GRINCHY BOOK REVIEWS: One Day in December by Josie Silver & A Merry Little Meet Cute by Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone

GRINCHY BOOK REVIEWS: One Day in December by Josie Silver & A Merry Little Meet Cute by Julie Murphy and Sierra SimoneOne Day in December Purchase on: AmazoniBooks
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Two people. Ten chances. One unforgettable love story.

Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic . . . and then her bus drives away.

Certain they’re fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they “reunite” at a Christmas party, when her best friend, Sarah, giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.

What follows for Laurie, Sarah, and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming, and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness.


I DNFed this book at 27% because of cheating.  She kissed her best friend’s boyfriend, or her best friend’s boyfriend kissed her…whatever, semantics.  But regardless, they were both cheaters.  What a horrible best friend and boyfriend.  They probably do deserve each other in the end, but I was too upset to continue.  On top of cheating, this story moved so slowly.  And Laurie rambled at times.  I felt like there could be a lot taken out of this story to move it along, such as not caring about her food specials or the exact science to it.  So with a boring story and cheating characters, I happily DNFed this book!  I won’t be reading anymore books by this author.


GRINCHY BOOK REVIEWS: One Day in December by Josie Silver & A Merry Little Meet Cute by Julie Murphy and Sierra SimoneA Merry Little Meet Cute by Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone by Julie Murphy, Sierra Simone
Purchase on: AmazoniBooks
Add to: Goodreads


Bee Hobbes (aka Bianca Von Honey) has a successful career as a plus-size adult film star. With a huge following and two supportive moms, Bee couldn’t ask for more. But when Bee’s favorite producer casts her to star in a Christmas movie he’s making for the squeaky-clean Hope Channel, Bee’s career is about to take a more family-friendly direction.

Forced to keep her work as Bianca under wraps, Bee quickly learns this is a task a lot easier said than done. Though it all becomes worthwhile when she discovers her co-star is none other than childhood crush Nolan Shaw, an ex-boy band member in desperate need of career rehab. Nolan’s promised his bulldog manager to keep it zipped up on set, and he will if it means he’ll be able to provide a more stable living situation for his sister and mom.

But things heat up quickly in Christmas Notch, Vermont, when Nolan recognizes his new co-star from her ClosedDoors account (oh yeah, he’s a member). Now Bee and Nolan are sneaking off for quickies on set, keeping their new relationship a secret from the Hope Channel’s execs. Things only get trickier when the reporter who torpedoed Nolan’s singing career comes snooping around—and takes an instant interest in mysterious newcomer Bee.

And if Bee and Nolan can’t keep their off-camera romance behind the scenes, then this merry little meet cute might end up on the cutting room floor.


I DNFed this book at 37% because I didn’t feel anything.  For such a steamy story, I was beyond bored.  The spicy moments didn’t contain any heat behind them.  There wasn’t a meet cute that was memorable.  For filming a Christmas movie in a Christmas perfect town, I didn’t feel any Christmas vibes.  And while the characters were easy to listen to and help pass the time, I couldn’t ever find anything in me to care about them.  I did love how sex positive this story was, but how many times can I listen to a man jerk off using gingerbread lotion yet again?  LOL.  On to the next Christmas audiobook…..

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  1. Lisa Mandina (Lisa Loves Literature)

    Cheating is an automatic DNF for me too usually! Sad you didn’t enjoy the second one though, I liked that one!

    • Jen

      Usually I am an automatic DNF too. Unless it is the plot of the book, and I know it going into the story and can mentally prepare myself *I’m looking at you future Danielle Lori book haha*, then I’ll be fine.
      I’m wondering if maybe it was the audiobook format? That that kept me from liking the story and it would have been better off if I would have read it physically? I always second guess myself when I struggle with audiobooks ack.

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