Book Review: The Holiday Treatment by Elle Spencer

Release Date: Nov 1, 2020
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books

Holly works at a television network and she is the head writer for the Christmas movies they produce. She has a major work crush on a new boss. While on her annual I-want-nothing-to-do-with-Christmas beach vacation, she discovers that the object of her work fantasies is also there.

This book was just OK for me. I understand that Holiday movies are all mushy and implausible and you really just need to enjoy the ride. This book seemed as if it was trying to follow that same network holiday formula. I just didn’t find myself in the spirit and I don’t think it was that I was reading it during Halloween.

I liked Holly and her name and the town she comes from. It made sense why she would try to make her way out in a world away from all of that festivity and alleged intolerance. Her tendency to babble and say things out loud was quirky and endearing at first.

There was a lot of attention paid to Holly’s friends. I didn’t like those characters and I just wanted to hurry through those parts to get to the real romance of the story.

I think the main reason I couldn’t get into the spirit was because I didn’t feel the love. It seemed to me like it was mostly a physical connection. It didn’t help that we didn’t get a real deep dive into the background of her boss to understand her motivations for the conflict of this story. The ending was completely rushed and I could not believe that all could be forgiven so quickly.

Overall, it was OK despite what seems like several negative thoughts. I’ve really enjoyed all of Spencer’s books. She writes well and develops interesting scenarios and dialogue that are worth your time reading.

I recommend to those who like to read about romance, Christmas, sunny vacations, and cheesy endings.

I received an ARC from Bold Strokes Books for an honest review

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