Today I’m part of the blog blitz for Heart Note, another Christmas themed read, I’ll be letting you in on my thoughts and there is also a giveaway.
Love is like a fine perfume. The top note draws you in, an instant attraction, but the Heart Note is the true essence. Like true love – a great perfume should be a woman’s perfect match.
At least, that’s what perfume counter manager, Lily Lucas, tells her customers in one of Australia’s largest department stores.
It’s almost Christmas, the store is bedecked with baubles and Lily has about eleventy billion gifts to wrap and sell. She and her team of spritzer chicks are glamorous, professional and hoping they don’t have to wear the hideous red onesies and reindeer antlers the store manager has in mind.
The high point of Lily’s work life is Christos Cyriakos, ex-cop, security guard, possible Greek god. He’s a mystery box she’d love to unwrap. But can she trust him?
All Lily wants for Christmas is to kiss Christos (and more), catch a band of thieves running amok in the store, and live happily ever after. Is that too much to wish for?
This is a lighthearted, fun, festive story centred around Lily who works at the perfume counter of a department store. There is, of course, a flirtation with a handsome security guard Christos and a bit of drama in the form of some thieves targeting the store.
I have to say I could totally relate to this book, whilst I’m not a perfume spritzer girl, I am currently working in a department store and some of the situations that Lily has to put up with I have also experienced. Christmas shoppers are crazy/funny and it does make everything a lot more intense.
Lily was a slightly over the top but quirky character, there was some interesting chemistry between her and Christos and some funny banter between her and her co-workers.
What I would say is that there was a lot introduced in this novella that didn’t come to anything, possibly because it’s the start to a series but some of it felt a little unneccesary, also just personally there was a lot of this book that I had to take with the proverbial bit of salt. Insta-love has never really been my thing, unfortunately.
Having said that it was an easy and entertaining read and I’m sure those of you who love romantic comedies will love this one
For those of you who quite fancy a festive novella then you’ll be pleased to hear that if you click the link you could win…
**Winner of the We Heart New Talent contest, HarperCollins UK. Nominated for BEST NEW AUTHOR in the 2016 AusRom Today Reader’s Choice Awards for excellence in Australian romance fiction.**
Cassandra O’Leary is a romance and women’s fiction author, communications specialist, avid reader, film and TV fangirl and admirer of pretty, shiny things.
In 2015, Cassandra won the We Heart New Talent contest run by Avon Books/HarperCollins UK. Her debut romantic comedy novel, Girl on a Plane, was published in July 2016. Cassandra was also a 2015 finalist in the Lone Star writing contest, Northwest Houston Romance Writers of America, and a 2014 finalist in the First Kiss contest, Romance Writers of Australia.
Cassandra is a mother of two gorgeous, high-energy mini ninjas and wife to a spunky superhero. Living in Melbourne, Australia, she’s also travelled the world. If you want to send her to Italy or Spain on any food or wine tasting ‘research’ trips, that would be splendiferous. You’ll find Cassandra online, drinking coffee and possibly buying shoes. Oh, yes. And writing.