Wednesday, December 2, 2020

The Christmas Swindle by Kristy Tate

Summary

Does Santa take recommendations for the naughty list?

Aspiring author Lauren Hallstrom has one objective: destroy the publishing house that scammed her out of her money and her dreams. Unfortunately, an aggressive poodle gets in her way, and sends her scrambling for refuge on the sports car parked beside the cutest guy she's ever encountered.

From the moment nerdy scientist Ron Walsh spots Lauren sprawled on top of his brother-in-law’s vintage T-Bird, he knows she's the girl for him. Too bad his unruly canine injured Lauren's pride, and, even worse, his mom is the cause of Lauren’s financial crisis.

Ron sets out to right his mother’s wrongs, tame the poodle, and win Lauren’s heart, but he needs more than his billions of dollars—he needs a Christmas miracle.

My Thoughts

This book was definitely not as Christmas related as I want it to be, but it was still sweet romance that I found enjoyable for the most part.

I just felt like I needed to let you know that. There are definitely tiers in Christmas pop culture and while this book has Christmas in it, I'm not sure that it qualifies as a Christmas book. 

When The Christmas Swindle opens, we’re introduced to Lauren. And she’s mad. She’s trying to get to a woman named Donna Johansson, because Donna has wronged. Donna and her business partner made it seem like they were going to help Lauren publish her middle grade book series, but all they did was trick her into spending thousands of dollars.

Note: It’s never really discussed as to whether Donna or Lois meant to trick Lauren or if they just got in over their heads by promising to publish people’s books for them. I like to believe in people until proven otherwise, so I’m going to assume that things just got out of hand.

When Lauren goes to Donna's house to confront her (which seems like a bit much, to be honest) she meets Donna's son Ron. Ron takes an interest in Lauren and begins following her around. Eventually they get to know each other and start dating.

Ron uses his connection to get Lauren's books published. The two of them get along really well, except for the fact that Ron is keeping secrets from Lauren. You can imagine how that goes when she finally finds out

As I mentioned before, there's not a whole lot of Christmas in this book, which was disappointing to me. I think the idea for this story had a lot of potential, but it's really a short novella, so there wasn't a whole lot of room for diving deeper.

I also felt kind of meh about Ron.

3 stars.

Read it Now

The Christmas Swindle comes out today, December 2, 2020! Happy Book Birthday! If you're interested in in purchasing a copy, you can find it on Amazon here.

Until next time,

Marian

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