First things first, I feel like I should let you all know that a big part of Noel’s story is that she lost both her parents when she was only 16 years old. I know that Christmas can be a hard holiday for a lot of people who’ve lost loved ones, so I just wanted to put in a brief warning ahead of time. The loss of her parents deeply affected Noel and she still carries a lot of baggage, from that loss, around so it is something that comes up a lot throughout the book.
As always, Codi [some of you may know her as Codi Gary] has written another fantastic small-town romance. I love that Nick and Noel have been best friends since diapers and it really is one of those romances where “they didn’t notice each other until they did”. Also loved that there was no cheating in this book, by Nick or Noel, I find romance books that contain cheating…just spoils the HEA for me.
Another thing I enjoyed was that Codi gave Amber dimensions, instead of just being the rude ex-girlfriend we actually get to know some of her backstory. It was nice to be able to understand, a bit, where she was coming from with all of her emotions, though of course, that doesn’t excuse any of the attitude or behaviors she exhibits in this book.
I really enjoyed seeing Noel finally face some of her past so that she’s able to open herself to a future. Having Nick support her, give her space when needed, and also challenge her when necessary truly showed how much they fit.
I’m so glad that I got my hands on this Christmas romance and I can’t wait to fully listen to every song Codi listed [in the back of the book]. I went ahead and compiled the playlist on Spotify if anyone wants to take a gander or listen.