Thank you to Giselle from Xpresso Book Tours for my spot on the blog tour for this Christmas romance!
by Josephine Templeton
Publication date: December 1st 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Dressed in nothing but Christmas lingerie, Carina has a bellhop deliver her in a gift box to her fiance’s hotel room, but the last thing she expects when she is unwrapped is to see a sexy stranger in holiday boxers who looks like he just stepped off a magazine cover – definitely NOT her fiancé! How in the silver bells was she delivered to the wrong room?
As the owner of a small flower shop, Carina’s surrounded by romance on a daily basis. Her workaholic fiancé has been distant for the past several months, so she decides to drive from Baton Rouge to New Orleans to surprise him on Christmas Eve. However, that distance between them has brought loneliness, and the mere thought of the sexy stranger plucks at her mistletoe. When she discovers the reason for her fiance’s lack of attention, will she put him on Santa’s naughty list and take the stranger for a sleigh ride?
Well, well, well…somebody’s been very nice this year to get such a naughty present. Seriously, The Christmas Mistake is a very sweet romance set in Lousiana (so yes, there are all the elements we expect from this location). If you let your imagination run wild after having read the blurb, be warned: Santa Is coming to the town and only you know which list you are going to end up on.
Carina has been working hard in her florist shop. She’s also been helping out her aunt Rosalie after her house got damaged in the flood, so you know that family is really important for her. She is still grieving the loss of her mother. Unfortunately, Carina’s fiance Bart hasn’t been very supportive or, come to think of it, very present recently. He seems to go on an awful lot of business trips. Perhaps, Carina can spice it up for him by showing u in his hotel in New Orleans, all wrapped up nicely as an oversized Christmas present. Only it gets delivered to a wrong room occupied by a sexy stranger Rad. Well, he isn’t really a stranger, something Carina doesn’t realize straightaway preoccupied as she is with finding where her fiance is and other shocking discoveries of this fateful Christmas Eve.
This book has two of my favourite tropes: second chance love and friends-to-lovers. I’m not a big fan of insta-love. Insta-attraction is perfectly fine, just be responsible and remember there are consequences. I really don’t want to give the plot away, just want to say that real feelings do take time to develop and if you genuinely care for the person, you will wait for the whole life of Christmases with them. Carina needs time to work out what she wants and why she keeps going for Mr Wrongs in her life. Rad is always there for her and I can only applaud his determination not to become the Rebound Guy. I really enjoyed getting the double perspective on the events which also helped me to understand what happened between Carina and Rad in the past.
Another thing I really liked about this book was the setting: Louisiana with its wonderful traditions and its solidarity with the people who lost so much in the tragic events of Katrina and its aftermath.
This was a quick and entertaining read. The book is short enough to be called a novella and sweet enough to put you in a lovely festive mood. Recommended for all romantics who believe in waiting patiently for good things and that unforgettable moment when your true love really ‘sees’ you for the first time.
Thank you to Giselle from Xpresso Book Tours and the author Josephine Templeton for the review copy. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.
Josephine Templeton has six published novels that range from historical romance to urban fantasy. She has been to numerous conferences, including Heather Graham’s Writers for New Orleans, as well as a former member of Romance Writers of America.
Tour-wide giveaway (INT)
- $25 Amazon gift card
- Paperback copy of The Christmas Mistake
- eBook copy of The Christmas Mistake
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