Tuesday, December 5, 2023

The Christmas Clause by Meg Easton: Book Review

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

A hockey star who can’t wait to skip town. A videographer whose career relies on him.

The Denver Glaciers’ new right-wing hockey player, Connor Greene, is far from jolly this Christmas. Being traded to a new team 8 days before Christmas and returning to his hometown of Mountain Springs brings more than festivities— it brings back teenage memories he’d rather forget in the city he never wanted to live in again. And now, he has to squeeze in video shoots of Christmas festivities in his hometown to help boost his new team’s reputation. The bright spot in all of it is the intriguing woman behind the camera.

Katie Allred is a spirited videographer with big dreams for her fledgling videography business, and her newest client will make or break her business. If Connor shines as the star everyone sees, her footage will be gold. But if it spirals down like their disastrous first shoot, her business dreams could shatter like thin ice.

As Connor finds himself out of his depth in a sea of wrapping paper, mischievous kids, and a Santa Hat family competition that puts MasterChef to shame, he starts to see more in Katie than just her camera skills. But he’s been secretly planning a hasty retreat from this town for good, and Katie fears getting too close to a man who might leave as quickly as he appeared.

Get ready for a heartwarming ride filled with mishaps, merriment, and those magical moments that make the holiday season unforgettable. This sweet and funny romance will have you rooting for love, laughing at life’s unpredictability, and maybe, just maybe, believing in love and the magic of Christmas.

Meg Easton is the USA Today bestselling author of contemporary sweet romances and romantic comedies with fun-loving, unforgettable characters and locations worthy of packing up and moving to. She has received the Swoony Award for Best Contemporary Romance of the Year, and her books and audiobooks have been RONE Award and Whitney Award finalists.

She lives at the foot of a mountain with her name on it (or at least one letter of her name) in the Rockies, where she loves spending time with her husband and three kids.

Join Meg’s Reader’s Group for a FREE e-book of LOOKING FOR LOVE (SORT OF) and find out more about Meg and her books at www.megeaston.com

The Christmas Clause is the third book in the Mountain Springs Christmas series. I have not yet read the previous books and found I was able to enjoy it just fine as a standalone. There is a series epilogue at the end that will catch up on the characters from previous books more--- but I skipped that for now until I go back and read those to avoid any potential spoilers! 

What's better than a holiday romance? A HOCKEY holiday romance, of course! This was such a fun read! From that first hilarious (re)meeting, I was all in with this story. There were so many moments that had me laughing out loud throughout the story and I found myself smiling the entire time I read. Katie and Connor had a bit of a messy history, so it came as an unwelcome surprise when she was assigned to be his videographer... but when they wind up on the same team during a family holiday competition... well, those feelings start to change! And oh, what a fun competition that was! Mixed in with all those funny moments are so many sweet and heartfelt ones too. I really enjoyed seeing these two together and seeing them fall so quickly. They were sweet and I adored them. 

The Christmas Clause 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