Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Christmas Cottage/Ever After by Samantha Chase

Title: The Christmas Cottage
Author: Samantha Chase
My Rating: B for the first novella

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: -
Main Characters: Ean and Lacey/ Ava and Brian
Release Date: September 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks
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Sexual Intensity: mild


Story Overview:
An exciting reissue of both books in the beloved Christmas Cottage series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Samantha Chase, just in time for the holidays . 
Legend has it that any couple who spends the night in the Christmas Cottage shall have love everlasting... 
THE CHRISTMAS COTTAGE
Lacey Quinn does not believe in happily-ever-after or the legend of the Christmas Cottage. But her best friend does, and she’s the one getting married. It’s Lacey’s job to make sure everything at the cottage is perfect for the newlyweds. Instead, she finds herself snowed in with the best man, and she begins to wonder if fairy tales really can come true.
EVER AFTER
Ava Callahan wants desperately to believe in love everlasting. But when Brian McCabe walks back into her life and upsets her carefully organized world, her commitment to perfection makes it hard to accept the love that’s right in front of her. Will it take a night in the Christmas Cottage for Ava and Brian to find their happy ending?

My Review:
For The Christmas Cottage...
If you like sweet as candy holiday romances then this is the story for you. At times, it felt a bit over the top and I really, really did NOT like Ava, Lacey's best friend (which should make reading the second book in this interesting.) But honestly those were my only complaints. The set-up was cute. I liked the history behind Lacey and Ean from when she made a fool of herself when she was 14 years old. And I'm always a sucker for a good snowed in story. I even liked the little bit of magic about the Christmas Cottage. 

Overall it was a fun little read and would definitely provide a good, holiday-movie-like escape for the holidays (think Falalaholidays of movies) for a couple of hours.

For Ever After...
I had to DNF this one. I made it about halfway through reading it, but I never liked Ava in the first book, and I wasn't finding much redeeming about her in this one either. (Chances are...she grows some in the story, but I just didn't want to finish to find out.) Although, I did really love Brian...he just needs and deserves a better heroine. 
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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