Holiday parties and gift-buying will have to wait this year. Rowan West is up for a promotion to the advertising manager. All she has to do is come up with a campaign to stream people back into a struggling, Christmas-themed adventure park, and resort. She’s more of a big city-bright lights girl, but hey, anything to hop up to the next rung on the ladder. And in this case, anything is right. Because she’s stuck with a horrible partner as she treks out to see the park for herself.
Jeremy Kincannon doesn’t so much love his job. But he’s doing his best to excel at it. He has to, in order to shut down the, oh, entire rest of the company that believes he’s only there because his step-father owns the business. So when he finds out he’s a finalist for the advertising manager position, he’s ready to fight tooth and nail to get it. Even if it means spending a week with the annoyingly perfect—and even more annoyingly pretty—other finalist.
They begin the trip as office adversaries. But spending so much time together, away from rivalries and rumors, reveals the truth of who each really is. Or maybe it’s the magic of Christmas working on them? Because the adventure park neither cared about turns out to be exactly what helps them find what they truly need in life…each other.
Title: The Magic of Christmas
Author: Christi Barth
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: October 15, 2020
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4.5 stars
The Magic of Christmas caught the festively magical feel of Santa’s Village quite easily as we venture forth to a Christmas themed resort and amusement park with two people in competition for the same management job… no one is expecting what happens to Rowen and Jeremy on this trip, especially themselves.
Most of what you’d want to know before picking this one up can be found in the cover description blurb. That doesn’t tell you though about the tensions between Rowen and Jeremy from the start of their story. Rowen feels that Jeremy only got his job because he’s the boss’s stepson… and nothing could be further from the truth, but Rowen won’t believe that she could be wrong.
Jeremy could be attracted to Rowen and might have asked her out years ago if she weren’t so… judgemental and regulated in attitude, appearance, and interactions. This trip is one way to perhaps find a way to work together, even loosen up a bit and enjoy the amusement park that they need to come up with plans for. Neither is prepared for the surprises ahead of them nor the choices they’ll have to make.
While I loved The Magic of Christmas and Jeremy… not so much Rowen. At all. We are given reasons in her past for her attitude today, and perhaps they are good ones but at that point, I had simply been enjoying Jeremy’s part of this story and didn’t really care one way or the other about Rowen’s future. Jeremy loved her, and that was good enough for me.
I was caught up in the details of the resort and the amusement park totally and completely dedicated to the magic of Christmas. This world came alive through vivid word pictures that easily put me right in the middle of all the action, excitement, and love.
If you love a good Christmas Romance, then The Magic of Christmas should be on your TBR list.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from Tule Publishing. 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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