Thursday, December 16, 2021

Review: Christmas in Rose Bend by Naima Simone

Christmas in Rose Bend
by Naima Simone

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

Goodreads:  Grieving ER nurse Nessa Hunt is on a road trip with her sullen teen half sister, Ivy, and still reeling from her mother’s deathbed confession: Nessa’s dad wasn’t really her dad. Seeking answers, they arrive in Rose Bend to find a small town teeming with the kind of Christmas cheer Nessa usually avoids. But then she meets the innkeeper’s ruggedly sexy son, Wolfgang Dennison.

Wolf’s big, boisterous family is like a picture-perfect holiday card. Nessa has too much weighing on her to feel like she fits—even though the heat between her and Wolf is undeniable. And the merriment bringing an overdue smile to Ivy’s face is almost enough to make Nessa believe in the Christmas spirit. But with all her parental baggage, including lingering questions about her birth father, is there room in Nessa’s life for happy holidays and happily-ever-after?

Kritters Thoughts:  Nessa Hunt has been grieving for a long time with the recent deaths of her mother and her father figure.  When her mother passed away she left Nessa with more questions than answers about the truth of her past, so she goes to a small town in Massachusetts for the holiday season with her half sister to regroup and decide what her next steps are.  

For me, this book had a great plot and I loved the moments in the book where the plot was moving forward, but there were some moments where the book didn't work for me.  From the beginning, I felt as though both Nessa and Wolf were unnecessarily literally lusting after each other, like from first sight and it was awkward and honestly took away from a great plot.  THEN the sex scene(s) that went on for 10% of the book.  For me, I am fine with a little love and sexy times, but this part of the book was distracting and went on for what felt like forever and I wanted to get back to the heart of the story.  If you are a reader who likes an open door and some sexy times in your book, then you will probably feel very differently from me.  

Because of these things, I am not sure if I would read this author again.  I was so disappointed because the plot seemed like it was going to be so engaging and I did love the characters, but the lusting and sexy times were so distracting that they took away from the flow of the story.   

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

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 154 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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