Tis The Season – Luci Dreamer

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
3.5 stars. This is a sweet holiday romance about Olivia – a prosecuting attorney and Bridgette (Bridge), an ex-con who now owns and runs Dirty Hands Farm that employs those who are also ex-cons or from vulnerable backgrounds.

This isn’t my favourite Dreamer book – I’d recommend In the Black personally – but it has a lot of points that I enjoyed. Whilst it starts off with the two MCs meeting when Olivia visits Dirty Hands to purchase a Christmas tree – it does span a period of more than a year and discusses a number of different holidays.

The time span might be one of the factors that makes this novella different than other Dreamer books. Numbers of weeks often pass between interactions for Bridge and Olivia, which can make it feel like there isn’t chemistry between the two, when we are told there is. Whilst I didn’t always feel the chemistry, the interactions between the two are often very cute and often amusing in a cute way.

There is a fair amount of angst in this book from Olivia about falling for Bridge, when we meet her she is in an established relationship with a long-term boyfriend, but a lot of the angst is also wrapped up in not making the same mistakes she made with her ex. Her feelings about this and her sexuality become very intertwined. It can make it a little hard to root for Olivia and their relationship at times.

Whilst it has it’s difficult moments it’s definitely worth a read.

I received an e-ARC directly from the author in exchange for an honest review.

In the Black – Luci Dreamer

Rating: 4 out of 5.
This was a really good KU read that I would happily have paid for. I read it all in one sitting.

For a romance book, the characters don’t actually spend much of the book in a relationship – it doesn’t matter though – the feelings and chemistry between the two MCs speak for themselves. I spent most of the book rooting for them to get back together and enjoyed it so much more for the fact they don’t just rush straight back into things. The book acknowledges the past and its associated feelings, whilst somehow managing not to dwell too much.

I really enjoyed the firefighter aspects of the book – you could genuinely feel Mitch’s experiences and the camaraderie between the crew. The secondary characters were funny and interesting, helping to provide perspective on the MCs and how they’ve come to be where they are.

The HEA felt right and I’m really looking forward to the promised epilogue.