Thursday, November 30, 2023

Season's Schemings by Katie Bailey: Book Review

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

‘Tis the season to get even…

When Maddie Grainger’s longtime boyfriend dumps her on TV for the entire world to see, she thinks she’s hit rock bottom.

Until her parents announce that they’re spending the holidays with her ex’s family… And he’ll be bringing the woman he left her for.

All Maddie wants for Christmas is to stick it to her cheating ex. But how?

Enter Sebastian Slater, the NHL’s most infamous player.

On a drunken night out in Vegas, Maddie asks the superstar athlete to pose as her new boyfriend. She’s kidding, mostly. But Seb shocks her by making a counter offer: he doesn’t want to date Maddie for the holidays… he wants to 
marry her.

Show up at her ex’s cabin alone, or with a surprise new hockey-playing husband? Maddie opts for the ultimate level up.

Because maybe, just maybe, revenge is a dish best served 

Sparks fly and Christmas cheer is abundant in this festive marriage of convenience rom com. Season’s Schemings is a closed door/fade to black romance that includes mild language, innuendo, and tons of sizzle without the spice.

Katie Bailey writes closed door rom coms with quirky, silly humor, relatable characters, and tons of sizzle and chemistry. Her aim with every book she writes is to deliver a love story that will give you a good laugh, maybe even a bit of a cry, but definitely leave you with a new book boyfriend.

A closed-door Christmas hockey romcom with a marriage of convenience!? Yes, please! Season's Schemings has some of my very favorite things all rolled into one fantastic story.

Right from the start, I found myself laughing out loud with this book. I love a good, awkward meet-cute and boy did this story deliver in that area. Right from the start, the chemistry was just absolutely fantastic. Seb was such a fantastic flirt, and I loved those flirty moments and Maddie's reactions to them... but when he genuinely showed his care and stood up for her? Even better! This story had such the perfect blend of the laugh out loud moments and those sweet, heartfelt ones and I loved every single thing about it all and found myself unable to put it down. I've not read a Katie Bailey book that I did not enjoy, but I definitely think this was a new favorite for me! If you're looking for a fantastic holiday romcom, this is an absolute must read. 

Season's Schemings is a closed-door romance, but it definitely has more innuendo than many of the books I typically read as well as some fade to black moments. The door stays closed but might be pushing past some readers comfort levels if you're looking for a squeaky-clean read. There is also a good amount of language throughout the story as well. 


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