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Booked for Christmas – Lily Menon

This new novella from Lily Menon, author of Make Up Break Up, is sure to get readers in the holiday spirit.

Novelist Sophia Hart (real name: Sophie Bartholomew-Kaur-Hughes, but try fitting that on a book cover) absolutely hates her loudest critic—Evan Wolfe, evil mastermind behind the Lone Wolfe book review column. They’ve never met, but Wolfe’s favorite pastime seems to be dumping on Sophie’s unapologetically happy, magical romances. Sophie, not one to be left behind, gets her revenge in her own ways (never annoy a writer in search of a villain).

When Sophie decides to throw a holiday party at her cabin, Wolfe is the last person on her mind. But the universe has a twisted sense of humor. Not only does Wolfe show up as someone’s plus one, but a massive snowstorm blows in, stranding them both alone together in Sophie’s cabin.

Over the next few days, Sophie begins to realize that Wolfe isn’t as odiously cynical a man as she’d originally thought. In fact, he’s kind of…sweet. And impossibly hot. But still, Sophie’s been hurt before and she has so much to lose. What she needs is one sure sign that she and Wolfe are meant to be together. Will Sophie and Wolfe get their Christmas miracle?
 

Despite this being the first published text from Lily Menon, I am a longtime fan of hers through the works she penned as Sandhya Menon. So, when she announced she would be dropping this Christmas novella (even though it was October) I was so excited to purchase it and read. I was not disappointed.

Booked for Christmas may only be under 100 pages long, but it packs in a lot of depth, angst, and romance that has you quickly turning page to page, invested in the main character and her rival/love interest as they go from enemies-frenemies-lovers.

I really enjoyed how the two main characters felt distinguishable and fleshed out, with their own motivations, desires and problems. It was great to see them break down their own walls, and to see them let each other in. In such a short space of time, a well thought out ARC was penned.

The romance in this was lovely. I really enjoyed the angst, and the slowburn. Both characters were hilarious and had such chemistry between them.

Overall, this was incredibly enjoyable and I would not have minded if this was a fully fledged novel – however, it did work perfectly well in novella format!

Recommend if you want a romantic, Christmas-y read, with some steamy scenes!

4/5 stars!

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