Book Review​: Single by Christmas



single-by-xmasSynopsis: You’ve heard the saying, ‘opposites attract’ haven’t you? Well, meet 27-year-old Alex Marshall, a party girl with a penchant for free-flowing Prosecco, and her devilishly handsome scientist boyfriend, Charlie, who loves jazz and dinner for two.
Alex and Charlie are together for 11 blissful months until Alex goes out of town and does something she will later regret. Was she drunk? You bet. Does she want Charlie to know? Well, what do you think?
With the couple about to spend their first Christmas together will Charlie be the forgiving kind or will Alex be Single by Christmas?
This is a feel good, Christmas novel with very few mince pies, not much snow and absolutely no mistletoe – just a couple of best friends, a sociopathic nemesis and a lot of drinking.

My Review: 

“Single by Christmas” is Rosa Temple’s recent holiday release telling the story of Alex Marshall, her boyfriend Charlie, and her best friends. Alex and Charlie have been together for 11 wonderful months, but as December rolls around, she keeps screwing up. Whether staying out too late on “Booze Night” with the girls, standing Charlie up, or embarrassing him at parties – Alex keeps making mistakes and shrugging them off because Charlie is so wonderful and understanding. After heading out of town for a potential job, getting drunk and spending the night with a guy AND not telling Charlie about any of it, Alex’s world starts crashing down. This story shows the slow and funny demise of a carefree party girl watching all of her selfish ways catch up with her. 

First of all, I really enjoyed this novel and was quickly sucked into the storyline and characters. However, I was not a fan of Alex. Besides her career, her life was basically a big mess. I understand girl-code and all, but she consistently put her 2 girlfriends ahead of Charlie, every single time. Whether they were out drinking for fun, spying on people, or dealing with a crisis, Alex repeatedly forgot about plans with Charlie, was late meeting him or canceled altogether. Charlie worked as a research scientist and even took a personal day from work one day to take her to lunch, but she stood him up – this time because of work. Even worse, when she was actually with him, she wasn’t all there. She constantly took phone calls or paid attention to other things going on, regardless of how many times this man tried to have a serious, romantic conversation with her. Charlie was handsome, brilliant and adorably sweet. But as much as I loved him, I was frustrated several times because I wanted him to stand up to Alex and quit taking her crap. Alex eventually becomes somewhat of a more likable character, but not before enduring some well-deserved pain, rejection and loneliness. 

Now that I’m done ranting about Alex, one thing I always say is when an author writes about a character that drives me crazy and gets under my skin the way Alex did, then it’s an example of terrific writing. Rosa Temple did not hold back in her character development and honest depictions of a self-centered young woman. Whether it was something good, bad, happy, or sad, I felt every emotion along with the characters and could easily visualize the scenes in my mind. There were several subplots dealing with their careers, cheating spouses, an ill parent, drinking, and so on – but everything flowed together and worked perfectly as to not overwhelm the reader with too much going on. “Single by Christmas” is a quick read and is definitely a page-turner. This is one of those novels that has great potential to be carried on in a series because there was so much going on with everyone! If you are a fan of romantic comedy and looking something to ignite your holiday spirit, this is a novel for you. 

Learn more about Rosa Temple by visiting her web page. 

Purchase “Single by Christmas” on Amazon. 

Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. 


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