Bah, Humbug! by Heather Horrocks
Bah, Humbug! (A Christmas Street Romantic Comedy Novella)
Lexi Anderson is an up-and-coming, Martha Stewart-type TV hostess whose two kids love the Jared Strong adventure novels, which happen to be written by their new neighbor, Kyle Miller.
For the first time in his writing career, Kyle has writer's block - until he sees the snowman on his lawn and realizes this is the perfect place for his villain to hide the weapon. He digs into the snowman to discover two things: the weapon fits int he body just under the head, and the snowman was supposed to be the back drop for Lexi's next show.
From this improbable beginning comes friendship. Can there be more for a woman who is afraid to get close again and a man who has shadows from his childhood?
Families join together and hearts are healed as this couple goes walking in a winter wonderland.
Bah, Humbug was a perfect Christmas read for me. It was fun and Christmasy and kind of ridiculous and I loved it. Everything happens really quickly, they fall in love right away and it was just amazing.
Lexi has just moved onto Christmas Street. She is like Martha Stewart and has her own show with decorating tips and such. She has moved with her two kids and she is in a good place in her life. She had married young, shortly after losing her family and it was not good. She had been trying to create a family for herself and it just didn't work out. She is now happy being single and raising her kids.
Kyle, the guy who lives next door, is a writer of a famous line of books that Lexi's kids love. When they first meet Kyle has just finished destroying Lexi's perfect snowman, only he didn't realize anyone had moved into the house next door. Kyle doesn't celebrate Christmas since he lost his mom over 20 years ago and the other residents of Christmas Street like to "Christmas" his yard. He thinks the snowman is the residents trying to make his yard more festive, not something that someone would be upset if it was destroyed. When he realizes his mistake he tries to fix it, but Lexi is irrationally upset about it and holds onto that anger for a while. She won't even listen to him. Then when she finds out he is her neighbor and the author her kids love she is not very happy. It was kind of hilarious.
Of course neither of them really want a relationship, but with the help of Christmas magic they fall in love and live happily ever after! Lexi helps Kyle learn to love the holidays again and Kyle is just great with Lexi. I loved it. If it were a different time of year, a different setting, it wouldn't work as well. But Christmas time? I love it. I love the cheesy, quick romance. I love the holiday magic. I really enjoyed this Christmas read.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★