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  • Writer's pictureJulie Mackin

Dreaming of a White Christmas

In which we learn you should always pack more underwear than you need

All I Want Is You by Falon Ballard


Spice: PG-13 (three spices; earbuds in for sure)

Perfect if you like:

Second chance romance

Forced proximity romance

Holiday romance 

Insight into the world of publishing

Male romance writers who are lovebugs and super cuddly 

Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC

Ok first of all, I was so excited to get the ARC for this one, I love Falon Ballard’s writing. Second, I was totally digging a little Christmas in June: we were under a heat dome here and I was happy to be swept away into a snowed-in, forced proximity romance. And finally, I loved the meta look into the world of romance writing and the struggle to make it.

Jess and Nick dated for three wonderful years; they met at a writers workshop and became critique partners. The connection between them and their work helped them fall in love AND find success. They both signed book deals with the same publisher within weeks of each other. But then, Nick dumped Jess, leaving her shell-shocked and devastated. Nick went on to become the next big thing while Jess had more limited success with her books. Not enough to quit her day job. And now, five years later, Jess has to present Nick with an award at their publisher’s annual gala. There is nothing Jess wants to do less, but she needs to show she is a team player to the publisher so she finds herself, backstage, face to face with the man who broke her heart. And then of course, there is a snowstorm and no one can leave the sweet little inn upstate. Oh and there was a mix-up and Jess has no room, so Nick graciously offers to share. Jess might still hate Nick, but the chemistry between these two is still very much there!

I devoured this book; I woke up at 2am and couldn’t get back to sleep so I thought I would just start this to help me relax. Before I knew it, it was 7am and I was like, I can’t put this down. Ballard creates a true second chance love story, one in which the reader isn’t quite sure how things are all going to work out. But as a fan of Ballard’s work, I know she will find a way to tie it all up perfectly, leaving you with a smile on your face.

This one comes out in September, so make sure to pre-order or request it from the library because you are going to want to read this when fall comes.


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