Saturday, August 20, 2016

Review: The Trouble with Christmas by Kaira Rouda

Title: The Trouble with Christmas
Series: Southern Born Christmas
Author: Kaira Rouda
Read copy: eBook (Kindle)
Published: November 10, 2014
Publisher: Tule Publishing

At 35-years-old, Cole Stanton is burned out. His high-paced, uber-successful career has left him yearning to start over. He finds Indigo Island, buys a restaurant and settles into an uncomplicated life. But Christmas is a mess. He has over-committed the small restaurant’s resources again, and is over his head. He finds himself longing for everything he has left behind, until a chance encounter with gorgeous Lily offers a spark of salvation to his business and, perhaps his life.

Beautiful pastry chef Lily Edmonds is thirty years old and heartbroken. It’s just before Christmas and she’s just been dumped by via telephone by her fiancee. Her best friend Avery Putnam invites her to Indigo Island, hoping to add joy back into Lily’s life. A chance encounter with the sexy owner of a local restaurant makes Lily feel an attraction she thought she’d never feel again, and offers her a business challenge to keep her mind focused on something other than her broken heart.

Cole Stanton and Lily Edmonds are both starting over. Will the joy of the holiday season bring them together or will the troubles with Christmas push them apart?

My rating:

***copy provided by publisher through NetGalley***

Lily's recently been dumped by her fiance who's marrying someone else this Christmas, so she allows her best friend to "kidnap" her and take her to her family's estate on Indigo Island to regroup and recharge. She bumps into "the most handsome man she's ever seen", Cole, and the rest is history.

Boring, unbelievable (two days ago, she was pining after her ex, depetaling daisies, for f*** sake, wondering whether he still loved her, and then she falls madly in love with the first guy that crosses her path—rebound!), with bland characters and slow pacing.


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