Book Review – A Christmas Reunion by Nic Starr

Publisher: Indie
Pages: 132
Characters: Hunter/Aaron
POV: 3rd
Genre: Contemporary

The Christmas Eve Dance six years ago was the scene of angry words and heartbreak. This Christmas, it’s time for forgiveness and second chances.

Hunter Cavendish fled his hometown six years ago and has avoided returning ever since. Now an up-and-coming designer, he succumbs to family pressure and agrees to come home for Christmas. But the fates must be conspiring against him, because the very first person he runs into is Aaron McBride—the man he’s never been able to resist. The man who broke his heart.

Aaron McBride loves his small town, loves the gift store he owns, and absolutely adores Christmas—it’s his favorite time of the year. That is, until this year. This year he’s forced to work alongside the infuriating and entitled Hunter Cavendish on the Christmas Eve Dance decorating committee. There’s no way he’s going to fall under the spell of his charms again—absolutely not.

But the Christmas spirit weaves its magic, bringing the two of them together and providing the perfect opportunity for apologies, fresh starts, and falling in love again. So long as they can put the past behind them…

A Christmas Reunion is a cute, feel-good holiday romance featuring enemies-to-lovers, forced proximity, second chances, lots of Christmas sweetness, and a well-deserved happy ending.

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I always know I’m going to get a read that perfectly hits my reading spot when I pick up a book by this author, and this story was no exception. A Christmas Reunion was a feel good sweet second chance romance with wonderful characters.

Hunter and Aaron are both sweet guys. It’s obvious from the start that, although they each feel rejected by the other, they’re both still smitten. I loved the scenes of them reconnecting, especially as their expectations don’t pan out, but blossom into something much better. I liked how the author built their characters, and showed who they were through their interactions with the townspeople, and their friends and family. As a side note, Aaron’s shop sounds amazing and a place I’ve love to spend time in. I loved the way both he and Hunter followed their dreams.

The gorgeous descriptions bring the town of Cavendish Crossing to life. I love stories set in small towns. This one has a wonderfully rich history tied to Hunter’s family, and feels like a character in its own right. I love the supporting cast, especially Hunter’s sister Brooke, and Aaron’s friend Garrett. I liked how Brooke encouraged Hunter to follow his heart, and not give into the expectations of their parents. I liked the way the issues he had with his mother resolved, and I hope that Richard gets what is coming to him. The sweet romantic peek into their life a year on was a perfect conclusion to the story.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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