Single and Ready To Jingle by Piper Rayne
Narrated by CJ Bloom and John Lane
I fell in love with the cover of Single and Ready to Jingle by Piper Rayne, and I’ve liked some of their other books, so getting this was a no-brainer for me. Mackenzie was a party planner running late for a blind date. She didn’t have the guy’s number, so instead of running home and changing and showing up super late, she met the man for dinner still in her elf costume, complete with bells on her shoes. Andrew is a handsome British lawyer who hates Christmas, so when Kenzie showed up in an elf costume, Andrew was mortified, and he made his distaste abundantly clear.
They soon realize that he is her brother’s best friend, so it’s lucky that the Christmas-loving Kenzie and the scrooge totally didn’t hit it off.
“Kenzie and I could not be more different or ill-suited for one another, not to mention the issue of her being the baby sister of my best mate.”
Yet afterwards they still kept thinking about the other, despite the first date disaster. So when Andrew’s law firm desperately needed a party planner for the Christmas party, Andrew suggested Mackenzie. She refused to help until he gave her a chance to change his mind about Christmas by doing three Christmas activities with her.
“Me being attracted to Andrew would be akin to Mrs. Claus having an affair with the Grinch.”
Despite Andrew having a good reason for not liking Christmas, I never fully got over the first meeting, even though I loved his gentlemanly behavior. The end felt rushed and a bit unsatisfactory to me, but I still enjoyed the story overall.
- I loved Kenzie and her sunshiny disposition.
- Andrew was so chivalrous and thoughtful.
- They both had pretty deep back stories.
- Good character growth.
- The way Andrew helped her speak up for herself more.
- Some repetitive scenes.
- The ending felt rushed.
- The 3rd act conflict and resolution.
- Andrew never won me over 100%. I hated how he treated people.
I love CJ Bloom, and she played the bubbly, Christmas loving Kenzie perfectly. John Lane was great as the snobby English lawyer especially at first.
The Down & Dirty:
Rating: 3.75 Stars, 3.75 heat, 4.5 Narration
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