Mine for Christmas (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

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Title: Mine for Christmas (NineStar Press 2018 Holiday series)
Author: A.D. Lawless
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: November 26, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Holidays
Page Count: 53
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5


Matt Westin was shocked when he ran into Cody, his grade-school best friend—pleased, but shocked. Devastatingly handsome was an understatement when it came to Cody, with his hazel eyes, wide smiles, and broad shoulders.

It was less shocking, months later, when Matt found out just how far he’d go for Cody. A desperate request for Matt to play his boyfriend over Christmas and save him from his mom’s meddling blind-date plans completely hammered that fact home.

Matt couldn’t resist saying yes, not when it meant getting closer to Cody. The only question was how would he ever be able to let him go when it was over?

“Mine for Christmas” is a sweet friends-to-lovers Christmas story with plenty of cute scenes as Matt and Cody realize they love one another in the process of pretending to be boyfriends to keep Cody’s mother’s matchmaking at bay. There are cozy scenes of drinking cocoa and picking out a tree, a dramatic scene where Matt falls through the ice while they are skating (and requires full body naked warming from Cody) and other adorable moments.

While this story is sweet, it lacks any sizzle between Matt and Cody and feels overly predictable. For me, personally, I guess I wanted just a bit more of something deeper or different. But then again, this is a short Christmas love story and if you are looking for a light read, this is quick and enjoyable. 3.5 stars.

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I distinctly remember that day in school when, all of a sudden, those squiggles on the page made sense and I could read. It has changed my life in ways I still cannot comprehend.

My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh … not in my wheelhouse, but I’m a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre.

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