I would like to begin by saying a huge thank you to Rachels random resources and Jennifer C Wilson for sending me a copy of this ARC in return for an honest review. This is the first time I have joined Rachels tours and most certainly will not be the last.
Secondly I would like to say.... Happy Publication day to Jennifer C Wilson! Today is the date this lovely novella hits the stands, I hope my review sends you heading to the store to purchase a copy!
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...
Well this was just a festive frolic all dressed up in sparkle and joy. It was exactly what I expected, a gorgeous novella with a predictable end but a fabulous journey to the final point. These are my absolute go to books, whenever I am in a reading slump, or want something to distract me from real life this is the genre I go for. I love the predictability of the ending as it is not about whether they will get together but instead... how they will get together. I always love the antics, the missed opportunities, the silly moments where you just want to clash their heads together. This novella had all those and more!
I loved the characters of Lexie and Callum, they had such a great relationship from the beginning and both were strong and independent but at the same time used each other as a crutch. The side characters were a great addition particularly Beth and Mike. They were perfectly placed to show our main characters exactly where they were going wrong.
The novella itself was perfectly written in terms of pace. I have often read novellas which I found a bit too stilted, as if they are rushing to get to the end and missing key parts out along the way, however this one just flowed beautifully and seemed the perfect length. It gave the characters a great amount of depth and background in a short amount of time without feeling onerous. The twelve dates culminated in a natural point and the novella ended as you would expect leaving me with a warm fuzzy feeling.
This was a book I devoured in a few hours and got me in the festive mood (I am aware summer has only just left us however I am all for jumping into the festive season as early as possible - after all there are only 81 days until Christmas!!). I look forward to many more festive reads ahead!
If this sounds like a book you want to read to get you in the festive mood you can purchase it here: Purchase Link - https://mybook.to/12Dates . I highly recommend you do!
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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