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The Trouble with Christmas by Kaira Rouda

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At 35-years-old, Cole Stanton is burned out. His high-paced, uber-successful career has left him yearning to start over. He finds Indigo Island, buys a restaurant and settles into an uncomplicated life. But Christmas is a mess. He has over-committed the small restaurant’s resources again, and is over his head. He finds himself longing for everything he has left behind, until a chance encounter with gorgeous Lily offers a spark of salvation to his business and, perhaps his life.

Beautiful pastry chef Lily Edmonds is thirty years old and heartbroken. It’s just before Christmas and she’s just been dumped by via telephone by her fiancee. Her best friend Avery Putnam invites her to Indigo Island, hoping to add joy back into Lily’s life. A chance encounter with the sexy owner of a local restaurant makes Lily feel an attraction she thought she’d never feel again, and offers her a business challenge to keep her mind focused on something other than her broken heart.

Cole Stanton and Lily Edmonds are both starting over. Will the joy of the holiday season bring them together or will the troubles with Christmas push them apart?

* from Goodreads

Hott Review:

What I liked: The Trouble with Christmas is a sweet romance that’ll sweep you off your feet. I adore resturant romances and I loved how both Lily and Cole were trying to become better people to right wrongs they saw in themselves. They were great characters and easy to enjoy reading about.

What I didn’t like: The Trouble with The Trouble with Christmas is two big things… the steam and the length. The steam was a bit much for me. It was too graphic and a bit crude. The length was frustrating, The Trouble with Christmas ended when I was only 40% into the book. Yes, the story was complete but the entire rest of that download was an “excerpt” from The Billionaire’s Bid. Disappointing.

The Trouble with Christmas really is a terrific story and I’d absolutely read it again if it weren’t for the steam factor.


Author: Kaira Rouda
Source: I purchased The Trouble with Christmas on November 14, 2016 when it was FREE.
Publisher & Date: March 30th 2016 by Tule Publishing Group, The (first published November 10th 2014)
Genre: Contemporary Christmas Romance Novella
ISBN: 1944925082 (ISBN13: 9781944925086)
Pages: 108
Grade: B
Ages: 18+
Setting: Indigo Island, South Carolina
Series: Indigo Island #3, Southern Born Christmas #4, Magnolia Bay #8

Indigo Island Series:

Weekend with the Tycoon
Weekend with the Tycoon
Her Forbidden Love
Her Forbidden Love
The Trouble with Christmas
The Trouble with Christmas
The Billionaire's Bid
The Billionaire’s Bid


Author Bio:

Kaira RoudaKaira Rouda is a USA TODAY bestselling, multiple award-winning author of contemporary fiction exploring what goes on behind closed doors of seemingly perfect lives. Her novels include BEST DAY EVER, ALL THE DIFFERENCE, HERE, HOME, HOPE, IN THE MIROR and THE GOODBYE YEAR. Her modern romance novels are set on beaches, including the Indigo Island series and the Laguna Beach series, also its own Kindle World.

She lives in Southern California with her family and is at work on her next novel.

Connect with Kaira: Kaira Rouda's website Kaira Rouda's twitter Kaira Rouda's facebook


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