I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Christmas at Two Love Lane by Kieran Kramer
Published by St. Martin's Press on October 3rd 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Reading Challenges: Blogger Shame, Mt. TBR
The best gift of all is the one you share with someone else. . .
From the moment he strode through the iron gate and into the offices of Two Love Lane on a crisp December day, it was obvious that Deacon Banks was something different. He wasn't a Charleston native, not with that adorable Yankee accent. And unlike the usual client at the elegant matchmaking agency, he had no interest in finding a woman to marry--just a few no-strings dates while he was in town.
Macy Frost takes her professional services very seriously--how could she not, when she's rumored to be a direct descendant of Cupid? Tech entrepreneur Deacon says he's just trying to make his social-climbing aunt happy by being seen out and about with a few prominent beauties, but Macy insists she can make her client fall in love...for real. And Deacon can't help but think she might be right. As charming as the palmetto trees and magnificent harbor may be, it's the beautiful, breath-of-fresh-air Macy who's become Deacon's favorite part of the scenery. But can the hopelessly romantic Southern belle stop trying to fix him up and just let Cupid do his work on her own heart?
Shame, shame, shame!
While perusing my list of old books, I ran into this one that seemed vaguely familiar. I normally do not read the synopsis of stories I still have yet to read because I feel like they are spoilers, at least to a point. But, I read the synopsis to this one and as I read, I got more and more familiar with the story. I remember reading this, probably during Christmas time, and it looks like I never reviewed it! It’s not very late for my Netgalley standards, but I’m still shaming myself because I actually read it!
I’m hanging my head like the poor pug in the pic, maybe she’s pissed she has a tutu, but I’m annoyed with myself because this book was adorable.
The Story and Characters
This is not some sort of fairy-tale retelling (I really seem to hate those) but instead is just a story about a gal that is rumored to be Cupid’s long lost relative. The whole town knows this and the whole town just loves her and the idea behind it. Maybe because of her supposed lineage or even just the idea of love in general, she takes her job seriously.
So when Deacon Banks enters her door, looking for nothing more than a one night stand, she wants to connect with him but her ideal of love keeps her from getting close. We all know those types of people, not looking for Mrs. or Mr. Right but looking for Mr. or Mrs. Right Now, and Mary Frost is just not into that.
What makes this adorable is that there is an instant connection between these two. They are completely different and want different things, but they also want each other.
Mary Frost is an amazing character. This is just book one in the series and I felt like I knew her, the town, her friends. Everything was so tangible. The writing was exquisite and although romance is not my favorite genre I would re-read this and everything that Kieran Kramer writes in an instant! The plot has it’s ups and downs as all romances do, and I was wondering if this was going to be a HEA or if poor Mary was going to be crushed.
I’ll just say it is worth the read. There are two more books coming out in this series. I’m definitely getting them!
About my romance reviews:
This is also a book where many on Goodreads gave it a 3 or 4. Now, to be honest, I did forget about it. Which goes to show that in all the books I read it dropped off of my brain somewhere, but I completely remember this as absolutely adorable. The Goodread’s reviews seem a little harsh to me, but since I read horror and psychological thrillers like there is no tomorrow (hahaha pun intended) I think I am harder on their reviews than I am on romance. To me romance is my whimsy go to when I need a mental break, while my go to every day genre is more horrific. Each to their own!
|Overall:||5 / 5|
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: