I've read four Christmas books (and currently reading a 5th) this season but I almost didn't read this one, even though it was probably the most talked about of the bunch. I had ARCs of the other novels and wasn't sure if I'd have time to read another Christmas book but since I did have the time, I decided to buy this one. 

I'm really glad I decided to read "Merry Little Meet Cute" because it was so good. I loved the unique premiss, the characters and the setting. It was so good, albit predictable but it was incredible. If you read one Christmas book this season, make it this one... and I would argue that this doesn't even have to be read during Christmas because it doesn't feel uber Christmasy.

Before we get into the review, let me warn you this is a SPICY book. It had to be one of the spiciest I've ever read...

Publisher's Summary

Bee Hobbes (aka Bianca Von Honey) has a successful career as a plus-size adult film star. With a huge following and two supportive moms, Bee couldn’t ask for more. But when Bee’s favorite producer casts her to star in a Christmas movie he’s making for the squeaky-clean Hope Channel, Bee’s career is about to take a more family-friendly direction.

Forced to keep her work as Bianca under wraps, Bee quickly learns this is a task a lot easier said than done. Though it all becomes worth while when she discovers her co-star is none other than childhood crush Nolan Shaw, an ex-boy band member in desperate need of career rehab. Nolan’s promised his bulldog manager to keep it zipped up on set, and he will if it means he’ll be able to provide a more stable living situation for his sister and mom.

But things heat up quickly in Christmas Notch, Vermont, when Nolan recognizes his new co-star from her ClosedDoors account (oh yeah, he’s a member). Now Bee and Nolan are sneaking off for quickies on set, keeping their new relationship a secret from the Hope Channel’s execs. Things only get trickier when the reporter who torpedoed Nolan’s singing career comes snooping around—and takes an instant interest in mysterious newcomer Bee.

And if Bee and Nolan can’t keep their off-camera romance behind the scenes, then this merry little meet cute might end up on the cutting room floor.

My Thoughts

A porn star turned 'Hallmark' movie star? An ex boyband member who is subscribed to her 'OnlyFans'? A 'Hallmark' movie set during Christmas? Everything about this book screamed unique and different, and it delivered. I was obsessed with this out of pocket plot and it paid off. This was an amazing book with incredible writing, fun characters, a unique setting and so much sex.

When you add in the sex positivity and the diversity (in gender, sexual orientation, body type), you get an even better, more well rounded novel. I just can't get enough of it! 

Bee and Nolan have incredible chemistry and I love how he worshipped her, even if she was a little bigger in size. I loved how confident Bee was in who she is as a person, in her profession, and in her body. It was so empowering to read and I feel like it taught me a lot at the same time.

I will say I did think it was a little 'woke' in terms of making sure it checked off all the boxes of a diverse novel and felt forced at times but the character development, the fun, and the sex made up for it. 

This was the first book in a while where I liked all the characters; I didn't think Nolan had a bad bone in his body, I loved how there was no massive miscommunication between the love interests, and things were pretty straightforward.

Of course there is a conflict toward the end of the book but it all comes together so beautifully, so eloquently - it was a true fairytale and I loved every moment of it. 

Nolan and Bee felt like soulmates and took the definition of 'meet cute' to a new level. I would love a sequel with them at the center because I can't get enough of them, their banter and chemistry, and also as individuals. 

What was your favorite Christmas book this year?

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