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BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Christmas in Silverwood by Dorothy Dreyer

BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Christmas in Silverwood by Dorothy Dreyer

I’m so happy I get to be on the Christmas in Silverwood tour! This book was beyond adorable! So check out my review below and enter a wonderful giveaway. Enjoy ♥

BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Christmas in Silverwood by Dorothy DreyerChristmas in Silverwood by Dorothy Dreyer
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Synopsis:

Holly St. Ives is in a rut. Once a celebrated artist making waves in New York City, she finds herself uninspired and unmotivated. Her recent break-up is the last push she needs to spend Christmas alone in the small mountain cabin her father left her in his will—a family getaway she hasn’t visited in years.

After a near accident in Silverwood, she meets Nick, whom she learns is responsible for everything in the small town running like clockwork—including the upcoming Christmas festival and the town’s entry in the state-wide tree decorating contest. Holly doesn’t have time for Nick’s beguiling charm or mouth-watering holiday cupcakes, but after meeting his father, she discovers there’s more to the town’s obsession with the contest than meets the eye.

Touched by the prospect that the whole town is willing to pitch in for a good cause, Holly feels her Christmas spirit making a comeback. As Nick and his team of Alaskan Malamutes work their way into her heart, Holly may just remember the meaning of the season after all.

Review:

Christmas in Silverwood was beyond adorable and had all the Christmas feels.  This story played out like a movie and I could easily see myself watching this on the Hallmark channel some day!  If you adore Christmas stories that are sweet and set in a small town, then you definitely need this book in your life!

“Sometimes we need to trust we’re being led down the right path before we understand the destination.”
But which path is the right one?

After Holly St. Ives broke up with her boyfriend, she traveled to her family’s cabin to spend the holidays alone.  She was ready to do some soul searching and figure out where she should go from here.  On her way there, Holly had a near collision meet cute with Nick Mason.  I loved their chemistry right away!  And it was all thanks to Nick’s dog Cupid, named after the reindeer.

He’d written her a note. She wondered if he did that for everyone who got a welcome box from him. Somehow, she doubted it. A note and cupcakes. Sweet greetings. He made them himself, just for her. Maybe Nick wasn’t so bad after all.

I adored Holly!  She was someone you would want to be friends with.  She shared her thoughts and fears with us, and I loved watching the magic of the holidays come alive through her eyes.  With adorable neighbors, a quaint town, stores I desperately wanted to visit, I found myself rooting for Holly every step of the way.  I loved seeing every side of Holly, and watching her grow from that first page to the last!

His eyes roamed her face. “Well, maybe Santa will send some Christmas elves to help you out.”
Before she could answer, he gave her a nod and walked toward the door.
“Come on, Cupid. Time to go.” He pulled the door open and smiled at Holly.

Then there was Nick, sigh.  Nick lived in the town of Silverwood and was beyond multitalented.  From his baking skills, to helping out the community and volunteering, to even running his family’s tree farm, I loved how determined and focused Nick was.  But he also had this kind and marshmallowy side to him while also being intriguing, sexy and an unknown.  Nick knew what he wanted in life and I thought he would be the perfect fit for Holly!

He’d leaned closer and whispered, “That feeling you must be experiencing right now? That look on your face? That’s not someone who doesn’t want to celebrate Christmas.”

This story was soooo cute!   With tons of Christmas cheer, miracles, friendship and love in the pages, this book was so easy to devour!   The town and its townspeople were adorable and the story-line was a lot of fun.  And as someone who usually looks for angst in their romance, I loved the low angst in this book!  It fit oh so perfectly with the story-line.  It felt like a Hallmark movie in book form and I was so happy while reading.  It had some of the most fabulous, cheesiest moments ever that I loved, and one of those scenes even made me cry happy tears!

Nick leaned over the railing of the truck. “Holly, what are you doing?”
“Counting on a Christmas miracle.” She stood and faced him, filled with a surge of optimism.

Christmas in Silverwood was a heartwarming, feel-good book that romance lovers will enjoy!  I definitely need to go check out Dorothy Dreyer’s backlist of books!

*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

 

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About Dorothy Dryer:

Dorothy Dreyer is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author. Born in Angeles City, Philippines to a Filipino mother and American Father, Dorothy grew up a military brat, living in Guam, Massachusetts, South Dakota, New Jersey, and New York. She now lives in Frankfurt, Germany with her family and two Siberian huskies. Dorothy is bilingual, and speaks fluent English and German.

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BOOK REVIEW: Eight Days of Christmas (Pineridge #1) by Starla DeKruyf

BOOK REVIEW: Eight Days of Christmas (Pineridge #1) by Starla DeKruyfEight Days of Christmas (Pineridge #1)
by Starla DeKruyf
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Ready or not, Isabella Whitley is returning to her snowy hometown of Pineridge, Colorado for her sister’s Christmas wedding. She wants in and out unscathed. Unlikely. A decade ago, she headed to New York and hasn’t looked back. Now she must explain her disappearing act to not only her family, but the high-school sweetheart she left behind as well.

Enter Leo Hoffman. He’s frosty after striving—and failing—to forget Isabella, the only woman capable of jingling his bells. Since his brother is marrying her sister, Leo is forced to celebrate Eight Days of Christmas with Isabella and her family—a tradition where they perform a different holiday activity each day leading up to December 25th.

Soon, their close proximity brings back memories—and the inability to keep their hands off one another. There’s only one problem. Isabella’s ex unexpectedly enters the equation, and she faces a difficult choice. Listen to her heart or her head? Isabella will need to decide, once and for all, where she belongs.

Perfect for fans of IN A HOLIDAZE and SWEET HOME ALABAMA! This second-chance, enemies-to-lovers romance will have you swooning and reminiscing of first loves.

Review:

With a second chance romance that had an enemy to lovers feel, Eight Day of Christmas was a quick read!  It had vibes of Christina Lauren’s In a Holidaze and the story flowed so easily.  But while I loved so many of the characters, the heroine and I couldn’t work.  At all.

Being back in Pineridge with Leo again was worse than she’d anticipated it would be. Just because she had abandoned him, didn’t mean she’d lost her feelings.
Deep down, she knew she’d always love Leo.

Isabella Whitley, Izzy, moved to New York to go to college and hadn’t returned home to her family for 10 years.  She was headed back for her baby sister’s Christmas Day wedding, yet she knew it wouldn’t be easy.  Her sister was getting married to her ex-high school sweetheart’s brother.  And to top it off, her boyfriend in NY just broke up with her and now she was couch surfing with friends.  I started out this book hoping that Izzy could find her happily ever after!

God, she was still so stunning it hurt. He wished he could reach over and touch her. Wished the past had unfolded differently than it had when it came to her. Wished he wasn’t so damn bitter.
But he was, and all the wishing in the world wouldn’t make that bitterness go away.

Leo Hoffman was my favorite!  He was wounded from Izzy leaving him years ago.  And he never got an answer as to why she didn’t return back home after college, like was planned.  With a failed past marriage, a loving family and a career he was passionate about, Leo felt like an open book.  So as we got to hear parts of the story in his voice, I fell hard for him.  Leo was swoon worthy while being jaded.  And he not only had a kind heart, but was incredibly sexy too.  I loved how thoughtful he was.  Leo was a book boyfriend you could easily fall for!

If memories would be all he’d have from the week they’d shared, he didn’t want to forget a single detail.

While there was so much chemistry between Leo and Izzy, there was pain too.  As someone who adores banter in stories, their banter hurt and made my heart sad.  It was laced with an undercurrent of heartache and felt attacking at times.  It was sad and didn’t leave me smiling or begging for more.  It didn’t help that Izzy could be so bitter and rude.  Her emotions could flip so easily and there were quite a few moments in the book I just wanted to shake some sense into her or ask her where her kindness was!

She mumbled to herself as she stomped up the stairs, “Eight Days of Christmas, my ass. It’s only day three and I’m ready to jump on the next plane out of here.”

On a positive, I loved all of the Christmas activities and references!  Her family celebrated the eight days till Christmas with different activates each day.  From Christmas tree shopping, to building snow men, gingerbread house decorating, and more, it made my Christmas heart so happy!  And while this is random, I LOVED that Izzy’s ex was Todd and their cat was Margo.  I laughed out loud at that Christmas movie reference!  But while doing family activities, Izzy’s parents or siblings would make comments about her disappearing act.  With her bad attitude I felt no sympathy towards her.  How did she expect everyone to treat her after she was gone for 10 years?!

“Ten years is a long time. I don’t want a lifetime to pass knowing that I didn’t at least try for the one thing I want most in this world.”

Eight Days of Christmas had an ending that yes left us happy in the moment but I needed an epilogue or something more.  The last few books I finished had HFNs, but this one left way too much up in the air.  I closed that last page not smiling.  Especially since there was also no closure about Izzy’s sister and the issues surrounding her.  Maybe there will be a future book about her, but with Leo and Izzy I felt like there were too many things unanswered about their future.  Plus there were a few unexplained interactions like when Leo’s dad shows up and knows information that hasn’t been given to him.  Sigh.  So if you pick this one up, here’s hoping you find lots more joy in the pages and love it more than me!

*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: A Christmas at Gingerbread Falls by Katie Mettner

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: A Christmas at Gingerbread Falls by Katie Mettner

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: A Christmas at Gingerbread Falls by Katie MettnerA Christmas at Gingerbread Falls by Katie Mettner
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Actress Carrie Murray’s films are a Christmas lover’s delight. Filled with twinkling lights, festive carols, and happy endings, they’re the perfect escape from reality—for her and the audience. Then Tinseltown calls.

Braxton Timothy is Hollywood’s biggest action star. Handsome and talented but decidedly on the naughty list, no one can fathom his sudden desire to produce a feel-good Christmas movie—least of all, his no-name co-star.

Alternating between scenes reminiscent of everyone’s favorite made-for-TV movies and unexpected, off-screen chemistry, Gingerbread Falls has surprises in store this holiday season. The question is, will there be enough Christmas magic to convince two imperfect people that they’re perfect for each other?

Review:

A Christmas at Gingerbread Falls was an adorable and emotion filled Christmas story.  With snow falling, a Christmas town setting, and filming a Hallmarkish movie there was a lot of heart in the pages.  If you enjoy Christmas stories, then you may want to put this one on your tbr list!

“I do enough of these movies, I should be overflowing with the stuff,” she huffed, her breath puffing frosty white rings into the air.
“Overflowing with what stuff?” a voice asked.
Carrie whirled around and slipped on a patch of snow, falling right into the waiting arms of Braxton.
H
e grinned down at her cheekily. “This is getting to be a habit.”

This was unlike any other Christmas story I have read, it was truly unique!  Carrie Murray and Braxton Timothy were filming a movie that screamed Hallmark Christmas movie.  And we not only alternated between Carrie and Braxton, but also between their real lives and the scenes they filmed in the movie too.  The scenes they were filming were heartwarming, delightful and the perfect amount of cheesiness!  But while they were filming, it was hard to keep their real lives from bleeding into their characters’ lives and vice versa.  There was heat between them and quite possibly more!

While the crew worked around them, neither Brax nor Carrie moved away from the front of the tree. Carrie felt him lean into her ear and held her breath, wondering what he was about to say. “That was one of the best Christmas memories I’ve ever made.”
“That wasn’t real, Brax,” Carrie answered with her gaze fixed on the tree lights.
“It felt real to me,” he promised, his breath warm on her cheek.

But Carrie and Braxton in real life?  They were sexier and way more heart broken and jaded then their Hallmark counterparts.  While they were attracted to one another, Braxton had a playboy past and Carrie was the queen at keeping those around her at arms lengths away.  As the story unfolded, we get to see that they were both haunted by their tragic pasts.  And both of their pasts were extremely heavy, very dark and intense on the heart.  So I kept hoping they could help one another heal, they both needed that.  With some light hearted humor, some sexier moments, and heart wrenching back stories, this book thankfully sailed us into a happily ever after!

“CUT!” Simpson yelled, whipping the earphones off his head . “What the hell, Brax? This movie is for The Christmas Channel! You can’t kiss her until the very end!”
Brax finally tore his gaze from Carrie’s to address the director. “What happens if I don’t wait?”

A Christmas at Gingerbread Falls was a fun Christmas tale!  But unfortunately for me, I was never able to connect to either of the characters.  For me to love and enjoy a story with my whole heart, I desperately need that connection.  And I wasn’t able to find that click with either Carrie or Braxton.  So if you pick this one up, fingers crossed you click and I can’t wait to hear all of your thoughts and your emotions while reading this story!

*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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About Katie Mettner:

Katie Mettner writes small-town romantic tales filled with epic love stories and happily-ever-afters. She proudly wears the title of, ‘the only person to lose her leg after falling down the bunny hill,’ and loves decorating her prosthetic with the latest fashion trends. She lives in Northern Wisconsin with her own happily-ever-after and three mini-mes. Katie has a massive addiction to coffee and Twitter, and a lessening aversion to Pinterest — now that she’s quit trying to make the things she pins.

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BOOK REVIEW: 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

BOOK REVIEW: 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston
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Synopsis:

Sophie wants one thing for Christmas-a little freedom from her overprotective parents. So when they decide to spend Christmas in South Louisiana with her very pregnant older sister, Sophie is looking forward to some much needed private (read: make-out) time with her long-term boyfriend, Griffin. Except it turns out that Griffin wants a little freedom from their relationship.

Heartbroken, Sophie flees to her grandparents' house, where the rest of her boisterous extended family is gathered for the holiday. That's when her nonna devises a (not so) brilliant plan: Over the next ten days, Sophie will be set up on ten different blind dates by different family members. Like her sweet cousin Sara, who sets her up with a hot guy at an exclusive underground party. Or her crazy aunt Patrice, who signs Sophie up for a lead role in a living nativity. With a boy who barely reaches her shoulder. And a screaming baby.

When Griffin turns up unexpectedly and begs for a second chance, Sophie feels more confused than ever. Because maybe, just maybe, she's started to have feelings for someone else . . . Someone who is definitely not available.

This is going to be the worst Christmas break ever . . . or is it?

Review:

10 Blind Dates was laughter inducing and the perfect lighthearted read!  With family, friendship and blind dates galore, this story was so much fun.  So if you love ya romance and books set around the holidays, you’ll definitely want to add this one to your tbr.

“Is there no privacy in this family?”
Everyone at the table answers, “No.”

Sophie was to spend the holidays at her grandparents’ house, while her parents left to go take care of her pregnant sister.  Before leaving town, she found out her boyfriend wanted to take a break from her.  So when she arrived at her grandparents’ house, it set off a chain of events.  What entailed was ten blind dates, by ten different family members, and I had no clue what to expect next.

He nods, then cocks his head to the side. “I think Nonna was right.”
My face scrunches up. “Right about what?”
“This dating thing. You look good.”
I can feel my cheeks warm. “Well, I must have really looked like crap earlier.”
Wes laughs. “I didn’t say that. I’m just glad you’re smiling.”

I loved Sophie’s huge Italian family and how involved they were in each other’s lives!  Sophie’s mom was one of eight, so there was always a ton of them at her grandparents’ house.  And while I’m not the greatest with names, shockingly I didn’t have an issue with this large family.  I loved that they were with her every step of the way.  Even when she didn’t want them to be lol.  Some of the dates they set her up on were smile inducing with snowball fights, hot cocoa and ugly sweater parties.  But others were horrifically awful!  So of course I laughed a lot, sorry Sophie!

“Just when I think we’re good again, you shut me out,” she says. “Just like before.”
I whip around. “Excuse me? I shut you out? Are you kidding me?”
Charlie steps in between us. “Hold on, hold on,” he says, his hands extended. “Let’s not say anything we’re going to regret.”

Her cousins Olivia, Charlie and Charlie’s best friend Wes, use to be her best friends.  But over time, Sophie drifted away from them.  They always had each other’s backs and cared so deeply for one another. So while their friendship felt seamless, there was issues that needed to be work through. I loved watching their relationship slowly mend back together, it warmed my heart.  And I loved that they were always by her side, whether it be blind dates, to dealing with her ex, to even her own personal journey.  Sophie could always count on Olive, Charlie and Wes.

I just have three more dates to get through, I realize. Then Christmas break will be over and everything will be back to normal.
Just what I wanted when all this started.
So why am I dreading it all ending?

I don’t want to give anything away, but my guess for who she was supposed to end up with was right.  I was over the moon happy it was who I liked.  Together they were beyond sweet and adorable, just like this story.  But while I loved Sophie and her dates, family, cousins and friends, I wasn’t the hugest fan of the side story with Sophie’s sister.  It’s personal reasons and because of that, that part of the story rubbed me the wrong way.

We move with the music, and I don’t dare look around the room to see which of my family members are watching us. I wish more than ever that we were somewhere else. Somewhere that we weren’t the subject of no less than five different conversations right now.

But still, I enjoyed this book so much!  With Christmas sprinkled within the pages, the warmth you got from her family and hints of romance, 10 Blind Dates was such a feel good story!  Plus in those final pages we got to jump three months into the future and it was soooo adorable. I loved what the future seemed to have in store for them!  I’ll definitely be looking out for any future release from this author!

Before I can say anything else, the doorbell rings and a quiet hush falls over the crowd.
“This is getting ridiculous, people,” I say as I push through my family to get to the door. Several family members scramble to finish placing their bets.

PS I loved the betting!  That was soooo bad yet oh so funny!

BOOK REVIEW: Christmas Cliche by Tara Sivec

BOOK REVIEW: Christmas Cliche by Tara SivecChristmas Cliche by Tara Sivec
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‘Twas the week before Christmas
and all through L.A.,
Allie Parker’s famous twin sisters
were driving her cray.
She fled to the mountains
with a hostage in tow,
hoping to sleep through the holidays,
which were a sh*t-show.
A crash in a blizzard,
and a hot mountain man,
definitely wasn’t part
of her evacuation plan.
Santas, and stockings,
and creepy nutcrackers too,
everywhere she looks,
it’s a crazy Christmas zoo.
But there are hugs, and smiles,
and a beautiful view,
kisses and laughter,
and no time to be blue.
Maybe this family,
with their hot mountain man,
will make this a Christmas
Allie can actually stand.

Review:

Christmas Cliche was laugh out loud hilarious and filled with all the cliches.  Celebrities, snow storms, sexy mountain men, best friends and tons of Christmasy vibes filled the pages.  So if you’re looking for a Christmas story that is lots of fun, with romance in the pages, then take a look at adding this one to your tbr.

I just wanted to get away from the chaos and not think about Christmas. Was that too much to ask?

The prologue jumped 17 years into the past, when Allie’s life was simpler, and she still loved Christmas.  But in present day LA, there was nothing heartwarming or loving about the holidays.  Her twin sisters had a reality TV show.  Christmas Eve was to be filled with an over the top celebrity party and lavish items.  It felt like they were living the life of the Kardashian’s, but even crazier.  And Allie was in charge of it all.  Dealing with her superficial sisters and their constant schedule and needs, seemed overwhelming.  So when the straw finally broke the camel’s back, Allie bolted with her best friend in tow to West Virginia.  To where she used to spend the holidays with family, when she was younger.

“This isn’t Christmas magic. It’s just insane. I’m insane. I’m seriously thinking about never, ever going back to California after only being here for four days.”
I laugh, and it comes out a little high-pitch and hysterical.

I adored Allie, she was kind and down to earth. But everyone seemed to have a preconceived notion of who she was.  Even the man who ended up rescuing her.  Jason was the sexiest mountain man and Allie and Jason’s meet cute was one of the funnier ones I’ve read.  It was so smile inducing and unique lol!  And I loved Jason too.  He was helpful, loving, sweet and oh so thoughtful.  The two of them together were perfect.  It didn’t matter that she was only supposed to stay at his parents bed and breakfast until her cousin came back home, after the holidays.  It felt like they were meant to be together forever.  So there was definitely an insta-attraction mixed with insta-love.  And let it be known that I don’t like insta-love, but in this cliche filled story I enjoyed it so much.

“You were adorable half-dressed for a blizzard, and when you had to borrow one of my sister’s ugly Christmas sweaters,” he tells me honestly. “But you’re goddamn stunning when you’re relaxed and laughing, and I think being here in my family’s Christmas wonderland has something to do with it.”

The side characters rounded out this story so well.  I loved Jason’s sister and mom, who had more game then him ha.  His relationship with the both of them warmed my heart.  And I loved how they played such a big part of story.  But the one who continually stole the spotlight was Allie’s best friend, Millie.  She was a celebrity who was over the top ridiculous and such a good friend to Allie.  I’m pretty sure I said OMFG out loud a hundred times because of Millie.  She shocked me!  Her observations, random comments and questions killed me!  Sometimes she was too much, but it was impossible not to love her.  Especially as we saw her learn about life as the story progressed, heaven help her lol.

“That was so cliché.”
“This whole thing is cliché,” Millie complains, leaning over on the couch to whisper to us. “Can we just get to the part where you guys profess your undying love for each other?”

Christmas Cliche was an over the top story filled with humor, friendship and love, cliches and all.  Even the titles of the chapters were hilarious.  It almost felt like a crazy, outrageous Hallmark movie, that was definitely not PG lol.  So I was surprised that the sexy moments weren’t descriptive.  But I enjoy books with our without them, I just wasn’t the hugest fan of the location when it did happen….you’ll see what I mean lol. But all in all I enjoyed this book so much!  Plus that ending was perfect!  I’ll definitely be checking out Tara Sivec’s other books!

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