Review: Call It Merry by M.E. Montgomery (Sterling Mill #2.5)
Note: An advance reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Social Butterfly PR.
The holidays have come to the town of Sterling Mill, and Megan Bliss loves everything about both the Christmas and her hometown. When Clayton Phillips returns to spend time with his best friend and his best friend's wife, and Megan can't help but be taken aback when she learns that Clay isn't into the season, feeling that a certain white beareded, big-bellied, and red-suited elderly man and his posse combined with way too much commercialization has sucked the spirit out of Christmas. Well, Megan simply can't allow Clay to continue being a Scrooge--or maybe more of a Grinch?--and she's made it her mission to make him jolly. What may be more impossible, however, is keeping him in the friend zone, no matter how tempting it may be to give in to all of the merry benefits.
I'm always up for a visit to Sterling Mill, and the added elements of Christmas and a reunion of sorts between the main characters after an unforgettable wedding hookup months ago made this holiday novella more than just an interlude. It was fun seeing Megan and Clay forging a friendship while trying to pretend they could be nothing more than platonic. They clearly shared a connection, and it was obvious they were going to end up together by the end of the book, but I very much appreciated M.E. Montgomery giving these two the opportunity to get to know each other better. In return, I as the reader gets to be more invested in them and their story. All in all, Call It Merry was a lighthearted read with holiday romance feels which left me merrily satistfied. Four stars!
Read my reviews for the Sterling Mill series:
Call It Unexpected (prequel) - four stars - My Review
Call It Fate (book one) - 4.5 stars - My Review
Call It Reckless (book two) - 4.5 stars - My Review
Call It Merry (novella) - four stars - My Review (posted above)
Date Read: 01 November 2022
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