Yup This Was The Cutest
5 out of 5 stars
This was my exact opening for Back In Your Arms, and I will borrow my own words because it’s so true in this instance as well. There is something about a Monica McCallan audiobook that I fall in love with again and again. One of the best things in each of her books is her characters — each one is perfect for the book and with every new story I think “Well she’s done with writing perfect characters” and somehow she ends up writing even better ones. The same can be said for Cuffing Season. Maeve and Bianca were so incredibly well written that by the end I felt like my friends got together, not two random fictional characters did.
Cuffing Season was the perfect holiday story for this week. I needed a light-hearted and cute story after reading some excellent thrillers and I KNEW I could rely on McCallan to bring that and more. I love it when a book can lean into the cheesy in a way that still feels original and unique to the story itself. McCallan is great at doing that. Even going into this knowing what was going to happen at or near the end didn’t take away from how much I enjoyed it. Much like the cheesy Hallmark movies that they watch.
I love that there was some slight crossover with Back In Your Arms, but if you hadn’t read it you wouldn’t even know you missed the connection. It was funny and cute and everything I wanted/needed out of a book this week.
Overall, as I also mentioned in other reviews, when McCallan and Lori Prince work together it’s an instant add for me. I love the way it feels like the books are almost written for Prince to perform.
Maeve Murphy doesn’t have much to celebrate this holiday season. Ten years ago, she moved from Kingsford with no intention of returning. But home came calling, in the form of her mother’s unexpected death. The least thing Maeve wants is to make friends—she’s only back in Kingsford to help her father keep the family business, Murph’s, afloat.
Bianca Rossi, whose father is the chef at Murph’s, moved to Kingsford four years ago from the hustle and bustle of New York City. She loves everything about the charming little river town, and her positive attitude and willingness to engage is usually reciprocated by the Kingsford locals.
Maeve’s been resistant to Bianca’s attempts to strike up a friendship so far, but a little holiday magic may be just the thing they need to push them both in the right direction.Cuffing Season by Monica McCallan
Narrator: Lori Prince
Published by Tantor Audio Genres: LesFic/Sapphic Fiction
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Also by this author: The Flaw In Our Design, Then & Now, When I'm With You, Back In Your Arms
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