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Jingle Bell Jilt by Mindy Burbidge Strunk: Book Review

  *Book received for consideration. All thoughts are my own.


I just got dumped…left at the altar! But instead of licking my wounds in the darkness of my apartment, I take the errant advice of my best friend and go on the honeymoon by myself. I mean, who does that? Apparently, me. I do that, even as the universe repeatedly shows me it is a bad idea.

Things only get worse when the rental property I’m staying at floods in the middle of the night. What am I supposed to do? It’s Christmas Eve. There is no place else to stay, except at the very handsome landlord's place next door. Surely that won’t be a problem. It's only for a week.

It doesn’t matter that he’s handsome, sweet, and everything my ex isn’t, I don’t need—no, I don’t want—a rebound guy.


My old college roommate and his new wife just arrived to stay in my rental property for their honeymoon. Except, my friend isn’t with her. It seems he decided not to show up for the wedding. And he says it’s because of my advice. Crap! Now I have this teary-eyed woman staying in my rental. And from what I’ve heard about her, she may not be completely stable. I should have gone back to New Hampshire for Christmas with my family.

Now, because of a broken pipe, she’s staying in my guest room. I may have neglected to mention that her ex and I are friends. But that shouldn’t matter, right? She’ll only be here until New Year’s and then it will be back to business as usual. I don’t want to be that guy. The one who gets his friend’s cast-off. Even if I think he was crazy for letting her go.

Now if only I can keep my growing attraction and lips to myself for one measly week.

Mindy loves all things history and romance, which makes reading and writing Regency romance right up her alley. When she isn’t living in her alternate realities, she is married to her real-life Mr. Darcy and trying to raise five proper boys. They live happily in the beautiful mountains of Utah. You can follow her on her website at properlovestory.com and on Facebook at Mindy Burbidge Strunk- Author. You can also be apart of her Shout Out Crew by following her on Facebook at Mindy Burbidge Strunk's Shout out Crew.

Jingle Bell Jilt is part of the Gift-Wrapped Romance series. This is a multi-author series that can be read in any order or as standalones (but trust me when I say you're going to want to read them ALL). 

Oh my goodness, this was such a fun story! Right from the very start, I was drawn into this story. Shay has been left at the altar and decides to go on her honeymoon alone, but the universe seems to be against her with absolutely everything seeming to go wrong. This ultimately lands her sharing a place with her landlord, Evan--- who also, unbeknownst to her---happens to be friends with her ex. Intrigued yet? There was a lot going on in the story, but it was done so absolutely perfectly. There was so much holiday cheer that I couldn't help but smile all throughout the story. Evan and Shay were so right for each other, and I couldn't stop smiling at their competitions throughout the story. Sometimes in a novella, you can feel like the story is rushed or you're missing out on something, but that was certainly not the case here. There definitely was a bit of insta-love going on here, but it really just worked so well for this story. (And honestly, I enjoy that anyway, though I know it's not everyone's cup of tea). I absolutely adored these two and found myself unable to put it down! This is the first book I've read from this author, but absolutely will not be the last! 

Jingle Bell Jilt is a closed-door romance with kisses only and no language. 


  1. Fabulous review!! You made me want to read it ;) -cindysbookcorner.blogspot.com


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