Thanks to the publisher & Netgalley for the complimentary ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
Admittedly I haven’t seen the movie The Holiday but I’m pretty sure Roan Parrish’s The Holiday Trap has the same basic premise: Greta & Truman agree to switch homes for a while, living in new cities & meeting people they fall in love with. Sounds like a lot of fun, right?
Our settings are Maine (a place I’ve wanted to go to since reading a Nora Roberts lightkeeper romance in my impressionable youth) & New Orleans (no Nora Roberts’s novel memories there ;) ), & it’s really fun seeing Greta & Truman embrace their new homes by going on adventures in those distinctive places.
For me the risk with focusing on two different romances is just that at least one is likely to feel short-changed & that happened for me with Greta & Carys. It feels somewhat insta-love to me & I’m not a big fan of that.
But cozy is a Roan Parrish trademark & I got it with this Queer holiday romance, where both Greta & Truman find happiness & new homes where they can live the lives they’ve always wanted.
4⭐️. Out now!
CWs: Greta’s family is in general pretty crappy. Her sister is homophobic & there’s a lack of family support—including from her mother—until the end. Truman is cheated on by his ex. Recreational drug use. Reference to serial rapist. Ash’s mother has Alzheimer’s.
Give me that HEA, please.
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