5 stars for Once Upon a Christmas Cookie by @OkatieO #holidayromance #romance #bookreview
Title: Once Upon a Christmas Cookie
Author: Katie O’Sullivan
Genre: Holiday Romance
Matt Jamieson is done with casual hookups, but his playboy reputation isn’t easy to shake off. Volunteering with his niece’s scout troop is the ticket to showing everyone he’s ready to settle down, but the fiery redhead who pushes all his buttons is an obstacle he didn’t anticipate.
Chelsea Greene never meant to move back to Cape Cod. Thanks to grad school loans and a mountain of debt from her cheating ex, she’s once again sleeping in her childhood bed. But when the holidays and the annual open house competition roll around, her mom asks for a favor she can’t refuse.
All Chelsea needs to do is go on a date with the obnoxious guy from the craft fair to get the cookie recipe her mother needs. But when one date turns into two, and then three… can they still blame it on the Snickerdoodles? Or is there a pinch of holiday magic in that secret recipe?
This is a charming holiday romance with numerous comedic moments. The premise screams rom com. A playboy ready to settle down, a woman not looking for love, and a secret cookie recipe at the heart of it all.
This is my first read by this author, even though she comes highly recommended by my boss. I like the setting and the way the author crafts the story. The characters are relatable, the dialogue is realistic yet humorous, and the romance is modern. No hopping into the sack at the first meeting, but an honest attraction between two people.
There’s a Christmas feel to the story which I found pleasing. Between the bake sales to other town events in this small town, the story oozes Christmas. Plus, there’s an unexpected romance. This romance wraps itself in addictive feel-good moments.
If you’re looking for a well-written holiday romance that’ll make you smile, this book is perfect for you.
My Rating: 5 stars
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Katie O’Sullivan is an award-winning writer with over a dozen contemporary romance and young adult books to her name.
A voracious reader, she loves to read and write second chance stories with strong female characters and hot alpha males. A recovering English major, she earned her degree at Colgate University and now lives on Cape Cod with her family and big dogs, drinking way too much coffee and finding new uses for all the sea glass she obsessively collects from the beach right down the road. She writes YA and romantic suspense novels, as well as working full time for a high tech company. Which explains all the coffee.
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Reviewed by: Sam