Skip to main content

Review of "Jingle Bell Harbor" by Tracy Brogan

Jingle Bell HarborAnother day, another awful Christmas novella.  What the hell?  Is there something in the water this year?  Why are there seriously no good Christmas books coming out?

Jingle Bell Harbor is a Bell Harbor novella and the first (and only) Tracy Brogan book I have ever read.  It focuses on Kelsey Parker and Drew Hampton.  Kelsey works at a year round Christmas store (who knew such a thing even existed?) and has become a bit of a grinch about anything Christmas related.  She and her boyfriend are not working out, but he's also her boss, so that definitely complicates matters.  Things only get worse when the boyfriend decides to go on their Hawaiian vacation without her after her grandmother breaks her hip and she needs to go home to take care of her.  Enter Drew (whose name I keep thinking is Ben, so yeah).  He's a biology teacher at the local high school and also somehow works at a Christmas Tree lot.  Drew had a huge crush on Kelsey when they were in school together and even pretended not to be good at science to get near her (maybe Ms. Brogan really liked Mean Girls).

I didn't feel anything while reading this book.  Kelsey annoyed me with all of her anti-Christmas crap and her indecisiveness where both her job and her boyfriend are concerned.  My biggest issue with her, though, is the fact that she has no compunction about sleeping with Drew while still technically dating Blake.  There is no excuse for cheating.  None.  It doesn't matter that you're 95% certain that you're going to break up.  If I was Drew, I wouldn't trust her.  Once a cheater.  Always a cheater.

The one good thing to come from this book is that we finally got the answer to a question The Gilmore Girls posed way back in 2001.  Who decorated the Liberace room?

Gilmore Girls Liberace


Yep.  Kelsey has a sassy, gay best friend.  He is so flaming gay that Jack McFarland would take issue.  It was ridiculous and so very cliche.  What it wasn't was cute, funny, or entertaining.  DNF

Jingle Bell Harbor is available for Pre-Order and will be released on October 20th.

Comments

  1. […] Jingle Bell Harbor by Tracy Brogan: This was another Friends-to-Lovers book that came out earlier this year.  It was also another book that I had problems finishing.  The heroine was technically still involved with her boyfriend when she started sleeping with the hero and that’s a big no for me. […]

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Review of "The Other Miss Bridgerton" by Julia Quinn

Title: The Other Miss Bridgerton
Author: Julia Quinn
Series: Rokesby #3
Publisher: Avon
Price: $6.99 (e-book) $5.77 (mass market paperback) $21.55 (Audible)
Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 I love Julia Quinn.  A few years ago, I stumbled upon Just Like Heaven in the Howard Beach library; I'd heard of Ms. Quinn before, but hadn't actually read one of her books.  Immediately after finishing the book, Marcus and Honoria became one of my favorite hero/heroine pairings ever.  I'm probably going to be diving back into the Smythe-Smith books again soon because despite reading all of the Bridgerton books, the Smythe-Smith series is still my absolute favorite Quinn series.  The Rokesby series is giving it a run for its money, though (I've read Because of Miss Bridgerton at least four times since it was published in 2016).  Is it wrong that I want another book already?  Sure, The Other Miss Bridgerton came out just last week, but one is never enough, right? From the Publisher:
She was in the wrong p…

Blog Tour: Excerpt and Review of "Kiss Me At Christmas" by Valerie Bowman

Title: Kiss Me At Christmas Author: Valerie Bowman
Series: Playful Brides #10
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Price: $7.99 (e-book) $5.98 (mass market paperback)
Rating:❄️❄️❄️❄️
Christmas Rating: 🎅🎅 1/2

I guess it is that time of year again--it is finally acceptable to listen to Christmas music on repeat!  Yes!  Unfortunately, I read this book in October and was getting a lot of weird looks when people heard snippets of Shake Up Christmas.  Honestly, this wasn't the earliest I've listened to Christmas music.  That honor goes to my review of Snowfall on Haven Point for the Smart Bitches, which I wrote in the middle of one of the worst heat waves in Northern California back in June of 2017.  But you're not here for a recitation of my Christmas music woes, so let's do this thing.

ExcerptCHAPTER ONE
London, December 1818
Lady Regina Haversham’s thirtieth birthday was precisely one month away, which didn’t leave her much time to lose her virginity. Not that she wanted it lost. S…

It's Not Me; It's You--A Review of "Shelter in Place" by Nora Roberts

Title: Shelter in Place
Author: Nora Roberts
ISBN: 1250161592
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Price: $14.99 (e-book) $16.49 (hardcover) $23.95 (Audible)
Rating:⭐️

Over the last few years, I have found myself reading fewer Nora Roberts novels.  In the past, she was my go-to author, an auto-buy, someone I knew whose work would never disappoint me.  Unfortunately, this is no longer the case.  While her prose is still beautiful and effortlessly depicts all manner of situations, her stories have become stale (recycling plots from other books is a big part of my problem with her) and it seems that she is less inclined to writing actual romances.  I was actually really excited about Shelter in Place because it wasn't like anything else I've read by her--and that sounded like a good thing.  What I got was a book that wasn't really sure what it was or what it wanted to be.

From the Publisher:
From Nora Roberts, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Year One (December 2017), comes…

Fifteen Years Later: Review of "His Sinful Touch" by Candace Camp

Title: His Sinful Touch
Author: Candace Camp
ISBN: 0373789963
Publisher: HQN
Series: Mad Morelands #5
Price: $5.98 (Paperback) $5.99 (e-book) $19.96(Audible)
Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2


Most readers remember their first, the first book of their particular genre that they read, whether they enjoyed the book or not.  I have two firsts--the first romance I ever read was a Harlequin Intrigue written by Amanda Stevens.  If you've read my blog before you probably already know this.  The first historical romance I read was Mesmerized by Candace Camp, which was also the first book in her Mad Morelands series.  

I was a senior in high school when this series began and I remember seeing the paperback version of Mesmerized on the shelf at the Target on Queens Blvd (yes, I spent a lot of time on Queens Blvd as a teenager), and was pulled in by the gorgeous cover.  Apparently, that book has had several covers over the last 15 years, but this is the one I remember:


Isn't it pretty?  Of course from the cover I…

Happy Bookaversary! A Review of "Edge of Darkness" by Karen Rose

Title: Edge of Darkness
Author: Karen Rose
ISBN: 9780399583087
Publisher: Berkeley
Series: Cincinnati Series
Price: $5.98 (Paperback) $7.99 (e-book) $28.28(Audible)
Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


It seems like I've been reading Karen Rose novels my entire life.  I remember the day I came across Count to Ten in the Duane Reade on Queens Blvd.  I'd finished the paperback I brought with me to school that day while sitting in the Dining Hall eating lunch and needed something for the long bus ride home.  I almost didn't buy it because it was $9.99 and I hadn't gotten my financial aid money yet, but the cover copy called to me.  Not even the 500+ page count could scare me away.

I recently learned that Edge of Darkness is Ms. Rose's 20th book and in a strange way, I feel like a proud mama watching her child cross the stage to get their diploma.  I'm just a big ball of happy nostalgia, thinking back to all of the other books I've read by her and hopeful about the ones to come, so befor…