Book Review: Holiday Hotel (Simona Island #1)

Title: Holiday Hotel

Author: Poppy Minnix

Pub. Date: November 23, 2021

Pages: 246

Pub: City Owl Press

Genre: Romance

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Sometimes, it takes a corset and an island getaway to bounce back from a disastrous breakup.

In the winter chill of New York City, Cozette Fay attempts to turn up the heat with a fun and sexy Ms. Claus roleplay. Unfortunately, her aloof boyfriend is more confused than aroused.

She says fa-la-la to her fizzled relationship and escapes to the tropics for Christmas where she meets Nico, a van-driving beach-hunk who secretly owns the hotel on private Simona Island. He upgrades her room, takes her on adventures, and can’t seem to keep his eyes or his hands off of her despite claiming there’s a non-fraternization policy.

It shouldn’t matter that Nico won’t share anything about himself outside of their tropical snow globe—she’s there to reunite with herself, after all—but the closer they get, the more it seems he may be the Santa to her Mrs. Clause all year round.

Readers who enjoy Christmas with You from Tracy Alverez or The One Night Stand Before Christmas from Jana Aston would enjoy Holiday Hotel.

This will be a spoiler free review. Thank you so much to Poppy for gifting me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! I read My Song’s Curse and thoroughly enjoyed it, so when I found out that a new book was coming out – a new book that’s a Christmas RomCom – needless to say I got really excited! You can check out my spoiler free review of My Song’s Curse here.

I’m going to start off with my only complaint.

And before you come at me, wait one second.

This book needed to be longer.

I need more. Desperately

That’s my complaint.

I loved this book so much. I’ve been reading so much YA/NA fantasy, paranormal, SF and everything else, and yeah, it all has romance. But like, I needed a cute, quick, fun romcom. This delivered. It’s just a really, really fun bonus that it was Christmas themed. And hell, my complaint, really isn’t a complaint! I know there’s more coming (and I cannot wait) so like, it’s not over. But like, I loved Cozette and Nico and just how adorable they were.

I enjoyed this book from start to finish – inhaled it over the course of two nights. Work pretty much keeps me from reading late into the night, otherwise, I probably would have read it in one sitting. I really needed a romcom. So badly. This came at the perfect time.

It’s a bit outrageous and totally fun. The romance is adorable and a bit spicy. I loved the Cozette stands up for herself. She’s a bit outlandish and goofy but it totally works. And I loved that Nico has this past that Cozette learns about along the way. A past he isn’t keen on sharing and that makes it all the better.

Do you know how much I want to travel to a tropical island right now and find myself a Nico? Romcoms make me hate my life LOL.

I just want to gush about this book. I loved it so much, and the fact that it’s not even out yet, and I’m dying for the second one…this doesn’t bode well for me, does it?

From the minute Cozette and Nico meet, I was sold. I loved that the other employees on the island & at the resort are enamored with her, and their maneuverings are so good. Legit, I can’t express enough how much I adored their involvement. I can’t go into much detail because spoilers, but it’s so wholesome and so good and I’m out of words.

I just melt into a puddle of giddy squeals.

I also really enjoyed the conflict – which might sound weird. But I did. The reactions while a smidge aggravating from a “I want these two to live happily ever after forever” reader reaction, from a writer reaction, it makes so much sense. It works so well, and it demonstrates each of their pasts and the trauma that arose from them. In that moment I wanted to take them and shake some sense into them, because the reader in me was dying, but as someone who writes as well, it was so good at making the characters feel real and grounded.

I could probably go on and on about how much I loved this, but I said spoiler free, so I’m going to cut myself off. This book comes out in just under a month, and you need it on your TBRs. If you love cute romcoms, and if you love the Holiday Season, then you’re going to want to pick this up.

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