Friday, December 4, 2020

One Christmas Eve by Shannon Stacey

Summary

They couldn’t be more different. Or more perfect for each other.

New York Times bestselling author Shannon Stacey returns with a warm and cozy opposites-attract Christmas story.

Zoe Randall is busy living her life as she damn well pleases. She’s back in her favorite town, her divorce in her rearview mirror, and living out her childhood dream of running a bookstore with her cousin. She has no interest in the uptight nerd who opened his boring-ass business next to her shop…until he complains about one of her sexy window displays.

Then it’s game on.

Preston Wheeler knows he takes life a little too seriously. But when the saucy bookseller next door starts pushing his buttons, he can feel that changing. Beautiful, vivacious Zoe challenges him in all the best ways, and soon he’s pushing her buttons right back: teasing and flirting all the way through the holiday season.

As Preston loosens up and Zoe is treated to the man behind the suit (particularly his forearms), she realizes she’s more interested than she cares to admit. And Preston comes to see the beauty—the absolute delight—in adding Zoe’s bright splashes of color to his once very black-and-white existence.

My Thoughts

One Christmas Eve is the story of a fun, sexy, bookstore owner and an uptight lawyer trying to decide if they can put aside their differences and get along with each other. Zoe isn't so sure. Preston might be renting the office space next door to her and her cousin Carly's bookstore, but that doesn't mean she has to like him.

Does it?

I was a big fan of Preston and Zoe right off the bat. Well, what I should say is that I really liked Zoe. It took some time for Preston to grow on me. Haha. But the chemistry between the two was undeniable and I like hate to love romance stories, so this book was right up my alley.

I also really enjoyed reading a romance about a bookstore owner. I loved reading about the different window displays that Zoe would create, in order to attract customers and advertise books. A big point of contention between her and Preston is that he doesn't like her Halloween display. It's much too sexy.

The back and forth between him and Zoe about that was really funny, and it made me smile how they clearly liked to push each other's buttons.

One of the reasons that I picked up this book was because I wanted to check out a new Christmas romance, and while there wasn't a lot of talk about Christmas. this story took place during a couple of different holidays. Preston and Zoe have an interesting Thanksgiving together at her grandfather's house, and they keep get thrown together in different places.

One of my favorite scenes was when Zoe helped Preston decorate his place for Christmas. It felt like a scene that would occur in one of my favorite Christmas movies.

I would recommend this book to you if you enjoy contemporary romances, talk about the holidays, as well as hate to love relationships. It was fun to read about Zoe and Preston's blossoming relationship and the epilogue at the end made my heart happy.

4 stars.

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