Wednesday, November 29, 2023

✱✱Book Review✱✱ Merry Pucking Christmas by Kelly Jamieson


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Harley Reid

My holiday plans? Boxed wine, flannel pajamas, and Netflix minus the “chill”. I hadn’t planned on getting off my apathy until after New Years—until I accidentally crash into my ex’s new girlfriend’s car. But it’s the motivation I need to flee to my Aunt Nora’s place in NYC for Christmas.

Colliding with a typically grouchy New Yorker isn’t my best foot forward. But sweet Jesus on a cracker, he’s a lickable, Viking-size hunk of hotness. As we somehow keep running into each other, I begin to believe I can shed the hurt and humiliation and be fearless.

Nils Axelsson
My holiday plans? Spending my hockey team’s break alone. My friend Nora, however, won’t let me escape her vortex of holiday cheer, and I find myself agreeing to take her niece to a Rockettes show.

I was expecting an awkward teenager in braces, but it’s the same woman who plowed into me in the elevator. A knock-me-sideways stunning blonde whose beauty and kindness hits me like a puck to the chest. The more time I spend with her, the more I want as much as I can get before she has to go back home. Unless I can give her a reason to stay.

Momma Says: 5 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
It's a friends-to-lovers romance you won't be able to put down for Merry Pucking Christmas. Kelly Jamieson is a must-read author for me, and this book is another reason why. It's fast-paced, and the romance is a great combination of sweet and sexy. I loved the meet-cutes between Nils and Harley - yes, I meant to make that plural.
I rooted for this couple from the start, but I'd have to admit that had they just remained friends, I still would've liked the story. Yeah, I know, but it's totally true. Both characters are lovable, and you can't help but want to see them happy, whether that's as friends or something more. I'm not saying I wouldn't have been disappointed if they hadn't crossed the line to lovers, but romance or friendship, Nils and Harley are the kind of characters you just want good things for. Does that say a lot about Kelly Jamieson's writing, or what? As with pretty much everything I've ever read by her, I was hooked from the start and completely invested in these characters. We also get a secondary romance going on, which is pretty emotional in its own right.
So, we get two romances between some pretty great characters. The story moves at a good pace, and the flow is good. The dialogue feels natural, and it's often witty, which I've come to expect from Kelly Jamieson. Merry Pucking Christmas is part of the Bears Hockey II series, but it is a standalone. There are some characters from earlier books that pop in here and there, so if you're familiar with the series, you'll get to see some past favorites. It's also one of my favorite Christmas romances this year, so I'd definitely recommend it.  


Kelly Jamieson is a USA Today bestselling author of over 40 romance novels and novellas.

Her writing has been described as “emotionally complex”, “sweet and satisfying” and “blisteringly sexy”. She likes black coffee, white wine and high heels…and of course cheering on her Winnipeg Jets during hockey season!

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