Book Review – Her Sweetest Christmas by Holly Blair | Blushing Geek

Book Review – Her Sweetest Christmas by Holly Blair

Her Sweetest Christmas by Holly Blair | Blushing Geek

Her Sweetest Christmas by Holly Blair
Series: Juniper Falls, #1
Published December 22, 2016
Genre: RomanceHolidayContemporary
75 pages
Format: eBook
Source: Review request from the author
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
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Natalie LeClair will never forget the kiss she shared with Cooper King three years ago. Too bad he’s the enemy, back in her life to buy her grandmother’s chocolate company right from under her nose.

Cooper King will stop at nothing to acquire LeClair’s Chocolate Shop and its famed recipe. There’s only one wrinkle. Natalie is standing in his way, and he wants nothing more than to rekindle their romance. Cooper longs to return to just business as usual, but Natalie may be the sweetest distraction he’s ever imagined.


I’m not usually fond of Christmas-themed stories even though it’s my favorite holiday. But there are ofcourse times that I do crave to read one, mostly holiday suspense. But when the author Holly Blair offered her book, Her Sweetest Christmas, it’s a novella anyway, so why not? With the busy schedule I am having lately, novellas sure come in handy, *wink

The story started introducing Natalie who fled Juniper Falls after her messy divorce with her ex-husband who cheated on her with his boss’ daughter. Returning is not yet in her plan until she wasn’t able to get a hold of her grandmother who’s currently living alone back in Juniper Falls. But the timing wouldn’t have been perfect because she saw her ex-husband and now his new wife who just came back from their honeymoon in the airport. Seeing that she doesn’t have any ride home, the bastard offered her a ride home. And faith is obviously toying with her because Cooper, the guy who’d given her the best kiss ever but then stood her up three years ago, is in the same airport too!

My sweetest Christmas really started so good and I liked the reunion at the airport, lol. I guess the reason why it caught my attention was because of Natalie’s situation. I always like a story with revenge, but when Cooper came in,’s not a story of revenge, haha. But even if that’s not the case, I’m still glued to this story. Why’s that? It turns out that they have history together and it was not a very pleasant one. He stood her up while she waited for him in two agonizing hours! Then she received a text from him with some lame excuse. That’s a little cruel thing to do, but in comparison to what her ex-husband did, well, Cooper is luckily not added to my death note, *wink.

So after that airport scene, Natalie and Cooper’s relationship slowly got better. It’s obvious that they both like each other so I was pretty sure that they’ll hit it off in no time. I wasn’t expecting this one to be a very very short read, I was expecting at least a hundred pages but I still think Natalie and Cooper getting together wasn’t done in a haste.

This may have been only a 75 pages story but I still think it comprises what a story should have. It even has an epilogue, which screams HEA. But I was still expecting for a little flashback three years ago on how they met and about that kiss that both of them can’t seem to forget.

There may have been a part that was too lovey-dovey for my taste, but overall, I still think it was a decent read.

This was my first from the author but I have to say that I’m impressed. I do like her writing style that even if this story was taken both from the main characters POV, it didn’t make me confused since the shifting was done flawlessly. 

It was pretty good but I can’t totally say it stood up for me, so I’m giving it a 3 stars.

If you’re having a tight schedule and are looking for a short story that will give you that Christmassy feels, then My Sweetest Christmas by Holly Blair is worth checking out.


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  • Mary Kirkland November 11, 2017 at 5:28 am

    Sometimes the short books just don’t have enough in them to be great.

    • Vanessa November 13, 2017 at 10:36 pm

      There are some, but there are also few that were great short stories. I only managed to read 1 though 😉

  • Lily B November 11, 2017 at 7:59 am

    I love holiday books! My TBR this season is insane and not sure i’ll finish all. Glad you enjoyed it, seems a bit short tho

    • Vanessa November 13, 2017 at 10:43 pm

      Hehe, I can totally relate, though in my case if it’s not suspense, it’s particularly romance 😉

  • Sophia Rose November 11, 2017 at 9:07 am

    It’s fun to pick up a holiday book to help get in the mood. This one does look good. It does have an interesting set up. Glad it has a full story even though its short. Great review, Vanessa!

    • Vanessa November 13, 2017 at 10:42 pm

      Yeah, it was surprisingly is Sophia Rose. Thank you 🙂

  • Carole's Random Life November 11, 2017 at 10:28 am

    I am not a huge fan of Christmas books but I will read them if the story sounds good. This sounds like a nice shorter read.

    • Vanessa November 13, 2017 at 10:42 pm

      Yeah it is. Could be a perfect book to read this Christmas actually, which I’m sure all of us had a little time to spare 😉

  • Melliane November 12, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    I don’t read a lot of them but I like that from time to time. Just read one I really loved for example. I didn’t know about this one but well it’s always tricky when it’s novella too

    • Vanessa November 13, 2017 at 10:41 pm

      True. I’ve read some few novellas that I didn’t like, but I also read some that I liked a lot, so it really depends 🙂

  • Wattle November 12, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    I must admit, I do enjoy Christmas novellas, sometimes they’re just the perfect length. Glad you enjoyed this, even though it was quite short 🙂

    • Vanessa November 13, 2017 at 10:40 pm

      Yeah, I’m happy too. I guess it also helped that there’s no unnecessary drama in this story which I really hate 🙂

  • Silvia November 13, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Ok, I confess I’m not particularly fond of Christmas-themed stories either, but I do enjoy novellas and I think sometimes they are all we need. Sure, they can be tricky, but we can use a break from our endless novels list, right? 😉

    • Vanessa November 13, 2017 at 10:39 pm

      Haha, true. I don’t actually buy novellas unless they’re Tagalog romance so I think these novellas in my list were from publishers/authors or from a freebie 😉 I actually read 1 novella that I really liked though, and it was a freebie in Amazon, hehe

  • Karen November 14, 2017 at 1:02 am

    I love, love, love Christmas novellas. Even if they aren’t that good lol

    For What It’s Worth

    • Vanessa November 15, 2017 at 9:45 pm

      Hehe, that’s great to hear Karen 🙂

  • LilyElement November 14, 2017 at 3:37 am

    I do need to try more novellas, I have issues with some because they feel rushed or not complete though. Maybe I’ll try one for Christmas 🙂

    • Vanessa November 15, 2017 at 9:42 pm

      Yep, that tends to be a problem with novellas, but there are a few that’s good though. Hope you’ll find one that you’ll love 🙂

  • Diva Booknerd November 15, 2017 at 3:18 am

    I love Christmas themed books but found the novellas tend to be a little too short for my tastes unless it’s part of an overall series. This sounds like a cute little read to get into the Christmas spirit. Thanks for sharing Vanessa and glad you enjoyed it <3

  • kindlemom1 November 22, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    I might have to grab this one, I seriously have zero holiday reads this year. Great review for this!

    • Vanessa November 24, 2017 at 12:14 pm

      Yay. I hope you’ll enjoy this book 🙂


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