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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Review: Tinsel My Heart by Christi Barth

Format: .pdf (provided by author in exchange for an honest review)
Release Date: December 5, 2013

Becca Huntley's produced the Lyndale Park Players' over-the-top Christmas show for ten years. It's a beloved Minneapolis tradition, and the theater's main fundraiser. But this year's production is in danger of being canceled when their director disappears into rehab. Good thing his directing partner steps in to save the day. Except for the minor fact that he hates everything about Christmas.

Jack Whittaker wiped this town off his shoe with his graduation tassel and never looked back. But duty compels him to fulfill Tyler's promise to direct the show. Even though it means working with Becca, the girl he always wanted, lost to Ty, but never forgot.

It'll take more than a few handfuls of tinsel to soften Jack's heart toward Becca's favorite holiday. Steamy kisses that melt the snow right off his boots are a step in the right direction. They'll both discover that Christmas is about making each others dreams come true. But will it require sacrificing their chance at a happily-ever-after together?

To me, Tinsel My Heart is a modern, adult version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas and that's not a bad thing at all! Becca and the entire Lyndale Park Players are on the verge of having to cancel their annual Christmas show because their director, Tyler, who happens to be a Hollywood big shot and Becca's ex boyfriend, suddenly goes to rehab. Not having the Christmas show is like not having Christmas at all, and Becca is at a loss on how to make things happen.

Enter Jack Whittaker, Tyler's directing partner and total Grinch. Jack hates Christmas, he wants nothing to do with Christmas and the only reason he's stepping in to help Becca is because he feels it's his duty to follow through with the promise Tyler made to Becca. Of course, complicating the matter are Jack's old feelings for Becca. As teens, Jack, Tyler and Becca were inseparable friends, unfortunately for Jack, before he could ask Becca out, Tyler beat him to it.

Jack and Becca's relationship was interesting to watch. They have a history and have known each other for most of their lives yet because they are attracted to each other they act like strangers. It isn't until they spend a little more time with one another that they start to fall back into their old familiar relationship and begin to deal with their attraction. It was a friends to lovers scenario with the added complication of Tyler.

Tinsel My Heart is a predictable holiday novella but it's such a fun holiday novella that I didn't care one bit about its predictability. Jack's intense dislike of Christmas and his hometown was eventually explained and gave me a new opinion on this modern day Grinch. It also explained why Jack was so angry at Tyler for entering rehab. At first Jack came off as cold and unfeeling about Tyler's problems but as the story went on, it became clear who the real victim was.

There's plenty of humor in Tinsel My Heart too. There has to be when the Christmas show involves live animals, children and adults who have their own ideas of what needs to be done.

Tinsel My Heart is part of All I'm Asking For, an anthology featuring authors Kat Latham and Brighton Walsh, and though Tinsel My Heart can be purchased alone, I personally think readers get more for their money by purchasing the anthology.

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  1. I've really enjoyed her books. I wish I had time to add this one in before the holidays were over. It sounds pretty cute. I can totally deal with a bit of predictability now and again :)

  2. Sometimes predictable is just want I want in a feel good, warm and fuzzy holiday read..this sounds delightful. wonderful review Adria :)


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