Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Just a Holiday Hangout by Katie Nelson: Book Review

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

This holiday hangout is about to get turned upside down…royally.

Everything about Ada James is on point—from the tip of her manicured nails to her sleek extension-laden ponytail. No one can rattle her. Except, apparently, the handsome, charming Arlo Silva.

And now, after humiliating her last year, he’s crashing her Christmas vacation.

Aspiring DJ Arlo has been out of the country for months on tour, but he can’t stop thinking about the fierce blonde he accidentally stood up a year ago. Determined to explain why he ghosted her, this week together is the second chance Arlo didn’t think he’d have.

But before he can make things right, a wealthy client makes him an offer he can’t refuse—in Brazil. The only catch is that Arlo’s niece has been entrusted to his care. So unless he can find a nanny to accompany them, the deal is off…

An all-expenses-paid adventure is too tempting for Ada to turn down, even if it is with Arlo. But when the destination and his identity aren’t what she expected, Ada finds herself tangled in nobility…and Arlo’s arms.

Katie Nelson grew up in Minnesota. She started writing stories in first grade and hasn't put her pen down since. When she isn't chasing after her energetic family, you can find her reading a book, watching adorable dog videos, or drinking a chai latte. Connect with Katie on Instagram @mustlove_romcoms or on her website

Just a Holiday Hangout is the third book in the There's Gotta Be Something More series. While the couples from those previous books do make appearances in this story, I do think this could be read just fine as a standalone as well. 

This was such a fun holiday read... and a very quick one. Both in the length of the book (under 200 pages, making it easy to read in 1-2 sittings) and in how quickly the romance progressed. Now, I know that not everyone is a fan of insta-love type stories... personally, they don't bother me at all. But either way, I felt like this one was handled well. Yes, their romance was super quick... but it still felt believable to me. This book had so much to enjoy--- a second chance, great banter, an accidental fake engagement... and oh yes, there is royalty thrown in there too! Like I said--- a super fun holiday read. I will say that while this does take place over the holidays, I feel like it definitely could be enjoyed anytime throughout the year too. The holiday references are there, but it's not the focal point of the story. If you're looking for a quick and sweet romance, this is definitely one to check out. 

Just a Holiday Hangout is a closed-door romance with kisses only and no language. 


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