25 February, 2013

#BookReview :: Christmas is Cancelled by Aurelia B Rowl

Matilda 'Tilly' Carter didn't think her day could get any worse, but even Christmas had just been cancelled.

The one girl Dean Watson has sworn never to have—never even expected to see again—just flared back into his life and into his home—his sanctuary—like she belonged there. Christmas would certainly be more bearable with Tilly around though…

As the chinks in Dean's armor appear, Tilly seizes the chance to win her knight once and for all. She's not about to take no for answer—not this time—but Dean must resist, even as his heart rebels and temptation threatens to undermine his resolve.

Win or lose? Love or honor? Which will Dean choose? Assuming he gets a choice…

We meet Matilda Carter on the day when she has just lost everything – her job, her home, her friend and her boyfriend – all in one day. That’s what happens when you are dating your boss and catch him cheating on you with your friend. Then she at the train station on the way to visit her brother only to bump into the one man she has always loved but been rejected by! Oh and did I tell you that these all happen on Christmas eve? With nowhere to go to and no one else to turn to ‘Tilly’ accepts Dean’s offer to let her stay at his place. When these two people finally meet again after years, sparks fly and emotions are all over the place. Tilly knows that there was never anyone else for her, but why did Dean leave? Dean on the other hand is caught between his heart and his promise – which will win out in the end?

The plot is plain and simple at a glance. But as it progresses it takes a few unexpected turns revealing a mystery. As for the characters, Dean is a handsome man with sense of honour and a caring heart. Matilda, is a strong and spirited woman who has had to deal with her share of ups and downs. Another character that you will not help but notice is Tilly’s brother Phil. There is something about him that made me want to get to know him better. But it is the dynamic of Dean and Tilly’s relationship that carries the book through. Totally in love with each other yet not being able to put it out on the table has them blowing hot-and-cold against each other.

This romance with a hint of mystery in it, but the author has maintained the plot as a romance novel should – focusing on the elements of the relationship of the protagonist. Her style of writing is fluid and easygoing. I am one of those people who always likes to know more and in this case since the author has provided just enough details for this story, but I wish I could know a bit more about both Dean, Tilly and certainly a lot more about Phil. But I am guessing that there’s going to be a different book about Phil (atleast I certainly am hoping for it) and I have to wait and watch out for it.

Overall, it was a fast, light and enjoyable read that I finished in one sitting. 

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