12 Days of Christmas Review: ASK HER AT CHRISTMAS by Christi Barth

About the book:

Caitlin McIntyre’s heart stops when her best friend drops to one knee and proposes. Kyle Lockhart never once hinted over the years that he has any idea she’s in love with him. Not wanting to jeopardize their friendship, she’s never let it slip. Good thing, too, since it turns out he’s only practicing—he’s about to propose to someone else.

A business merger might not be the most romantic reason to propose to a woman he barely knows, but Kyle’s determined to win the respect of the dying father who’s never seen him as quite good enough. Kyle’s always depended on Caitlin’s friendship, while trying to ignore the physical response she arouses. So he turns to her when it comes time to craft his proposal, not realizing his decision will affect their relationship, forever.

This Christmas, Kyle and Caitlin get one last chance to admit their feelings for each other, and find a mutual happily ever after, before he commits his life to another woman and Caitlin leaves town and him…for good.

24,000 words

I enjoyed this story, but felt that it could have been more. Kyle and Caitlin have been best friends for a very long time. They each have feelings for the other, but don’t want to spoil their friendship by admitting to them. When Kyle asks Caitlin to help him plan his proposal to another woman, Caitlin agrees even though she hates the idea of him marrying someone he doesn’t love. I really liked Kyle and Caitlin and wish there had been more to the story. The story mostly revolves around Kyle’s proposal to the other woman and Caitlin’s job choices. The sudden happily ever after for Kyle and Caitlin at the end didn’t feel right since they only share one kiss and then don’t speak to each other afterward. I liked the authors writing style and everything about the characters. I just wish the story had been longer so that the relationship had time to develop and the ending felt more realistic.
the book girl gives ASK HER AT CHRISTMAS a 3/5
to find the book:
ASK HER AT CHRISTMAS is also part of the anthology ROMANCING THE HOLIDAY

9 comments

  1. Joanne B says:

    Quick reads are great once in a while but sometimes there’s not enough time for character development or good HEA. Thanks for the honest review. The book sounds cute.

  2. Babs says:

    Hmmm…I hate it when the friends to lovers trope isn’t done quite right. Add to that a rushed HEA…not sounding like a keeper to me.

  3. Quilt Lady says:

    I have not read this authors work before. Would love to try this book. Love short reads this time of the year.

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