Yes, it’s after the Christmas holiday, but I have just a couple more Christmas-y book reviews to finish out the season!A Coastal Christmas by Kaya Quinsey
Published by Books to Go Now on October 17, 2018
Genres: Modern, Romance
Author Kaya Quinsey returns with her trademark blend of romance and adventure, in this page turning story about a love to remember and a Christmas never to forget.
Successful broadcaster Jessica Beaton has it all: the perfect New York City apartment, high-flying career, and handsome boyfriend. And with Christmas around the corner, she has her sights set on one thing. A ring.
But Jessica is humiliated when her co-host and boyfriend, Brett Fanshaw, almost proposes to her on-air before backing out, leaving her dumped and embarrassed on national television. In the midst of her heartbreak, Jessica leaves to go home to Pebble Shores for the holidays for the first time in years.
While retreating at her family's seaside cottage to evaluate her life, Jessica finds herself butting heads with Dean Adams, the mayor of Pebble Shores, who isn't thrilled to have the media spotlight shed on their small town. Jessica couldn't imagine anyone being more of a Grinch.Over the Christmas season, Jessica finds herself more enamored with life in Pebble Shores, the community spirit, and to her own surprise, Dean Adams. Can a small-town mayor and big-city broadcaster have the romance that Jessica always dreamed of?
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Well, that escalated quickly.
I was expecting a much longer build-up and story, but A Coastal Christmas turned out to be a super short little novella that I read in less than forty-five minutes – perfect if you want something sweet and quick! Just not so perfect if you want something very believable, in my opinion. There is much Christmas cheer for everyone, and a sweet little homey-feeling town. The characters aren’t very well fleshed out, but that is more due to the length of the story than the author’s writing, I think. Jessica and Dean connect on purely a physical level…even though the author has tried to tie in something more to the story, it really just felt like grasping at straws and I think to try to give them a HEA was just a little much. Nothing wrong with a holiday fling! And Jessica definitely needed a good rebound after her boyfriend’s antics on LIVE TELEVISION no less. Sometimes it takes another person to jolt us back into ourselves and what we really want out of life. In Jessica’s case, she suddenly realizes that maybe she’s not as in love with the big city life as she once was.
3/5 stars. Writing was good, the story was just really too short for the author to do the characters and theme justice. I’ll be keeping an eye out for future books by Kaya Quinsey!
Many thanks to the author and Xpresso Book Tours for the free copy in exchange for an honest review!
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