Until walking the snowy streets of Oxford, Marco Cavelli quite literally crashes into her life – and, complete with broken leg, becomes her unexpected houseguest. All dreamy brown eyes and 6’5” of gorgeousness, the man is hotter and more delicious than a freshly baked mince pie.
Though Maggie always thought it’s a truth universally acknowledged that you never kiss a man in a Christmas jumper?
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Release Date: November 5, 2015
Genre: Holiday Chick Lit
Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater is cute and lighthearted read. I enjoyed getting to know Maggie and Marco, and I liked their budding relationship even though it was built very quickly and on silly terms (they were quite unbelievable but hey, it's fiction!). However, there were a few things about it that I didn't love, which is ultimately why I only gave the book three stars. More on that below.
Maggie and Marco meet under unusual circumstances that set them quickly on a path to love. Neither one are expecting it however, fate has other plans for these two.
So, how did they meet? Well, Marco LITERALLY crashed right into Maggie's life. On a bicycle. In the snow. A few weeks before Christmas. At first, Maggie could have cared less about Marco (he was a major pain in her ass-literally). Marco felt the same, especially considering she broke his leg. But when a nagging sister inlaw talks Maggie into taking care of Marco for a few weeks they have no choice but to get along and get to know one another better.
In these few weeks, these two become closer than either would have anticipated. He goes to wedding with her (she is a professional dress maker) and she goes on a little trip with him. All the while, sparks slowly begin to fly during this time, and the miracle of Christmas shows them that love is in the cards if they let their hearts feel it.
OVERALL IMPRESSIONS OF THE STORY
This is a cute story, and a VERY quick read. I think it took me about an hour and a half to read the entire thing. It's not a novella, and ill admit I did skim through some of it, but it's still under 250 pages so it's an easy read. I liked this book- didn't love it- and think others will feel the same.
If you're looking for a quick Christmas novel, this may be a good one for you.
WHAT I SPECIFICALLY LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK
➜ The cover: I am big fan of chick lit covers as they are usually colorful and really convey the gist of the story (without any words). This cover is certainly a good representation of the book, especially considering it has meaning.
➜ The pacing: As I mentioned above, this is a really fast paced book and can easily be read in one sitting. For me, I was looking for a quick holiday read and this one fit the bill well.
➜ The characters: While the story is light and fluffy, Maggie has some realistic troubles. I won't say what but I feel like this allowed me to connect with her more than if she hadn't.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE ABOUT THE BOOK
➜ The Christmas Part: Seeing as this book is being represented as a Christmas novel, I felt really let down that it didn't have the Christmas cheer and holiday garb that I was looking for. It didn't feel like Christmas time in the story. In fact, had the author taken Christmas out of the title it would make for a normal, everyday chick lit novel.
➜ The way the characters fell in love so quickly: I generally don't buy into the whole "insta love" thing and have been trying to get away from it because it's so unrealistic. This book has it. Maybe it's not love at first sight but falling madly in love within a month especially with someone they didn't know in the past comes off as fake.