MINI REVIEWS: TANGLED UP IN TINSEL + CHASING CHRISTMAS EVE | FUN HOLIDAY READS

September 29, 2017 | Posted by Victoria in Book Reviews, Multi-Reviews | 4 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
MINI REVIEWS: TANGLED UP IN TINSEL + CHASING CHRISTMAS EVE | FUN HOLIDAY READSby Candis Terry
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: September 26, 2017 by Avon
Format: eARC
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3.5 Stars
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

Meet the Kincade brothers: they’ll go to any lengths to protect their legacy—

but what happens when love gets in the way...?

As if the holidays weren’t stressful enough, Parker Kincade has a restaurant to open. The fact that his Groomzilla brother wants the place for his perfect Christmas wedding doesn’t help. Then there’s the stunning woman who appoints herself his new chef before he’s ready to hire one. But one look at Gabriella Montani has Parker reassessing needs vs. wants. And that’s before he tastes what she has to offer…

Gabriella doesn’t need to get tangled up with a sexy man. What she needs is a job and a chance to prove herself. A place in Parker’s kitchen could give her the opportunity she’s been waiting for. The heat between them is sizzling, but a place in his bed could be downright dangerous. Neither Christmas nor men have ever lived up to her expectations, but Parker has soulmate written all over him. Should Gabi let herself be swept up in his holiday magic, or will it disappear before Christmas Day?

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I really enjoyed this book! Tangled Up in Tinsel follows Parker Kincaid as he’s working on opening his restaurant in time for his brother’s wedding, and Gabriella who wants to prove herself as a chef and believes that Parker’s restaurant is the place for that.

Going into the book, I thought this was going to be a Christmas story and center around the holidays, but Christmas is only a small part of the story. The book is actually centered around food. Since both the love interest’s careers focus on food, there’s lots of talk about delicious sounding meals throughout the story. I was pleasantly surprised when I got to the end of the book and found recipes for some of the dishes mentioned in the book!

This was such a quick, easy read, and I really liked the characters. Not only did the characters feel realistic, their romance wasn’t too cheesy and felt authentic as well.

This is this third book in the Sunshine Creek Vineyard series, but can be read as a standalone. Each book in the series focuses on one of the Kincaid brothers, so there is some family drama that you’re kind of thrown in the middle of, but it’s explained well enough to understand what’s happening and not feel lost. I definitely recommend this book, and can’t wait to read Candis Terry’s other books!

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
MINI REVIEWS: TANGLED UP IN TINSEL + CHASING CHRISTMAS EVE | FUN HOLIDAY READSby Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #4
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Adult
Publication Date: September 26, 2017 by Avon
Format: eARC
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3 Stars
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

Meet cute...

Run for the hills—temporarily. That's Colbie Albright's plan when she flees New York for San Francisco. Wrangling her crazy family by day and writing a bestselling YA fantasy series by night has taken its toll. In short, Colbie's so over it that she's under it. She's also under the waters of a historic San Francisco fountain within an hour of arrival. Fortunately, the guy who fishes Colbie out has her looking forward to Christmas among strangers. But she's pretty sure Spencer Baldwin won't be a stranger for long.

Make merry...

Spence's commitment to hiding from the Ghosts of Relationships Past means he doesn't have to worry about the powerful—okay, crazy hot chemistry—he's got with Colbie. Just because she can laugh at anything, especially herself... just because she's gorgeous and a great listener just because she gets Spence immediately doesn't mean he won't be able to let Colbie go. Does it?

and hope for a miracle.

Now the clock's ticking for Colbie and Spence: Two weeks to cut loose. Two weeks to fall hard. Two weeks to figure out how to make this Christmas last a lifetime.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Going into this book I was super excited because it’s set in San Francisco. I love San Francisco, and felt happy anytime there was a mention of a place or landmark I’ve been to.

This book follows Spencer, an engineer working on a project to get medicine and medical treatment to remote locations via drones (have fun trying to get this approved by HIPAA lol), and Colbie, a famous YA author traveling to get away from her family and writer’s block. Both Colbie and Spencer are workaholics who put work and family before themselves, and don’t know how to balance their social life with their work life, but once they find each other they start to find that balance.

It took me a while to get into the story, but then I flew through it. I enjoyed it for the most part: the characters were funny, it’s set in one of my favorite places, but it takes place over three weeks so some parts of the relationship moved too fast to be believable for me. Some of the writing also jumped around and I had to go back and reread to try and understand what was happening. I also think everything was wrapped up too neatly at the end. Collie was having issues with her family and agent, but at the end everything was immediately getting better and everyone realized their problems. Besides these small issues I had with the book, I really had fun reading it.

This is the third book in the Heartbreakers Bay series (that means other books set in San Fran, yay!) but can be read as a standalone. I haven’t read any of the other books in the series, but Gen did, and reviews for them are here and here if you’re interested.

Overall I enjoyed the story, and would definitely read more of Jill Shalvis’ books!

4 responses to “MINI REVIEWS: TANGLED UP IN TINSEL + CHASING CHRISTMAS EVE | FUN HOLIDAY READS

  1. Great reviews, Victoria! I really enjoyed Spence and Colbie’s book but I could understand your thoughts. I’ve got the Candis Terry book on my wishlist though so I’m glad to see that you enjoyed it.

  2. Sorry you didn’t enjoy Chasing Christmas Eve. I am a die hard Shalvis fan, and I really enjoyed it. I thought Spence and Colbie was such a great pair. I liked the way they influenced each other and they had great chemistry.

    • I did enjoy it, I think I may have built up my expectations before starting it so it wasn’t as good as I thought it would be. I’m glad you enjoyed her book, I did really like how they balanced each other out!

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