This was my second Maisey Yates novel, and I am officially impressed. I loved this book. It was a quick, one-sitting read for me packed with three-dimensional characters, emotional depth, and sexy romance. Oh, did I mention that it’s a billionaire, cowboy, Christmas romance novel? Talk about checking all the fun subgenre boxes! Poppy has been in love with her boss, Isaiah for ten years when he tells her to put an ad in the paper for a wife. This is the last straw, she quits, and Isaiah proposes she marry him instead.
Poppy was wonderful. She had survived life in the foster care system and built a successful career for herself despite her unhappy childhood. She absolutely had emotional baggage, but she was pretty self-aware, and I loved her personal style and confidence.
Isaiah was decidedly on the Autism spectrum, at least a little bit, although it was never labeled, only heavily alluded to. Understanding nuanced conversation was beyond him, he was brilliant in some areas of his life but struggled greatly in others, and felt the need to analyze any emotion before he let himself feel it. Did he say something pretty terrible while arguing with Poppy? Yes. But it gave my inner alpha-loving self a little shiver of delight, and I won’t apologize for that.
Overall, this was a delightful Christmas romance, although I would argue that the holiday aspect was so negligible it can barely qualify for the subgenre. There was a great balance of angst, a few twists, romance, and a satisfying HEA. Maisey Yates has a way of tying your emotions to her characters right from the start, and I can’t wait to get my hands on another one of her books.
**I received an ARC of this book in order to provide an honest review**
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