Published by Carina on November 18, 2014
Genres: contemporary, Fiction, New Adult, Romance, Romantic Comedy
Source: eARC from Publisher
This year, if Hadley wrote her dream Christmas list, it would go something like this:
1. Spend every waking – and sleeping – moment with her incredibly gorgeous boyfriend, Will.
2. Figure out what’s been bugging him lately. Yes, going away to college has been tough…but it’s time they reconnected.
3. Enjoy a sparkling Christmas in New York City, gazing at the Rockefeller tree, going ice skating, and drinking steaming mugs of cocoa in Central Park.
So, driving off to spend Christmas in a rustic cabin in the woods wasn’t exactly the plan. But when it comes to her irresistible, and at times, impossible boyfriend, nothing’s ever that simple. And as fantasies of an icy Times Square are replaced by a clumsily decorated tree, making snowmen and the warmth of a log fire, Hadley feels herself falling in love all over again.
Except does Will have something to tell her that could change Hadley’s happily-ever-after Christmas dreams into a not-so-winter wonderland after all?
Don't miss this festive sequel novella to This Summer.
This Christmas is a follow up novella to the first book in the This Summer series, This Summer. I really enjoyed this summer, and I love holiday themed novellas, so I was super excited to get to check in with Hadley and Will for some holiday fun. This Christmas is a super quick read, and it surprised me because it didn’t start out the way I expected. At all. I am not going to spoil anything, but I will say that I expected it to be some cute Christmas fluff, but it was a little heavier than that. I ended up loving this more realistic feeling tone. This Christmas wavers between Young Adult and New Adult. I think it ended up on more of the New Adult side.
Hadley and Will have been a couple for a couple of months now and something is up with them. I really liked what Katlyn Duncan did because it is something that I have seen couples do a million times. Girl notices something is up with boy. Girl thinks it has to do with thing “A” (which most of the time is something about Girl). When in actuality boy is upset about thing “B”. Or “C”, or “D”. But you would have no idea at all, because he doesn’t say anything. So when This Christmas started, I just kept thinking “What the heck is up with Will??” And that is all you are getting. Read the book and find out for yourself.
I loved how into all things Christmas Hadley was. And I don’t blame her at all. If I was in New York City around the holidays, I would be at the Rockefeller center tree all the time too! She was beyond adorable in this book. Her excitement about Christmas was totally infectious and got me in the mood for the holidays.
This Christmas is a perfect follow up to This Summer. I love that it lets you peek back in on Will and Hadley, and I am super excited to see that the This Summer series will continue. I think I can see what the next book will center around. We got a little peak into some of the things coming up for Will and Hadley, and we met a new character so maybe she will make an appearance in the next book as well. If you like holiday novellas and you have read This Summer, This Christmas is a fun follow up read. You should read this one after reading This Summer though for context on the characters.
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