Reviews of A Very Bossy Christmas and A Very Friendly Valentine’s Day

Happy February 14th. What a better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with two mini reviews of two unabashedly cheery rom-coms!

What’s the actual last thing you’d ever want your executive assistant to see you doing the morning after you had hot, drunk, angry sex with her in a terrible hotel room? Dancing around your terrible hotel room to “Come and Get Your Love” like Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy—naked? Yeah. Me too.

And yet, here we are. 

This isn’t even the most unprofessional thing that’s happened between us in the past couple of weeks.

The first was when I agreed to let her have Christmas Day off, but only if she goes with me to three family gatherings as my fake girlfriend.
The second was when she caught me belting out a Christmas song on stage in the awful hotel bar.
The third was the hot, drunk, angry sex that followed, but I do not regret it.

And she hasn’t even found out the real reason I need her by my side this holiday season.

I need to pull it together before I do the dumbest, most unprofessional thing of all—fall head over heels in love with the only assistant who’s lasted more than a month at the job and claims to hate me and my moods more than she hates eggnog. 

Available on Amazon and via Kindle Unlimited.

This was my last Christmas read of the season… but I never got around to writing a full review in December, or January, come to think about it. Ah well. Here are my thoughts on A Very Bossy Christmas.

Did you notice that cover? How come bosses that look like that in real life don’t come around very often. Of course, if my boss looked like that, my husband might decide it was time for us to be a one income family 😉

On the plus side:

  • The story is very Christmasy with Declan playing a Scroogey type. To balance that out, we’ve got Maddie who fully enjoys the Christmas spirit- decorations, family visits and all.
  • Speaking of family, both Declan and Maddie have super sweet families. There are bossy mothers, pushy sisters, charming brothers, boisterous cousins and a cute niece too. For both of the main characters, their families are instrumental in their growth.
  • The strained relationship between Declan and one of his brothers adds a touch of intrigue and a small dose of angst.

On the negative side:

  • Okay, it is a touch on the cheesy side. But it is what it is and I still enjoyed!

I give A Very Bossy Christmas 4/5 festive espresso shots.


EDDIE: Cancel your dinky little roomette on the train. I’m booking us two of the big bedroom suites. 

BIRDIE: I’ll cancel it AFTER you’ve booked the other sleeper rooms. And reimburse you.

EDDIE: Don’t worry about it. Just cancel your tickets. I got this. Round trip. I’m on the Amtrak website right now.

BIRDIE: You don’t have to leave NYC when I do! You’ll hardly be able to spend any time with your Instagram girlfriend that you’ve never met!

EDDIE: It’s fine. She’ll be fine with it. Cancel your tickets.

BIRDIE: You aren’t going to stop texting me until I’ve canceled them, are you?

EDDIE: Damn right I’m not. Just do it. You can thank me later.

***

EDDIE: Um. Did you cancel your tickets?

BIRDIE: Yes, Edward. I canceled them.

EDDIE: Okay, because it turns out they only had one Family Bedroom from LA to Chicago. But the good news is I booked it for us. It’s the biggest room they had. The bad news is I booked it for us. And it’s the only sleeper room they have left now.

EDDIE: In related news, there was also only one room left from Chicago to New York. 

EDDIE: Hands up if you’re excited! *man raising hand emoji*

BIRDIE: I am so mad at you right now.

***

BIRDIE: I’ve compiled a list of ground rules re shared train bedroom. Check your email, please read carefully, and refer to it again on the ninth of February. Thank you.

EDDIE: *nerd face emoji* Received. I have some notes. 

***This is a 55,000 word very low angst friends to lovers standalone novel***

Available on Amazon and via Kindle Unlimited.

In both books, large chunks are told through text messages. Perhaps, more so in this one than in A Very Bossy Christmas. The technique works for the most part, even with the typed in emoji descriptors. Yet at times, it was a bit much and I would have preferred plain dialogue or narration.

Birdie is such a cute, funny heroine. She’s a nerd and she happily claims it. Never once does she have any self-doubt about her worth. She revels in her uniqueness and readers can’t help but do the same.

Eddie (Declan’s younger brother) is the baby of the Cannavale family. He constantly wants to prove himself as a capable, responsible adult despite his last child status. He also wants to be taken seriously as an actor and not just perfect for the cheesy cute boy roles. Birdie believes in him, she always has, and with her encouragement, Eddie opens himself up to new opportunities.

As advertised, this is a low angst story and readers are treated to a funny, steamy, cute friends to lovers story. Really, it’s a perfect, quick Valentine’s Day read! I give A Very Friendly Valentine’s Day 4/5 espresso shots.

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