Monday, November 6, 2023

Solo for the Season by Martha Keyes: Book Review

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


After being dumped last Christmas, I’m taking extreme measures to ensure nothing and no one ruins my happy holidays this time around. I’ll be safely wrapped in a cocoon of kitschy Christmas decor, complete with surrounding winter wonderland at the ultimate holiday mountain cabin. So what if the countless elf figurines make me a little uneasy or if there are a couple hiccups with cabin maintenance?

There’s a bigger problem: the assistant manager happens to be one of (many) teasing classmates from my childhood and my former crush. He keeps showing up to my cabin to fix things. I’m more worried about what he might break….


Here at Crystal Peaks Resort, I’ve got everything I need: tall trees, fresh air, and no cell phone service. This is my happy place, and if I prove to my boss I can handle the job, the management position here will be mine. Everything is falling into place.

Until the newest guest arrives. The quirky cabin she’s in is the bane of my existence, causing issue after issue. But the more I’m there, the more I realize the real obstacle between me and my future plans: proving to my boss I can keep a professional relationship with the guests. Or one guest in particular.

A Gift-Wrapped Romance is a five-part multi-author series that can be enjoyed in any order!

Whitney Award-winning author Martha Keyes was born, raised, and educated in Utah—a home she loves dearly but also dearly loves to escape to travel the world. She received a BA in French Studies and a Master of Public Health, both from Brigham Young University.

Her route to becoming an author has been full of twists and turns, but she’s finally settled into something she loves. Researching, daydreaming, and snacking have become full-time jobs, and she couldn’t be happier about it. When she isn’t writing, she is honing her photography skills, looking for travel deals, and spending time with her family.

Oh my goodness, I absolutely adored this book! 

If you've read Just Friends Forever, you'll recognize Maggie, Stevie and Troy from that story. That said, this can definitely be enjoyed even if you have not read that one! 

After a breakup on Christmas day, Maggie decided she would spend the next Christmas on her own in the most Christmas-y place she could find. Instead, she finds herself reconnected with someone from her past... and not someone she'd hoped to ever see again. Wes was one of many who had teased her mercilessly as a teenager... and now the assistant manager of the place she was staying. I really enjoyed these two together... the chemistry was absolutely fantastic, and I really loved seeing Wes's growth from those years before. It was a bit of a slow burn, but so worth it! 

The cabin Maggie was staying in was almost like another character in and of itself. I am 100% Christmas obsessed, but the picture Martha Keyes painted of this place in my mind--- even I could say this place was over the top. The creepy elves and Santa... all the inflatables... the scene was set so very well and had me laughing out loud so many times throughout the story! And the hot chocolate? Oh my goodness! I couldn't stop laughing. There was just so much holiday charm in this story, and I absolutely loved every single second of it. 

Solo for the Season is a closed-door romance with kisses only and no language. 


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