Humbug by Joanna Chambers

humbugTitle: Humbug
Author: Joanna Chambers
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: November 17th 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 74 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 2 out of 5 flames
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Quin Flint is unimpressed when his gorgeous colleague, Rob Paget, asks for extra time off at Christmas. As far as Quin is concerned, Christmas is a giant waste of time. Quin’s on the fast track to partnership, and the season of goodwill is just getting in the way of his next big project. But when Quin’s boss, Marley, confiscates his phone and makes him take an unscheduled day off, Quin finds himself being forced to confront his regrets, past and present, and think about the sort of future he really wants…and who he wants it with.

Hate to be a Scrooge (no pun intended) about a Holiday book but this one missed the mark a bit for a few of reasons.

    1. The main character Quin Flint. He just wasn’t likeable and I never warmed up to him.

    2. The romance happened too quickly and didn’t come across as believable.

    3. The length of the story. This was probably what the book had going against it most. Problems 1 & 2 could’ve been prevented had the book been longer. It would’ve given the author more time develop Quin’s about face and his romance with Rob.

Despite this Holiday novella not working for me I would give this author another try. The writing is good, this book was just too short. 2.9 Stars.


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I'm a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness. A few of my favorite tropes: -Friends to lovers -Hurt/comfort/healing -Age gap NetGalley Member since 2015 2016 NetGalley Challenge 80% Professional Reader 2015 Challenge Participant