Write Before Christmas by Julie Hammerle
Published by Entangled Publishing on November 30, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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You’ve probably heard of me.Reclusive fantasy author turned famous when his series got developed into a mega TV hit.Except now I’m way behind deadline, and the whole world is waiting to see what I’ll write next. The pressure is getting to me, and I. Can’t. Write.Cue: small town where people don’t recognize me.Cue: my assistant insisting on a personal chef to keep me fed and nothing more.Cue: finding the first bit of inspiration I’ve felt in months whenever she’s around…Am I a walking cliche now, or what?Dani Cooper seems to have her own hurdles to jump this holiday season. Newly divorced, looking for her next move. She’s the first person who’s seen me for me in way too long. And I see her, too--as way more than just an employee, a divorcee, a cook. She’s becoming my muse…But when my Christmas deadline hits, will it spell the end of us, too?
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Disclaimer: There is absolutely no sex to be witnessed by the reader in this story.
Let’s start from the beginning, Write before Christmas was a fun, entertaining read I enjoyed very much. It’s not strictly speaking a “clean romance” but let’s just say when the sex finally happens it falls in the “and they did it, and it was the best of their lives! Aaaand now they’re cuddling and basking in the afterglow” category.
Ok, clearly I’m not over the no-explicit-sexy-times thing. Besides that little hiccup, I really liked this story. Matt, fantasy writer extraordinaire, is dealing with an ever-nearing deadline, writer’s block and the repercussions of a really bad blunder. Nothing is really working until Dani comes into the picture. Not only is the food she makes him the most delicious thing he ever tasted, but her presence stirs in him all kinds of thoughts: writing inspiration thoughts and other kinds as well. Especially when they shared a very hot kiss the first night they met (before she worked for him).
Dani is trying to figure out what to do with her life. A stay-at-home mom for the last two decades, she is not sure what to do with herself now that her daughter is starting college and she finds herself divorced, jobless and homeless. With cooking being her real passion, but no experience whatsoever working in that industry she’s not really sure how to proceed. Working for Matt as a personal chef and housekeeper might not be really glamorous but it sure is one step in the right direction.
I really loved how Dani and Matt’s relationship progressed. How it allowed them to heal and really discover things about themselves. I must confess that I was a bit miffed when Matt caved under the pressure and acted like an asshat, but I kind of understood where he was coming from.
Write before Christmas was no action-packed, angsty read. It was sweet, leisurely and fun and I had a great time with it.
Rating: 3+ Stars
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