Sunday, November 24, 2019

Book Review: The Billionaire's Christmas

I don't know if you've noticed but I am in full Christmas mode and quite frankly, I don't know why I've never done this sooner. Why have I waited until after Thanksgiving my whole life?! Insanity. At this point my entire house is decked out, I have a nine foot inflatable unicorn in my yard (seriously) and I am slowly giving Matt the hints that the other lawn decor needs to go out. If I could go Clark Griswold on this house, I would. Matt says we cannot, under any circumstances, staple lights to the roof. Which is ridiculous. So let's read Christmas books for grownups.

The Billionaire's Christmas - J.S. Scott

Called an eccentric beast by the citizens of Amesport, Maine, handsome, sensual billionaire Grady Sinclair stays isolated in his mansion on a private peninsula. The arrangement suits Grady just fine—until an unassuming woman rings his doorbell, awaking his long dormant passion with her fearlessness. All he wants is to make the fiery blonde his forever. But will he have to become the monster everyone thinks he is to get his Christmas wish?

Emily Ashworth is desperate. The Youth Center has been robbed of all its money, and as the director, she has to find a way to give the town’s needy children the Christmas they deserve. With nowhere else to turn, she ventures to the mansion of a mysterious billionaire to ask for help. Warned to expect a beast, Emily is shocked to find Grady Sinclair a handsome and very sensual man. With steamy kisses under the mistletoe and seductive whispers while hanging the wreath, Emily finds there’s more to Grady than meets the eye. Is this misunderstood billionaire just a lonely soul who needs the gift of love for Christmas?

You want this one because it's only 100 pages or so, and if you're a slow reader novellas are where its at. That's what you should be looking for, I promise you won't be disappointed. I think if you've been around here long enough you'll know I'm a big fan of the Sinclair Series by J.S. Scott and I think after this only have two left to read, which makes me sad but also hopeful because I can't wait to find more by her. This little novella was actually the start of the entire series and I didn't read it first because I am a dork and wanted to wait until Christmas. You can read this entire series out of order and it's totally fine. Actually, Grady and Emily are hardly featured at all in any of the other books (so far, but I don't see them making an appearance in the next two either) so don't feel like you're going to be confused or be missing information/ruining future books, etc. It's fine.

The way the first chapter is set up it made me think that maybe Grady was autistic or had a far bigger disability than stuttering. Seriously. Honestly, that was a bit of meh moment for me but for the most part- I liked Grady. I'll be honest and tell you the first half of this book is pretty cornball because the impracticality of a woman in charge of a community Christmas party where the funds have been stolen finds herself on the doorstep of the town's wealthy recluse in a last ditch effort to ask for money is a BIT MUCH. I mean, that's the story. He demands sex (seriously) she's aghast (obviously) and the whole rest of the story is ridiculous and hokey and god help me, I loved it. It couldn't be any more cheese. It just couldn't. Even Hallmark doesn't serve this kind of cheese. HALLMARK, you guys.

Here's what I loved, though. Emily is a pretty normal person. She sees Grady's flaws and she's OK with that. She doesn't want him to change, she wants him to see things in a different way and experience the good, to not associate everything with bad memories and know that's its OK to make new, better memories.

Overall, I'm going to give this 4 stars. It would have been 5 if it had be just a bit less cheesy/ That and there's a part where a bad guy makes his entrance and his dialogue is so very bad that I have to take a star off for that alone, so I've rounded 3.5 up to 4. But if you are in the mood for a Christmas romance, don't discount this one because it's quick and fun and a really good start to the series.


I'm curious to know what are some of  your favorite Christmas romances? I could always use a couple more. ;) 

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