Review: Jingle Bell Harbor

cover-jingle bell harborTitle: Jingle Bell Harbor
Author: Tracy Brogan
Series: Bell Harbor #3.5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novella
Available: Oct 20th


As assistant buyer for the world’s second-largest Christmas store, Kelsey Parker feels like a holiday harlot. She’s contractually obligated to promote the yuletide season. All. Year. Long. And it’s taking a toll on her spirit. But when her clueless, self-absorbed boyfriend goes on their long-anticipated romantic vacation—without her!—Kelsey is beyond disappointed to find herself tromping through the Bell Harbor snow instead of lounging on a tropical beach.

Drew Hampton is considered quite a catch among the Bell Harbor bachelorettes, but when his high school dream girl, Kelsey Parker, shows up at his grandfather’s Christmas tree lot complaining about her love life, he decides it’s long past time to get her under the mistletoe himself.

As things heat up between the two, a surprise visitor arrives, making Kelsey an offer she can’t quite believe. Now she must decide what matters most, and she just may discover the key to her happiness.

Source: ARC from Montlake Romance via NetGalley

Return to Bell Harbor for a swift slice of holiday charm complete with romance, a touch of a Grinch and even a hint of Santa Claus. It’s a quick, fun read that will make you smile through the constant carols.

Poor Kelsey. After spending the entire year selling Christmas, all she wants for the holidays is to get away from the fuss and relax – which is why she’s heading to Hawaii. Or she was, until a phone call at the airport had her redirecting to Bell Harbor to look after her grandmother, after a fall broke her hip. As if losing out on her dream holiday wasn’t enough, her boyfriend makes it worse by not only showing no sympathy but heading off to Hawaii without her. Merry Christmas!

I liked Kelsey, because no matter how loud or how bitterly she complains about losing out on Hawaii and how much she hates Christmas, the fact remains that she came back to look after her grandmother. Even if said grandmother loves nothing more than to embarrass her granddaughter – by reading racy books and making highly inappropriate comments when others are around. The only thing I didn’t like so much about Kelsey is how long it took her to finally realise that her boyfriend had to go, as if anything could be worth saving with such a self-absorbed, oblivious fool.

Especially when the alternative is Drew, sweet and lovely Drew, who had a crush on her from the moment he met her and let her tutor him uselessly as a teen just so he could be close to her. He has grown up a little since then and doesn’t use hopeless stealth measures any more. Instead he’s flirty and fun and the pair of them get on so well it seems ridiculous that it takes Kelsey so long to dump the other guy and make the obvious choice.

However I suppose it does provide a hint of conflict in what would otherwise be an uneventful, if fun, holiday tale that provides a perfect quick escape on cold winter nights. If you’re looking for something light and easy and enjoyable, Tracy Brogan is always a winner, and this little novella is no different. I can’t wait to visit Bell Harbor again.

Jingle Bell Harbor is out October 20th!
Visit Tracy Brogan for more details.


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