Exmas by Winter Renshaw
I am a Christmas novel junkie, and Exmas was my first for the 2018 season. I love office romances and enemies to lovers, so it was right up my alley.
Joa and Reed were coworkers and lovers in the cryptocurrency business they worked at in California. When Joa was up for a promotion, Reed basically stole it from her. Unable to work under the guy, she transferred to the company location in her hometown of Chicago. A year later, Reed is coming to the Chicago office over Christmas.
“Reed York might be a man used to getting everything he’s ever wanted, but Joa Jolivet is a woman who never forgets. He might want me, but he’s not getting me. Everyone knows naughty boys only get coal for Christmas.”
He wants her back. There was way more to the promotion than she knows, but he can’t share it.
“I’ve failed you, Joa. I know that,” he says. “In more ways than one. And I can forgive your harsh words. But I can’t forgive the fact that you stand there and you continue to deny that I’m the only man who’s ever going to be right for you and you’re the only woman who’s ever going to be right for me.”
Told in dual point of view with chapters that go between present and past, I never had any issue following along, and it was an interesting way to tell the story. But I think if it were told with the past first, I would have known the couple more and rooted for them in the present. As with many second-chance romances, you don’t get to know them the first time around, but I really felt that missing in Exmas. I just never felt the connection between the couple. I wanted sparks and it was kind of boring, to be totally honest.
- The actual storyline is solid.
- I liked both characters.
- Cryptocurrency. I know nothing about it, and never read a book with that as a job, so that was unique, and I learned a little.
- The way it was told with flashbacks throughout the book took away from the story. Head the flashback been part one, and the present part 2, I would have felt more invested in the couple.
- I never felt any spark of anything between them. It was kind of….I don’t know how to word this…Sterile? Emotionless?
The Down & Dirty:
Rating: 3 Stars, 3 Heat