Monday, April 17, 2023

Review: Closed for Christmas (Holiday Falls #1) by Elizabeth Coldwell

Closed for Christmas
Author: Elizabeth Coldwell
Series: Holiday Falls #1
Publisher: Totally Bound
Published: December 20, 2022
Source: arc for review

She's going to Holiday Falls to close him down, but will he open her heart?

When Lori Lawrence arrives in the quaint town of Holiday Falls just before Christmas, her task is to assess whether the town’s underperforming bookstore deserves to be kept open. There’s no room for sentiment in the company she works for, yet she finds herself strangely drawn to the bookshop’s manager, the handsome and idiosyncratic Henry Cole. He doesn’t believe in loyalty schemes and hi-tech innovations, but he’s created an inviting space for everyone who loves books and reading.

This should be a straightforward job, but the heaviest snowfall in years leaves Lori stuck in town, and as the days go by and it seems like she’ll never be able to leave, she begins to see Henry’s way of running things with new eyes.

It’s not long before their feelings for one another deepen, but Henry has no idea of Lori’s true intentions. What will happen when he discovers the real reason why she’s in Holiday Falls?
If you ever wondered what a Hallmark holiday movie would be like with a little bit of sex, this book would definitely be it. Closed for Christmas was such a fun, quick read with an adorable romance and enough steam to keep me glued to my Kindle. Elizabeth built the small town of Holiday Falls and filled it with lovely characters whom I cannot wait to me as the series progresses. In Closed for Christmas, we meet Lori and Henry. Lori is in Holiday Falls to "spy" on Henry's bookstore. Things go array when a snowstorm forces Lori to stay for longer than she anticipated. The more time she spends in Holiday Falls, the more she and Henry fall for each other. Doesn't that sound like the perfect holiday romance? It sparked more than a little Christmas cheer for me.

Elizabeth Coldwell is a multi-published author and editor whose stories have appeared in a number of best-selling anthologies. She has written novels in a variety of different genres, from paranormal to BDSM and contemporary romance. She is the former editor of the UK edition of Forum magazine and the proud winner of an International Leather Award. When she is not busy writing, she is an avid supporter of Rotherham United Football Club and can be regularly found on the terraces at weekends, cheering her boys to victory (hopefully!).

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