Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Review: 'Tis the Season by Robyn Carr

'Tis the Season
by Robyn Carr

Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  'Tis the season for family, friendship and the thrill of a holiday romance…

Under the Christmas Tree

With snow falling over the redwood forests, secluded Virgin River is the ideal place to spend the holidays. Each year, the close-knit community gathers in the town square to decorate and light a massive tree. Carols are sung, hot chocolate is shared—and a surprise left under the Christmas tree is about to bring two special people together!

Midnight Confessions

Holiday kisses don't end with Christmas—there's still the New Year's Eve party at Jack's Bar to attend. Locals and newcomers alike find themselves eager for that special countdown…and that midnight kiss.

So join us in Virgin River this year, where Robyn Carr's trademark humor, warmth and sincerity will have you celebrating the festive season in your favorite mountain town.the festive season in your favorite mountain town.

Kritters Thoughts:  There were three novellas housed within this one book and I will review them each individually below.  

The first one was called Under the Christmas Tree and took place in Virgin River.  With a set of puppies found under the community Christmas tree, it brings the town together and particularly Annie and Nate who will together nurse to health this set of puppies.  Since there were only 111 pages in this book, there wasn't a lot of time for Robyn Carr to get to the heart of the story and unfortunately for me it made this romance feel like insta love and was almost whiplash for me and I didn't enjoy the book because of it.  I felt as though it went from Annie and Nate meeting to getting straight into bed!  The one thing I can say, is I loved the premise on how they met - very cute.

The second story was Midnight Confessions and this by far was my favorite story in this collection.  A New Years Eve party and a two disgruntled individuals who are glad that the year is coming to close with both having bad break ups, they meet at the small town bar and start up a great conversation that could lead to more.  I liked this story the most because with the limit of pages, it felt like the right amount of romance in the story.  The story left at a moment where I wouldn't mind a follow up book to flesh out the rest of their story.

The third story was Backward Glance and felt so oddly placed in this collection.  This book didn't take place during the holidays nor did it take place in Virgin River, so just really felt weird with the other two.  Now as its own piece of work, I loved it.  A reconnection through a nosy matchmaker of a mother, it was a great story with just the right amount of romance tropes and a great storyline to enjoy.  I would love more from this couple and this set of characters.          

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Ebook 2019 Challenge: 53 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Netgalley.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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