Published October 2015
Series: Bell Harbor #3.5
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Note: I was granted an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my rating or the content of my review.
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As assistant buyer for the world’s second-largest Christmas store, Kelsey Parker feels like a holiday harlot. She’s contractually obligated to promote the yuletide season. All. Year. Long. And it’s taking a toll on her spirit. But when her clueless, self-absorbed boyfriend goes on their long-anticipated romantic vacation—without her!—Kelsey is beyond disappointed to find herself tromping through the Bell Harbor snow instead of lounging on a tropical beach.
Drew Hampton is considered quite a catch among the Bell Harbor bachelorettes, but when his high school dream girl, Kelsey Parker, shows up at his grandfather’s Christmas tree lot complaining about her love life, he decides it’s long past time to get her under the mistletoe himself.
As things heat up between the two, a surprise visitor arrives, making Kelsey an offer she can’t quite believe. Now she must decide what matters most, and she just may discover the key to her happiness.
First off, I have a confession to make: I am not a big fan of novellas. If you look at my novella rating you’ll see I like them, but I’m always like “Yeah, I want more…” Or just plain “Meh…”. And Christmas/Halloween/Valentines Day themed novellas are even more annoying to me.
So I was actually reluctant to read Jingle bell Harbor but given that it was Christmas (i.e. if I wouldn’t read it now, then when?) and that I had received a copy as an ARC, I have it a try nevertheless.
And oh. My. God. This was probably one of the best novellas I’ve read. Ever. More to that later.
Jingle Bell Harbor is part of the Bell Harbor series from Tracy Logan, but can totally be read as a standalone. This story is about Kelsey Parker who is back in Bell Harbor over the holidays because she needs to take care of her crazy grandma who just broke her hip. While she isn’t annoying at helped her grandma, she is pretty annoyed that her boyfriend of 2 years ditched her and went on their long-ago planned trip to Hawaii alone.
Her time at Bell Harbor makes her realize just how bad the relationship really is, and the fact that a certain science teacher there, Drew Hampton who harbored a teenage crush on certainly helps her make up her mind.
Jingle Bell Harbor relates to a couple of characters from the series, but not without making it confusing. On the contrary: it is a welcome and very entertaining guest appearance. For those who don’t know the previous books, they will be so in love with Dody Baker, Fontaine & co. that they will just go and buy them.
All in all, Jingle Bell Harbor was a wonderfully endearing books, with great writing that’s both fun and sweet. The novella was just what it was supposed to be: a well-rounded short story at just the right pace and with a proper ending. Reading this while it’s cold/snowing outside, along with a hot chocolate and a blanket is a must. Ah, the feels!
|All the feels|