There’s only just 17 days before Christmas, can you believe that? Time for Christmas shopping, Christmas cookies and… Christmas romance novels/novellas!
Holding Holly by Julie Brannagh is a sweet novella set in the small town of Noel, in Washington state. Novellas tend to be hit or miss for me because sometimes I find that they only really offer a glimpse of a relationship and sometimes there’s not enough build in there to believe said relationship. Holding Holly, on the other hand, had an acquaintance that was already established so all it was missing was the perfect meet-cute!
A meet cute involving an elf costume and some coffee to be precise. Adorable right?
The adorable doesn’t stop there. I thought it was very nice to see a hero like Derrick Collins. He was so sweet and understanding and I just feel like I haven’t really seen many heroes/male protagonists written like him in romance novels y’know? Is it because I read too many novels with alpha dudes? It wasn’t that Derrick was the perfect specimen of fictional male or anything, I just thought that he was really generous and kind and I guess I really have been reading too many books with alphas in them. Alright.
Holly Reynolds, was also the perfect heroine for him. She’s super shy and I loved how Derrick kind of made sure he didn’t overwhelm her with his attention. It was sweet. Holly is a super busy nursing student working to pay off her tuition and help her grandmother write Santa letters. She’s also always a had a big crush on Derrick for the past two years. I kind of wished Holly’s character was as developed as Derrick, though. She just felt a little bit too generic for me. It definitely works for the novella, but thinking about it now, we get to read a lot more about Derrick. And I understand this is a book series about Derrick’s team, but y’know, I always want to know more about my heroines/female protagonists.
Overall, I thought Holding Holly, was a cute Christmas read to help you get into the spirit of things. It is a bit quick, in terms of development, this being a novella and all but Julie Brannagh’s writing will just put you right into the middle of Noel to enjoy everything. And bonus! If you’re into clean romances, then this one is for you! 🙂