ARC Review: No Ordinary Christmas by Belle Calhoune

Happy Wednesday y’all! Man, I’m exhausted and I definitely do not want to be doing anything but napping today, but someone’s gotta work (and take breaks from working by writing blog posts). Thankfully, I have an adorable book to review, so this post is not going to be hard to write at all! Thank you so much to Forever/Grand Central Publishing and Netgalley for letting me read an eARC of No Ordinary Christmas. This book came out yesterday (September 28th), so make sure y’all go out and grab it as soon as you’re done with my review!

No Ordinary Christmas 4/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

The quaint New England town of Mistletoe is thrilled to welcome back one of their own, Dante West. Now a famous Hollywood action star, Dante is filming a movie in town to help the local economy, as well as make amends with the people he hurt when he abruptly left Mistletoe all those years ago.

Librarian Lucy Marshall isn’t thrilled to see Dante. He was once her best friend and first love until he left her behind without a word of goodbye. When Dante makes her an offer she can’t refuse — use of the library as a filming venue in exchange for a lucrative donation, Lucy finds herself spending a lot of time in Dante’s company. With the magic of Christmas in the air, Dante and Lucy begin to forge a new bond. But can two people leading such different lives find lasting love the second time around?

This book was so freaking cute! I loved the setting is Mistletoe, Maine and I’m so, so excited about Christmas romance time starting up again! This book was about a second chance romance between Lucy and Dante and even though it wasn’t super steamy or over the top (and I mean I love over the top), it was cute and fun and all about trying to fix past mistakes and believing in yourself as much as others do. And it’s the first book in a new series, which is amazing, because we were introduced to a plethora of amazing characters who have great stories just waiting to be told (like Stella and Nick). I really liked Tess, Lucy’s little sister, and even though she was so much younger than Lucy, you could tell that they had a really close bond. I also liked how much effort Dante put into trying to mend his relationship with his brother- I’m a sucker for familial relationships (when done well) and I thought that all of the familial relationships in this book were so great. Plot wise, I really enjoyed it too- nothing was too big or flashy, but everything just made sense. Like, I could totally see this story actually happening in a small town anywhere and I loved that. No Ordinary Christmas was an adorable read and definitely great for getting you into the Christmas spirit!

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