Author: L.A. Casey
Publication: April 19th 2016
Synopsis: There’s one must-have toy this Christmas, and Neala Clarke has told her niece Charli she’ll get it for her. Never mind that she’s got less than a week and it looks like everywhere is sold out. She’s promised Charli a Fire Princess doll—and Neala is a woman of her word.
Darcy Hart is a people-pleaser. So when his adorable six-year-old nephew, Dustin, asks for a particular doll at the last minute, he says yes. Luckily for Darcy, there’s one left in stock at the local toy store. Unluckily for Darcy, he’s not the only person who wants it—and his rival is the one woman who’s immune to his charms.
Neala and Darcy have loved to hate each other since they were kids, and they’re both willing to do whatever it takes to get that doll. This can’t possibly end well for both of them…can it?
My thoughts…4/5 stars
|Let’s start off by saying that this book can be easily compared to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Well, in terms of characters hating each other that is. There really isn’t anything about class or being elite and pompous but you get where I’m going when I say Darcy and Neala despise each other.
It’s only after they are snowed on do they open up to each other, emotionally, physically, and mentally. Darcy draws back on memories of their shared childhood and young adulthood while Neala realizes he’s not as bad as she pictured him.
What I enjoyed about this book was really near the end. Neala was more vulnerable, susceptible to letting her guard down, wearing her heart on her sleeve. And we got to see how Darcy felt absolutely horrendous for inflicting pain on her all because of some poorly worded explanations. It hurt my chest to see Neala hurt.
What I didn’t like about this book was that it was hard to get into. The whole premise of both of them wanting the same doll for their respective relatives made me question the story and how realistic it is. Also, the writing was kind of poor in the beginning. However, L.A. Casey redeems herself towards the end or at least, I got used to it.
My suggestion is to read it if you want that hate-love troupe people love so much.