#ChristmasInJuly: The Christmas Honeymoon


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  Serena always loved Christmas, but her favorite holiday season only brings on heartache after her groom-to-be runs off with another woman only a week before her December wedding. Giving back the wedding gifts and enduring the humiliating gossip in her small town proves to be too much for the quiet librarian who’d been the brunt of nerd jokes in high school, and Serena leaves town—only to return a year later determined to take back her life, her pride, and her joy in Christmas.

Damien has his own reasons for hating Christmas. No sweet and silly stuff for this handsome Scrooge, who hurls himself into extreme sports, almost daring nature to break through his hard shell. So why does he find his icy heart melting when confronted with the timid librarian whose sweet smile haunts his dreams?addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da16

 It actually took me two attempts to read The Christmas Honeymoon. On my first attempt, I was frustrated by nearly all of the characters and had to put the book down and move on to another one because I couldn’t finish it. Fortunately I had better luck a couple of days later and while I did enjoy it, there were several things that kept it from being more than a good read. That said, I’m glad that I did give it a second go because the ending – when the characters finally got their act together – made it worth the effort…so don’t give up on it.

 

Street does a good job of creating a sympathetic character in Serena and she ended up being the character I enjoyed the most. Having your wedding cancelled by the groom via an email telling you that he’s going out of town on vacation with another woman he plans to marry while they’re gone AND THEN finding out shortly after that the woman is three months pregnant – let’s just say that man was lucky Serena was a quiet librarian and not a vengeful woman. But it certainly made her decision to leave town understandable as well as her wariness now that she’s back in town. Damien on the other hand did not endear himself to me until near the end of the book and it had nothing to do with his bah-humbug attitude. Rather it was him lamenting his loneliness in one scene as he contemplates the dream home he designed and built for his future wife and children, and then in later scenes as he refused to consider Serena because she’s not his “type,” and then even later when he questions whether or not he can trust her once he begins to see her as relationship material. While he did eventually get his act together and proved that he could woo a girl, he annoyed me too much in the beginning. My cheering that relationship on had everything to do with Serena and her happiness despite that speed with which it developed.

 

For me, where the story lost its way was the “mean girl” plotline and just how far the author took it. Had this been a new adult romance it probably would have worked, especially if it had taken place in a college setting. But The Christmas Honeymoon is a holiday novella and the threats that were made toward Serena didn’t fit the Christmas theme in my opinion. It left major parts of the book feeling too contrived for me and took away from the developing relationship and seasonality of the story. While the writing is solid, the story itself did not put me in a holiday mood and thus relegated it to an enjoyable read, but that’s all.

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AliciaStreet

Alicia Street is a USA Today bestselling author and a Daphne du Maurier award-winner. She writes both sweet and steamier romances and sometimes collaborates with her husband, Roy. She spent many years as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. A compulsive reader of every genre, Alicia loves watching old black-and-white movies and inventing new recipes for soup.

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