This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Christmas at Two Love Lane by Kieran Kramer
Series: Two Love Lane #1
Also in this series:A Wedding at Two Love Lane
Also by this author: A Wedding at Two Love Lane
Genres: Contemporary, Holiday Romance
Release Date: October 3, 2017
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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The best gift of all is the one you share with someone else. . .
From the moment he strode through the iron gate and into the offices of Two Love Lane on a crisp December day, it was obvious that Deacon Banks was something different. He wasn't a Charleston native, not with that adorable Yankee accent. And unlike the usual client at the elegant matchmaking agency, he had no interest in finding a woman to marry--just a few no-strings dates while he was in town.
Macy Frost takes her professional services very seriously--how could she not, when she's rumored to be a direct descendant of Cupid? Tech entrepreneur Deacon says he's just trying to make his social-climbing aunt happy by being seen out and about with a few prominent beauties, but Macy insists she can make her client fall in love...for real. And Deacon can't help but think she might be right. As charming as the palmetto trees and magnificent harbor may be, it's the beautiful, breath-of-fresh-air Macy who's become Deacon's favorite part of the scenery. But can the hopelessly romantic Southern belle stop trying to fix him up and just let Cupid do his work on her own heart?
Christmas at Two Love Lane is the first book in the Two Love Lane series. In this series, there are three women who have had a rough go with love or lack of finding love. They have banded together and with the help of their receptionist they founded ‘Two Love Lane.’ This story features Macy Frost who believes that she is a descendent of Cupid. She and her friends have always had luck matching up others and it was this ability that led them to start up a matchmaking business, and business is booming.
It is no surprise to her when a professional from the North darkened her doorstep looking to engage her services. He was tall, well-dressed, and dreamy; Macy figured she would have no problem finding Deacon’s perfect match. Deacon though was not looking to find love. In fact, he was against the idea completely. Instead what he was looking for was a series of dates so that it appeared to his Aunt that he was “actively engaging” in searching for someone to settle down with. It was his Aunt’s Christmas wish and he was trying his best to make her happy without having to actually do what she wanted.
Macy was affronted by his request and immediately said no to Deacon initially but there was something about him that made her think twice. She decided that she would have lunch with him in order to get him to see the folly of his ways. She believed that she would be able to find Deacon’s “one true love” if he would only give her the chance. He of course was not interested in true love, but he was interested in Macy. So, he went along with the ruse of her finding his ‘match’ in order to get her to see that what she needed was a fling with him.
Both Macy and Deacon were not expecting that they would find anything truly likable about each other beyond the simmering attraction that they both felt. As they got to know each other it became pretty clear that there was more between them than simple attraction. Neither Deacon or Macy were willing to give up on their quest though. Their stubbornness led to some hilarious times and a little bit of heartbreak too.
Christmas at Two Love Lane is a contemporary romance that takes place during the Christmastime season, it does not really give off any Christmas cheer vibes, more than anything it was a matchmaker trope with comedic times. There was a nice buildup of the setting and the characters within this small and intimate community but there were also some drama that felt unnecessary. I don’t know if it was added because later on in the series the outcome will actually matter but I didn’t really care for it. Overall, this was a story that entertained me and had a sweet ending.
*Thank you to Netgalley & St. Martin’s Press for this eARC of Christmas at Two Love Lane*
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Holiday Q&A with Author Kieran Kramer:
When do the holidays official start for you?
Thanksgiving Day, as soon as I turn on the TV to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade! Can’t miss the Rockettes segment, ever!
What’s your favorite thing about the holidays?
Inhaling the delicious scent of the Christmas tree, seeing the twinkling lights, hanging out with the family and our friends.
Are there any holiday traditions you do every year without fail?
I always make frosted sugar cookies, and I always try to watch as many Christmas movies as I can. I also try to go to the Holiday Boat Parade in Charleston harbor!
What’s your favorite holiday movie?
It’s a Wonderful Life; I never get tired of it!
Do you have a favorite holiday book?
Definitely How the Grinch Stole Christmas….
What’s your all-time favorite holiday song?
Away in the Manger sung by Julie Andrews–the UK version of the melody
What’s your favorite activity during fall or winter?
baking bread, using my crockpot, reading cozy books, buying myself winter clothes, going to parties, eating holiday cookies
What’s your favorite gift you’ve ever received or given?
My favorite gift is having my family all together in one place. Nothing matters more. Sometimes we can’t all be together, so I cherish the Christmases that we can celebrate under one roof.
Do you have any items on your wish list this year?
Yes, having my own little family together again–the last two years some of us have been overseas. But if I have to mention something from the store, I’d love to have some canvases and paint and painting lessons!
Any resolutions or goals for next year?
Yes, to slow down and get centered, to really look around each day and marvel at this beautiful world filled with people who all want to love and be loved. I refuse to let the haters in. Oh, and I have to keep dancing to my Alexa, haha!!