4 Jan 2021


 Oh dear, only four days into the new year and already I'm behind.

For various reasons its been a while since I participated in this, Sheila @ Book Journey's 'First Read' post, but somehow this year it seemed the perfect way to begin a new year and a whole new chapter of books just waiting to be read.

So from myself, all of these lovely readers and so many more (please click here for Sheila's full collage) may I wish you a happy 2021 to you all. May it bring love, light and peace ... oh and a 250th follower of Pen and Paper would be lovely.

17 Dec 2020



Once upon a time Kayla loved Christmas

Now she's more dedicated to her job than decking the halls, and can t wait for the most wonderful time of the year to be over.

Until she arrives at the enchanting Snow Crystal ski resort, determined to win gorgeous owner Jackson as a marketing client.

But wooing Jackson professionally quickly turns personal as they spend flirty festive nights in this glittering winter wonderland. 

With snowflakes swirling and sleigh bells ringing could Jackson be the one to make Kayla fall back under the Christmas spell? ... Back Cover Blurb

MY THOUGHTS ... Look at the cover top left (the book cover of the edition I read), read the Back Cover Blurb, it all looks very festive and innocent; your typical girl hates Christmas.

Now look at the cover on the right, not quite as cute and not what I thought of as festive but still fairly innocent, right?

I thought so too. 

What I really wasn't expecting was ...

The undercurrent of sexual harassment but then that's OK because Jackson is cute, sexy, manly (enter synonym of your choice), and he and Kayla, well, he and Kayla have 'chemistry'. UGGGHH! The number of times I read about their chemistry. They may well have had chemistry and Jackson may well have been cute, sexy, manly (enter synonym of your choice) but I just wasn't feeling it.

Out-datedA woman, Kayla's career was, but of course, merely a substitute; all it would take was a cute, sexy, manly (enter synonym of your choice) Adonis and she was out of there, her career forgotten - something that was confirmed when part way through the book Kayla, up until that point, a workaholic (albeit a somewhat inept one but then she is a woman), suddenly had a total character transformation.  

For the most part, full of snow, sleigh bells, tinsel, oh and a puppy (mustn't forget the puppy); your typical Hallmark Christmas movie until ...


There were the fairly explicit sex scenes. Granted there weren't a whole lot of them but still, not what I'd personally expect to find in a Christmas Romance, all a bit yucky; probably more than the scenes themselves, it was what I perceived as Jackson's slightly coercive behaviour that made me feel uneasy.