Review - The Trouble with Christmas by Amy Andrews

The Trouble with Christmas by Amy Andrews
Series: Credence, Colorado #2
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Publication Date: September 24, 2019
Date Read: September 23, 2019
Length: 400 pages
Source: Publisher via Bookish First
All Suzanne St. Michelle wants is an over-the-top, eggnog-induced holiday with her best friend in Credence, Colorado. But when her hoity-toity parents insist she come home for Christmas in New York, she blurts out that her sexy landlord is actually her boyfriend and she can’t leave him—Joshy loves Christmas. The more twinkle lights the better.

Rancher Joshua Grady does not love Christmas. Or company, or chatty women. Unfortunately for him, the chattiest woman ever has rented the cottage on his ranch, invited her rich, art-scene parents, and now insists he play “fake rancher boyfriend” in a production of the Hokiest Christmas Ever. And somehow…she gets him to agree.

Apparently, he’ll do anything to get his quiet life back. At least there’s mistletoe every two feet—and kissing Suzy is surprisingly easy. But in the midst of acres of tinsel, far too many tacky Christmas sweaters, and a tree that can be seen from space, he’s starting to want what he lost when he was a kid—a family. Too bad it’s with a woman heading back to New York before the ball drops…
My Review

Oh, I loved this romance!  I went into this book rather blindly.  I had not read any of Amy Andrews work before this book.  This is the second book in the Credence, Colorado series but it works perfectly well as a stand-alone novel.  I do want to go back and read the first book though but that is just because I liked this one so much.  I really had a fantastic time with this story.

Suzanne is an artist who is looking for a change of scenery.  She rents a cabin on Grady's ranch to get away and work to find her muse again.  Her career has consisted of reproducing art for museums and other clients but she would love to create original art. Unfortunately, her muse gets stuck on Grady.  Grady wants nothing more than to be left to work his ranch.  He likes to be left alone and doesn't need anything more in his life.

A visit from Suzanne's parents changes everything.  Suzanne and Grady must try to make them believe that they are head over heels in love.  And that Grady is really into Christmas.  They go straight into over the top cheesy Christmas with tacky decorations and lights everywhere.  Oh...and did I mention that Grady is not at all into all this Christmas stuff?

I had so much fun with this book.  Grady and Suzanne were great together and had fantastic chemistry.  I loved watching them inch closer and closer to each other over the course of the story.  I loved that there was some humor worked into the book and it seemed to show up at just the right moment.  Both Grady and Suzanne were complex characters whom I grew to love over during this story.  I really felt like these two deserved to find happiness together.

I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance.  I was totally swept away by this wonderful romance and didn't want it to come to an end.  I will definitely be reading more from Amy Andrews in the future!

I received a digital review copy of this book from Entangled: Amara via Bookish First.
About the Author

Amy is an award-winning, USA Today best-selling Aussie author who has written sixty plus contemporary romances in both the traditional and digital markets. She's sold two million books and been translated into over a dozen languages.


  1. I love the premise for a holiday romance and the pair sound fun as they try to fool her folks and end up falling in love. I'm marking this one for my list.

  2. christmas...i love a holiday romance too. sounds like a fun read and i enjoyed your great review
    sherry @ fundinmental

  3. Having to act like you are really into decorating when you aren't all that into Christmas must have been fun to watch happen.

  4. Awww Xmas time :D I do get why they sell them already, but I want them later ;)

  5. Wasn't this fun! I am sharing my review during the #HoHoHo Readathon but yes I had a blast with this :)

  6. Cowboys and Christmas. I'd love to read this!

  7. Oh I do like the fake romance troupe and a grumpy hero! This definitely sounds like my kind of story. Wonderful review, Carole!

  8. The fake relationship is just about my favorite. This sounds really great. Outstanding review Carole!

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  9. I think it was the first book in this series that I was seeing EVERYWHERE not too long ago. It sounded so good, and so does this one. I can't help it - I love a good Grinch story. LOL

    Great review!

  10. I’ve never read anything by Amy Adams but I really like the sound of Grady and Suzanne!

  11. I love a Colorado setting! I haven't tried this author either, but you've tempted me to give her a try. You are putting me in the mood to pick up a few of my upcoming Christmas romances. :-)


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