“Oh look,” John said, holding up a cross-stitching kit that said, ‘Rugby’s a sport played by men with oddly shaped balls.’ “One for me.”
“You should get it.”
“If I do, will you teach me how to knit it?”
“That’s cross stitching.”
He shrugged. “Same thing, right?”
“Sure. About like how rugby and football are the same thing.”
He dropped the kit back on the table. “Blasphemy.”
This is an entertaining novella that is part of a larger contemporary romance series, though I read it as a standalone without any confusion. My favorite element was the London setting, which kept reminding me of Love Actually. In fact, the story could have easily been woven in with the film’s other short love stories. Then, of course, there’s the cast of professional rugby players 🙂 It was nice to read about insta-chemistry rather than insta-love, and I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that our heroine is a neither ultra-petite nor a wafe-like model (she’s 6’1″ and healthily proportioned, while he’s a 6’7″ muscular rugby god).
Elements of Holiday Cheer: Christmas in London, charity auctions, holiday baking, holiday crafts, and family bonding.
Holiday Pairing: Any variety of holiday cookies! There is a surprising amount of cooking and baking in this novella, so be prepared for some serious cravings!
Recommendation: This one is great if you enjoy holiday Hallmark movies, occasional British slang, and hot rugby players.