Book Review: It Must Be Christmas

December 5, 2016 Book Reviews 0

Book Review: It Must Be ChristmasIt Must Be Christmas: Three Holiday Stories by Jennifer Crusie, Donna Alward, Mandy Baxter
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on October 4th 2016
Genres: Romance
Pages: 384
Source: NetGalley
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, when love is in the cold and frosty air—and desire reaches the boiling point. . .

Hot Toy
From New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Crusie comes a hilarious, sexy story about a determined shopper who grabs the last action figure off the shelf, only to find herself plunged into the arms of a sexy secret agent. Mayhem under the mistletoe ensues. Business as usual this Christmas season…right?

Christmas with the Billionaire Rancher
Nate wants to stay away from all the women who want his money in Mandy Baxter’s story set deep in the heart of Texas. But when gorgeous do-gooder Chloe Benson comes knocking at his door—in search of funds for her charity—Nate can’t ignore the passion he feels for her. Maybe love is priceless after all?

Christmas at Seashell Cottage

’Tis the season in Jewell Cove when local doctor Charlie Yang finds her quiet, steady life disrupted by both an abandoned baby in the nativity manger and ex-SEAL Dave Ricker. Are these turn of events too good to be true? Or is Christmas working its magic—for real— Donna Alward’s heartwarming holiday story?


My thoughts

This has three fabulous and very cute romance stories. One I had already read prior to getting the book and didn’t realize.

The first I actually had the book from Netgalley! So this was even more of a win. Hot Toy was super cute and a great intro to the holiday season. The characters were fun to read and even more fun when they were arguing. As a short story it is very fast and there isn’t enough time to delve very far into the characters but it is enough to wet your whistle. Full review for Hot Toy.

The second is a fun book about a doctor that does not have enough time to get out and date and probably wouldn’t even if she did have the time. Charlie Yang is thrown off when the guy she has been watching (secretly at lunch every single day) startles her and starts talking to her.

This one has a bit of a push/pull between the characters that I didn’t like. I do not know how they ever understood each other. They both have their issues and because of their baggage they keep secrets from each other but not because of the new relationship (sorta) but because they do not trust one another. That is so obvious that it was hard for me to read through some of their conversations.

Somehow they get through the talks but the tension never really leaves. I enjoyed the story even more when Daniel showed up. Although don’t let that throw you, this is not a love triangle. Daniel just throws a different kind of tension into the mix and I love those parts! In short, the story was fun and I enjoyed it even through the tense conversations.

Christmas with a Billionaire Rancher was a good enough story that I remembered even though I read it last year. This is another fast, easy read with really fun characters. There is even more of a character arc, which I love! Full review for Christmas with a Billionaire Rancher.


Rating Report
5 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
5 / 5
Overall: 5 / 5
The Author


Jennifer Crusie:

Jenny Crusie is the NYT bestselling author of twenty some novels and lots of other stuff. Her latest novel, Maybe This Time, hit shelves in August, 2010.

Jenny lives on the Ohio River where she often stares at the ceiling and counts her blessings.

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Donna Alward:

While bestselling author Donna Alward was busy studying Austen, Eliot and Shakespeare, she was also losing herself in the breathtaking stories created by romance novelists like LaVyrle Spencer, Judith McNaught, and Nora Roberts. Several years after completing her degree she decided to write a romance of her own and it was true love! Five years and ten manuscripts later she sold her first book and launched a new career. While her heartwarming stories of love, hope, and homecoming have been translated into several languages, hit bestseller lists and won awards, her very favorite thing is when she hears from happy readers.

Donna lives on Canada’s east coast with her family which includes a husband, a couple of kids, a senior dog and two crazy cats. When she’s not writing she enjoys reading (of course!), knitting, gardening, cooking…and is a Masterpiece Theater addict. You can visit her on the web at and join her mailing list at .

Mandy Baxter:

Mandy Baxter lives in rural Idaho. She’s a part-time pet wrangler, a full-time sun worshiper, and only goes out into the cold when coerced. She loves black clothes, pink appliances and thinks junk food should be a recognized food group. In the summer, she can be found sitting by the lake, enjoying the view from her dock.

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