Sharon’s review ~ The Grump Who Stole Christmas by S. Doyle

Posted December 6, 2021 by Sharon in Holiday Reads, Mainstream, Reviews, Sharon/Slick / 0 Comments

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Sharon’s review ~ The Grump Who Stole Christmas by S. DoyleThe Grump Who Stole Christmas by S. Doyle
Published by Independently Published on November 1, 2021
Genres: Contemporary, Family Life, Fiction, Holiday Romance, Romance
Pages: 175
Format: Kindle Unlimited
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3 Stars

Home for the holidays…

That should be a good thing, right? Eggnog and Christmas carols. Mistletoe and family. Except my dad broke his leg hanging the family wreath. My brothers are at war over taking proper care of Dad. Oh, and I just found out our family business, the Kringle Inn, is failing!
The last thing I need is this mysterious new guy, who runs the Kringle tree farm, interfering. He’s big, bearded and grumpy. He wears a lot of flannel and he does NOT like taking orders. Especially from me. We can’t agree on anything other than saving the business.
Even if we have to kill each other doing it.
Or kiss each other doing it…
Because I might be falling for the guy.
My name is Kristen, don’t call me Kris, Kringle and this is a Christmas Romance Emergency!

This was a fun Christmas story, very Hallmarkish vibes, and the characters were pretty wonderful, but there were  some problems with this book that were a distraction. ~ Sharon – Simply Love Book Reviews


**Reviewer’s note: I’m going to warn readers that I feel like there was a draft placeholder copy of this story uploaded. There are words with strikethroughs on them and some other grammatical errors in this book, quite a few actually. Also, I’m still trying to reconcile the title of this book with the book I just finished. It absolutely makes no sense, neither character was a grump and no one stole Christmas so to me this seems like a ploy to jump on the grumpy/sunshiny theme so many authors are going for these days and it wasn’t needed. This was a fun Christmas story, very Hallmarkish vibes, and the characters were pretty wonderful so while these things didn’t ruin the story for me, they were a distraction.

I really enjoyed The Grump Who Stole Christmas by S. Doyle despite the problems listed in the reviewer’s note above.  Kristen Kringle (yes that is her real name) returns home to help with her family’s inn and tree farm after her father fell and broke his leg in two places. What she doesn’t anticipate is a flat tire on the way from the airport to her father’s home or for the man who comes to her rescue to be working at the tree farm and living in her father’s home. She really didn’t anticipate going all crazy pants on him when he stopped to help or the fact that she’s attracted to the bearded lumberjack.

Paul McCleer can’t believe the uptight city woman is his boss’s daughter or how much he enjoyed the crazy banter with her on the way back to her father’s home. He likes that she has no idea he works there or who he really is, he’ll also admit he likes knowing he gets under her skin.

From the start I enjoyed the banter that became more and more like foreplay between Kristen and Paul with each passing day. It was easy to feel their attraction and how hard they were both fighting it given that Kristen was in town temporarily. Kristen immediately went into work mode to solve the problems at the inn and proved just why she’d moved up the corporate ladder at her job in NYC. She impressed Paul with her dedication to saving her father’s business and her quick actions to make sure it stayed profitable. Kristen was equally impressed with Paul’s knowledge of the tree farm and the changes he’d made to bring in more customers and profit. Despite seeming very different they both had a head for business and I felt there was mutual respect between them early on.

As this was a novella, the romance moved at a rapid pace yet it didn’t feel all that rushed. I felt they both went in knowing it was only for a short time and decided that exploring what was between them was worth the risk.

This was a fun and entertaining story and I look forward to reading the other books in this series.


3 Stars

About S. Doyle

No joke, my romance writing career started when I was ten and realized that Leia and Han were the true couple in Star Wars.

It’s been about thirty years and over forty books and I still love it!

Posted December 6, 2021 by Sharon in Holiday Reads, Mainstream, Reviews, Sharon/Slick / 0 Comments