Baby it’s cold outside…but things are about to heat up.
I missed the last bus to my sister’s for Christmas, and now I’m stranded in a bus station—in the middle of a blizzard—with a giant package covered in naughty wrapping paper.
Then he shows up: Kalen Welles, the football star from my high school fantasies—and offers me a ride.
Just when the car is getting cozy, the roads get shut down due to snow.
Luckily there’s a nearby cabin where we can hole up for the night.
A warm fireplace, cozy blankets, pent-up longing we both spent years ignoring… maybe I’ll be able to unwrap Kalen’s big package before Christmas morning.
But when the snow clears and the ice melts, will the former football star and the shy nerd finally get a happy ending?
I’ve read several Opal Carew here and there over the last couple of years and always came away feeling good. Big Package is a cute, quick read set in the Christmas season. The POV alternated between Holly and Kalen, sometimes from one paragraph to the next which had the tendency to push me out of the story. The theme of a “big package” runs throughout from the supposed gift Holly’s ex gave her to Kalen’s secret angsty.
The writing was clean and error free. Holly was sweet but sometimes her inner thoughts were stuck in a loop of self-deprecation. It was sort of like she was caught in her high school thought process once she met up with Kale, especially when he was appreciative of her or gave her a compliment. That coupled with her denial that anyone like Kalen would be interested in her became slightly annoying, just too much after it was established she didn’t have good self-esteem.
Kalen was equally sweet and had his own self-esteem issues. They were of a different nature than you’d normally find in romance though it does happen in real life. People might laugh and joke, roll their eyes, but honestly, it’s no laughing matter.
The romance is quick, which I didn’t have a problem with since they had known and crushed on each other before. There was some unnecessary drama with Kalen’s ex but overall a nice story that gave me exactly what I expected.