Sunday, March 20, 2022

✱✱Audio Book Review✱✱ Once upon a Holiday by Claudia Burgoa


Once upon a Holiday
The Spearman Family, Book 3
By: Claudia Burgoa
Narrated by: Aaron Shedlock, Emma Wilder, Sebastian York

This holiday season, there’s more than gingerbread in the oven.

I was always a type-A kind of girl - and that’s exactly what got me into trouble with Sterling Ahren.

Having a baby before 30 didn’t work out, so I took some time off to sort out my life. Sterling’s my new landlord...and he doesn’t plan anything.

He’s a billionaire playboy who can’t stand the holidays. A recluse of the worst kind, Sterling makes Scrooge look like a generous soul...except Ebenezer was never this sexy.

He doesn’t want a family - until the night we have a spontaneous one-night stand, and forget to use condoms. I can’t have a baby with a disorganized free spirit like him. Between my overprotective brothers and his crazy fans, I already know this isn’t going to work out.

Except Sterling isn’t willing to let me go. He wants me home for the holidays...and this is my last chance to make a Christmas miracle happen.

One thing I know for sure: When Sterling and I collide, it’s going to be anything but a silent night.

Funny, touching, and delightful, this smoking hot billionaire holiday rom-com by Claudia Burgoa will make you feel the magic of Christmas.

Momma Says: 4 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐

Between Sterling's attitude and June's penchant for ridiculous and embarrassing situations, this holiday romance is a riot. It isn't hard to figure out where this story was going, but it sure is fun getting there. If you're looking for an angsty, slow-burn romance, this is not it. This one isn't a slow-burn anything, and once these two get together, it's like a whirlwind. In the end, I suppose June and Sterling do the whole relationship thing a bit backward, but it somehow works for these characters. This one isn't as angsty as some of the books I've read by this author. It's more lighthearted, and it is definitely laugh-out-loud funny. This one is totally a fun bit of escapism for the holidays.
That's what I wrote when I read the book, and as it turns out, Once Upon a Holiday is a fun bit of escapism for any time. Of course, it's hard to beat the performances of the narrators: Aaron Shedlock, Emma Wilder, and Sebastian York. The emotion and humor, and yes, the chemistry between Sterling and June, come through wonderfully. If you've followed the series, you'll recognize Jackson as well when he makes an appearance in all his overbearing big brother glory.
Once Upon a Time was already an entertaining and engaging read, so the narration just added another layer to the experience. It's as hard to hit pause as it was to close the book. 

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