The Office Christmas Party by Aimee Duffy

The Office Christmas Party

Title: The Office Christmas Party

Author: Aimee Duffy

Release Date: November 24th 2017 

Pages: 289

Genre: Romance, Christmas

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Natalie Taylor and Dean Fletcher are serial Christmas party crashers. But when they start crashing the same parties…the mittens come off and the sparks fly!

As much as she loves Christmas, after her mother’s death, events planner Nat can’t face the jolly season anymore. So to get her festive hit she crashes everyone else’s party. It’s a sweet gig, until she meets her competition, tech empire millionaire, Dean, under the mistletoe…!

When it comes to relationships, Dean doesn’t do serious—being left at the altar will do that to a guy. So when he meets feisty Nat, the first woman in ten years to pique his interest, he’s tempted to break his one-night rule…just for the holidays!

Nat and Dean might get more than they bargained for in their stockings this Christmas!

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Natalie is party planner and due to her work she has the access to holiday parties. Dean is an IT software developer and he as Natalie has the access to the parties due to his work. This season Natalie and Dean are both alone, when they crash the parties, usually both of them had their bestie with them. When Natalie and Dean meet at the same parties they crush, they know that it’s one more party-crasher than expected and start pranking each other.

I really liked the party-crashing concept, it’s something I haven’t read about before. I also liked how the main characters met and how playful and creative they were. It’s a great book to get cozy with during the wintry and/or festive season.

 

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The Christmas Project by Maxine Morrey

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Title: The Christmas Project

Author: Maxine Morrey

Release Date: November 14th 2016

Pages: 297

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Christmas

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Professional organiser Kate Stone has never – NEVER – been tempted to hit a client over the head with a snow shovel, but Michael O’Farrell is the most obnoxious – and heart-stoppingly gorgeous – man she has ever met. If he weren’t her best friend’s brother, she would not have waited on his doorstep in the freezing cold for five minutes, let alone an hour.

Kate knows, however, that her job isn’t just about tidying up, sometimes she needs to be part therapist too, and Michael clearly needs her help to declutter his heart as well as his home.

But with the festive season just around the corner there isn’t much time to get Michael’s house ready for the O’Farrell family celebrations, but everyone knows that at Christmas anything can happen…

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The Christmas project follows Kate who is a professional organiser, whose next client is her best friend’s brother Michael. Michael’s home and life hasn’t been on track since the separation from his girlfriend. Kate and Michael’s first meeting doesn’t go very smoothly, but eventually she takes the job. While Kate and Michael slowly organise his home, they get to know one another and warm up to each other. Will they fall for each other?

I really enjoyed the story and the characters. It’s well written and has a great pace. Kate and Michael are both very likeable characters and their banter was so much fun to read about. It was my first book by the author, but I definitely want to read more after enjoying this one. I’d definitely recommend this book and not only for the holiday season.

Annie’s Christmas by the Sea by Liz Eeles

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Title: Annie’s Christmas by the Sea

Series: Salt Bay #2

Author:  Liz Eeles

Release Date: October 6th 2017

Pages: 354

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Christmas

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Annie Trebarwith is happily settled in Salt Bay with her beloved great-aunt Alice and gorgeous boyfriend Josh Pasco. Snow is in the air, and Christmas is just around the corner.

But when the father she’s never met, aging rock god Barry, turns up with the half-sister Annie didn’t know existed, life suddenly gets complicated. Barry and Storm are soon clashing with the entire village, and their antics are even driving a wedge between Annie and Josh.

Can Annie prevent her new family ruining the festivities and repair things with Josh in time for a cosy Christmas? Or will their relationship end up as frosty as the Salt Bay air?

  

It’s the second book in Salt Bay series and to fully enjoy it it’s recommended to read the first book before starting this one. Annie is settling in Salt Bay nicely with her great-aunt Alice and boyfriend Josh, but that’s all about to change, when her father Barry and half-sister Storm arrive out of the blue. Suddenly Annie’s life is like a chaos, where her father wants to build a relationship with her, she has to find time for Josh as he has a lot going on in his life as well and there’s also the choir that brings the whole village together plus the Christmas time is around the corner.

I really enjoyed being in the familiar setting again with the well loved characters. I love the fact that there’s always something going on and it never feels that the story is dragging. The writing style is great, there’s no problem imaging the people or the setting. All in all I really enjoyed the book and would definitely love to visit Salt Bay again in the near future.

Other books in the series:

Annie's Holiday by the Sea

 

A Clean Sweep by Audrey Davis

 

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Title: A Clean Sweep

Author: Audrey Davis

Release Date: June 4th 2017

Pages: 288

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Love comes around when you least expect it. Fifty-something widow Emily isn’t expecting romance. Nor is she expecting a hunky twenty-something chimney sweep on her doorstep.
Daughter Tabitha knows something isn’t quite right with her relationship, while her boss – Abba-loving Meryl – thinks she’s found the real deal. Are they both right, or pursuing Mr Wrong?
Emily’s sister, Celeste, has the perfect marriage … or does she? Can a fitness tracker lead her down the path to happiness or heartbreak?
Susan is single, overweight and resigned to a life of loneliness. There was the one who got away but you don’t get another try, do you?
Prepare for a rollercoaster ride of emotions in a book that will grab your heart, make you smile and wish you had a chimney to sweep.

 

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It’s a story about Emily, her family and book club friends. Emily is a fifty-something widow, whose life changes, when she calls for a chimney sweep after the smokey accident at the book club meeting. She didn’t  search for love, but sometimes love just comes to your life unexpectedly. The book follows the lives of different women and their problems in life that are very realistic and relatable.

At first I was a little concerned about the fact that there are a lot of characters to follow, but it flowed very nicely and didn’t confuse at all. It was a well written book and I liked how each chapter was about different character and in the end it all tied together. I enjoyed reading it and would definitely recommend it.

 

Summer at Conwenna Cove by Darcie Boleyn

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Title: Summer at Conwenna Cove

Author: Darcie Boleyn

Release Date: May 15th 2017

Pages: 290

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Christmas

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In a gorgeous Cornish village, two brokenhearted people fall head over heels. But can the magic of Conwenna Cove heal the hurts of the past?

Eve has a glittering career, a loving husband and a future. But a terrible twist of fate means she loses it all, and with nowhere left to turn she flees to her Aunt Mary’s home in Cornwall. The last thing on her mind is romance – until she meets Jack.

Jack has seen the worst things people can do to each other and realised he is better off alone. He settles in Conwenna Cove, and saves his affections for the rescue dogs he cares for. But when Eve arrives in the village he can’t deny his attraction to her.

Eve and Jack are both scared to trust, but when they come together it’s impossible for either to ignore their feelings. Can they put their fears aside and learn to love again?

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When Eve falls ill during the meeting and ends up in the hospital for a check up, she doesn’t have a choice and has to slow down, she can’t continue overworking and burying all her problems inside without giving herself time to rest and heal. Eve’s parents live in Italy, so her only other choice is to go visit her aunt Mary at Cornwall. Eve has been so busy with work and life that she hasn’t seen her aunt in a while, but she welcomes her with open arms. She has only fond memories of  the summers she spent in Cornwall. During her stay Eve meets Jack, who is Mary’s neighbor and helps her in the garden or where ever she needs help, he also helps out at a greyhound rescue center. Eve and Jack are both brokenhearted and in time they’ll help each other heal the wounds from the past.

I really enjoyed reading this well written story that has a great characters, stunning setting and delightful story. I loved how Eve and Jack found their way to each other as well as aunt Mary, who is the loveliest lady ever. All in all it was a brilliant book and I’d definitely recommend it.

Christmas at Mistletoe Cove by Holly Martin

 

Christmas at Mistletoe Cove

Title: Christmas at Mistletoe Cove

Series: Hope Island #3

Author: Holly Martin

Release Date: September 22nd 2017

Pages: 287

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance

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Growing up on Hope Island, Eden Lancaster always believed that if you wished hard enough for something, dreams really could come true. But Eden’s greatest wish is also her biggest secret: she has been completely in love with her childhood friend, the charming and attractive Dougie Harrison, for as long as she can remember. And he has no idea.

When Dougie leaves his successful life in New York to return home to Hope Island for good, Eden can’t escape her feelings. Her heart is full of hope that her romantic dreams are finally, at long last, going to come true…

This Christmas could change everything. But can a lifelong friendship really turn into the perfect romance? And will Eden get the happily ever after she’s always wished for?

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The third book in the series focuses on Eden and Dougie. Eden has been in love with Dougie for a long time, they shared a kiss at Mistletoe cove 12 years ago. After the kiss Dougie moved to New York, but Eden didn’t stop loving him, each visit he paid back home reminded her the feelings she’s always had. After being away for so long, Dougie is finally back on Hope Island and this time he’s back for good. Eden is feeling happy and miserable at the same time, but she’s happy to have him back nevertheless. Will the Christmas and Mistletoe cove magic help Eden and Dougie to find their way to each other?

It’s a sweet and cosy Christmas read that is filled with humor, friendship, love and festive atmosphere. I adored Dougie, he was such a charming and romantic guy and I also liked how funny Eden’s parents were. It spent great time with all the characters on Hope Island.

Other books in the series:

 Summer at Buttercup Beach

 

 

A Season of Hopes and Dreams by Lynsey James

The Summer of Hopes and Dreams

 

Title: A Season of Hopes and Dreams

Author: Lynsey James

Release Date: September 11th 2017

Pages: 384

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit

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A season of second chances…

It’s been a difficult year for Cleo Jones. The car accident that crushed her leg didn’t just destroy the village baker’s dreams of becoming a dancer, but crushed her confidence too. And recovering from that has been harder than healing from any number of broken bones…

But this season is going to be different. Life is turning around for Cleo! Maybe it’s the invitation from her childhood bully to their high-school reunion that’s shocked her out of a ten-year slump. Or joining Carb Counters and finally starting to shed the weight she’d piled on during her recovery – or maybe it’s catching the eye of her gorgeous personal trainer!

Whatever the answer, this is going to be a feeling she never forgets… watch out world, Cleo Jones is finally fighting back!

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Cleo’s life has been tough after the car accident that shattered her dreams of becoming a dancer. Dancing was a big part of her life  if not her whole life and not being able to dance professionally affected her life very negatively. She started to binge eat and that was a reason for some people to bully her at school. Now years later she’s still trying to overcome her weight problem and not feeling negative feelings from the school time. The turning point in her life comes, when she finds her old bucket list, gets an invitation to a high school reunion and meets an absolutely amazing guy.

It was the first book by the author, but I’ll definitely going to read more, because it was a fantastic book. I liked how the sensitive topic was handled and showed how difficult life can be sometimes and also the fact that making decision that make you happy are more important than being afraid what other people might think. Even though the main topic was serious and  thought provoking, the book itself was rather uplifting and inspiring. I very much enjoyed reading it and I’m looking forward to another book from the author.