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Confessions of a Christmasholic

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The story line and main characters of the book were cute and perfect for a Christmas story; however, the book was a little too slow paced for me.

It took a while to get into the book for me, but if you do like a new Christmas romance then would recommend.

Read if you like the following tropes:
- Enemies to lovers
- Christmas
- Best friends break up
- Traveling

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There were numerous factual errors in this book where the author used wrong names for characters. I know this is an advanced copy with errors but it made it hard to enjoy.

The writing was clunky and very unorganized. It’s like Wood took the longest way imaginable to say anything and get any point across. Nothing was just easy or straightforward.

Sutton was incredibly hard to like or care for. She was not well rounded and fell flat and dull.

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the first 10% of this book was just painful to read, and it got better as the book went on but not great. Sutton is such a hot mess that it wasn't really funny. Like the fmc being a hot mess at times can be made comical in books, but this was not executed well. I failed to see the real chemistry between the couples and honestly found myself starting to skim through this book. it was not for me.

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A wonderful holiday romcom!

I am usually pretty hesitant to read holiday books as I find too many of them try to paint this unrealistic cheesy Hallmark movie romance, but this one had the furthest thing from “love at first sight”! There was a good mix between stereotypical romance tropes and unconventional experiences explored in this book, it made it a fun read!
Some parts of this book had me audibly laughing aloud, while at other times I was experiencing real second-hand embarrassment for the character, Sutton, as she faced some pretty challenging and humiliating adversities.

I also really liked the portrayal of grief in different relationships (family, lovers, friends, etc.), and was delighted with the found-family trope that played out through the book. It made me want to move to my own little small town and celebrate Christmas!

All in all, it was a lovely romcom that I would recommend to pick up this time of year!

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I struggled getting into this one from the beginning. The writing didn’t really grab me and both the main characters were difficult for me to like, which is tough in a romance. But it provided some good small town Christmas vibes, overall doing what it says on the tin.

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Another favourite festive romcom that I will be recommending to anyone wanting a cosy and funny read!

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Thank you so much to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me this opportunity!

This felt like the perfect book for this time around of the year. I love the word play in the title as well. It does have a min spice, it is a little messy when it comes to inner monologue but it is a lighthearted novel.

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A brilliant Sexy Christmas quick read. Brilliant characters, good fun and just the book to cheer you up on a miserable afternoon! Single Dad who has fell out of love with Christmas meets a lovely girl in need of a job just as he is in need of a nanny, let the chaos and romance begin........... Loved this book

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3.5 rounded up

Sutton is currently broke and let’s face it, homeless. She finds herself drunk, cold, and walking alone at night. When she catches Mr. Christmas fighting with his inflatable Santa she decides she wants a go at Santa too. Making her way toward Santa she trips on a cord falling and taking down his lawn decorations and blowing a fuse.

Gus Langston is unsure who this mystery woman is or what she is doing wondering alone at night. Single dad of twins Gus is a little weary bringing Sutton (a stranger) into his home but he couldn’t leave her out on the street to freeze.

Such a cute holiday read not too heavy on the spice and lots of holiday festivities. this book had me giggling and rooting for Sutton luck to turn around. 2/5 spice rating

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I love grump meets sunshine and Scrooge vibes, but this one just wasn't a great fit for me personally.

The story begins with Sutton drunk and trying to sneak into her friend's uncle's house to squat for the night. She comes upon a house heavily decorated for Christmas and a man attacking an inflatable of Santa. After tripping on the electric cables, the man carries Sutton into his house so she can crash on his couch.

While I'm here for a woman grump (and a woman traveling alone!), Sutton's mix of immaturity and self-pity doesn't work for me. To breeze through this sort of read, I need a main character I can root for more.

To be sure, I'm a bit over coming-of-age storylines for romance novel leads in their late 20s. If that's something you're OK with - or something you enjoy! - this one is likelier to be a hit for you. I'd also recommend it to those who are big fans of holiday reads; with the male lead owning a Christmas shop, there's a lot on Christmas in here.

DNF at 12%.

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I love a festive novel so was delighted to be approved to read this one. Unfortunately it wasn't really one for me - I found it all a little too unbelievable. I didn't understand how a man who found a very drunk woman destroying his Christmas decorations would then let her spend the night on his sofa and the very next day hire her to look after his two young children! There was also no chemistry between them so I didn't see how they got together when they did, it seemed out of nowhere. I did enjoy the storylines with his mother-in-law and also the two children, and it did have a fair amount of festive scenes so that was the plus side.

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Quick Summary: A holiday mix of mayhem and mischief

My Review: Confessions of a Christmasholic by Joss Wood was a jolly read. It was a women's fiction book that featured a single parent dad, a drunk and disorderly therapist, and a super cute band of family and friends.

About the Book: Alone and bereft, Sutton Alsop finds herself down and out in the village of Conningworth during the Christmas holidays. With a bah humbug and readiness to punch Santa in the face, she happens upon Mr. Christmas himself. What happens when a grinch meets a grump?

My Final Say: This was such a charming story. The playfulness of the kids was everything. What Sutton and Gus found was special. The strength, the grounding, and the conviction that was expressed by both characters in the end showed courage. That courage was rooted in love.

Other: Readers who enjoy family life romances will enjoy this book.

Rating: 3.5/5
Recommend: Yes
Audience: A
Status/Level: 🍬🌶💬

Thanks to the author, to the publisher (HarperCollins UK, One More Chapter, One More Chapter), and to NetGalley for granting access to this work in exchange for an honest review. The words I have shared are my own.

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I enjoyed this book. It was a cute and nice Christmas book!

Some things I did not enjoy was the fact that it all happened so fast. After only a few days the main characters were in love? After the female MC literally destroyed the male MC´s Christmas decorations, dead drunk and had to crash in his house with his 2 small children?? I would probably be a little bit more skeptical.

But I enjoyed it and it gave me a cozy Christmas feeling.

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Sutton, a down on her luck traveler, quite literally stumbles into Gus (aka as Mr. Christmas) who is the small village's director of all things holiday. From there the two develop a mutually beneficial arrangement that quickly turns into a "friends with benefit situation".

As the two journey through the holiday season, they end up helping each other sort out other aspects of their professional, and personal, lives.

There is plenty of comedy, and a little spice, to this this holiday rom-com. I enjoyed the three primary side characters (Moira, Eli, and Will). As a fellow mom of young kids, I thought the author did a great job at illustrating the fun chaos they can bring to the holidays.

While the end of the novel felt a little rushed and open ended, I appreciate how the author provided a happy ending without tying everything up into tidy bows.

Overall this was a cute holiday read. Think Hallmark, but with a little spice.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a free digital arc in exchange for an unbiased review.

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I wanted to like the book, but it just was not for me. I thought the writing was a bit weak, and also the characters embodied weird gender-specific stereotypes that I didn’t care for. Some people might enjoy this book, but for me it wasn’t worth finishing. I read enough to get a good sense of the story, but decided to not finish it.

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Maybe I read this too soon before the holidays, or maybe it just wasn't for me, but I thought it was okay. I just couldn't connect with Sutton and Gus as intended, so wasn't as invested in their story. I did like Gus' kids and neighbors/friends as secondary characters! I'd still recommend this if you like British romance, holiday romances, forced proximity and single-dad tropes!

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I received an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley, then irresponsibly did not download it before the archive date. It's been bugging me- so I bought a digital copy and did a quick read.

My overall take - if someone is looking for the book version of a Hallmark movie, this is probably what they're looking for. It wasn't my favorite, but I just think I may not be the audience for it. After reading The Pumpkin Spice Cafe, which comes from the same publisher, I was hoping to find an interesting and complex female main character, but I just didn't really enjoy Sutton.

I do think the last third of the book really picked up in terms of pace and interest, which left me feeling more positive about it.

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This book. I wasn’t sure what I’d find with the beginning, but what a lovely journey it was! Sutton and Gus (and the rest of the characters) are so well thought out and I could feel the emotional undercurrents the whole time. I devoured the book in two sittings, and it would have been one if I hadn’t needed to sleep.

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This book was a really cute storyline overall and very cute for Christmas time! The length is also perfect for a feel, good RomCom. The characters were also really funny, I loved their banter!

I did have a hard time following the narration style throughout - I think I would have preferred it to be first person/dual POV so it would be easier to follow the characters thoughts!

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2.5 ⭐️
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book.
Sutton, broke and down on her luck, drunkenly stumbles across widowed father of twins Gus ”Mr Christmas” beating the crap out of his Christmas decorations and decides to join him. Unfortunately she ends up hitting her head and unloading all her problems on this complete stranger. Gus takes pity on her and lets her sleep on his couch. Thanks in part to a meddling former mother in law and some helpful/ nosy gay neighbors Sutton ends up staying for a month to help take care of the twins. Gus and Sutton eventually end up sleeping together and start a pseudo relationship. All this with Sutton’s friend drama in the background- Layla is pretty much a c*nt.
The book was… fine 🤷🏻‍♀️I found the long blocks of text and exposition annoying. Sutton regularly thinking about her troubles with Layla (and sometimes comparing them to Gus finding out his wife was cheating) seemed unnecessary- we know Layla ditched her, we know she clearly sucks as a friend- no need to remind us repeatedly. Honestly the best person in this whole book was the mother in law. Frankly I never felt the chemistry between Sutton and Gus and the book didn’t necessarily feel like a romance to me. The book kind of just ends- I guess it’s a maybe happy for now type ending but even that seems generous. It was really more like things were still up in the air and they’ll try to see each other when time allows. 🫠 Overall, I thought the premise was cute but didn’t live up to my expectations.

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