Friday, November 26, 2021

Review: Keep Me Warm at Christmas by Brenda Novak

Keep Me Warm at Christmas
by Brenda Novak

Publisher: MIRA
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Maybe this Christmas can thaw his frozen heart--and heal hers.

Hollywood starlet Tia Beckett knows one moment can change your life. Her career had been on the fast track before a near-fatal accident left her with a debilitating facial scar. Certain her A-lister dreams are over, she agrees to house-sit at her producer's secluded estate in Silver Springs. It's the escape from the limelight Tia's been craving, until she discovers she's not the only houseguest for the holidays. And her handsome new roomie is impossible to ignore.

Artist Seth Turner has good reason to keep his distance. Losing his wife after only a few years of marriage has left a deep scar, even if he is still happy to spend a semester teaching art classes at the New Horizons Boys Ranch for troubled teens. Despite nursing her own wounds, Tia finds her curiosity piqued by enigmatic Seth, whom she recognizes as something of a kindred soul. Maybe spending Christmas together could be another game changer for both of them--this time, for good.

Kritters Thoughts:  A Hollywood starlet is still recovering from a major car accident that scarred her face, Tia Beckett is secluding herself from everyone in the home of a producer while he is away for the holidays.  She will be helping take care of his parrot and is hoping for a quiet holiday season as she decides what she wants to do next, but it may be not be as quiet as she hoped.  As artist Seth Turner is also hoping to take up residence during the holidays in this producer's home and create some art and prep to help his adoptive mother with art lessons at her school.  

This book was a different behind the scenes of Hollywood life.  I appreciated the raw realness of Tia as she was dealing with the affects of her accident and how that would impact her career and her life.  I love a good behind the scenes book and I appreciated reading about how she was hiding in a home and the pursuit of a picture by a paparazzi.  Seth Turner was also a great character, an artist with a complicated past of his own and still dealing with the death of his wife and a rough relationship with the former in-laws.  Their love story had great ups and downs and I enjoyed the journey in this one.    

Now this is defined as a holiday romance, but for me this one didn't have enough of the Christmas cheer.  There were a few scenes with some holidays in them, but I like my holiday romances to be stock full of holiday cheer from beginning to end!  

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 146 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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