A Very Merry Match by Melinda Curtis | Book Review

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A Very Merry Match by Melinda Curtis | Book ReviewA Very Merry Match by Melinda Curtis
Also by this author: Dream a Little Dream
Series: Sunshine Valley #2
Also in this series: Dream a Little Dream
Published by Grand Central Publishing on September 29, 2020
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Holiday, Contemporary, Clean & Wholesome, Women, Small Town & Rural
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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ISBN: 9781538733448
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four-stars

The holidays are served up with some spice in this small-town romance featuring a woman who must maintain a secret identity and the man who begins falling for her.This Christmas, all Mayor Kevin Hadley wants is to give his five-year-old son whatever his heart desires. Only Tad has fallen head over holly for his pretty, sweet-as-sugarplum teacher. When attraction sparks between Kevin and Mary Margaret, the single dad thinks she may be the answer to his and his son's dreams. But after Mary Margaret reluctantly turns him down, Kevin decides it's time to embark on a new campaign -- one for Mary Margaret's heart.Mary Margaret Sneed usually spends her holiday baking and caroling with her students. Yet this year, she's swapped shortbread and sleigh bells for a second job to pay off her late husband's debts. Mary Margaret would love to go tree trimming with Kevin and his son, but she won't risk his political future with her controversial side gig. Only the town's meddling matchmakers have determined there's nothing a little mistletoe can't fix . . . and if the Widows Club has their way, Mary Margaret and Kevin may just get the best Christmas gift of all this year.Includes a bonus novella by Hope Ramsay!

A Very Merry Match by Melinda Curtis was so different from what I expected. I think that it’s nice to be surprised by a holiday book, however. I was expecting a little bit more steamy based upon the description, but this book veered in a more sweet direction. It does a wonderful job of capturing a holiday miracle though.

Melinda Curtis’s A Very Merry Match is the second book in the Sunshine Valley series, but the first book I’ve read from the series. The premise is that Mary Margaret Sneed is a young widow. She works as a kindergarten teacher in the town of Sunshine, Colorado. Unfortunately for Mary Margaret, she’s just learned that her late husband ran up a gambling debt to the tune of $100,000 and some shady men have come collecting. Her teacher’s salary comes nowhere even close to paying off that debt. So, she does what she did to put herself through college and dances burlesque in the next town over.

Kevin Hadley is the mayor of Sunshine. He’s somewhat reeling from his divorce from town queen bee Barbara and is looking for a woman who would be good for his reputation. The Widow’s Club, whose primary objective is matchmaking, places Mary Margaret Sneed in his way. She’s a very nice teacher after all, with no skeletons in her closet. Kevin likes her for the most part. Only, he can’t stop thinking about Foxy Roxy from the Burlesque. I think we all know the direction this will go in.

Anyways, A Very Merry Match is such a fun read with some humorous moments. However, I still found myself feeling for Mary Margaret and how she gets stuck paying off a giant debt through no fault of her own. We also learn that her past wasn’t all roses and it’s heartbreaking. I loved reading about the Widow’s Club, especially Mary Margaret’s grandmother Edith’s attempts to get on the board. Also? Mary Margaret’s friends are just wonderful.

After finishing this book, I immediately added the third book to my TBR and made a mental note to get to book one ASAP. Oh and before I forget, there’s definitely chemistry between Kevin and Mary Margaret. It just takes them both some time to figure that out. Oh and there’s zero adult scenes in this book, so don’t go in expecting that.


On A Scale Of One To Buddy The Elf, How Much Christmas Spirit Does A Very Merry Match Have?

A Very Merry Match has something I would really like to try – this hot cocoa drink called a mile high whip. It sounds AMAZING. This book put me in a jolly mood because it’s about romance, but also dealing with and overcoming a problem through grit but also with the help of friends. There’s that small town feel and snow and a Christmas tree farm, and quite a few more events. Melinda Curtis’s book was completely unexpected but so wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend for the warm fuzzy feeling.

four-stars
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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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