Book Review: It Happened On Christmas Eve by Kirsty Greenwood.

Having read all of Kirsty Greenwood's previous novels, I was super excited to hear that she is back with a festive novella and next year a new full length novel!! Yay! 'It happened on Christmas Eve,' I devoured in two days and the sneak peak of her next novel at the end of it, wet my appetite just enough to make me count down the days till it's release!

The Blurb.

The top three reasons why I do not like Christmas are as follows:

1. It's super cheesy
2. Everyone drinks boiled red wine that tastes like air freshener and pretends they enjoy it
3. Last year the man I was in love with decided that Christmas Day was a perfectly decent time to reveal that he did not feel the same way about me

So you can see why, on Christmas Eve, it's totally reasonable for me to just want to get home from work as soon as possible, close the curtains, eat my weight in noodles and watch horror movies until the whole thing is over.

My boss, Marcy, has other ideas. Her son Adam broke his leg ice-skating and now she needs me to accompany him on his last minute Christmas errands around Notting Hill where we live. It wouldn't be half as bad if Adam wasn't the most irritatingly confident, annoyingly enthusiastic Christmas-giddy man I've ever encountered. And, well, a whole lot sexier than I expected he'd be...

My Review.

This story was, as they say, short and sweet. I actually loved that it was a novella because, sometimes you just need a simple dose of Christmas, love and fun to make you feel happy and ready for the holiday season. It was a nice break from investing into a full length novel and exactly what I needed last week.

I felt a connection to the characters and like I got to know them well for this one special night. I adored how they spoke to each other. They genuinely made me laugh out loud - honestly, it was some really hilarious dialogue. At first I thought Adam came across quite childish, but as the story progressed I felt like he was rather perfect. He had the childlike innocence of keeping the Christmas spirit alive, but was also flirty and cheeky, which I felt he did just because he could and those bits got me good. It was like he was doing it just to wind Phoebe up, but also because he wanted her to let loose and have a bit of fun and also because he was a happy, charming person in general. He was definitely very sexy, but very cute and sweet at the same time. I enjoyed the mix and liked him a lot.

Phoebe I loved because, even though she was very no-nonsense, she wasn't mean, well, not on purpose anyway. She had a heart and I'm so happy that she learnt to love again, not just with Adam, but with the people around her. I'm glad she wanted to better herself and make changes in her life. She was fun to get to know.

This story was easy going, very, very fun, romantic and fabulously festive. I absolutely loved it and highly recommend it. I also loved the sneak peak of Kirsty's new novel - it sounds like so much fun and definitely like another laugh out loud read. One to look out for in 2020!! :)

Happy Reading!

*Photo from Kirsty Greenwood's Facebook!

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