Title: One Christmas Eve (Cedar Street #2)
Author: Shannon Stacey
Edition/Pages: Ebook, 118 pages
I received an arc copy of this from HARLEQUIN via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Zoe is living the her life unapologetically. After a traumatic failed marriage, she is back in the town she loves running the bookstore of her dreams with her cousin. But she wants nothing to do with the new uptight neighbor who complains about her sexy window display.
Preston knows he takes life too seriously. But he can’t help but be drawn to the woman who owns the bookstore next door. As he opens up to Zoe, she realizes he may not be who she thought.
➸ POV – 3rd person omniscient
➸ Zoe Randall – Owns dream bookstore with her cousin and best friend Carly, Divorced
➸ Preston Wheeler – Estate attorney, Recently moved his business next door to Zoe’s bookstore, Uptight and serious
➸ Content Warnings: Divorce, Sexual Repression
This is super light enemies to lovers holiday romance that I couldn’t help but devour. I read this entire (albeit short) story in a single sitting. It was so sweet and wholesome and perfect for the holiday season. If you’re looking for something fun and romantic to get you into the holiday spirit I highly recommend this one!
Zoe had such a strong relationship with her cousin and I really appreciated the way they supported each other. I loved that Zoe was chasing her dreams and fully embracing who she was. I loved that she never backed down or diminished her personality to fit into her small town’s box. She was so strong and witty despite the mental trauma she went through in her prior relationship.
While this book did touch on some tough things with Zoe’s previous relationship, I liked that this story didn’t get too heavy. Which such a short book, I liked that it stayed lighthearted and fun rather than trying to tackle too much in such a short time frame. It was the perfect balance.
Zoe and Preston’s relationship was so sweet and I liked that enemies portion of their enemies to lovers romance, was pretty short lived. Again, since this book was so short, I was glad there was so much content of their relationship and romance rather than bickering. They complimented each other so well and I loved the opposites attract vibe of their relationship.
Overall I loved this sweet, holiday romance and will for sure be watching out for this author’s next books!