Christmas Star

Christine Ashworth
Christmas Star
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Boroughs Publishing Group
Release Date
October 2014
Contemporary Romance

After a whirlwind courtship, the Christmas season finds plain-Jane-with-a-secret Elle Houston engaged to one of the brightest stars in the Hollywood firmament--and falling for the personal chef at her ritzy, pre-wedding resort.

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Jan 16, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
243 people found the following review helpful
CHRISTMAS STAR is a lovely, heartwarming romance perfect for any season.

Elle Houston can't believe she's engaged to a Hollywood A-list movie star, Taylor Collins. However, she's filled with misgivings, especially when Taylor had to go to New York for a shoot instead of spending time with her in the days before their wedding. He sent her to the ritzy, exclusive resort where their wedding was to take place, where she met their personal chef, Luc Favreau, and felt an instant connection to him...

Christine Ashworth imbued this short story with a fairy tale, magical feel surrounding the unlikely romance between Elle and Luc. Theirs is an insta-soul-mate-deep-recognition kind of start to the relationship. Yet, I like that they didn't rush into it. They decided to take the time to get to know each other, to be friends first, to let these initial feelings build on solid ground.

Elle is a likeable heroine. I can certainly empathize with her feelings of awe at having caught the un-catchable Grade A movie star and wondering if it all was real. Yet, she's also grounded in reality, and what I like most about her is her independence and her wanting to make her own way.

Luc is a romantic! My kind of guy. I almost swoon every time he opens his mouth. Such a guy probably doesn't exist in real life, so I'm taking what I can get in books. And he cooks! Can he get any better? He's perceptive and probably great in bed, too, and he's a hunk! I am soooo green with envy.

The story is filled with intriguing little details that make Luc's expertise seem authentic, details like techniques in cooking and wines. These don't come off as dry reading, however; there was just enough to give flavor and round out Luc's character. The author's secondary characters come across as unique individuals, but none more especially than Conway Davis, Taylor's agent and manager. He's intriguing and I don't mind getting to know him a lot better!

One thing, though. Some dialogue toward the end come across as a little cheesy, but it's no biggie and didn't deter my enjoyment of this story. As the first book in a series, it certainly served its purpose in stirring interest in me to read the next book! The best thing about CHRISTMAS STAR is that, despite its title, it is perfect reading any time, but especially for when you need a lovely, heartwarming tale to lift up your spirits. A gem. Don't miss this!
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