A Merry Little Meet Cute

Avon. Sept. 2022. 432p. ISBN 9780063222571. $21.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Librarian-turned-novelist Simone (Misadventures of a Curvy Girl) and YA crossover novelist Murphy (Dumplin’; If the Shoe Fits) collaborate on a holiday rom-com full of quirky and fun characters, witty dialogue, and over-the-top Christmas cheer. In the town of Christmas Notch, VT, where every day is Christmas, filming has started on the Hope Channel’s newest family-friendly, incredibly chaste holiday romance, Duke the Halls. Unbeknownst to the Hope Channel executives, the female lead is adult film star Bee Hobbes (aka Bianca Von Honey), who has always wanted to break into mainstream media. This is her big chance—as long as her identity stays secret. The show is also co-star Nolan Shaw’s last chance to shake his bad boy image, earned during his boy band days. So when Nolan realizes that his new co-star is also his favorite adult film star, he keeps the secret, and soon Bee and Nolan are hooking up behind the scenes. Murphy and Simone have written a spicy, hilarious contemporary romance whose protagonists have immediate chemistry—Bee and Nolan’s sex scenes are hot enough to melt all the snow in Vermont. Bee’s adult film career is treated with refreshing respect throughout the novel, as is Nolan’s mother, who has bipolar disorder.
VERDICT An engaging, unputdownable holiday romance that will resonate with readers.
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