Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on October 4th 2016
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Two gorgeous stories about the most romantic time of the year...
The holidays don't have to be fraught with tension, as lifelong friends Lily Cavanaugh and Cameron Greene discover in Mistletoe Between Friends when they cook up a scheme to fool their family and friends.
The Snowflake Inn shows rivals Grace Brodie and Riley Walsh that Christmas is a time when dreams come true-even if you've given up on those dreams long ago.
Praise for The Christmas Cottage / Ever After: "Samantha Chase's stories have a way of wrapping around the heart..." -Night Owl Reviews, Reviewer Top Pick!
"Altogether, this is a lovely duology about finding love. Be prepared for a stubborn heroine who believes in fairy tales. Fortunately, common sense prevails, leading to a delightful reconciliation." -RT Book Reviews, 4 stars
¬¬Reviewed by Monique¬¬
Even if fall is just upon us, Samantha Chase offers us two previously published novellas in one book to put readers in a festive mood.
In MISTLETOE BETWEEN FRIENDS, Cameron Greene and Lily Cavanaugh have been best friends since they were toddlers, in spite of having different interests: Cameron is a scientist, serious and an introvert, while Lily is exuberant and impulsive; she has no real career plans, other than doing what makes her happy. While chatting over the phone about them both having been on dates set up by their respective matchmaking parents, Cameron comes up with an idea. With Thanksgiving nearly upon them, and their families forever trying to match them with unsuitable people, Cameron suggests that he and Lily pretend to be dating for the Holiday Season, that way they’ll be off the hook for several weeks. Cameron wishes that Lily were a real girlfriend, but he fears losing a friend in the process. Lily has been in love with Cameron for ages, but she doesn’t think she’s good enough for him. Then Cam asks Lily to come with him on a business trip to New York to “rehearse” before facing their families. It can’t be so hard to pretend, can it?
MISTLETOE BETWEEN FRIENDS is a charming friends to lovers story, and Samantha Chase certainly knows how to put readers in a festive mood. She creates a warm Holiday atmosphere, and I could easily picture myself enjoying Manhattan during the Holiday Season. I liked that there was just enough push and pull to make things interesting, but not so much that Cam and Lily’s hesitations created unnecessary conflicts or misunderstandings. MISTLETOE BETWEEN FRIENDS is a lovely romance that will put you in the Holiday spirit!
THE SNOWFLAKE INN is where Riley Walsh doesn’t want to be, but he has to go see his mother. After 12 years in the Marines, Riley is back to being a civilian, and not by choice: he was injured and he doesn’t want a desk job, nor does he want to run the family inn, which is his mother Corrine’s wish. Corrine has been widowed for a long time, and when she was at the rehabilitation centre, she met a lovely young woman, Grace Brodie. Grace had had an accident, and consequently lost her job as a chef in Manhattan, so Corrine offered Grace a job at the inn, as they had become good friends. While Grace was jogging, she had noticed for several days in a row a “Cute Angry Guy” following her, and to her astonishment Corrine’s son Riley is her “Cute Angry Guy”. When Grace and Riley first meet, sparks fly all over the place, but Riley is indeed an angry guy. He wants his mother to sell the inn, and he won’t budge. Riley is really pigheaded, and quite unpleasant, and honestly other than the fact that Grace thinks he’s so hot, I’m not quite sure what she saw in him: he’s selfish, and respecting her privacy is not high on his list of priorities, but he wants her desperately. I suppose sexual chemistry sometimes validates perplexing pairings. I thought Grace came across as rather needy and a bit of a ninny, to be honest, even if she did put in a good argument.
On the other hand, there is a second romance in THE SNOWFLAKE INN which is absolutely wonderful. That other love story did it for me: I felt the deep friendship, the mutual respect, the kindness, and most of all true love.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.