Romance

Montana Secret Santa

Montana Secret Santa (Love at the Chocolate Shop #3) By: Debra Salonen

Plot:

Ad exec Krista Martin, while feeling more Grinch than elf, still jumps at the chance to co-chair Marietta’s Secret Santa Society. Why not? Especially since brilliant, attractive, and innovative tech wunderkind Jonah Andrews has agreed to help. He’s well connected and Krista’s hoping for some advice on rebooting her career.

Jonah knows Krista has a not-so-hidden agenda, but sparring with her over cocoa at their Secret Santa meetings is the most fun he’s had since returning to his old hometown. Krista may come across as all business, but Jonah’s positive he’s glimpsed a little girl inside her who wants to believe in Santa… and in love.

Review:

Krista is a confusing protagonist. She starts off prepared to tell her partner that she needs to step up because she’s not carrying her weight and their business is going to fail if she doesn’t pick up the slack. She ends up doing a complete one eighty when she finds out her partner is pregnant. All of a sudden none of that matters and an intern will solve everything. An intern that doesn’t start until the next year.

Jonah is a tech genius and says he’s socially inept but doesn’t seem to be at all. He takes over Secret Santa with no issues. He does have some issues with Krista, but that’s mainly because they don’t communicate.

One of my least favorite tropes, lack of communication leading to misunderstandings and in this case a flight from Montana to LA. It’s lazy writing and there were lots of bits like that, characters were inconsistent in things that weren’t romance related. One minute Krista was concerned about her business, the next it wasn’t a big deal and they were going to be alright. Jonah is supposed to be humble, but he talks about his staff and drops around the fact that he’s a millionaire and gives people hundred dollar bills for Christmas. It’s weird.

It was an alright Christmas book and I’m giving it an extra Christmas star, but I’m not a huge fan.

3/5

 

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Christmas Kiss II (2014)

Christmas Kiss II (2014)

Director:

Kevin Connor

Starring:

Elisabeth Harnois

Adam Mayfield

Jonathan Bennett

Plot:

At a Christmastime event, Jenna shares an impromptu, unforgettable kiss with the dashing billionaire, Cooper Montgomery. Unaware of his intentions and fearful of getting hurt in another relationship, Jenna vows to resist his charms, but begins to realize his affection is real as the two spend more time together.

Review:

This movie sold me until the ending. I’m sorry but a Leo Diamond from Kay Jewelers isn’t going to make up for the fact that they’ve known each other for like two weeks and she’s spent most of that time barely tolerating him. Literally a couple days before she accepted his proposal he was taking his old fling out to dinner.

Forgetting about the ending, I liked the movie. Cooper, Adam Mayfield, plays a trope that I’m not fond of, the male that is forceful and knows that he and the female lead will be perfect together. It’s past confidence and in the obnoxious cocky area. It’s a popular trope that I usually hate, but that can sometimes be alright. In this case I didn’t mind it because Jenna, Elisabeth Harnois, called him out on it. She kept pushing back and called him like she saw him. I liked that a lot.

Magical kiss, check.

Billionaire that gives a cheap diamond and lives in a split level apartment, check.

Christmas tree shopping, check.

I’m going to watch this one again. I think it’s safe to say I liked it better than Christmas Kiss I, but the ending was pretty poor.

4/5

Christmas Inheritance (2017)

Christmas Inheritance (2017)

Director:

Ernie Barbarash

Starring:

Eliza Taylor

Jake Lacy

Andie MacDowell

Plot:

Before ambitious heiress Ellen Langford can inherit her father’s gift business, she must deliver a special Christmas card to her dad’s former partner in Snow Falls, the hometown she never knew. When a snowstorm strands her at the town inn, she’s forced to work for her keep, and in the process, finds romance and discovers the true gift of Christmas.

Review:

Christmas Inheritance started off with Ellie, Eliza Taylor, performing a cartwheel and flashing her underwear to everyone. Not exactly a glowing start. It wasn’t necessarily downhill from there, but it definitely didn’t improve.

The acting and premise were both great for a Christmas movie but the writing was pretty bad. The dialog specifically was very groan worthy. I was really disappointed because the production value was clearly more than most Christmas movies, but they really dropped the ball with relationship development.

Ellie is a good person, but she’s been spoiled. She’s given a task to prove to her father that she’s capable, it’s silly and doesn’t really prove anything and if all you had to do was deliver a letter to become CEO everyone would be doing it, but this is a Christmas movie turn off your brain.

What bothers me is the “romance” that was supposed to develop. There was no chemistry between the two leads. I did appreciate the fact that she stopped him from kissing her since she was engaged and the fiancé didn’t seem that bad just from first impressions. He of course showed up and revealed himself to be a true “city person,” but I don’t fault him for his actions. He was engaged to someone who acted a certain way and then completely changed once exposed to a different world. Whatever, their relationship ended quickly and she ran back to the new guy.

Dead parent, check.

Discovering the true meaning of Christmas, check.

Carolers, check.

Horrible past relationship, check.

Honestly, I was tempted not to give this movie the extra Christmas movie star because it annoyed me so much, but whatever, maybe I wasn’t in the right mood.

3/5

Marry Us For Christmas (2014)

Marry Us For Christmas (2014)

Director:

Drew Powell

Starring:

Malinda Williams

Victoria Rowell

Karon Riley

Plot:

In the sequel to the popular UP Original Movie Marry Me For Christmas, it’s a year after Marci and Blair declared their love for each other and decided to tie the knot. But as the big day approaches, Marci is so consumed with work that she hasn’t had time to plan her wedding. To make matters worse, she may have to team up with former assistant/fake fiancé Adam to win a project she’s been vying for – a little tidbit she hasn’t shared with Blair. But Blair, as it turns out, has a secret of his own. Thanks to years of doing pro bono work for financially-strapped clients, he quickly is running out of cash and might have to accept an offer to work for his longtime nemesis, Marci’s manipulative cousin Preston. Meanwhile, Marci’s mother Stephanie is making some rather bold moves of her own with her sexy salsa teacher, Antonio, who’s more than a little smitten with her – and about 20 years her junior. Will there be a wedding for Christmas? Better yet – whose wedding will it be?

Review:

This one was not as good as the first, but then I expect a dip with sequels, especially made for TV ones. The only really glaring mistake was that in the last movie she said she worked in Chicago but in this one it was New York. Everything else, character wise, and history wise was the same.

The big issue in this movie was a lack of communication. It’s one of my least favorite tropes because literally all the problems in the story can be solved if the two main characters talk to each other. It’s lazy writing. At least we had the mother’s side plot dating a younger man. That was interesting and unexpected, too bad it ended in the predictable manner.

I was kind of annoyed with the depiction of women and the male female relationship. However, I did like that the Uncle didn’t tell Blair what to do, just pointed out his options. The aunt did the same thing with Marcie which I liked.

Even with the dip in quality I’m interested to see how this is going to develop and I’m going to watch the next one.

3/5

Marry Me For Christmas (2013)

Marry Me For Christmas (2013)

Director:

Roger Melvin

Starring:

Victoria Rowell

Malinda Williams

Karon Riley

Plot:

To appease her family during the holidays, a single woman pretends to be engaged to her employee.

Review:

I like that this movie has sequels, more of these types should. It’s very family focused and a bit light on the romance. The tried and true trope of pretend engagement, is always a favorite though this one didn’t play out very realistically. There was not much affection between the two, though, they tried to imply that it was supposed to develop because the guy was trying to take her business. What’s awesome, though, is that they embraced that and the family realized what was going on.

Painfully sung Christmas carols, check. Oh my goodness, I had to mute it, it hurt so bad. It was intentional so don’t feel bad.

Overbearing family that means well and are all pretty nice, check.

Overheard conversations, check.

Multiple marriage proposals, check.

4/5