Author: Claudia Burgoa & Grahame Claire
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Steam: 🔥🔥
Tropes: Holiday Romance, Single Parent, Small Town Romance
Release Date: December 1st, 2020
Synopsis: Audrey’s boss gave her one objective—head to the small town of Winter Valley, and acquire that bed and breakfast the company has had their eye on forever. A big sale like this could change her career . . . and she’s the only one who could convince the owner to make the deal.
On her way, she crashes into the truck of sexy, unavailable, single Dad Colin Bradford. The repairs won’t be done until Christmas Eve, so she’s stuck in Winter Valley until her car is fixed.
There’s something magical about being in a small town at Christmas. Life is slower than her hectic job in the city. She finds herself falling for Winter Valley . . . and for Colin.
Though acquiring that bed and breakfast is much harder than she planned . . .
Amidst all the hot chocolate, snowflakes, and silent nights, Audrey has a choice to make. Could Colin end up being her Christmas miracle?
Review: For someone who doesn’t care for holiday romances, I sure as hell enjoyed this one. I love Claudia Burgoa and Grahame Claire books separately, so to combine their magic into one book obviously means you’re going to get a spectacular read. And in Holiday With You, they combine so many great tropes into a happy, fluffy Christmas story that will make you happy and fall in love with all these characters too!
Audrey and Colin meet when she’s been sent to Winter Valley to acquire a B&B that her boss wants. Her boss is a monster from hell who doesn’t take no for an answer, so instead of spending Christmas with her mom in LA, Audrey Reed’s all the way in Colorado, where she’s lost her suitcase full of warm clothes and is dressed in a unicorn onesie when she runs into Colin Bradford.
Their first meeting is the definition of meet-cute and I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love that her being in that unicorn onesie becomes a running gag through the book. Actually less a gag and more of a romantic endearment. But the point is it’s hella cute and it truly defines their relationship through the course of the book.
“Does the big bad wolf want to eat the unicorn?”
Colin is a sexy, charming single dad with a big nosy family. And he’s absolutely brilliant because of all those elements. He’s instantly charmed by Audrey, even though she’s trying to shake off the fact that her first meeting with this sexy man is all kinds of wrong. But Colin is hooked and everyone knows it. So while Audrey tries to find the owner of the B&B she’s here to buy, Colin and his family are upto all kinds of shenanigans. Honestly, this family is a riot.
The star of this book is clearly Perry Bradford – Colin’s adorable daughter. She’s all kinds of feisty, cute, smart and so flippin’ charming, it’s impossible not to love her! And like the rest of the Bradford clan, she’s also hooked onto Audrey the Unicorn. This book would definitely not be complete without Perry’s existence, that much is all that I can say and you’ll have to read to find out more!
“Maybe I can convince her Winter Valley is more than some town she was accidentally sent to. It’s not a destination. It’s a place where we can write our future.”
But woooie, Audrey and Colin. The meet-cute leads to lots of great chemistry and lots more great sex and a relationship neither of them were looking for. While it feels a little bit like instalove, it’s also quite clear that these two have never had this kind of relationship with anyone else before, so finding each other just makes everything fit. Like a puzzle, they just perfectly fit together and I loved that.
Holiday With You is low on angst (there’s some, but not a lot), high on family dynamics, amazing banter, great chemistry and lots and lots of holiday cheer. If you’re looking for a really good time, this is the book for you!
Thanks to Social Butterfly PR, Claudia Burgoa & Grahame Claire for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.