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Short, sweet and spicy with family drama, Confessions of a Christmasholic by Joss Wood is perfect to devour in a few hours!

Thanks to the publisher and the author for the eARC.

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Thank you NetGalley, HarperCollins UK and Joss Wood for this ARC OF Confessions of a Christmasholic. If you are looking to read a small town Christmas book that will make you laugh than this book is for you! It had some of my fav things - Christmas, GRUMPY X SUNSHINE TROPE, single dad / nanny vibes 👌👌👌 it will be a great read for all this Christmas season!!!

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This book is a great pick if you're looking for a Christmas romance, you're interested in or don't mind the single dad trope, and if you want to read about a woman who grows a spine and learns her own worth.

Sutton ends up furious, sad and desperate in Gus' small town, and being desperate, she agrees to nanny for his children in exchange for some much needed cash. They slowly grow on each other and we get to share in some fun spice.

I enjoyed this, but it's worth noting that if you remove Christmas from this book, not very much happens. If you're anything like me and you love Christmas, that addition will work well for you.

Generally I don't love books with kids, but I thought Rosie was fantastic and I wasn't bothered.

Thank you to the author and Harper Collins UK for providing me with an advanced copy to review.

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Thanks to Netgalley & Harper Collins UK for the arc of this book in exchange for an honest opinion and review . I enjoyed this cute romcom Christmas read . Release date : October 19

Sutton (broke and homeless) despises Christmas and one night while drinking she sees a house which looked like Christmas hurled its cookies over and accidentally destroys the Christmas decorations . It was unfortunate the house she targeted in her drunken state was Gus Langston , the owner of the local Christmas shop . As Sutton was financially hard up , she decided to nanny Gus’s twins and boy don’t their lives turn upside down . Spicy holiday romance Some parts made me literally LOL , although I would have loved to have read it closer to Christmas and with the Christmas feels . It definitely was hallmark vibes . I loved how the main character Sutton was actually the grump as opposed to it usually being the male character . Had some of my favorite tropes - single dad / grumpy sunshine . Cannot wait to read more by this author 😊

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Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to check out a new author with a Christmas romance that sounded super fun and high on holiday spirit. I think Wood created some great characters including side characters I only wanted more. I loved how his neighbors were the impetus for Sutton working for Gus when it was a matter of misconceptions that worked out in the end. While I applaud the author for a unique storyline and a great single dad romance, I found Sutton’s storyline with her best friend a bit repetitive and their romance a bit rushed. I also liked how Sutton wasn’t willing to just throw her plans away for a man she was falling for however the ending was a disappointment and a rushed happy-for-now. I was geared up for a really sweet conclusion but found it lackluster which is never a feeling you want to leave with when you finish a book.
Thank you to Netgalley for the advanced reader copy. All opinions are my own.

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4⭐️ - If you are looking for a fun holiday read, this is the book for you! Sutton and Gus are such fun characters who navigate the ups and downs of the holiday season and relationships when they stumble into each other’s lives after getting into a fight with a lawn ornament Santa Claus. This book is sure to get you into the holiday spirit, while also supplying some spice 🌶️.

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This was adorable. I enjoyed every page. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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4 1/2 STARS!

This quirky holiday read will melt your heart while tickling your funny bone! Joss Wood is oozing sarcasm in such a delightful way in this feel-good, emotional story of second chances with an English Christmas backdrop painting the story of bliss, while real life rears it's ugly head here and there to delve into past betrayal, unreliability and falling in love when they least expect it. Utterly delightful overall, but the ending was really weak and needed to give us more to wrap up this great fam.

I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a small town romance revolving around Christmastime with the ups and downs of life shining bright.

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I loved this book, Sutton was a hot mess, she turns up at Gus’s door plastered, fragile, broken hearted and broke! Gus takes her in and lets her sober up and sleep. He soon realises that he could do with her help to nanny the twins for a few weeks whilst he runs two businesses and is a single dad to twins. The chemistry between them is electric and they struggle to keep their hands off each other. They bond over booze and soon realise they are not so different after all. Thank you NetGalley for this arc in exchange of an honest review.

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Cute, spicy Christmas story. This was a fairly quick read and I would definitely read more by this author!

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This book was a little Christmas treat. It starts off rough for our FMC who is stranded in a foreign country and homeless when she drunkenly sees the MMC beating up Santa. Unknowingly to her, he is known as Mr. Christmas around town so it would be a big surprise for everyone to know he has a grudge against Santa. Somehow the FMC convinces him that she is less of a hot mess than how she presents and gets a job with Mr. Christmas. Listen, I had my doubts at the start of where this story was going but it is so good! I liked that the book explores different types of betrayal and heartbreak. I thought the characters had great chemistry and the supporting characters were all adorable. I highly recommend! The only part I did not like is how the middle felt a little rushed which is why I deduct it one star but everything else was just delightful.

Tropes: Grumpy/Sunshine, Boss/Employee, Single Dad

Thank you to NetGalley, Joss Wood, HarperCollins UK, and One More Chapter for giving me the opportunity to review this book. All opinions are my own.

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This book was very hallmark movie meets HBO. In this day and age no one would just allow a drunk stranger into their home but that’s what makes this book very hallmark. It was a charming fast read. I really enjoyed the characters and their backgrounds. It wasn’t your usual sad widower, I’m lost, need to find myself trope. The spins to their stories was a nice change. Even the background characters were pleasant to get to know. And as much as I wish there was a 5 years later part at the end to see what happens, it’s kind of nice you don’t have a shiny red bow on the top to end it.

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Sutton is from South Africa and finds herself in the small village of Connington in the Lake District with no money and nowhere to stay. She's trying to find a cottage to squat in when she sees the man known as Mr Christmas, kicking and punching his giant inflatable Santa. Sutton might be a little bit drunk on tequila so when she tries to help him out, she ends up face-planting into the concrete. Gus, Mr Christmas, hauls her inside and lets her sleep on his couch. He then decides to hire her as a nanny for his 4yr twins.

Sutton is slowly working through some childhood trauma and she needs to stand up to her best friend but while she's living with Gus and his twins, she falls in love with him and even though she leaves for London, as soon as things go wrong, she runs back to Gus's open arms.

This was a cute and fuzzy little Christmas story, but when Sutton was considering her options, including staying in the Lake District, she was talking about having to give up her new job opportunity at a a hospital in London but when she spoke to them they actually told her they had openings around the country. So I don't see why it has to be London or nothing but she doesn't seem to remember this when she's considering everything. I did really like Gus though, he was a great character and will be the perfect partner, celebrating Sutton and letting her go at her pace. He was super supportive even with his own baggage hanging over him from when his wife died. He was everything you could want in a book boyfriend - or a real life boyfriend!

Highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a cosy Christmas read.

Thanks to NetGalley, HarperCollins UK, and One More Chapter for the opportunity to read and review this ARC!

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3.5 rounded up.

Thanks so much to Netgalley and One More Chapter for this arc to review.

This is a cute Christmas romance that I enjoyed reading. Sutton is a really interesting character, and I loved seeing her grow into someone who stands up for themselves and speaks their mind.

Gus was a bit fantastic, a traditional grump with a soft side, especially for his kids.

I struggled a little with their relationship - I felt like their attraction to each other was definitely there but their connection kind of appeared out of the blue. I would have loved to see more of their relationship build. I always struggle a little with third person too, but that's a personal preference. My only other issue with this book was the way the spice was written - I found it very wordy and almost whimsical.

This is a great book to get knto the Christmas spirit with! This little town is obsessed with the holiday - you'll have a fun time visiting.

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A great heartfelt romantic comedy for the holidays. We see the emotions and challenges both the FMC and MMC face. A worthwhile read to make you heart sing.

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Confessions of a Christmasholic is cute. It's a breezy holiday rom-com.

There are some inconsistencies that mean the characters just don't feel believable. The first line of the description says that Sutton hates Christmas, but she really doesn't seem to. Do either of them have cold hearts? No. The writing gets repetitive (I can't tell you how many times their eyes slammed/collided/locked together).

Sutton's dynamic with the twins is very sweet and Gus's MIL is the real redeeming force.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.

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This story wasn’t typical. Sutton wasn’t broken from a past romantic relationship, but an important platonic one. And although Gus’s wife died, there were all kinds of conflicting and complicated emotions around her as well. These were two broken people, but not broken in the typical romance-novel way.

The conversations between the main characters was realistic and charming. The wit made me chuckle several times throughout the book. I also loved the way the adults interacted with the children. The one thing I wasn’t quite sold on was the four-year-old girl. Yes, the adults did talk about her being very smart and advanced for a child, but I don’t think even the most advanced four-year-old could have come up with the stuff she said! She WAS very entertaining and funny, but didn’t seem four.

All the supporting characters were LOVELY! They were so humorous and added so much to the story! I especially loved the grandma, and how she wanted the best for her grandkids and their father, even if it was sometimes emotionally painful for her.

This story was a little spicy. The bedroom scenes got started, and there was a little description, but then it turned to closed door, and picked back up the morning after.

The story ended ok, with the promise of future happiness. I would have loved an epilogue that would have shown them a few years into the future.

Overall, I really did enjoy this book! It was a very quick read, and a fun Christmas story!

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Thanks to Netgalley for a copy for an honest review

‘Confessions of a Christmasholic’ a charming Christmas novel. I really enjoyed the characters and the story. I would highly recommend it 😊
Rating 4 1/2 stars

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The author did a fantastic job portraying the drunkenness of the FMC at the the beginning. I was so annoyed, but thankfully I realized it was just how she was acting while drunk.

This was a cute Christmas story with a little spice. I absolutely loved the kids, which made me connect more to the story!

I wish the love aspect was different. It felt rushed and not authentic. It’s supposed to be love at first sight, but I didn’t get that from either character.

I also didn’t love that the gay couple was pretty 2 dimensional.

Other than that, it was fun, quick and had all the usual Christmas story tropes.

If you’re looking for a fun Christmas read that you don’t have to think hard about, this is for you!

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The book is charming and alive with Christmas vibes, many of which we see in plenty of Christmas books. But we love Christmas books and keep reading them. This one is a bit different in the sense that it's usually the guy who is grumpy and doesn't like Christmas or whatever, this time it's the girl. Sutton Alsop hates Christmas and then she stumbles upon the home of Mr. Christmas with its glitzy lights that could surely double as a runway. Gus Langston is known about town as Mr. Christmas, he runs an all-year-round Christmas village shop.
Sutton agrees to nanny for him over the holidays with him being a single dad. This is the cutest little family ever. Mr. Christmas has a secret that only Sutton knows, one that would surprise everyone in town. A spicy Christmas romance that was fun and full of laughter and good times. You'll be sure to read it more than once.

Pub Date 19 Oct 2023
I was given a complimentary copy of this book.
All opinions expressed are my own.

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