All I Want For Christmas – ARC Book Review

Title:- All I Want For Christmas

Author:- Maggie Knox

Date published:- will be published on 24th November 2022

Publisher:- Hodder and Stoughton

Genre:- Holiday Romance

No. of pages:- 352 pages


Writing:- 4/5

Plot:- 4/5

Overall rating:- 4/5

True love wasn’t on their holiday wish list.

When Sadie and Max are selected as contestants on the famed reality singing show Starmaker, each thinks they’ve finally gotten their big Nashville break. But then they’re paired up for duet week and stun the world with their romantic onstage chemistry. With fans going wild for #Saxie the network demands that they remain a duo on and offstage, or exit the competition. Faking a relationship until their final performance in the Starmaker holiday special shouldn’t be too hard, except for one small problem–Sadie and Max can’t stand each other.

But with their dreams just within reach, they agree to the ruse. Will their fake relationship be exposed before they can win? Or will an unexpected trip to Banff spark real feelings by the Christmas finale?

This was in my opinion a heartwarming Christmas tale that I actually enjoyed reading–a perfect read for Holiday Romance in the form of American Idol meets Country Singers.

Meet Sadie and Max–who are contestants on a reality TV show called Starmaker. They are the final contestants and are paired up together for a duet. The fans are dying hard for their ongoing chemistry. Faking a romance would gain public popularity but there’s one problem–Sadie and Max are not really getting along with each other.

At first, I actually enjoyed this tale of romance–kind of like a Hallmark Christmas movie. But by the middle of the book, the romance story kind of turned into a serious issue–abandonment issues, emotional turmoil, assaults so it didn’t necessarily become a typical romance novel you would normall expect. Nevertheless, towards the ending, it was a predictable and happy ending. I do like the chemistry between Sadie and Max and I enjoyed reading about the two. Overall, if you enjoy reading about cozy holiday romance novels, this book is better–worth four stars.

Many thanks to Netgalley and Hodder for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

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