The Kiss Before Christmas is a contemporary romance novella by Sophie Pembroke. It tells the story of Dory Mackenzie, a young Liverpudlian who is an awfully long way from home. She headed out to New York with her ex to make a better life – and then he ditched her. Dory is now stuck in a poorly paying job and a crappy apartment, and isn’t earning enough cash to pay for a flight home to see her family at Christmas, as much as she wants to go.
So when Tyler Alexander, her boss, offers to pay her fare to go home for New Year, Dory jumps at the chance. There is, of course, a catch. In order to get her hands on the ticket, she has to pretend to be Tyler’s girlfriend and go to his family’s mansion for the holidays. It wouldn’t be so bad, if it weren’t for his stuck-up parents. They’re eager for their son to be dating someone “worthy” of him, so they already have to lie about her job, as if they discovered she was his PA, they wouldn’t approve. Tyler’s brother Lucas is much nicer than the rest of his family, but is still suspicious of what’s going on between his brother and Dory, and seems determined to get to the bottom of it.
As events unfold, it soon becomes apparent why Tyler needed her to be his fake girlfriend for the holidays. But by the time this information comes to light, Dory is already embroiled in a massively complicated situation of her own which threatens to make things even worse. Will she emerge from the Alexander family drama unscathed? Or is her New Year visit to her own family doomed before it’s even begun?
A Kiss Before Christmas is a great short read. I whizzed through it in an evening and enjoyed it very much. From the very beginning, the writing, storyline and characters are engaging and had me turning pages eagerly to see what happened next. I loved the humour that was thrown in, the awkward but realistic events, and the smouldering yet sweet romance. If you love holiday stories, you’ll enjoy this romance novella, but it’s perfect for devouring any time of the year.Powered by Sidelines