ARC Review: A Merry Little Meet Cute by Julie Murphy & Sierra Simone

Good Afternoon All,

Happy Saturday and happy weekend. I hope you’ve all had a great week. Whilst I was living through it, I thought that this work week was never going to end, but now that it’s Saturday I think it actually flew by quite quickly. I have been very busy this week and even did a bit of travelling for work (which I’ve not done in forever). Even so, I’ve managed to keep up with my reading this week and I’m really quite smug with myself about that.

Book πŸ“–

Thank you to @harpercollinsuk for this advanced copy of A Merry Little Meet Cute by @andimjulie and @thesierrasimone in return for an honest review. A Merry Little Meet Cute was published on 20th September 2022 (yep, I’m late, I was saving this for nearer to Christmas) and you can get a copy here.

Description πŸ”–

Bee Hobbes (also known as Bianca Von Honey) has a successful career as a plus-sized adult entertainer and with a huge following and the support of her two moms and all of her friends, there’s not much more she could ask for. But she does want more. She wants a more family-friendly career in acting and so when she is offered a role on a Christmas movie for the squeaky clean Hope Channel, she jumps at the chance.

Things take another step in a positive direction when Bee finds out that her co-star is none other than Nolan Shaw; ex boy band member who Bee had a huge crush on back in her younger years. Nolan is on the movie to try and give his career a new boost and move away from his bad boy reputation so he is on strict orders to get the movie shot and keep his trousers on. This could be difficult though as he recognises Bee from her ClosedDoors account and he is a huge fan.

As Bee and Nolan strike up a secret sexual relationship, sneaking away from set for quickies, they can’t keep their hands off one another, but if their secret gets out, both of their careers will be ruined. Is their relationship more than sex and is it worth it? Or do their careers and families come first?

General Thoughts πŸ€”

This was such an easy breezy book to get through, it was the book version of a popcorn movie. It didn’t require any deep thought or concentration, I was able to get myself comfortable and let the words wash over me. I liked that nothing was too serious in the story and I didn’t feel like I was having my heart ripped out of my chest. Just like all of the characters in Christmas Notch in Vermont, I had all of the Chrismassy, dreamy feels and it was lovely.

Characters πŸ‘«πŸ‘­πŸ‘¬

I’ll be honest, I didn’t really get too attached to any of the characters and I felt like I had surface level relationships with all of them. I did like Bee. I especially liked how comfortable she was with who she was, what she looked like and all of her decisions in life. If only everyone in the world could be like this and therefore not feel like they have the right to an opinion on other people’s lives.

For the giggles, I really liked Luca. His sassiness and attitude killed me and he was the kind of person that I feel like I would want to befriend if I was on a movie set.

Writing Style ✍️

I am always intrigued about how co-authors work together to write a book. The logistics of it fascinate me. I never understand how as a reader I’m unable to pick out the voice of each author and the story flows seamlessly with the same tone and feel. This book was the same and if I hadn’t known that there were two authors beforehand, I still would have been none the wiser.

Although this book was entertaining and I read it relatively quickly, there wasn’t really much story to it. Not a lot really happened other than Bee and Nolan getting it on. I didn’t feel a deep connection between the two of them even though I think it was implied that they had one. I think that there could have been a lot of scenes removed and replaced with some deeper character development that may have made me feel more invested in the story.

Conclusion & Scoring πŸŽ–

This was a very easy book to read. It had me giggling at parts and blushing at others. I really liked the setting of the book and I kind of wish a Christmas Notch existed in real life. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to connect with the characters or their relationship, but it was entertaining, light hearted and not in the least bit serious. I recommend this book if you’re in the mood for something easy, breezy and definitely steamy.


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