blog tour celebrating the release of "The Christmas Mistake" by Josephine Templeton. I love holiday romances and make sure to add a lot of them to my reading list each year, and I've been looking forward to getting my hands on this one ever since I saw the adorable cover. It turned out to be a cute, sweet story with a fun (if slightly cheesy) Hallmark movie vibe, which I always appreciate!
I couldn't help but feel bad for female lead Carina when the story began. She got a LOT more than she bargained for when she arrived in New Orleans to surprise her fiance, Bart, in an effort to spice things up between them. Things started to look up for her when she realized the connection she had with the person who greeted her as she emerged from the gift box that had been delivered to what Carina thought was Bart's hotel room. This "stranger," Rad, turned out to be an old friend, and the story quickly turned into a second chance romance as the two reconnected.
There were many things I liked about this book, particularly its descriptions of New Orleans at Christmas. I would love to see those unique decorations and holiday lights displays for myself, especially Santa's sleigh being pulled by alligators! However, there were also a few things I thought could have been improved. For example, the story seemed a bit disjointed because of the way it jumped around in time and from one third-person POV to another. I did like that we got both Carina and Rad's perspectives, but it might have flowed better if the story had been told in a linear timeline and from dual first-person POVs.
Overall, "The Christmas Mistake" was a short, sweet holiday story that I would recommend for all fans of contemporary romance and romantic comedy. It wasn't exactly a typical holiday romance, but it definitely got me in the Christmas spirit.
*Review copy provided by the author via Xpresso Book Tours. All opinions expressed are my own.
About "The Christmas Mistake"
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?
a Rafflecopter giveaway