It's Christmas Eve, the storms have blown themselves out (here in Somerset at least), and it's a glorious day. I suspect for some of you though it's marred by an element of panic - have you got everything ready for tomorrow? Have you got all the presents, wrapped them all? Well, if you find you're missing a gift, and the receiver happens to have the means to read an e-book, and likes a bit of Christmas romance, I've got the perfect last-minute gift idea right here - a copy of Aurelia B Rowl's Christmas is Cancelled.
Matilda 'Tilly' Carter didn't think her day could get any worse, but even Christmas had just been cancelled.
one girl Dean Watson has sworn never to have—never even expected to see
again—just flared back into his life and into his home—his
sanctuary—like she belonged there. Christmas would certainly be more
bearable with Tilly around though…
As the chinks in Dean's armor
appear, Tilly seizes the chance to win her knight once and for all.
She's not about to take no for answer—not this time—but Dean must
resist, even as his heart rebels and temptation threatens to undermine
Win or lose? Love or honor? Which will Dean choose? Assuming he gets a choice…
Christmas is Cancelled is the perfect Christmas read in my opinion - it's funny, sweet, romantic and a little bit sexy. It's just right to get you in a good Christmassy mood. Tilly has lost her job, her boyfriend and her home, all in one foul swoop, but fate has an amazing rescue in store for her - in the shape of Dean. It's been ten years since they saw each other, but when she bumps into her brother's best friend, the man she fell for hard all those years ago, Tilly's Christmas starts looking up.
Rowl sets the pace perfectly as these two get to know each other all over again. There's a few twists and turns here and there, but that's life for you, and it certainly keeps things interesting. Technically a novella, Christmas is Cancelled isn't a long read, but Rowl somehow packs so much into it that it feels like a full novel. The characters are brilliantly brought to life, full of real emotion, and the chemistry between them is powerful stuff.
It's impossible not to get caught up in Tilly and Dean's story - from the hints at their back-stories to the awkward, loaded moments between them, these are two addictive characters and a book I didn't want to put down. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll sigh. Everything you need from a heart-warming Christmas story.
So even if you don't need to buy a last minute Christmas gift, why not treat yourself?