Title: A Bookshop Christmas
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Holiday
Author: Rachel Burton
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: Aria, Sept. 2, 2021
Sexy Rating: 4
Violence Rating: 0
Christmasy Feeling: 5
Description from Amazon:
A snowstorm. A stranger. A spark. It should be the perfect start to the perfect love story.
But real life is far messier and more complicated than in the pages of the books in Megan Taylor’s family bookshop – the last few years have left this young widow in no doubt of that. Moving back home to York should have been a fresh start, but all it did was allow her to retreat from the world.
When prize-winning author Xander Stone rams his supermarket trolley into her ankles and then trashes her taste in books, Megan is abruptly awoken from her self-imposed hibernation. It’s time to start living again, and she’s going to start by putting this arrogant, superior – admittedly sexy – stranger in his place.
Just as she is beginning to enjoy life again, the worst happens and Megan begins to wonder if she should have stayed hidden away. Because it turns out that falling in love again is about more than just meeting under the mistletoe…
The delight of this book for Romance readers is the references to actual published romance books that the book club members love. The plot otherwise is a bit predictable. Megan doesn’t seem to be in control of her own shop when she lets Trixie run over her about the Christmas party. Xander is moody and unpredictable in his moods. He can turn on a dime and yet Megan continues to put up with it. The side characters are well drawn and add life to the story. I do think this is an okay read and it does have Christmas spirit.