Make The Yuletide Gay || Christmas ARC Review

Title: Make The Yuletide Gay
Author: Ivy L. James
Series/Number: N/A
Genre: Holiday, Contemporary
Age: Adult
Publication Date: December 14, 2020 
Publisher: NineStar Press
Themes: age gap romance, snowed in trope, there’s only one bed trope, anxiety, discussion of child abuse and neglect, boss/employee romance, WLW


Junior editor Grace Taylor is doubling as the temporary assistant to senior editor Nicola Valentine…and harboring a secret crush on her. Grace is devastated when a work conference forces her to miss her big family Christmas. However, she gets a gift she doesn’t expect when a snowstorm strands her and Nicola at a small B&B.

Nicola has no idea how to handle sharing a room with her gorgeous, vibrant assistant. As she learns to share her heart as well, her fear threatens the blossoming relationship. Can she let Grace in, or will Nicola’s past sabotage her chance at happiness?

Thank you to NetGalley and NineStar Press for an eARC of this title.

This was a very sweet Christmas novella about a boss and her assistant and the unspoken feelings they have had for each other. Obviously things happen pretty fast in this story as it is a novella, however I thought that the chemistry and connection between the two characters was great. They both pinned after each other and it really did feel like that on the page.

I liked how the two of them had little moments together that led up to the end. One thing I really enjoyed about the story was that it discussed anxiety and childhood trauma. I do wish that there was more discussion of those things, but in a very short novella I know that there isn’t the space for that. I do enjoy that it was messy and complicated, because sometimes life is messy.

The ending was not my favourite, but I think overall the story was very sweet and had a nice amount of Christmas. It was definitely a good read.

Rating: 3.5/5

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