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Book Review: A Merry Little-Meet Cute By Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone


Bee Hobbes (aka Bianca Von Honey) has a successful career as a plus-size adult film star. With a huge following and two supportive moms, Bee couldn’t ask for more. But when Bee’s favorite producer casts her to star in a Christmas movie he’s making for the squeaky-clean Hope Channel, Bee’s career is about to take a more family-friendly direction.

Forced to keep her work as Bianca under wraps, Bee quickly learns this is a task a lot easier said than done. Though it all becomes worthwhile when she discovers her co-star is none other than childhood crush Nolan Shaw, an ex-boy band member in desperate need of career rehab. Nolan’s promised his bulldog manager to keep it zipped up on set, and he will if it means he’ll be able to provide a more stable living situation for his sister and mom.

But things heat up quickly in Christmas Notch, Vermont, when Nolan recognizes his new co-star from her ClosedDoors account (oh yeah, he’s a member). Now Bee and Nolan are sneaking off for quickies on set, keeping their new relationship a secret from the Hope Channel’s execs. Things only get trickier when the reporter who torpedoed Nolan’s singing career comes snooping around—and takes an instant interest in mysterious newcomer Bee.

And if Bee and Nolan can’t keep their off-camera romance behind the scenes, then this merry little meet cute might end up on the cutting room floor.


I do not know why some people are calling this novel a cute romcom. I have read amazing cute rom coms however this is spicy, not cute. Big difference.

This novel has very funny moments that are sure to even melt the Grinch’s heart. There are so many great ideas in this story. I loved the ideas of a town where everyone films holiday movies at. The characters in this book are funny and very well developed. I really struggled with their relationship. I did not buy into it. It was not the over the top grand Holiday Romance I wanted nor needed.

The main character is a porn star and the amount of references is a bit cringy in my opinion (does that even need reminding when this is my own review that I can say what I feel?). She has had the biggest crush on her co-star as he was a bad boy in a boy band years ago.

Anyway, I will be honest holiday romances need to be perfection for me to love them. This one has some create Christmas cozy vibes but even the ‘cuteness’ and the spice could not save this for me. It was a struggle for me to get through this book. I feel like the pacing was off and was not a cohesive as I would expect from these two accomplished writers.

I do not like the way the main character acts so sassy and yet she is so paranoid of her weight at the same time as it is very hypocritical with her personality.

I think what fell apart for me was that a lot of the scenes were just awkward. There seemed to lack a flow in storyline and causing the characters to feel one dimensional. I wanted more.

Overall it is a not-so-cute-but-humourous-in-a-sexual-reference-way story but I just did not love it.

Thanks to the publishers for sending this in exchange for my honest review

3/5 Stars

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