Published: 17 November 2020
Series: The Perfect Pairings Series Book 1
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Christmas Cookies on a Cruise Ship
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On a Caribbean cruise, a platter full of cookies, and a shot of Christmas magic yields a perfect pairing.
Chemist and budding romance writer Olivia Chasen is on a cruise to avoid spending Christmas with her beautiful twin sister and new fiancé—Olivia’s ex. Now, thanks to her lonely, intoxicated ramblings on Santa’s lap, her fellow passengers think she’s in love with a fictional character.
Former Navy SEAL Commander Jace Morse has dealt with plenty of unusual situations in his career, but he’s never had the honor, the pleasure, or the privilege of being a beautiful and intelligent woman’s fantasy hero come to life. While he hasn’t officially met the sexy chemist, he’s sure eager to explore the chemistry that’s sizzling between them.
Bringing the charming SEAL together with the skeptical Olivia is going to take more than just Christmas cookies and a little help from Mrs. Claus; it’s gonna take a heaping dose of Christmas magic.
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Christmas Cookies on a Cruise Ship was a fun read. If you’re a fan of light-hearted Christmas romance stories, then this story will suit you down to the ground. It wholeheartedly embraced everything there is to love about the Santa season and had me smiling as I was reading.
Santa & Mrs Clause are along for the trip, as well as a very amusing cast of characters. Many times they were funny enough to have me laughing out loud in parts. Keep an eye out for Grandpa Erwin, as he was my favourite member of the supporting cast. As far as 90-something-year-old wannabe romeos go, he was a lot of fun!
Our main characters, Olivia and Jase, are really great together. I enjoyed both of their personalities and the two of them together worked really well. This isn’t a heavy read where you’re going to have to work through a dense, angst-ridden plot to get to the happily ever after – it is a light, fun story, where you know that the happy end is coming just around the corner.
That’s not to say that Christmas Cookies on a Cruise Ship doesn’t manage to incorporate a bit of depth into the story along the way though, because it does. I didn’t see it coming, but Parker Fairchild managed to sneak in some surprisingly serious undertones that the main characters were dealing with during the story. Olivia is navigating her way through her battles with a lack of self-confidence, while Jase is also dealing with his own insecurities. And I loved that by the end of the story, we saw Olivia really coming into her own and embracing her inner strength and self-confidence.
“Yes, this cruise had given her the opportunity, the time, and the space to grow into and realise the potential of the person she was always meant to be be. While she was still a brainy chemist, she was also exciting, courageous, adventurous, witty, beautiful, and fun.”Olivia, reflecting to herself back over her time onboard
So, if you’re looking for a fun Christmas romance novel, Christmas Cookies on a Cruise Ship is the way go. But learn from my mistake – don’t read it while you’re hungry, unless you want to find yourself with a sudden need to go and find cookies (because the ones in the book sound yummy!!!)…
Thank you to the author, Parker Fairchild, and Goddess Fish Promotions, for my spot on the tour and a copy of this ebook, in exchange for my honest review.
Parker Fairchild is a model, social media copywriter, and freelance writer with multiple writing credits. A Virginia native, she and her husband had their own shipboard romance as they met on a cruise ship tender in Maui, and as her mom is fond of saying, “they haven’t stopped talking since.” When she’s not busy playing with words, she loves spending time with her husband and family in Arizona where she now resides.