All I want for Christmas is you … or you?
Eve Halligan is back in her hometown for Christmas after a few whirlwind years touring with her band, the Molotovs. A lot has changed since she left, but two things have stayed the same. One: Eve is head-over-heels in love with Lucien Malikov, the Molotovs’ bad boy lead singer. Two: Lucien is completely indifferent to her.
Still, Eve dreams that this could be the Christmas where she convinces Lucien that they’re made for each other. But when childhood friend and local caterer Theo Wright comes back into her life bringing with him festive cupcake and sausage roll conundrums, Eve begins to question whether her Christmas dreams have been wasted on the wrong man.
Title: Happy Christmas Eve
Author: Jackie Ladbury
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Christmas Romance
Published: October 15, 2019
Publisher: Ruby Fiction
My Rating: 4.5
I had such fun with HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVE (I so want to add a comma to give that title a far different meaning – but perhaps that’s what we the readers are supposed to do – if so, that was a spoiler and sorry, not sorry *grin*)
Returning home for the holidays gives Eve and the band a bit of a break – and Eve what she hopes will be the chance for Lucien to see her in a different light. What she discovered when meeting up with childhood friend, Theo, was simply that she might have been mistaken all these years for what she truly needed was right at home all along.
Theo won my heart early on, he really is a nice man (handsome, sexy, yes but a nice man at his core). Watching Theo and Eve share Christmas experiences, gaining unexpected affection as the season went on was a delightful journey. I did like that Eve is portrayed as a talented songwriter, performer, singer in her own right – even if that light was kept from shinning too often by Lucien. I didn’t hate Lucien, I just felt bad that he couldn’t have let Eve down long ago when he knew there was no spark there for him. But… that’s life and people, right?
If you’re in the mood for a fun, sweet Christmas Romance then you’ll want to check out HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVE. It will definitely get you in the Christmas mood. I had fun, and that’s why I read Romance, particularly Christmas love stories.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher, Ruby Fiction/Choc Lit. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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