Genres: Contemporary Romance, Holiday Romance
Published by Ballantine Books
Released on October 3, 2017
Merry Knight is pretty busy these days. She’s taking care of her family, baking cookies, decorating for the holidays, and hoping to stay out of the crosshairs of her stressed and by-the-book boss at the consulting firm where she temps. Her own social life is the last thing she has in mind, much less a man. Without her knowledge, Merry’s well-meaning mom and brother create an online dating profile for her—minus her photo—and the matches start rolling in. Initially, Merry is incredulous, but she reluctantly decides to give it a whirl.
Soon Merry finds herself chatting with a charming stranger, a man with similar interests and an unmistakably kind soul. Their online exchanges become the brightest part of her day. But meeting face-to-face is altogether different, and her special friend is the last person Merry expects—or desires. Still, sometimes hearts can see what our eyes cannot. In this satisfying seasonal tale, unanticipated love is only a click away.
May your days be Merry and Bright… And may all your Christmases be white… Ah sigh, what a heartwarming and fun Christmas romance Merry and Bright turned out to be. The You’ve Got Mail retelling was so adorably done that I have a feeling I’ll be pulling this one back out each year and making it a holiday tradition to read it.
Merry and Bright is a quick, light contemporary office romance with a few twists. One is that Merry gets signed up for the dating service by her hopeful mother and her younger brother with special needs because she takes so much upon herself and is missing out on life. Jayson signs himself up because he’s looking for a reason to hope that there is something more out there than his parents’ multiple marriages and jerking him back and forth as a leverage between them while in the mean time, he’s pushing himself hard to impress a cold, dollars and cents type uncle.
They have a few kerscuffles at work and then meet a different version of each other on-line. It was engaging to see how they both slowly come to know each other both off and on-line. Then of course, there was the inevitable when one learns the truth about their on-line relationship and it gets interesting with what comes next.
I enjoyed both Merry and Jayson even though he starts out a tad Scroogish because he’s never gotten the chance to catch the Christmas spirit because of his bleak past. He is mesmerized by Merry’s family and all they do for each other and others around them. I just wanted to wrap him up in a hug while sharing cookies and cocoa.
The romance was a sweet one and stuck to an exchange of kisses at most, but it was adorable and spicy with the built in conflict of secrets and on-line identities. I really wanted to see Jayson win over Merry. He needed her so much, but she needs him as well. She has given so much to help with her family’s health issues and financial hardships and she also doesn’t see her own worth like Jayson does.
So, this was a surgary holiday romance that was light and easy. Perfect for a chance to step away from the holiday crazies to help get back in the mood.
I rec’d this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
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