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Joy and Payne by Kat Baxter : A Book Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Blurb: Joy

I’ve left Texas with nothing more than my grandmother’s apron collection and her Christmas candy recipes to move to North Pole, NY. How I end up stranded on the side of the road in a ridiculous elf costume in the middle of a blizzard is just par for my course. Especially when the man who plays knight to my damsel is none other than Mr. Grumpy-pants AKA the hottest man I’ve ever met.


I’ve made a fortune off of murder. That is to say I’m a bestselling horror novelist and the only reason I still live in this crazy Christmas town is because my sister and my niece are here. Finding that curvy candy maker on the side of the road is the last thing I need. But I can’t leave her to freeze in her candy-cane striped tights. So I bring her home with me.

Then the snow to end all snows hits and we’re stuck together. I’ve always had a sweet tooth so keeping my hands (and my mouth) of the delectable and sassy southern girl is going to be harder than I think. And when the snow clears we might just have found where we both belong…together.

The holidays are coming and we’re heading to the North Pole — the real-life town of North Pole, New York, that is! Join your favorite romance authors for a series of standalone love stories set in a small town shared world filled with all things sexy and bright. 😉 Snuggle up with some hot cocoa and your favorite cozy blanket because you’re not going to want to miss any of what these Holiday Honeys have in store!

Thoughts: This is the second book of Kat Baxter’s I have read.
It’s a very short novella about Joy, a girl from Texts who has just moved to New York to work as an elf in a fudge store, and Eli Payne, a number one best selling author who lives in a cabin on the outskirts.

Bad weather leads to the two being together in Eli’s cabin for a few days and within that time things move VERY fast and they get together.

The writing is fun and easy to read. The characters are both likeable if not slightly under developed.

There was something missing. I’m not sure what though. It’s such a short story that I think it is all just so abrupt. Perhaps if the novella was a bit bigger and there was more of a story and character development?

Overall though, I am glad I read it and would recommend it to those who want a cute, christmassy, quick and easy read.

As always thanks for reading 🙂

Gee Liz Reads ❤

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