safe haven. I loved her independence and determination to prove that she could make her dream come true.
Alex, oh Alex. He was gorgeous! Simply by name association I had Alex O’Loughlin in mind when I read this story. I imagined him completely different than who he turned out to be. He’s a bad boy with a really genuine nice guy quality to him too which makes him sweet!
The story is told with a dual narrative, which I really love in a book which allows the story and the characters to develop at a good pace in keeping with the length of the novella. Seeing the story from both sides here also gives you more of an insight into Alex’s character and the reason for his return home which Brooke isn’t privy too which actually makes you root for her all the more!
I can definitely recommend this read on the lead up to Christmas!