Romance

The Princess Switch (2018)

The Princess Switch

The Princess Switch (2018)

NETFLIX

Director:

Mike Rohl

Starring:

Vanessa Hudgens

Sam Palladio

Nick Sagar

Plot:

One week before Christmas, Margaret, the gorgeous Duchess of Montenaro, switches places with Stacy, a “commoner” from Chicago, who looks exactly like her. With the assistance of a magical Santa’s helper, Margaret falls in love with Stacy’s handsome co-worker, while Stacy falls in love with Margaret’s fiancé, the dashing Prince.

Review:

This is 2018s A Christmas Prince. The Princess Switch was a fun romance filled with all the awkwardness you’d expect from two adults switching places. At times I was unable to watch with my head buried in a blanket because it was too much for me to handle.

Christmas trope wise, we had a creepy old man that appeared, guiding people toward the happily ever after. We had a cute kid doing that she could to help things along as well. Gorgeous couples. A topless scene for a male lead, which honestly I’ve never considered a trope of Christmas movies, and I’m not sure how I feel about it happening so frequently in movies now, it feels like pandering. We also have a glorious new kingdom that is a bit too perfect to be real.

The couples were adorable, the prince ridiculously charming, the best friend perfect, it was all very sweet. Also, there was baking. I love baking.

The Princess Switch was definitely top tier when it comes to Holiday Romance movies, so I highly recommend if that’s what you’re looking for.

5/5

2019 -The Princess Switch + A Christmas Prince = Crossover???!!

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The Holiday Calendar (2018)

 

The Holiday Calendar

The Holiday Calendar (2018)

NETFLIX

Director:

Bradley Walsh

Starring:

Kat Graham

Quincy Brown

Ron Cephas Jones

Ethan Peck

Plot:

A struggling but talented photographer inherits an antique holiday advent calendar, the contents of which seem to predict the future. Will this magical calendar lead her to love this holiday season?

Review:

Abby, Kat Graham, lives in a nice loft apartment in an unknown small town. She is an artist, her chosen medium, photography. Which means that she works at a small photography studio owned by someone that seems to know nothing about taking pictures, and she never shows anyone her true passion.

Josh, Quincy Brown, is Abby’s best friend who has spent the last eighteen months traveling the world and becoming a name in the travel blog world. She is a little jealous of him, but it’s truly unknown why since she could have done the same thing.

A few weeks before Christmas Abby is given an Advent Calendar from her Gramps, Ron Cephas Jones, as a gift from her recently departed grandmother. Is the Calendar magic? Who knows? Just don’t point out that it’s like astrology to Abby or she will flip.

Abby’s world isn’t really turned upside down, and there is very little in the way of sweep you off your feet romance, but she does eventually realize that her best friend makes a great partner, in more ways than one.

Josh was the highlight of the movie. He loved his best friend, but he didn’t act like a total dick when she started dating someone else. He was actually mostly supportive on that angle. I appreciated that, even though there were comments about the friendzone that had me rolling my eyes.

The Holiday Calendar was a cute festive movie that was only halfway boring to watch.

3.5/5

Christmas with a View (2018)

Christmas with a View

Christmas with a View (2018)

Director:

Justin G. Dyck

Starring:

Kaitlyn Leeb

Scott Cavalheiro

Plot:

Secret aspirations between a failed restaurateur and a celebrity chef threaten their blossoming Christmas romance.

Review:

Christmas with a View was like watching a softcore porno, only there was no sex. The actors had very little chemistry and the only reason I knew the female lead was interested in the male lead was because they told me. They tried to show her giving him longing glances, but it did not come off that way. I honestly felt blindsided when they started kissing because I didn’t think either of them really felt in to each other.

Also, two of the three young men in the movie showed off their abs. While I appreciate that, it does play into my softcore porn angle. Plus, it was just really weird and random.

Christmas with a View is about a woman who had a failed restaurant in Chicago and is licking her wounds at home by managing a successful restaurant with poise and competence. In comes a bad boy chef, who isn’t actually a bad boy in any way, searching for a place where his parents had a good Christmas, before he was born.

They date, the woman reacts weirdly to a revelation by the chef, they makeup, and it ends happily.

Even with my addition of an extra star for Christmas movies this one was bad. It hit tropes, but not in a satisfying way.

3/5

The Other Miss Bridgerton

The Other Miss Bridgerton

The Other Miss Bridgerton (Rokesbys #3) By: Julia Quinn

Plot:

She was in the wrong place…

Fiercely independent and adventurous, Poppy Bridgerton will only wed a suitor whose keen intellect and interests match her own. Sadly, none of the fools from her London season qualify. While visiting a friend on the Dorset coast, Poppy is pleasantly surprised to discover a smugglers’ hideaway tucked inside a cave. But her delight turns to dismay when two pirates kidnap her and take her aboard a ship, leaving her bound and gagged on the captain’s bed…

He found her at the wrong time…

Known to society as a rascal and reckless privateer, Captain Andrew James Rokesby actually transports essential goods and documents for the British government. Setting sail on a time-sensitive voyage to Portugal, he’s stunned to find a woman waiting for him in his cabin. Surely, his imagination is getting the better of him. But no, she is very real—and his duty to the Crown means he’s stuck with her.

Can two wrongs make the most perfect right?

When Andrew learns that she is a Bridgerton, he knows he will likely have to wed her to avert a scandal—though Poppy has no idea that he is the son of an earl and neighbor to her aristocratic cousins in Kent. On the high seas, their war of words soon gives way to an intoxicating passion. But when Andrew’s secret is revealed, will his declaration of love be enough to capture her heart…?

Review:

Poppy was very curious and smart, for a woman of her time, but she was definitely a damsel in distress. She had no power, ever. Twice she was abducted and she just waited until men told her what to do. I realize that probably makes the book more realistic, but I don’t read Julia Quinn for realism. At the beginning we were also told frequently that she was smart, but it wasn’t until much later in the book that you really saw her intelligence, and one of my pet peeves is being told a character is smart and never actually seeing it.

Andrew was fine, mostly boring, male lead. He was a capable ship’s captain, but not a swashbuckling hero.

Another pet peeve of mine is when the hero and heroine are captured and have sex while they’re being held. I seriously do not get that trope. While, Poppy and Andrew didn’t have sex they were definitely intimate and it just caused me to roll my eyes.

Honestly, I was not a fan of this book. I love the series and Quinn, but this book did nothing for me.

3/5

A Duke by Default

A Duke By Default

A Duke by Default (Reluctant Royals #2) By: Alyssa Cole

Plot:

New York City socialite and perpetual hot mess Portia Hobbs is tired of disappointing her family, friends, and—most importantly—herself. An apprenticeship with a struggling swordmaker in Scotland is a chance to use her expertise and discover what she’s capable of. Turns out she excels at aggravating her gruff silver fox boss…when she’s not having inappropriate fantasies about his sexy Scottish burr.

Tavish McKenzie doesn’t need a rich, spoiled American telling him how to run his armory…even if she is infuriatingly good at it. Tav tries to rebuff his apprentice—and his attraction to her—but when Portia accidentally discovers that he’s the secret son of a duke, rough-around-the-edges Tav becomes her newest makeover project.  

Forging metal into weapons and armor is one thing, but when desire burns out of control and the media spotlight gets too hot to bear, can a commoner turned duke and his posh apprentice find lasting love?

Review:

I really enjoyed this book. I don’t believe it’s as good as the first, but it was still a solid follow up and has me looking forward to the next.

Portia was flawed, anxious, and filled with self-doubt then super confident. I could understand how and why she felt that way, but it was sometimes confusing, especially since the chapters alternated point of view.

Tavish was holy hell hot. I have a thing for the Scottish accent so boy howdy I appreciated all that was going on with him. He often put his foot in his mouth but didn’t realize until later that he’d bungled things.

There isn’t much sword making in the story, but there’s a fair amount of swordplay. The romance builds for a while, and then feels a little rushed at the end because of it. Still, I really enjoyed the story and the characters that have been created.

4/5