Friday 18 December 2020

Novella Review: Booked For Christmas by Lily Menon

 Booked for Christmas, a novella from debut author Lily Menon, is sure to get readers in the holiday spirit!

Novelist Sophia Hart (real name: Sophie Bartholomew-Kaur-Hughes, but try fitting that on a book cover) absolutely hates her loudest critic—Evan Wolfe, evil mastermind behind the Lone Wolfe book review column. They've never met, but Wolfe's favorite pastime seems to be dumping on Sophie's unapologetically happy, magical romances. Sophie, not one to be left behind, gets her revenge in her own ways (never annoy a writer in search of a villain).

When Sophie decides to throw a holiday party at her cabin, Wolfe is the last person on her mind. But the universe has a twisted sense of humor. Not only does Wolfe show up as someone’s plus one, but a massive snowstorm blows in, stranding them both alone together in Sophie’s cabin.

Over the next few days, Sophie begins to realize that Wolfe isn’t as odiously cynical a man as she’d originally thought. In fact, he’s kind of…sweet. And impossibly hot. But still, Sophie’s been hurt before and she has so much to lose. What she needs is one sure sign that she and Wolfe are meant to be together. Will Sophie and Wolfe get their Christmas miracle?

Review: This cute festive story was great to enjoy with a cup of coffee on a cold wintery afternoon. I actually drank a couple of cups whilst reading this and was a great way to take a break from everything else going right now!

This is a festive romance and whilst Sandhya Menon might be know for writing young adult novels, this novella is definitely for the adults amongst us. As you can tell from the cover it is cold outside for Sophie and Wolfe but there is definitely some heat going on inside that cabin. This was an interesting setting for a romance novella, I don't think I've read an awful lot set in and around Portland and so I enjoyed getting to know these characters. 

For such a short number of pager this novella really packs a lot in. We have a whole cast of characters, many of whom identify as trans or queer and then we have main characters Wolfe and Sophie. Wolfe is a book critic and Sophie is a romance writer, what could possibly go wrong when they end up possibly trapped together in a cabin? This hit some of my favourite romance tropes and I really enjoyed it. In terms of writing style, this one definitely starts off a little 'debut' in nature but hen we start having some easter eggs of and revisiting of previous information and it became really quite slick. 

I enjoyed this read an awful lot and highly recommend it for a little romantic escape right now!

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