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Pastels and Jingle Bells (Holiday Review #7)

Today's holiday book review is for Pastels and Jingle Bells by Christine S. Feldman. I loved this short story because the opening line was enough to hook me immediately. The story moves along at a very fast clip, but you don't miss out on any of the romance. The best part is the story is free, so check it out below! 

Trish Ackerly never expected to cross paths with Ian Rafferty again, but when she spots the former bully of her childhood years through her bakery window, she thinks she may just have been given the best Christmas gift ever: the opportunity to finally give Ian the comeuppance he deserves.

But clearly she does not have a knack for this whole revenge thing, because before she can make good on her plans, Trish gets inadvertently drawn into Ian’s life in an unexpected way that lets her see just how different the man is from the boy he used to be. In fact, much to her astonishment, she actually starts to like the guy.

A lot.

Trouble is, Ian doesn’t know who she really is, and explaining it to him is going to be a little difficult now—which is bad news, because Trish is starting to realize that all she really wants for Christmas this year…is Ian.

I loved, loved, loved this fun novella! It starts out with a bang and I kept flipping the pages to figure out how Trish was going to give Ian his comeuppance. As the story moves along at a fast clip you begin to see there are reasons for the way he used to be, and reasons for the way he is now. One of those reasons is the reason he needs Trish's help and she begrudgingly agrees to help him. It isn't long and the smoldering hot looks make Trish forget about why she was mad at Ian to start with. I have to say, there was romance and hotness without a mention of sex in this book whatsoever. It was a sweet, romantic, fun little bit of heavenly bites. I can't wait to read the rest of this series! 

I give Pastels and Jingle Bells five cups of super hot and spicy tea!

Christine S. Feldman writes both novels and feature-length screenplays, and she has placed in screenwriting competitions on both coasts. In addition to her contemporary fiction, she writes and publishes fantasy under C. S. Feldman. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her ballroom-dancing husband and their beagle. 

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