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    Sweet Romance

    'People only ever show the finished side of every project, Josie. Often the back side is just too messy.' (p. 105) Isn't that the way with all of our lives? All of us have blemished pasts and our families aren't always as they seem and that is what Josie Beck finally understands after getting to know businessman Theo Taylor. He, his mother, and sister appear to be living the dream with their wealth and success but it soon becomes apparent that their private family live isn't as special as people think. Former foster kid Josie is now struggling to create a successful design business to prove her self-worth and to also convince her ex-husband and his family. It is when these two completely different people join efforts to provide Theo's sister with the perfect wedding gown that a journey begins to falling 'In Love By Christmas'. This is the first time that I've read any of Cari Lynn Webb's books and I thoroughly enjoyed this story. She has given readers a great storyline centered around these two people whose past hurts have influenced their present. Theo thinks only of making a profit in business and Josie's abundant generosity often reduces her profit but their instant chemistry suggests that there could be a workable partnership in their future. There are also several other realistic characters, quirks and all, who flavor this story and help make it such a heartwarming, but realistic, holiday read! If you are looking for contemporary romance and holiday cheer you will want to read 'In Love By Christmas' by Cari Lynn Webb. I was provided a copy of this novel from the author. A positive review was not required and these opinions are my own.
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    In Love by Christmas

    In Love by Christmas is a wonderful and sweet story by Cari Lynn Webb. I enjoyed this romance between Theo and Josie. I thought it was fun and entertaining when they were in the same scenes together. I loved watching them grow throughout the book. Even though it is predictable, it is so so good. I give In Love by Christmas four and a half stars. It is perfect for readers who enjoy a sweet, clean and heartwarming romance. Especially, for those who love stories set during the best time of the year – Christmas. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
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    Not my favorite in the series, still worth read

    I was so excited to come back to the City by the Bay series. And having it be a Christmas book was an added bonus, for sure! I love Josie. She grew up in the foster care system, never having a set of parents to call her own. She has had to forge her own way through life all by herself. Most of the time while she was growing up, people were telling her she couldn't do anything. But thanks to one woman, Mimi, she learned that she could do what she wanted if she set her mind to it. And what she wants to do is be an exclusive clothing designer. Her specialty is wedding dresses. And she will fight for what she believes in doing. She is hired to work on Adriana's dress. Adriana is the sister in a very high profile family. Landing this gig could really launch Josie's career. Adriana also knows what she wants out of her wedding and trusts Josie to handle it, but her family keeps getting in her way. I cannot stand Adriana's mother. She clearly has issues from way back in her past, as she always has to be the center of attention and literally steals ideas from her own daughter. She also seems to like to tell everyone else what to do. And right now her focus is on finding her own fiance so that she can get married by Christmas, even though the focus is supposed to be on Adriana. Theo, Adriana's older brother, isn't much better through a lot of the book. It took me a really long time to warm up to him. He is also business-minded and image-oriented. He also keeps getting in the way of Adriana's dreams for his wedding. And then he wants to remake Josie and her business, because he has his own idea of how she and her business should be. That kind of behavior makes me absolutely CRAZY. But Josie is able to look past all of this and sees something deeper within him. And as we get to know Theo a bit more and he thaws out somewhat thanks to his fascination with Josie, we are finally able to see some of it, too. So he is able to redeem himself. So this definitely was not my favorite installment of the series. Yet I was engrossed in the drama of the family's antics and was determined to see Josie rise above it all and be a success. And I was looking forward to the entire Taylor family learning how to listen to others and not always think of themselves. Some good life lessons for that family. I'm still looking forward to coming back to the City by the Bay in the future and touching base with all of the characters again. Thank you to the author, publisher, and Prism Book Tours for the advance review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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    Charming romance

    In Love By Christmas was a delight. Poor, impossible to please Theo actually sets Josie up to fail! And what is up with his mother -- stealing her daughter's wedding dress and more. In this well written, unlikely tale, Josie is a standout character who understands what is really important in love and life. Will we (and Josie) grow to like Theo? Will Adriana get the wedding dress she wants? Is their mother really as selfish as she seems? You will have to read this very enjoyable story to find out.

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