Quick. Cute. Heartwarming.
Thank you so much to Rachel at https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/ and Jennifer C. Wilson for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary eBook and blog tour media kit!
About the Author
Jennifer C. Wilson stalks dead people (usually monarchs, mostly Mary Queen of Scots and Richard III). Inspired by childhood visits to as many castles and historical sites her parents could find, and losing herself in their stories (not to mention quite often the castles themselves!), at least now her daydreams make it onto the page.
After returning to the north-east of England for work, she joined a creative writing class, and has been filling notebooks ever since. Jennifer won North Tyneside Libraries’ Story Tyne short story competition in 2014, and in 2015, her debut novel, Kindred Spirits: Tower of London was published by Crooked Cat Books. The full series was re-released by Darkstroke in January 2020.
Jennifer is a founder and host of the award-winning North Tyneside Writers’ Circle, and has been running writing workshops in North Tyneside since 2015. She also publishes historical fiction novels with Ocelot Press. She lives in Whitley Bay, and is very proud of her two-inch view of the North Sea.
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Callum and Lexie are perfect for each other – at least, that’s what everyone tells them. But they’re just good friends, aren’t they? And neither wants to ruin the solid friendship that’s treated them so well since university.
But when an old school friend of Callum’s asks Lexie for a date, and passions overflow on a work night out, could it be the trigger to show each of them what they have been missing out on all this time?
With twelve weeks until Christmas, that’s a lot of opportunity for romance – and for misunderstandings…
Review (No Spoilers)
Two holiday romances in a row! I’m a huge fan of these types of books and I’m so glad we’re finally in the holiday season. One of my favorite things around December is to go to the library and grab anything that looks like a cozy romance, especially if it’s holiday-themed!
Twelve Dates ‘Till Christmas was a cute, fast-paced, friends-to-lovers novella. It took around an hour and a half to read it, and even that went by incredibly quick. The story follows two best friends who, after years of telling people they aren’t dating, suddenly wonder if there’s something more to the chemistry brewing between them. The narration switches perspectives between the two leads—something that I wish all romances would do. It allows us to see both sides of the story and clears up any miscommunications (how I loathe that trope) very quickly.
In regards to the characters, I thought Lexie was both amazing and incredibly mature. Callum is constantly flirting with the line between carefree bachelor and dangerous heart-breaker, and Lexie handles this fact extremely well. Callum, on the other hand, was a bit of a mess, so it took me a while to warm up to him. I think I might be still on the fence about whether I think he’d be a good life partner or not. I’m still holding out hope for him to become more reliable and introspective.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this novella a lot. There’s even a hint in the prose that there may be another book in the series about two of the side characters and I’m 100% on board for reading it. I always tend to forget how much I like the short and quick feel of novellas, but this book definitely reminded me of how fun they can be. If you know of any holiday romance novellas, PLEASE send them my way. I want to read more!
Twelve Dates ‘Till Christmas came out on Tuesday, so if you’d like to purchase it, you can find it here!
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