Thursday, 3 December 2015

Book Review - Never Kiss A Man in a Christmas Jumper by Debbie Johnson - #HarperXmas

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Title: Never Kiss A Man in a Christmas Jumper
Author: Debbie Johnson
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Publication Date: 5th November 2015
Rating: 4 Stars

You’ve seen Mark Darcy in the reindeer jumper his mother gave him, now meet Marco Cavelli in this season’s hottest Christmas knit!

For single mum Maggie, Christmas has always been a family occasion – her daughter Ellen filling the house with her bubbly warmth and mistletoe, her dad Paddy having one too many festive tipples, and the traditional family Christmas tree looking like a drunken elf vomited a rainbow all over it.

But this year, with both Ellen and Paddy away for the holidays, Maggie’s facing a truly blue Christmas – alone with nothing but a bottle of Baileys and an M&S turkey dinner.

Until walking the snowy streets of Oxford, Marco Cavelli quite literally crashes into her life – and, complete with broken leg, becomes her unexpected houseguest. All dreamy brown eyes and 6’5” of gorgeousness, the man is hotter and more delicious than a freshly baked mince pie.

Though Maggie always thought it’s a truth universally acknowledged that you never kiss a man in a Christmas jumper?

This is a really enjoyable festive romance, that is so much more than what it first seems. It has tear jerker moments, as well as humour, some very different weddings, a host of Christmas jumpers, a gorgeous man and just a few broken bones!

Maggie has spotted Marco Cavelli around Oxford a couple of times, each time wearing a Christmas jumper, and has found him attractive. And then in a freak bicycle accident they crash and somehow Maggie agrees to have Marco as a house guest while he recovers from his crash. 

 Maggie had daughter Ellen very young and is a single mother, and this year both Ellen, and Maggie's father are going away for Christmas, leaving Maggie slightly despairing. But before that she has 3 weddings to attend, and 3 wedding dresses to finish off, for the brides to wear. 

There are some lovely descriptions of Oxford, and you get a real sense of the picturesque university town, and especially the part of it where Maggie lives, Jericho. Maggie acts as a part tour guide to Marco, pointing out things he should visit, if he has time while he's there. 

Marco's family are warm hearted and loving and just full of life, and great characters, as is Marco, a man trying to recover from a broken leg, and he is used to being a lot more self reliant and physical than he currently is. We also from time to time get to see what he is thinking and its clear he may think more of Maggie than it first appears. 

 I did notice there was at least one nod towards Bridget Jones, that was't a gorgeous man in a Christmas jumper, and when I spotted it, I just had to smile, but also started to well up and goose bumps too!

Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Jumper is easy to read, well paced, and has some absolutely beautifully emotional scenes, and is a great romance for this time of year!

Thanks to Netgalley and Harper Impulse for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

In just over a month, Debbie Johnson's next book will be published, her first for Harper Collins, titles The Birthday That Changed Everything. It is available now for pre-order in both ebook and paperback. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy.

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