Recently I found out that I actually don't mind novella's, in fact I really enjoy them. In my opinion these little books give you a brief glimpse at the author and their writing style. Especially if it's an author that is new to you. Since the novella's that I have read recently were mostly for characters that don't get their own actual book, I don't mind it if I had not had a chance to jump into book one yet.
Have Yourself a Curvy Little Christmas was a novella for a Perfect Fit series and it was an introduction to me to Sugar Jamison and her Perfect Fit series. I have to admit, I chose this novella based on the fact that the main character has curves, and as a woman with some curves myself it's kind of refreshing!
Dina Gregory returns home to New York and all she wants is to find her son's father and for the man to claim some responsibility for him. What she didn't expect was to have a run in with the man's older grouchy brother instead.
What I really liked about this book...
It was a Christmas novella, so that by itself got it points. But no, I really liked Dina. She was loud and obnoxious, wiry, witty and spoke her mind. Complete opposite from Ben, the grouchy millionaire who just lost his brother and is alone for Christmas due to the fact that he no longer has a family left.
I loved the way Ben just came in and stepped into the fatherly shoes, even if Dash the baby was his brother's doing. But due to the fact that Dash's dad can no longer be in the picture and Ben had always wanted a child, it was a very touching moment to me. I loved the way he interacted with Dash and everything he went through to provide them with the perfect first Christmas, even at the chance that it bought in bad memories.
This book follows book one in the series, but I actually had no problems following the storyline. It was well done from start to finish. The fact that Sugar Jamison was able to do that, was really impressive to me on her behalf. The story flowed wonderful, the dialog made me laugh and even thought it had me wondering what happened between Dina and her family, it didn't leave me hanging. It was all nicely fit and explained at the end of the book.
Sugar Jamison's writing is sassy, and there was plenty of romance in the book. There is sizzle and sparks between Ben and Dina, and you just cannot help but love them yourself. The only love scene in the end was much tamer then what I usually read so I didn't mind it.
I like Christmas romances, and I loved the lengths Ben went to make Dina happy and give her the first Christmas for Dash that she would remember! It was sweet and swoon worthy watching Ben change from the type of character he was in the beginning of the book. It was also nice to know that Dina had changed too. I suspect if I read book 1 first, I probably wouldn't have liked her.
What not so much...
I got a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.
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