The Magic of Christmas
by Christi Barth
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Release Date: October 15, 2020
Reviewed by PJ
After spending two years focused on her career, Rowan West is finally up for an advertising manager promotion. Holiday parties and gift-buying are on hold as Rowan travels to New Hampshire to create a marketing campaign that can revive a struggling, Christmas-themed resort and adventure park. Rowan’s brains and ambition make her shine, and she won’t allow anything to get in her way—especially not her far-too-handsome competitor with a sense of humor and high-up connections.
He needs to prove himself…
Jeremy Kincannon is competitive enough to fight tooth and nail for a promotion he doesn’t even want. Because his stepfather owns the company, no one believes he earned his spot despite having climbed up from the bottom like everyone else. He’s intrigued by his button-upped, business-only colleague who’s distractingly pretty. So he lays down a challenge—he’ll call a truce to their verbal sparring if she tries to have fun.
As their rivalry wanes and attraction grows, will Jeremy and Rowan embrace the magic of Christmas?
I love a workplace, enemies-to-lovers romance. Even better when your nemesis turns out to be the complete opposite of what you believed. Toss in a head-to-head competition for a coveted promotion, forced proximity in a Christmas wonderland, a temporary corporate cease fire, and over the top holiday cheer, and you just may have the ingredients for a happy, heartwarming, holiday romance. And, with luck, perhaps a happily ever after.
I've always enjoyed Christi Barth's books. She has a knack for bringing both characters and the settings in which she places them to life. The Magic of Christmas is no exception. It sparkles with wit, humor, snappy dialogue, and undeniable attraction. Jeremy and Rowan are both complex, interesting characters who I enjoyed getting to know while the cast of secondary characters added warmth, humor, and wisdom along the way. Barth also tucked in a few surprises to keep things from becoming too predictable. I enjoyed both the journey and the ultimate destination.
If you're looking for a charming holiday romance (I could so see this as a Hallmark movie) to put you in the Christmas spirit, give this one a try.