Lexi Anderson is an up-and-coming, Martha Stewart-type TV hostess whose two kids love the Jared Strong adventure novels, which happen to be written by their new neighbor, Kyle Miller. For the first time in his writing career, Kyle has writer’s block–until he sees the snowman on his lawn and realizes it’s the perfect solution to his plot problem. He digs in and discovers two things: one, his villain’s weapon will fit inside a snowman’s body, and two, this particular snowman was supposed to be the backdrop for Lexi’s next show. From this improbable beginning comes friendship, but can there be a happy ending for a woman who is afraid to get close again and a man who has shadows from his childhood? Families join together and hearts are healed as this couple goes walking in a winter wonderland.
I loved this 15 chapter book. It was definitely Christmas themed, but it was so good that anyone could enjoy it any time of the year. I’m a huge fan of when relationships start off rocky at first; I love back and forth sexual tension. Lexi and Kyle definitely had that charisma from the first moment they met. I thought it was a cool and original concept that he beheaded her snowman–who does that LOL. The book was told through both of their point-of-views, each rotating turns. I loved getting a sense of when the attraction started before the other character even realized.
I could relate to Kyle the most–we’re both 30, both bah humbug when it comes to holidays, both writers. I thought it was sad that he lost his mom on Christmas Eve and Lexi was an orphan. Through her pain of a divorce and no family except her kids, Lexi managed to help Kyle host a family get together at his home. I was touched by the scene when everyone is in his living room discussing what they miss most about the mom.
I loved that even though it was clear to the readers that they both liked each other, Lexi and Kyle were both insecure about how the other person felt. It reminded me of crushing on someone in junior high. The plot thickened when Kenneth (Kyle’s brother) made a move on Lexi; apparently he was the ladies man.
My favorite moments were whenever Lexi, her two kids, and Kyle hung out. The kids were in awe because he was a celebrity to them. Their favorite books were the Jared Strong ones. The story was definitely cute and funny–I love witty humor.
I RECOMMEND this book to read.
P.S. This book review is a part of The Christmas Blog Event I did with L.M. Sherwin. It’s a day late, but better than never hee hee.