19 Jan 2023

We Can(ada) Read: ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS by Maggie Knox

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Author: Maggie Knox
Series: N/A
Source: Audiobook from Audible
Publisher: Viking
Publication Date: October 4, 2022

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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?
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Content Warning: death of a loved one, death of a grandparent, grief, stalking, alcohol consumption, sexual content, creepy men.

This could have been a four star read if the conflict and resolution had been a bit more interesting. But I thought there were a lot of easy "cop-out" moments in this that took away from the story because I was so focused on the plotholes. I also think it's a little strange that we missed an entire year of each of their lives - there was no moments in the in between to keep us intrigued in their relationship or the characters.

This didn't feel like a "holiday" romance novel, except that it took place around Christmas. I felt like this could have taken place at any moment in time and it would have been the same novel, so I'm not sure how I feel about it being a "Christmas romance novel."

But the premise was cute enough and there were some heavier topics discussed in this around grief and how the music industry treats women that I could give it some passes. I liked Sadie and Max both as individual characters and a couple. I thought that their best personality traits were perfect for the other person and I am glad that they got together at the end.

If you were a fan of Maggie Knox's other books, you'll probably enjoy this one too!

Are you going to pick this up?

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