Tuesday, May 7, 2024

All's Fair in Love and Christmas


Two workplace rivals. One festive competition. And a romance that upends it all.

Every December two things are guaranteed for graphic designer Mackenzie Graham--Christmas celebrations and the annual promotion at her workplace. Those two things are by no means mutually exclusive. In fact, the better an employee is at harnessing the Christmas spirit, the more likely they'll win the new job. With her social anxiety, Mackenzie never thought she'd be a contender in her company's holiday competition, so how exactly has she found herself dueling her workplace crush with wrapping paper tubes and using tinsel as her weapon of choice for a much-needed raise?

Jeremy Fletcher's life is meticulously planned out, including how to win this year's promotion at work. Not only will the new position fulfill some of his career goals, but as a single guardian to his twin niece and nephew, he needs the salary increase to support his family. Jeremy has barely noticed Mackenzie Graham around the office, but now that she's his rival, he can't stop thinking about her. Her quirkiness intrigues him, and he's afraid that if he can't get his head on straight, the promotion isn't the only thing he'll end up losing to Mackenzie.

My thoughts: Holiday stories can be hit or miss with me, so I picked this one up with some trepidation. It is so adorable! Better than a Hallmark film, since it has a lot more going on, but with the same RomCom sweetness. I loved the idea of there being a contest to see who has more holiday spirit. Mackenzie's heart really shines, as she seeks to help bring childhood memories back for each of her co-workers. This is a delightful story to read any time of the year! 
I received this book from Bethan House. This is my honest review.

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