Tuesday, December 19, 2023

A Cheesecake Christmas by Deb Goodman: Book Review

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

Theo may be a handsome hurricane, womanizing everyone in his path. That doesn’t mean Aria will get caught up in his storm.

I’ve had a secret obsession most of my life: I want to run our town’s huge Christmas festival. I must have a thing for power and those tacky Christmas blazers the committee members wear. This year, it's in trouble, and I'm called up to help save it. The only downside? Theo Carter is the other half of this co-hosting gig.

Theo is maddening—an eager, energetic puppy who doesn’t seem to care that I’m not interested or that I have a long-distance boyfriend. I don’t even know why he’s pursuing me since I maybe, sorta caused his public break up.


Now, not only am I around him for the festival, but he’s moved his law office right next to my apartment above the bakeshop. And we share a very thin wall. Just when I think he might be more than a playboy lawyer with the BMW to match, I panic.

Because if my family has taught me anything about love, it’s that it’s messy, loud, and painful, and I can’t have that. I need someone safe and predictable.

Theo is anything but safe and predictable.

And if I fall for him, I’ll be wrecked for good.

A Cheesecake Christmas is a small-town romcom with all of the swoon and none of the spice! It's a charming, enemies-to-lovers story about a Hallmark-like Christmas festival that needs saving.

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Deb Goodman’s obsession with the written word started at age three, when she realized the old-timey newsprint wallpaper in her family’s bathroom had actual words on it. The only problem? By the time she learned to read a couple of years later, the wallpaper had been replaced with something else—boring, non-worded wallpaper—and to this day, she still doesn’t know what it said.

Now, she and her husband and four children live in Utah. They love sports, music, and doing slightly insulting, pretend voices for their little shorkie, Mavis.

Deb writes funny, small-town romance that you won’t need to shield your kids’ eyes from. Billionaires, friends-to-more, enemies-to-more, cowboys, fake relationships…there’s something for everyone here!

Writing lovey dovey books comes naturally to Deb since, to her, there’s nothing better than reading and writing about how two people fall in

A Cheesecake Christmas is the second book in the Christmas Bakeshop series. I had not read the previous book myself and found that I was able to enjoy it just fine as a standalone. 

This was such a sweet story! Theo and Aria's first meeting was... well, let's just say she was not his biggest fan from the start. So when they are selected to cohost their town's holiday festival together amidst some drama threatening it, she was not looking forward to it. Still, as we romance readers know that forced time together means their feelings start to change... and I absolutely loved seeing it happen. They both had some difficult things in their childhood and family situations that they had to work through, making their story all that much better. This felt very much like a Hallmark-type love story... in the very best way possible and I enjoyed every second of it!

A Cheesecake Christmas is a closed-door romance with kisses only and no language. 


"Pleasant words are as a honeycomb: sweet to the soul and health to the bones." Proverbs 16:24