The verdict is in: Reading Christmas in July in August did not diminish the quality of this book. In fact, August was very cold here in Perth and I very much enjoyed shivering in my living room while pouring through this Enni Amanda novella.
Christmas in July is a sweet and slightly sensual snowed-in romance, set in the highlands of New Zealand’s South Island. For anyone unfamiliar with life down under, Christmas in July is an actual Australian and New Zealand “custom”, where we invoke a little Northern hemisphere cheer during our coldest months.
For Riley and Jonas, it’s a case of unlucky (or very lucky) timing, as they seek shelter in a mountain cabin just before a snowstorm hits. Here’s the lowdown…
Christmas in July
by Enni Amanda
Can you find the Christmas spirit in the wrong place, at the wrong time?
As Riley scores a job on a feature film, she’s eager to prove herself to Damian, the famous director she can’t stop thinking about. When they fly to Queenstown, New Zealand, to film on the snowy mountains in July, she’s ready for any discomfort. What she’s not ready for is a snowstorm that cuts her off from the rest of the crew or an unexpected visitor who seeks shelter in her cabin.
Any other girl would love to cozy up with Jonas, a gorgeous ski instructor carrying bags of party food. Not Riley. She’s desperate to get back to her job, back to Damian. The last thing she’s looking for is a protective Swedish guy telling her what she can and can’t do. But as things start to slip out of her control, Riley is forced to rethink her priorities.
Is she headed down the wrong path? And is it possible she has more in common with the Swedish guy than she thought?
The best bit (for me)
I rather enjoyed this book and don’t want to go spoiling it for you, so I’ll say this…
There’s an excellent tropey moment in Chapter 4. It’s one of my favourite romance tropes, executed in a cute and endearing fashion, and leading into many heartening exchanges between the MC and LI. There’s a natural flow to the romantic tension between this couple, and more than a few choice tongue-in-cheek quips to keep the mood fun and light.
Christmas in July by Enni Amanda is available for free at most online retailers. Hunt down this book.
Or if you’re in the mood for a full-length novel, check out Enni’s latest release, Hidden Gem.