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A Merry Little Meet Cute
A Merry Little Meet Cute | Julie Murphy, Sierra Simone
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Cowritten by #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Murphy and USA Today bestselling author Sierra Simone--a steamy plus-size holiday rom-com about an adult film star who is semi-accidentally cast as a lead in a family-friendly Christmas movie, and the former bad-boy pop star she falls in love with. Bee Hobbes (aka Bianca Von Honey) has a successful career as a plus-size adult film star. With a huge following and two supportive moms, Bee couldn't ask for more. But when Bee's favorite producer casts her to star in a Christmas movie he's making for the squeaky-clean Hope Channel, Bee's career is about to take a more family-friendly direction. Forced to keep her work as Bianca under wraps, Bee quickly learns this is a task a lot easier said than done. Though it all becomes worthwhile when she discovers her co-star is none other than childhood crush Nolan Shaw, an ex-boy band member in desperate need of career rehab. Nolan's promised his bulldog manager to keep it zipped up on set, and he will if it means he'll be able to provide a more stable living situation for his sister and mom. But things heat up quickly in Christmas Notch, Vermont, when Nolan recognizes his new co-star from her ClosedDoors account (oh yeah, he's a member). Now Bee and Nolan are sneaking off for quickies on set, keeping their new relationship a secret from the Hope Channel's execs. Things only get trickier when the reporter who torpedoed Nolan's singing career comes snooping around--and takes an instant interest in mysterious newcomer Bee. And if Bee and Nolan can't keep their off-camera romance behind the scenes, then this merry little meet cute might end up on the cutting room floor.
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Kshakal
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Clwojick I found that people either loved this one or hated it, but I thought it was great! 😂🥰 6d
Kshakal @Clwojick same! 🤓 6d
kezzlou85 I really enjoyed it. 5d
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SanjanaGhosh
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Never too late for Christmas stories!

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Lauredhel
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This one has all the pinks, and I reckon her jacket matches #PinkCosmos for #pantone2023 @Clwojick

Also works for Holiday Themed prompt of #NoShameReadathon23@Nessavamusic

And #simonefacts of #hbreadingembrace

Clwojick Great job! 💖 1w
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Lauredhel
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Mehso-so

Me:"A Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone collab? Huh?"

Plus-size progressive-porn star looking for her next chapter gets a twee Xmas movie role starring with boy band star looking to rehabilitate his image. Both are long-time fans of reach other. Both disaster bisexuals. Shenanigans ensue.

Great set-up, mixed pay-off. Not enough tension, the conflict is 'meh', TSTL issues, and the sex is weirdly vanilla given the 'suitcase full of sex toys' setup.

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Gissy
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Late reading for #LittensLoveRomance book arrived super late (December 2022 book) @Staycurious
I didn‘t like much the story, neither the ending. But I liked Nolan, his family story and how he supported them. Also, how he respected Bee‘s work. Few funny scenes. 1.5/2⭐️it didn‘t work for me but I loved this cover.

Gissy January 2023 #BookSpin (#17) @TheAromaOfBooks
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Gissy January 2023 #BookSpin (#17) @TheAromaOfBooks
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Clwojick Great job! ❤️ 2w
Nessavamusic Great job! I also found this one to be very meh. 2w
TheAromaofBooks I saw a lot of mixed reviews for this one. 2w
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peanutnine
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Finally posting my last review of 2022 reads. I started this early in December with #littensloveromance but it took me a while to get into. Overall I enjoyed it. The plot was fun- a reformed bad boy and a secret porn star as the leads on a Hallmark movie project. What could go wrong? A bit predictable but the characters had depth and it was nice seeing two openly bi characters in a straight-passing relationship without erasing their queer identity

Andrew65 Brilliant, this has been a very popular book during the Readathon. ☃️☃️☃️ 1mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 1mo
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Nessavamusic
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Mehso-so

I‘m so bummed I didn‘t love this. A plus size porn star and a disgraced former boy band member make a Hallmark-esk Christmas movie? It sounds so fun right? There were some very steamy scenes, but like so many new romances this past year, it‘s TOO LONG. Which makes it weirdly boring, so I started skimming to finish it as my library book was due. I think this writer duo book just did not work. 2.5⭐️
#Jumpstart2023 #bookspinbingo

MoonWitch94 That was my biggest issue: it drags in certain places & killed the momentum. It had a good premise and I liked it, but having multiple authors is probably the issue. 1mo
Nessavamusic @MoonWitch94 💯 especially they write such different styles of romance 1mo
Clwojick Great job! 1mo
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Kshakal
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Love, love, love this book! Body positive, sex positive and LGBTQ positive! Great characters and a great story… hope that there is more of these characters!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Fun cover ❤️🤍 1mo
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Kshakal
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Apparently pumpkin doesn‘t want me to read tonight! #catsoflitsy

Ruthiella Nope! 😹😹😹 1mo
TheDaysGoBy So adorable! Those pesky cats though love to interrupt our reading time lol 1mo
peanutnine 😻😹😻📖 1mo
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Kshakal
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I love when there is a map in books and this one is especially cute!

LoverOfLearning Adorable!! 1mo
Itchyfeetreader Love a book map 1mo
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kimmypete1
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Loved this one! Sex positive, LGBTQ positive (and normalized, which I love!). Cute romance and loveable characters.

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sebrittainclark
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5/5

Bee has just been cast in a g rated made for TV Christmas movie, except no one but the producer knows she's also adult film star, Bianca Von Honey. She's going to be starring along side her teenage crush former boy band bad boy Nolan Shaw. Sparks fly in the small Vermont town where they're shooting.

This is my favorite Christmas romance of the year. It's a super steamy, super fun rom com.

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A little #audiobaking today.

LeslieO Yum! 1mo
Tamra Those are may favorites! 1mo
sarahbellum One of my favorites too! 😋 1mo
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Bookwormjillk So true! 2mo
Trashcanman Hi ☺️ 2mo
TheBookHippie @Trashcanman 👋🏼 I hope you‘re doing well! 2mo
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Trashcanman @TheBookHippie I took a lot of gabapentin so I'm numb and feeling ok, thank you for being so kind to me.I appreciate it. 2mo
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behudd
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Bailedbailed

It is too long - I made it just over halfway & was so bored.
Occasionally funny, trying to be very spicy though not actually well-written spice, and did not keep my interest: that far in & nothing had changed except that people who already had crushes on each other were hooking up... 😑
If this wasn't for book club,I would have stopped after ch 1.
ALSO - There is zero meet cute in this book. What is this title?? I just have a lot of issues here.

TheSpineView I agree! Bailed on this one too. 2mo
BethM Yaaasss to all of that! 2mo
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Bookjunkie57
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I started this one this morning. I‘ve been wanting to read it because of the hype but I‘ve never read the blurb so I was 😳😳😳 for a couple of chapters. 🤣🤣🤣

Lauranahe I want to read this! I LOVE Sierra Simone, and my fb smut group has been gushing about how great this is. 2mo
Bookjunkie57 @Lauranahe yes. I picked it up because everyone says a it so good. I like it so far but I‘m only a few chapters in. 2mo
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BethM
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Bailedbailed

Not for me. Felt like it was trying too hard, and I didn‘t connect with any of the characters. Loved the attempt at inclusivity but it fell far from the mark for me.

Jas16 This one didn‘t work for me either. 2mo
behudd Trying SO hard, I agree! 2mo
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MoonWitch94
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3⭐️
Okay, so upon further reflection, I have changed my rating of this book. During our #littensloveromance discussion, I didn‘t care for it & bailed. However, I am glad I finished it bc it took some time to get moving. If you can get passed the first part, the rest is a fun, festive, sexy romp that Hallmark movies should aspire to “Bee” 😇😂 I don‘t think I would read about other characters if this becomes a series, though. Only Nolan & Bee.

StayCurious Glad you finished it and enjoyed it! It did take a bit of time to get into I found. 2mo
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LibrarianRyan
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This review is embargoed until Harper Collins Publishers End the Strike!

julesG What's going on? What did I miss? 2mo
LibrarianRyan @julesG The Workers at Harper Collins Publishers have been on strike for over a month. HPC won't even come to the table. The workers are asking for 3 main things: wages in line of where they are required to work and live (NYC), diversity initiatives, and I am blanking on the 3rd one. There are lots of authors who have joined their side. This strike could set the norms for the rest of the industry since they are the only unionized company. ⬇ 2mo
LibrarianRyan the striking workers have not asked people to stop buying books because in the long run that hurts the authors and makes their jobs harder. What they asked of the public is to no review HPC titles (in any format or imprint) until the strike is over. Once the strike is over then post reviews giving HPC a windfall of good news.

It's pretty bad. There is supposed to be a pretty big demonstration today. i believe the writer or Babel and Poppy
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LibrarianRyan war are supposed to do book signings at the strike line to benefit the strike fun. HPC says it's negotiating but so far all they have put out is that the union is being unreasonable in it's demands. Most staffers for HPC make between $45-$55,000 USD. That is not enough to live on in NYC. But at the same time the company has publicized that they want to buy Simon and Schuster now that the Feds have blocked the PRH acquisition. 2mo
LibrarianRyan Odds are this strike will go into the new year. The HPC union even purposefully scheduled the strike during the slow part of the year to make things easer for HPC and still they are being treated like poo. 2mo
julesG Wow. That's the first time I hear about this. 2mo
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MoonWitch94
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#WondrousWednesday Thanks @Eggs @TheSpineView for the tags!

1) Lunch with my Uncle & Aunt; then celebrating with my Dad‘s family in the evening.
2) Our meal always changes each year, but it‘s always something fancy that we don‘t eat regularly.

🎄Who hasn‘t played? Everyone welcome to play! Tagging some friends to play if you haven‘t already @wanderinglynn @Librarybelle @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @slategreyskies

Eggs Sounds wonderful 🎄📚❄️ 2mo
TheSpineView You're welcome! 2mo
Librarybelle Thanks for the tag! 2mo
wanderinglynn Thanks for the tag! 2mo
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Sarahreadstoomuch
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Sex positive and body positive holiday romance! This was a lot of fun, with a kinky take on some favorite tropes. It did feel a little too long, tbh, and several secondary threads were left unresolved (why bring them up?) but overall still enjoyable.

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#LittensLoveRomance December book discussion: some of us enjoyed this book and some of us…not so much. But honestly that‘s what makes a book club exciting! Here are some starter topics but feel free to discuss anything you want. I will be drawing a name for our participation prize this week and I will be posting the new voting form for our January read sometime this week. Thanks for being awesome!

Read4life I care way more about the details in mysteries and thrillers than I do in fluffy romances. I loved that Bee was plus sized and loved. She was comfortable with who she is. So many books comment on “the heavy lady” or “it was difficult for him to sit comfortably with all the extra pounds he‘s carrying”. I‘ve been noticing it a lot by certain authors and it‘s annoying. I‘m glad we saw very different MCs in this. 2mo
Read4life I felt like they were setting some of the supporting characters up for future books but I don‘t know that I‘d read them. It would be a mood pick vs I can‘t wait for another story with these characters. 2mo
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PageShifter I think I prefer more realistic romances because romance novels made me as a teenager believe in unrealistic things and I only got myself hurt that way. That's my reason why I want realistic romances. Fantasy is fantasy and everyone knows it isn't something that can happen in real life. 2mo
julesG Well, there's unrealistic and there's improbable. And I think the authors wanted to go for improbable but ended up with unrealistic. I like body positive characters. And I like my romance novels on the more realistic side. Bee was well-written, but I just didn't care for her. Nor for Nolan. Which, I think, was more due to the very unrealistic setting of the story rather than the characters themselves. 2mo
MoonWitch94 @Read4life I agree with you! I liked how Bree was written, how comfortable she was with who she is, and that this was a different MC. We need more representation like this. I don‘t think I would read addition books, either. 2mo
MoonWitch94 I love a spicy romance, and am not prudish in any way. HOWEVER, I got so annoyed in the first part of the novel with Nolan—we get it! You wanna f*** her, she‘s your fantasy, you wake up “frustrated”, etc etc. It was repetitive and irritating. You‘re 31, Dude. Get it together 🤦🏻‍♀️😂 2mo
MoonWitch94 I don‘t need it a romance to be realistic, but this one was too fairytale forrest for my tastes. I personally think there isn‘t anything wrong with being a sex worker (I could never! But if you can, your paid well, your happy—all the power to you!) but I doubt very highly that in real life, Nolan would be cool with Bee continuing her work in porn. Maybe ClosedDoors stuff, but not the work with others. 2mo
MoonWitch94 As a plus-size woman, I really appreciated the representation, and how Bee being plus size was part of the story, but not THE story. It was refreshing to read about a confident, bigger bodied MC. I really wanted to love this novel: it had good potential. But it was just so unrealistic at times that it made me like it, not love it. I like reading different types of romance and did appreciate this choice. 2mo
KristiAhlers See and I like it for all the reasons many don‘t. I love that the authors took on a FMC who was realistically not perfect and a size zero. That they made her an adult film star again why not. One of my favorite authors Kristen Ashley has a series of books where the FMC are all exotic dancers and they find their happy ending. I read to escape so these kinda reads don‘t bother me at all. 2mo
KristiAhlers I get bored with traditional reads sometimes. I mean let‘s face it the boy meets girl they argue they make up and voila happy endings are they format for romance. When an author takes an opportunity to put a fresh spin on it I‘m there for it. And I love a good spicy romance. 2mo
BarkingMadRead I love hallmark movies so obviously I don‘t need books or movies to be realistic 🤣 2mo
Clwojick @Read4life SAME! I agree with everything you said. I‘m pretty lax with what I feel I “need” out of my romance reads, since they tend to be comfort reads for me. It‘s more about the characters than the plot for me when it comes to romances, verses needing plot driven books for mystery/suspense/thriller. I loved the rep, and the fact that this tried to do something new. This wasn‘t just a repeat of literally every other rom com I‘ve already read. 2mo
Clwojick And I just read a book called Stalked by Santa, so clearly I don‘t always need realistic storylines to find it enjoyable. 😂 I‘m very open to all types of romance books which is why I love this group so much. We‘ve read books that I didn‘t initially feel a pull towards, and ended up loving them. ❤️ 2mo
MoonWitch94 @KristiAhlers I absolutely agree with you. 2mo
BethM I haven‘t finished and I probably won‘t. I agree with pretty much everything above. I don‘t need realism, but this felt flat, almost like trying too hard to be different? I‘m just honestly not loving the characters, except the moms. I love Bee‘s body positivity but I don‘t love her, and Nolan seems like a putz. I appreciate the representation but goodness did it feel cliched at times. If you‘re going to shoot for representation do it we‘ll. 2mo
BethM I wouldn‘t want to read more at this point unless@maybe it was about the moms. By and large I‘ve liked a bunch of what we‘ve read. I think boyfriend material might have been my favorite. As an overall comment, I‘ve had to skip a few bc the library wait was too long for me to get it on time so maybe we can take publish date into consideration? 2mo
BethM And @Clwojick I‘m off to find the Santa book 😂 2mo
tdrosebud This was a so-so for me. I liked it enough that I wanted to know how it ended, but I wasn't gung ho about reading it. 2mo
PageShifter This was so-so for me too! And for me this wasn't especially good spicy either. I was lost when “she almost came because she was in the same room with him“. Really?? 🤣 2mo
PageShifter I also like how there starts to be more books with plus size characters. Especially as a teenager I remember how hard it was when all women in books were tiny and tall. Well I didn't have over weight but I have never been tiny tiny. Nor tall. (edited) 2mo
StayCurious @BethM I definitely would like to read some older books and not just new publications. I think I will make some months dedicated to older reads in the new year. 2mo
PageShifter I have to say that I am quite rarely interested in other romances with familiar characters or setting in the same world. All those stories still are so independent so the whole “series idea“ is always a bit lost. 2mo
PageShifter I just now started to think that if this would be a series I might be more interested in stories of other characters' than INK memebers. I mean that who made costumes, a make-up artist etc. They had personalities 🤣 2mo
OriginalCyn620 I totally forgot about the final discussion for this book! This wasn‘t my favorite romance by any means, but I do appreciate that the authors were going for something different, not just a standard rom-com. 2mo
OriginalCyn620 1. For me, romance novels are purely for escapism, so I don‘t need the entire thing to be strictly believable. If I like at least some of the characters, I can pretty much roll with it. Bee was a great character. She was a strong, smart young woman, but internally, she had doubts and insecurities. And don‘t many of us? Plus, when it came down to it, she stood up for herself against Nolan, and I loved that! 2mo
OriginalCyn620 2. This book did have great representation! I do think the authors got that right, if nothing else. 2mo
OriginalCyn620 3. If there were stories about Kallum and Isaac, I‘d probably be interested. The members of INK all clearly have very different stories, and the other two could be fun! 2mo
OriginalCyn620 4. A romance doesn‘t have to be “traditional” for me to enjoy it, and I did enjoy this book. I don‘t think the perfect ending took away from the book and/or whatever the authors were going for. In romance, I think HEAs are expected. And yes, in real life, it doesn‘t always work out that way. That‘s why for me, romance is escapism. In books or movies, the journey to getting to the HEA is the fun of it all! 2mo
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Read4life
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DieAReader Great job!🥳🥳🥳 2mo
PuddleJumper Wahoo! 2mo
kspenmoll Amazing!!!! 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
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Andrew65 You‘re doing brilliantly 🎅🏼🎅🏼🎅🏼 2mo
peanutnine Awesome progress!! 💖🎄❄️ 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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Clwojick
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Read this for #LittensLoveRomance, and I enjoyed it! I could understand the mixed reviews, but as long as there‘s some laughter and chemistry, I‘m not very picky about my romcoms. For me it was a pick, though not one I‘d suggest to everyone.

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Mehso-so

Main characters were likable: Nolan had quite rough life and I could relate to him. Bee was confident and knew what she wanted. Secondary characters were delightful.

Setting was awesome, I fell in love with this winter wonderland town. This was really light and entertaining story.

The plot was unbelievable and predictable. This went maybe a bit too straight forward for my taste.

#LittensLoveromance #holidayromancebingo (secret identity)

peanutnine Awesome! 💖❄️🎄 2mo
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Clwojick
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Finally setting started on this one for #LittensLoveRomance! Two chapters in and giggling already. I didn‘t read the synopsis at all, so I‘m interested to see where this is going to go. So far, I‘m here for it! 🫣🤣

BethM I just started this too! 2mo
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Read4life
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Overall, December‘s #LittensLoveRomance read was a pick for me. While not 50 Shades of Christmas (☺️) it definitely had more spice than I was expecting. It was also funny, cute, silly and eye roll inducing.

#WinterReadathon #Adventathon #BookSpinBingo

DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 2mo
ozma.of.oz Love the colors on this cover! 2mo
Andrew65 Well done ☃️☃️☃️ Love the background to the post. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2mo
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StayCurious
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Although I felt like they would never be able to get over the obstacles facing them, and that made the book a bit hard to read sometimes, overall I did enjoy this #LittensLoveRomance December pick. It had some moments that were cutesy, cheesy, spicy, funny, and sometimes I felt like cheering for the Female MC. Overall, a good holiday romance.

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#LittensLoveromance Ch.28-epilogue It‘s a wrap! Tune in on Sunday for our post book discussion and I think this book was an interesting one. Ch.28: well it wasn‘t Jack that let the secret out - kind of surprising. It was Prancer. Not surprising at all. Bee decides to finish the movie for Bee, not anyone else.
Good for her! 👇

StayCurious Ch.29: Nolan is going to make a grand gesture to win back Bee. He reconnects with his recluse former bandmate Isaac on the way. Who else feels the former INC members are getting their own books??

Ch.30: Nolan does an interview with his nemesis paparazzi and says he‘s in love with Bee on air. ❤️♥️Then he drives to her house and says it very loudly to her face. Cute and cheesy. Just like Kallum‘s pizza.
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StayCurious Ch.31: Nolan says he‘s fine with Bee continuing her day job - how interesting! Not your typical romance novel ending. This will be a good discussion but we can save it for Sunday. 😀 but Bee says she might be ready for a break from sex work to see what else is out there.
Epilogue: what a nice finale! We see that Bee and Nolan are together and despite the very difficult road they faced, everything has worked out for them.Hollywood ending?
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OriginalCyn620 So much to unpack here! Yes, I‘ll save the whole “I‘m fine with you having sex with other people” thing until the final discussion. And I hadn‘t thought about it until you said it Renee, but now, I can see Kallum and Isaac getting their own books! Like, what‘s the story with Kallum‘s sex tape? When was it and who was it with? I can see a possible second chance at love story. And poor Isaac, he lost the love of his life, but can he find love again? 2mo
OriginalCyn620 And I think it was kinda cool how the book opened and closed with Teddy‘s POV. And it‘s hilarious about him and Steph! (edited) 2mo
BethM I‘m not done yet so I‘ll pop back when I am! 2mo
PageShifter I had the whole time a feeling how they wanted to have the option to write more about these characters. 2mo
KristiAhlers I loved the fact we had a plus size curvy girl representing and that she wasn‘t the pro typical good girl. 2mo
julesG The other INK bandmates possibly getting their own books was something I thought the moment Nolan and Kallum discussed Isaac. 2mo
PageShifter Plus size was definitely a refreshing thing but I would have loved to know if that was plus size in the modelling industry or an actual plus size 2mo
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#LittensLoveRomance @StayCurious

Improbable story. Jam-packed with the usual romance paraphrenalia, quirky secondary characters, a huge amount of (relatable) obstacles,...

Didn't care for the MCs. Didn't like the writing. Cringed at the many things the authors got wrong.

I missed the titular "meet cute". Was it hiding under a snow drift?

Not my kind of Christmas romance story.

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@Andrew65 @GHABI4ROSES @DieAReader

MoonWitch94 I‘m STRUGGLING to get through this one. I had high hopes because the story sounded so different (with a plus size love interest, too!) but it‘s tough. 2mo
Andrew65 Sounds one to avoid 😔 2mo
StayCurious This one had divided our group for sure 2mo
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DieAReader @Andrew65 My thoughts as well🙁 2mo
DieAReader Good on you @julesG for finishing it. It sounds like it would have been a DNF for me😬🤫 2mo
julesG @DieAReader I skimmed the second half, I admit 2mo
julesG @StayCurious They can't all be winners. 2mo
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This was a holiday buddy read and I finished it this evening. This one was spicy and fun and I was fully amused by this one. #bookspin #LittensLoveRomance @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 2mo
StayCurious I‘m glad you liked it! I did too. It has been a hit or miss in our group but I found it was fun and had a nice ending 2mo
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#LittensLoveRomance Ch.24-27: Sorry I‘m behind a day - I was under the weather last night and went to bed at 6:30! I‘ll finish the book tomorrow and we‘ll have final discussion on Sunday. So…. Ch. 24&25:well - the cat is out of the bag (or should I say catchelor). And 💩has definitely hit the fan-like big time. Teddy is in deep water, Bee‘s reputation is destroyed, and Nolan‘s shot of starting again is up in flames. 👇

StayCurious Nolan has to make the difficult decision to denounce Bee in the media, in order to try to preserve his shot at a lucrative future. He picks his family over his love for Bee. Sad. Sad that he has to make the choice at all. 👇 (edited) 2mo
StayCurious Ch.26: Nolan tries to salvage things with Bee, but Bee says goodbye. And good for her. She shouldn‘t be his dirty little secret. She deserves more.
Ch.27: Nolan realizes he wasn‘t there for Bee in the way he should have been if he really does love her. He needs to make things right. But how?
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BarkingMadRead Nolan screwed up big time! I get that he felt that he had to choose, I just wish he hadn‘t! I‘m so proud of Bee for standing up for herself!! 2mo
OriginalCyn620 Nolan did screw up but it was just a messed up situation to begin with. I felt so bad for them both. But I was SO glad that Bee stood up for herself! 2mo
KristiAhlers Oh no worries. I hope you‘re feeling better! 2mo
PageShifter He didn't really have options: he couldn't afford to do much else. He have to earn money for his family. 2mo
Read4life Nolan didn‘t want to release the statement but didn‘t see another option that would allow him to provide for his family. He didn‘t come to the decision lightly and hates that he‘s hurt Bee. I‘m glad Bee stood up for herself. 2mo
PageShifter Oh yes I agree: I also loved how she decided she's is not taking it! 2mo
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OriginalCyn620
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I can see how this wouldn‘t be everyone‘s cup of tea, but I enjoyed it. Christmas mixed with quite a bit of spice! There was great #lgbtqia+ representation, and though it was too neatly wrapped up in a bow, I did like the ending. I won‘t say why because spoilers! #LittensLoveRomance

#winterreadathon
#adventathon
#holidaybookspinbingo-NYE
#bookspinbingo
#holidayromancebingo-secret identity
#wintercosy-sneaking around/lazy day

DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 2mo
peanutnine Nice! My library hold finally came in for this one, I look forward to reading 💖🎄 2mo
ozma.of.oz I love that cover! 2mo
Andrew65 Sounds good, we‘ll done 🎄🎄🎄 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2mo
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BarkingMadRead
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Breakfast and steamy scenes, perfect together. Also laughing because my oatmeal obviously steamed up my phone 🤣🤣

Graciouswarriorprincess I have this book on my TBR pile. 2mo
Graciouswarriorprincess I have this book on my TBR pile. 2mo
Graciouswarriorprincess I have this book on my TBR pile. 2mo
Graciouswarriorprincess I have this book on my TBR pile.
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#LittensLoveRomance Ch.20-23 - Sorry for late post - you‘ll see me twice today so we stay on schedule. Nolan and Bee are pining for a future together but they have so many darn obstacles I have no idea how things will play out. My heart hurts for them a bit.

PageShifter I have also enjoyed those getting to know you chapters! But what an interruption that moment had xD They just have a crisis after crisis, it seems. 2mo
OriginalCyn620 Oh, I don‘t know how they will get a HEA either, but it seems the odds are against them. I read a little ahead and will be finishing today because I have to know how it plays out! 2mo
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PageShifter This still feels a bit too much insta-love for me and that makes it hard to believe in the story and their feelings. This is easy enough to read but I don't feel things. 2mo
KristiAhlers Same. I mean I love a good roadblock to happiness but dang! This is like trying to traverse a rickety bridge. 2mo
BarkingMadRead Ok I legit binged this and I‘m done lol but I‘ll behave, I promise. That wedding dress scene was so sad for Bee, realizing she wanted that white picket fence but doesn‘t think she can have it. And wtf Maddie! How does she not get how social media works?!? 2mo
PageShifter Well I have also a friend who shares quite much on social media even about her children. So I don't think everyone understands how it works 2mo
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I know this will be an unpopular opinion. I felt this missed the mark on so many levels. The plot was totally unbelievable. I know it is fiction, but for me to enjoy it has to be at least plausible. If not plausible, then the author is just writing fantasy. The author never made me care about the characters. I didn't know them and never got invested with them or the outcome. Plot was predictable. DNF! Absolute waste of good reading time.

Laughterhp I read 100 pages and bailed on this one too. 2mo
TheSpineView @Laughterhp Glad to know I am not the only one. 2mo
intothehallofbooks I aLso DNF‘d this one. 2mo
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TheSpineView @intothehallofbooks OK, that makes three of us so far. I don't feel so bad now. 2mo
MoonWitch94 @TheSpineView I am STRUGGLING to get through it. 2mo
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@StayCurious I'm behind on December #LittensLoveRomance read. But I made a start today. But I've made a start.

Love that the Epigraph was from Love Actually: "Let‘s go get the shit kicked out of us by love."

MatchlessMarie How is that holiday romance candle? I haven‘t tried that one but I want to. Love frostbeard. 2mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @MatchlessMarie it smells wonderful! I not a fan of white chocolate to eat but it's perfect here. Just a hint with more predominant peppermint. 2mo
StayCurious Lovely picture! 2mo
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#LittensLoveRomance Ch.16-19: a lot of ups and downs in these chapters. We make progress in Nolan and Bee‘s relationship but also take some steps back…I feel as though the crash and burn in this book is going to be hard to read.

TheSpineView Sorry but I can't read any more. I made it to chapter 20 and I don't like this story. For me, it is just too far fetched on so many levels. I don't care for the characters either. I know lots of people loved this book. However, it is just not my cup of tea. 2mo
OriginalCyn620 I agree. It‘s gonna be a big crash and burn. Bee and Nolan are both in a difficult situation (for different reasons) and they‘re both carrying a lot on their shoulders. I‘m interested to see how it plays out! 2mo
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KristiAhlers Yeah it‘s not going to be pretty at all. But at the same time I‘m rooting for them and hoping it won‘t be totally catastrophic. 2mo
KristiAhlers @TheSpineView awe I‘m sorry you‘re not enjoying it. Sometimes books just don‘t jive with a person. I totally get it. There have been a few times everyone has raved about a book and I‘m like “are we reading the same thing?” Hope you can find a new read that brings you happiness. Reading shouldn‘t be work 💜 2mo
PageShifter This kind of insta-love stories doesn't make me feel that much because I know how real feelings take longer to happen. I mean that knowing someone only about two weeks means you don't really know that person and then you have feelings toward the person you think that person is. And might be wrong. 2mo
PageShifter I was first annoyed how Bree blamed Nolan for him not being there when she rode but then I started to understand her reaction: he had promised to be there for her but wasn't. And of course Bree had no idea why he wasn't. 2mo
StayCurious @TheSpineView aw I‘m sorry. I put it on the selection because it has been everywhere lately. But definitely bail if it‘s not for you. Hopefully our next pick will be more your speed. 2mo
TheSpineView @StayCurious You can't like everything all the time. 🤪 2mo
BarkingMadRead Omg poor Bee, I‘m terrified of horses so I totally get it, and for Nolan to just be gone when she woke up! 2mo
PageShifter But was it believable to you how they wanted to film that scene even though she was terrified of horses? Because I saw that highly doubtable. 2mo
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#LittensLoveRomance Ch.12-15: these secrets are getting heavier as they tend to do. And feelings are catching between Bee and Nolan. Also, I had way too much fun searching for The Catchelor memes…

OriginalCyn620 I have a bad feeling that this is going to crash and burn so hard! I don‘t know how or when, but it has to, right? 2mo
KristiAhlers Ok that meme was everything 🤣 and the name of this horse. I love it 2mo
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TheSpineView @OriginalCyn620 The crash is going to be bad!!! 2mo
TheSpineView OK so you guys know I am an equestrian.. Riden all my life and at 60 I am still competing. I understand riding and horses. First, it would be a stunt double doing the riding. Second, you would never EVER put a person who is afraid of horses on a horse for the first/second time ask them to gallop. Yes, I know it is fiction but it drives me crazy when a scene in a book is so wrong 2mo
PageShifter We all know how movie stars get training if they want to do something themselves instead using stunt actors but I would think low budget movies would leave those scenes unfilmed if they can't afford stunt actors or if their schelude is for tight for training. I would also say it's quite improbable that a horse that's used for filming would get scared of phone ring. But well the wind was mentioned too and it can be a nasty thing. 2mo
PageShifter I am still surprised how Bree took it that Nolan knew who she is. I thought she would felt herself betrayed or something and especially him telling he is a fan. 2mo
BarkingMadRead The Catchelor 😹😹😹 2mo
PageShifter I noticed that now! What's this “catchelor thing“? :D 2mo
StayCurious @PageShifter there was a make up artist mentioned in the book who was looking for a mate for her cat. Bee called him the Catchelor lol 2mo
PageShifter Oh yes, I got it now 🤣 I loved those scenes because I have searched those mates too so it sounds like I am one too 🤣 2mo
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Woohoo! This finally arrived today, now it‘s time to catch up to the #littensloveromance buddy read! @StayCurious

StayCurious Yay! Glad to have you with us:) 2mo
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#LittensLoveRomance Ch.7-11: a lot to unpack in these chapters and you can see my chapter summaries / ramblings in the comments below.

StayCurious Ch.7: Nolan worries Bee was with someone else last night - but tries to rein in his jealousy because why couldn‘t she be with someone else? Then when she seems interested in his former band mate he gets a bit sulky. He also realizes that no one on set has mentioned her porn star alter ego - and deduces that she must be trying to keep it a secret. 2mo
StayCurious Ch.8: Bee starts to think it might be nice to have a job like this instead of what she normally does, but then she feels bad, like she‘s betraying who she really is, and betraying her coworkers in the sex industry by leaving. Hello GF - you can‘t do porn forever. Do what feels right to you. If that means going legit, so be it. She also starts feeling guilty for hiding her true identity from everyone. If she gets caught 👇 (edited) 2mo
StayCurious she could bring the whole film and crew down. Then Bee gets a phone call from a guy who‘s pretty nasty towards her, someone she was supposed to film with (as Bianca Von Honey) - and whoops, Pearl, the writer of her Christmas film, was right there…did she hear? 2mo
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StayCurious Ch.9: who knew dressing someone could be so intimate? And then…well things get even more intimate. And Nolan accidentally calls Bee “Bianca” in the heat of the moment. Whoops.

Ch.10: Bee and Nolan agree to keep the lid on Bee‘s double life and also they agree that what happened between them earlier can never happen again. Ha, yeah right. We‘ll see how long that lasts.
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StayCurious Ch.11: we find out that the last member of Nolan‘s former band, Isaac, lost his wife a year ago and has been in seclusion since. 😥 Also, I think Nolan has a bit too much on his plate with his mom and sister. 2mo
TheSpineView @StayCurious Who are they kidding? Bee and Nolan will never be just friends. It will always come with benefits 2mo
Read4life I‘m listening to the audio and quickly discovered headphones are required. 😆 I‘m enjoying this and like Bee & Nolan. The few bits we‘ve heard about her moms make me want more conversations with them. 2mo
PageShifter That phone call from Jack made me laugh, that hate he had towards Sunny and the reason behind it made me laugh 🤣 2mo
PageShifter For me the smut was a bit too much. I mean sentences and how it was written. Like how she thought she would come only because he was near/in the same room. That made me roll my eyes 🙈 2mo
KristiAhlers These two! I swear. Sierra Simone is one of my favorite romance writers as I love her spicy writing. Add the giggles and this is shaping out to be a holiday favorite at this point. 😆 2mo
OriginalCyn620 Bee and Nolan definitely have chemistry and I‘m here for it! Even though it‘s a secondary plot line, I hope that Nolan and Kallum with a K reunite with Isaac by the end and help out their former band mate. 2mo
PageShifter I don't know why it's so hard to find spicy writing that's for me 🤔 I just found so often that being exaggerated and then I just roll my eyes instead of relating to it 😅 2mo
PageShifter I love all these minor plotlines!! But I am getting annoyed with writing “Kallum with a K“ 🙄 2mo
PageShifter But here I found again a scene that made me laugh: I laughed how that lubricant invited Nolan so badly 🤣 I saw in my mind a little gingerbread man standing next to the tube and singing a siren song 🤣🤣 2mo
BarkingMadRead I‘m a little worried about how mad Jack is, I feel like that can‘t end well! Poor Nolan, having his mom and sister always on his mind, he needs to learn how to ask for help! I bet Kalyn with a K would be able to help Maddie! 2mo
PageShifter I don't know why I took that call as a minor thing 🤔 Well Nolan has his friend there to look after his family instead of him and to be honest I don't know if there is more to do. They can be fine but there are moments when they need help and then Nolan's friend is there. 2mo
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I have a cozy weekend planned. These books, holiday card writing, warm beverages and sports on tv.

Make it a wonderful weekend, Littens 💙

TheBookHippie Awe looks lovely!! 2mo
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#LittensLoveRomance Ch.4-6: I was in the middle of listening to Ch.7 as well and I realized I‘d fallen asleep! Not because it was boring - I was just super cozy. Anyway, I‘ll add it on to tomorrow‘s reading. Things are heating up and getting more complicated between Bee and Nolan. Can they both keep things professional? Or will they give into their fantasies?

KristiAhlers I am having so much fun with these two! 2mo
Read4life The comments from the ‘fill in‘ crew members are hilarious. I‘m liking this cast of characters. 2mo
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PageShifter I am trying to see that I don't comments something that happened in chapter 7. Hmm... One thing I have started to wonder is that how healthy it really is to fantasize about adult movie star. I mean that sure some watch adult movies but I mean how common it's that you really have a favorite actress in them and you watch only her movies. I am not sure, it just sounds strange. 2mo
PageShifter I can get where that “having fun“ comes from: this is really light to read and it makes this so pleasurable and entertaining read. And that makes reading fun. But I love to laugh aloud too, I have not done that really often this far (chapter 3 is the winner this far :D). 2mo
TheSpineView Still having trouble getting into this one. The plot is not believable and I can see right where it is going. Other than Bee, I am not feeling any of the other characters. Sigh... 2mo
PageShifter It's always interesting to see how some of us likes characters and some doesn't feel a lot. I also found secondary characters hilarious, well they're a bit much sometimes, but at the same time they are working for the industry that is quite extreme. 2mo
OriginalCyn620 @KristiAhlers @Read4life Yes, me too! 🙋🏻‍♀️ 2mo
BarkingMadRead These supporting characters are hysterical, I can totally see them in my head lol and poor Nolan and Bee, so many misconstrued moments! I‘m loving where this is going, I love a little light and fluffy sprinkled among more serious books! 2mo
PageShifter I also love to have a mixture of different genres 👍 2mo
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My December #Bookspin TBR. Just waiting on my #TrappedOnAnIsland picks :)
#Doublespin

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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
aperfectmjk Did you get your picks yet? 2mo
Pigpen_Reads @aperfectmjk No, not yet. 2mo
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Chapter 2 is killing me! So, there‘s a communication breakdown between our male MC and the replacement costume designer, and well, I have not laughed so hard at a book in a long time!

#LittensLoveRomance

StayCurious This scene was everything! 2mo
OriginalCyn620 @StayCurious It was! Kinda wish I hadn‘t been waiting in the carpool line while reading it. If anyone saw me, I‘m sure I looked completely deranged. 2mo
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#LittensLoveRomance Prologue to Ch.3: well we‘re off to a fun start! So far I‘m really liking this book and I‘m eager to see where things go and how they will escalate. Hopefully you can read my teeny tiny chapter ramblings above 👆. If not that‘s okay - let me know your thoughts below 👇!

TheSpineView My bug-a-boo already is that it seems so improbable that I am having a hard time getting into the story. 2mo
PageShifter I also found the scene with the clothing designer fun. I found actually some pictures about Victorian/regency trousers and I didn't know how there has actually been “fall front trousers“. 2mo
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PageShifter @TheSpineView Do you mean how they both are fans of each other? I agree that I had the same feeling and I tried to think if that could be possible. I think it would have been a bit more believable if they both had worked in the same industry. If you for example are an actor you know all the best ones there and could be a fan when following someones work. But even then I don't think it's probable that that person would also been a fan of yours. 2mo
PageShifter I felt for Nolan with his rough life, I could relate to that. I liked how much he cared about his family and wanted to take care of them. It was heart-warming. But at this point we don't know his every side and if there is some unlikable things. 2mo
StayCurious @TheSpineView yes it may take a bit of suspend our disbelief for this one. But I am finding it fun even though it‘s improbable 2mo
TheSpineView @PageShifter Yes. The plot feels forced. For me, that takes away from the story. 2mo
TheSpineView @StayCurious What I like about the story is that a plus size girl can do anything. Love that. 2mo
PageShifter @StayCurious Yeah I can see why you find it fun. And like you said: it keeps things more even/equal and that's a good thing. 2mo
PageShifter And I was glad how I didn't find any of the main characters annoying. That's always a bummer if that happens! :D 2mo
Read4life @TheSpineView I agree with you. Love seeing a plus size character in a positive light. 2mo
KristiAhlers I have been giggling my way through these chapters! 2mo
PageShifter I agree about plus size but then I also always wonder what is that “plus size“ they're talking about. Here it's mentioned as a quite big issue but at least in modelling true tv-shows “plus size“ is a person who has normal weight and others are almost anorectic. Bee working for entertaining industry it would be nice to know more specific. 2mo
PageShifter I am jealous for that giggling! I love to giggle while reading and during these chapters the scene with the clothing designer was the only one that made me do it! 2mo
OriginalCyn620 I just realized that I‘ve not read the daily summaries so I‘m gonna play catch up! I do like Bee a lot- she seems like a strong female character. And Sunny is hilarious! I already feel bad for Nolan because he‘s carrying a lot of responsibility for his family. And the story set up does seem a bit far-fetched but I‘m willing to suspend belief. It‘s a holiday story, so I can definitely do that! (edited) 2mo
PageShifter Yeah holiday stories are holiday stories and I agree how you can forgive them a bit more than usual. They are usually predictable and sometimes unbelievable. I don't know how believable it really is to find love and immediately decide to move from the big city to small town and how often that's used as a plot in Christmas stories?! 2mo
BarkingMadRead I had no idea what this was about when we chose it, just that it looked fun, and I was right! I‘m loving all the craziness between the two companies that Teddy owns, and Bee is amazing! 2mo
PageShifter I didn't know either when we voted. Later I skimmed through the blurp so that I could know which prompts of different challenges this could fit but I usually read books without reading the blurp. 2mo
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December #bookspin. Can't believe the year is almost over!

#doublebookspin #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
bthegood Resting Scrooge Face - the title has me adding it to Litsy database and putting it on my TBR - 😊🤣 (edited) 2mo
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repost for @StayCurious:

We will be starting our #LittensLoveRomance December read tomorrow! This month there will be a drawing for a prize - each comment will earn you one entry, and each post about the book where you tag me will earn you two entries. Bonus points if you make me laugh 😄. I will announce the winner after we have our book discussion, which will be held on the first Sunday after we finish the book. Looking forward to this month!

StayCurious Thanks for sharing!! 2mo
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