Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Review: Holiday Ever After by Jill Shalvis

Holiday Ever After
by Jill Shalvis

Publisher: HarperCollins 
Pages: 352 
Format: eARC 
Buy the Book: Amazon 

Goodreads:  One Snowy Night
It’s Christmas Eve and Rory Andrews is desperate to get home to her family. Problem is, her only ride to Lake Tahoe comes in the form of the annoyingly handsome Max Stranton, her long-time crush, and his big, goofy, lovable dog. A long road trip in a massive blizzard might be just what they need to face their past…and one steamy, snowy night is all it takes to bring Max and Rory together at last.

Holiday Wishes
When Sean O’Riley shows up for his older brother’s bachelor weekend, the last person he expects to see is Lotti Hartford, the woman he lost his virginity to a decade ago. As the weekend continues, Sean realizes he wants to leave his hook-up life behind, but can he convince Lotti to open her heart to him again?

Mistletoe in Paradise
Years after their secret fling ended, Hannah isn’t eager to see James during their families’ annual joint holiday-themed yacht adventure. But when they’re the only people who show up, James and Hannah are stuck together on the high seas for days. As the former lovers try to make the best of the Christmas snafu, they soon realize the best things in life can’t be planned, and sometimes love is sweeter the second time around. 

Kritters Thoughts:  Three Christmas romance short stories in this one collection.  While there are three different stories in this collection they each share the same romance theme where each couple has a past and is reconnecting in one way or another.  While I would typically review each individually, since they share the same romance sub genre and I have similar feelings about them, I will review them as a whole.  

Each were very short in length, so the romance had to go from reintroduction to in love pretty quickly and for me that rarely works and I rarely enjoy the quickness of a short story romance.  Given that each couple had a past that was hinted at in each book, that helped a bit, but I still felt as though the author had to go from oh hello to I am in love you way too fast!  I would much rather read a longer Christmas romance, so there can be some slow burn or some back and forth before the happily ever after.

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

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 137 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from HarperCollins.  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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