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Otherwise, Sydnee was a great mom. Quinn was a super great guy, especially the way he took to Sydnee's boys. He even seemed more mature than the older Sydnee. I also liked Sydnee's bff a lot. You can't help but dislike Max and Carroll.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. I am reviewing for Kylie's Fiction Addiction.
Although the title sounds like this is a holiday romance, it doesn’t have much to do with the holiday beyond the lead characters’ initial meeting. It is a whirlwind romance for any time of the year.
Sydnee Garrett divorced mom of twins is raising her five-year-old twins with the help of friends and the boys’ paternal grandparents. Quinn Masters is 26 and single. He’s a personal trainer who wants to work in the NFL. They meet one evening at his uncle’s Christmas tree lot. A chance meeting and a lot of persistence lead to a tumultuous courtship.
The writing is technically good, and the premise of the story is solid, however, I had a hard time getting into the story. I could understand and accept Sydnee’s insecurities and reservations about the relationship, however, I did not buy Quinn’s persistence given his age and experiences. Sydnee’s conversation was believable, but Quinn’s came off as too mature and stilted to me. I did appreciate the candid presentation of the biases Sydnee’s family held about Quinn and their relationship. I had a hard time reconciling Sydnee initially claiming that she was close to her mom and she valued her opinion, but then not having a clue how strongly her mother would feel about the interracial relationship. I got whiplash with Sydnee’s dramatic changes in direction and loyalties through the second half of the book.
The secondary characters were well done. Max is the ex-husband you can’t help but hate. Sydnee’s friend, Mina, and her mother, Carrol, reminded me of Krystle and Alexis from the 1980’s television show, Dynasty—social climbing, controlling and acrimonious. They’re all wickedly good antagonists in the story. Sydnee’s sons, Travis and Charlie, along with Quinn’s family, balance out the protagonists.
The Christmas Tree Guy is Railyn Stone’s debut novel and I’m sure she has more stories in her.
***Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official.
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