A Boyfriend by Christmas (The Evergreen Brothers) – ARC review

A Boyfriend by Christmas
by Jami Rogers
Release Date: October 4, 2022
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Book #1 in The Evergreen Brothers series
Number of pages: 200
Source:  ARC from the publisher
Contemporary Romance/Holidays
Ages 13 and up
CW: death of parents
She’s looking for the one. He just wants a plus-one.\

This Christmas, tradition is going to be on photographer Lucy Adam’s side. She’ll finally find Mr. Right and marry him at the gazebo at Melody Square Park, where her late parents tied the knot. There’s just one snag in her plan. Scrooge, aka Carter Evergreen, plans to demolish the park. She needs all the mistletoe she can muster now that her goal has an expiration date.

Lucy has always been the girl next door—literally—and the one that got away. If she wants to find her true love, Carter’s happy to provide dating advice if she’ll be his plus-one at business functions. And to sweeten the pot, he’ll consider her ideas to save the park, too.
But Carter also knows the property is unstable and repairs are too costly. As they grow closer, he’s willing to do anything to save this holiday season for her—except grant her what she wants most. Can their partnership build the real foundation they need to create a magical future?

This was a quick read that had a lot of fun little Christmas activities throughout. Lucy and Carter are kind of frenemies. As children, they were best friends for many years, but a misunderstanding and different interests in high school turned them into virtual strangers, even though they lived next door to each other. Now, Carter needs to show the town he’s not the scrooge they all seem to think he is and Lucy wants to convince Carter to help save some of the town’s history. They band together to attempt to accomplish these goals.

Since there is a lot of history between these two, they quickly fall back into some old rhythms and remember how well they clicked in the past. There is a comfort between them that they never found with anyone else. I wouldn’t say this couple had a lot of heat or even tons of warm fuzzies. But they are cute together and bring out the best in each other.

Throughout the book, there are a few inconsistencies that would take me out of the story. Nothing major, more like annoyances. (Why do authors continue to think teenagers these days give even two thoughts to things like Facebook?)

While this story moved quickly, it also seemed choppy to me. Carter and Lucy were jumping around both physically and emotionally and it was a lot to take in at times. For the most part, I enjoyed their tale. I would have liked to see it flow a bit more smoothly though.

3 stars

**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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