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The Christmas Pact
The Christmas Pact | Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward
47 posts | 49 read | 12 to read
2 hours, 54 minutes
Heat up the holidays with this sizzling new novella from New York Times best-selling authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward!
Riley Kennedy’s emails keep getting crossed with her colleague, Kennedy Riley.
The infuriating man forwards them along with his annoying commentary and unsolicited advice. At least she never has to see him in person since they work in different locations…until they come face to face at the office holiday party. As luck would have it, Kennedy turns out to be gorgeous…though still a jerk. Yet somehow he’s able to charm her out on the dance floor - and convince her to participate in his crazy scheme: He’ll go home with Riley for a Christmas party and pretend to be her boyfriend if Riley agrees to be his date to a wedding.
It sounds easy enough. But little by little, the act they’re putting on starts to feel like so much more than a Christmas pact - and Riley’s about to learn there’s more to Kennedy than she ever imagined.
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Jhullie
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A good old fashioned ‘enemies to lovers‘ story which was short and fun. Christmas isn‘t really important to the story but it added some atmosphere.

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TorieStorieS
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Short and cute, this holiday romance hinges on a funny set up when both Riley Kennedy and Kennedy Riley work at the same company. A personal email has Kennedy offering unsolicited advice to Riley and soon they are deciding at the holiday party that they may be able to help one another in a fake dating scheme. Not earth shattering but a nice, light listen that is well performed and makes for the perfect backdrop to holiday errands!

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TheSpineView
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This was a reread for me. A short, sweet holiday romance. A well loved troupe of enemies to lovers story with an HEA. A novella so the story goes quickly. I liked the characters and loved the names pun. 4⭐️

tjwill I‘m listening to it right now! 2mo
TheSpineView @tjwill ❤️🎄📘🎧 2mo
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GondorGirl
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I'm somewhere on the Ohio turnpike, heading towards Virginia to pick up an industrial sewing machine for my new part-time costuming job. Christmas is only a week away, but I'm still not feeling very festive at all. I downloaded a few light holiday reads for the trip... but so far this one is terrible. 😅

Chrissyreadit Please be very very careful! The ice storm has everything shut down at moment in my area 2mo
Bookwormjillk Agree with @chrissyreadit

We're thawing out here in Northern VA but I know some parts are rough. Safe travels!
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Safe travels! I'm not feeling very festive this year because work has been very consuming. A few years ago I read A Christmas Date by Camilla Isley and it was a cute rom-com with a fake dating trope. If that sounds interesting to you, I recommend it. 2mo
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GondorGirl @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I'll have to check that one out. Fake dating is my favorite romance trope. 2mo
GondorGirl @Bookwormjillk @Chrissyreadit We've not hit any ice yet mid-Pensylvania, but it looks like we may hit some in Virginia. I'll make sure to trade off driving before then, since my partner is way more confident with winter driving. 2mo
Bookwormjillk @GondorGirl Good luck! It's “warmed up“ to 40 now in my area. 2mo
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Dragon
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A short but sweet Audible confection. Thanks @Andrew65 for posting the review that got me interested. A fun way to spend the afternoon. 💚🐉

Andrew65 Pleased to hear you enjoyed it. 😁 2mo
Dragon Thanks 🙏 @Andrew65 💚🐉 2mo
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Andrew65
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This was a short but different Christmas based Romance. Quite unique and different in its approach. Whilst set at Christmas, Christmas wasn‘t a big part of the story. Only about 3 hours long but available free if you are a member of Audible.

14th book read for #WinterReadathon

DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 2mo
Andrew65 @DieAReader Thanks 🎄🎄🎄 2mo
Dragon 👍- sounds good so listening now 💚🐉 2mo
Andrew65 @Dragon Hope you enjoy it. ☃️☃️☃️ 2mo
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Andrew65
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Started listening to The Christmas Pact which is quite a short book that is available free if you are a member of Audible.

Looks an interesting premise.

Reading it following seeing a couple of positive reviews.

#WinterReadathon

@DieAReader @Ghabi4Roses

DieAReader 🤓📚🎄 2mo
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Eggs
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Another clever story that works for the prompt #FakeDating #HolidayRomanceBingo! Riley Kennedy and Kennedy Riley are in an email mixup at the same company. Despite mutual annoyance, they agree to help each other out by being pretend dates at their respective holiday gatherings…until suddenly it starts to feel less and less like a pretense…
#WinterReadathon #Bookspinbingo

DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! This one is on my TBR for this month, too!! 2mo
Andrew65 Another great story I need to read. 🎄🎄🎄 2mo
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peanutnine Oh I read this one last year! So fun! ☺️💖🎄 2mo
Eggs @peanutnine Yes🙌🏻 2mo
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Lara.Tomme
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It is a fun novel about two co-workers who plan to be each other's dates for the holidays and for a wedding. So what can happen when two single people pretend to be more than just acquaintances. The story is short to listen to and is full of physical attraction and romantic gestures. It is the perfect sweet Christmas story to get into the holiday spirit.

4 ⭐

#audible #AudibleOriginal #audibook

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OriginalCyn620
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Really cute enemies to lovers romance!

#bookspinbingo - contemporary romance
#averymerrybingo - Let It Snow

#wintergames2021 #mistletoemaniacs 26 pts

Jadams1776 🎅🏻👍🏻🎉 14mo
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TheSpineView
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Another reread, or in this case relisten) for #WinterGames2021 @StayCurious #TeamGameSleighers
I actually liked the story better this year. Maybe I am more in the mood for these fluff reads. Short but worth the time.
#WinterCosy @PuddleJumper #LittenListen @aperfectmjk #WrapItUpReadathon @keys_on_fire #AVeryMerryReadathon @TheSpineView #Adventathon @ozma.of.oz #BookishBingo #LittenListenBingo #AVeryMerryBingo @Jadams1776

kaleidoscope.reader I would love to read this! With a new baby, shorter stories are fun. 14mo
Jadams1776 🎁🎅🏻🎉👍🏻 14mo
keys_on_fire Sounds fun! Stacked! 14mo
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maich
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Cute sweet romance set around Christmas. Their love is forbidden but they found the way to be together. It was a little funny but much better than Scgood by the same author.
⭐⭐⭐⭐

#thechristmaspact #penelopeward #vikeeland #audiobook #HolidayReads @StayCurious @Clwojick
#ReadNosedReindeer #wintergames #wintergames2020

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JoyBlue
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A (Christmasy) romance that didn't stink—hooray! Keeping it short probably helped. Building the relationship *definitely* helped.

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TheSpineView
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#WinterGames2020 @StayCurious #ReadNosedReindeer

Of holiday romance stories this is one of the better ones. The plot is believable and there is a decent amount of character development. I was not crazy about the ending though. Felt it was unrealistic and cheesy. Upper 3s to 4 stars for this one.

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Kimberlone
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This was much better than I was expecting! It had a unique premise (crossed emails due to the main characters having very similar names) and was way less silly than the cover indicates. I do think Riley should have called Kennedy out more on his shit, but overall I enjoyed this one.

#HolidayRead #LittenListen #WinterGames #TeamRedNosedReindeer @StayCurious

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kelli7990
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Here‘s my review for another book I read.

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kimmypete1
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One of my favorites from last year, loved it just as much this year. #WinterGames2020 #ReadNosedReindeer

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Traci1
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This was way cuter than I expected. Realistic it was not, but it was adorable and fun. It would make a terrific Christmas movie (a little too racy for Hallmark, maybe).

+326 #merryreaders #wintergames @Clwojick
20/25 #crushtherush and #readyourway @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @TheSpineView
#christmasspirit #winterathon #merrybookmas2020 #cosyathon #trfreads #thefourrealms #taylorswiftplaylist #itscoldoutside @Bookgoil

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Traci1
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I finished this #holidaycraft while listening to the tagged story. My older kids love Among Us, and my son always plays as Purple, so this will be his ornament. I finished my daughter's last night which was her yellow character standing over the body of purple. Apparently she's very good at the game. 😄

+6 #wintergames #merryreaders @Clwojick

Karisa Oh man! My middleschool students are obsessed with Among Us! I need to try it out just to know what they are talking about. 😅 2y
Traci1 @Karisa yeah, I know nothing about it except they each play a character that looks like a little bean with legs. But they love it. Apparently it's tons of fun. 2y
Caroline2 This is so cute. My two love Among Us too. 😉 2y
EmilyM My teenagers taught my husband and I how to play this over Thanksgiving! I can see why they like it! 2y
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peanutnine
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Spending Sunday reading a few short stories that are cute, romantic, and festive 🎄☺️

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britt_reads
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This is one of the free audible offerings this month. Although it was very predictable, I thought this short story made for a cute and enjoyable listen. Good for fans of the enemies to lovers trope.

#holidayread #wintergames #teamfozziwig

BarkingMadRead Free is always good!! 3y
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julesG
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Cute story. Predictable, but still cute.

I can see myself listening to this next year while preparing Christmas dinner, just like I watch Love, Actually each year.

296/150
(Getting closer to 300 - it's doable!!!)

CoffeeAndABook Merry Christmas Eve 🌟🎄💫 3y
julesG @CoffeeAndABook Merry Christmas to you! 🎄🎅🎁 3y
CoffeeAndABook Thank you, it‘s super relaxed this year. I hope you‘re son is well again!! 🌟🌟🌟 3y
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julesG @CoffeeAndABook He's doing better. But still not rid of the strange virus. 3y
CoffeeAndABook Boy that‘s a persistent virus 😡 Hope he can still enjoy the festivities 🥳🤒👻 3y
julesG @CoffeeAndABook Yes, he can. He caught a virus that caused an autoimmune response in the vascular system. So no sports for the moment. 3y
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julesG
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I caved.

Listening to it while making potato salad for tomorrow's dinner.

#audiobook

britt_reads I‘m listening to this one now too! 3y
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Roary47
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Mehso-so

I listened to this while wrapping presents. Not really what I was expecting, but not bad. Available as a free audible original if you have credits still.

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wanderinglynn
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Panpan

An overdone & predictable plot. The narrators were good, but could not overcome the mediocre writing and lack of character development.

The only upside is this is one of the monthly freebies on Audible, so I didn‘t waste a credit.

#holidayreads #wintergames #TeamFestivus

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DebinHawaii
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I finished this up tonight wrapping a few gifts for the office & I thought it was cute & fun like a holiday rom-com crossed with a bit of “The Hating Game.” I try to throw in a few lighter reads & holiday-themed fiction during the season so I am happy that I picked it as one of my free December Audible originals. A good quick (3 hrs) & enjoyable listen.

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DebinHawaii
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Keeping the #audiosouping seasonal today with this Audible Original which is cute so far. Today‘s soup is from a mention of recipe testing on Yotam Ottolenghi‘s Instagram page. No recipe but seems simple enough. In the pot are dried chickpeas, onion, garlic, butter, bay leaves, Parmesan rinds + broth to take it from soupy butter braised chickpeas to soup. Finish soup pics coming later but it smells pretty delicious.

umbrellagirl I have heard of but haven‘t tried Parmesan rinds in soups and sauces. Let us know how it is. 🙂 3y
DebinHawaii @umbrellagirl I will. I have made a few things with them including a garlic-Parmesan broth & it is excellent. The only down part is cleaning the pot after.😉 3y
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Skygoddess1
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I really enjoyed this Audible holiday original. It was like a Hallmark movie but sexier. #WinterGames #TheFilthyAnimals #ImpulseRead #HolidayRead

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Kaylamburson
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This was so cute! I listened to this adorable hate-to-love office rom-com in one sitting, and it was perfect to get me in the holiday spirit while I was packing for vacation. Highly recommend for any Christina Lauren fans.
(An audible original that was actually good--go figure, lol)

MidnightBookGirl I liked this one too!
3y
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Jen_Reads
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I have been listening to this before bed and finished last night. I thought it was cute.

#wintergames #teamelectricsex #holidayread

LibrarianRyan 👍 😁 +21 3y
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Bookwormjillk
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Mehso-so

This had a cute premise- two people with similar names get each other‘s emails. From there the plot is pretty predictable but sometimes that‘s a good thing. #elfies #wintergames

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kimmypete1
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Cute and fun novella. Could have listened to a whole lot more about Riley Kennedy and Kennedy Riley, even if the names are a bit ridiculous.

#WinterGames #SlayBells #HolidayRead @midnightbookgirl

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Love when my drive is the exact length of time left on my audiobook. Narrators were perfection. Fun Meet Cute Fake Boyfriend story. Niggling at the back of my mind is if guy wasn't tall & handsome, 1st interactions wouldn't be charming but creepy. The fact his lies/half truths came so easy would be scary in reality. Like so much romance you've just got to suspend reality & go with it. So my pick is with a momentary hesitation. 😏 #sundaydrive

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GypsyKat
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This was super cute! Definitely predictable, like a Hallmark movie, but Christmasy and fun all the same. A perfect quick holiday read.

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DGRachel
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I saw this on Litsy and needed a quick, light listen. I‘ve never been a fan of romance books on audio because different POV narrators doing the voices of the other POV character in their chapters makes me twitchy. But, because this was so short, I was able to deal. The tale is Hallmark Christmas Movie worthy. Cute and fun, with the requisite #romantsy HEA.

CoverToCoverGirl Listening right now! 3y
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BlameJennyJane
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This was a quick #Audible listen. It‘s one of those pretend to be my date and I‘ll be yours and they end up falling in love. The premise is cliche but I really enjoyed the banter between the characters and it wasn‘t overly saccharine.

#WinterGames #TheFilthyAnimals #HolidayRead #TBRRead

@StayCurious @Clwojick @rather_be_reading

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bookandbedandtea
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This is EXACTLY what you expect from a "fake Christmas relationship" story but it was cute and it brightened my commute for two days. ?

ljuliel This must be very popular in Litsy. I‘ve seen lots of posts on it ! (edited) 3y
bookandbedandtea @ljuliel It was one of the free offerings for audible members this month. 🤷‍♀️ 3y
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intothehallofbooks
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This is one of the free Audible Original offerings for December, and it was so cute. Andi Arndt and Sebastian York narrate, which is perfect. Only 2 hours, 54 minutes, so perfect to listen to while running errands.

Nessavamusic They really two of the best narrators our there! 3y
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Nessavamusic
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This was a very cute quick #romantsy listen, free on Audible!! A very fun #HolidayRead for#WinterGames
#TeamElectricSex
@LibrarianRyan @Clwojick @StayCurious

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HoneyBeeLee
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Really cute short read. If Hallmark movies are your cup of tea then this one is defiantly for you.

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ElizaMarie
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This one is super super cute! And I think they should make this into a movie (there is a movie with that name but it‘s not this story) anyway... I loved it!!!

Go #TeamNutcracker !!! ❄️ #WinterGames #WinterReadsBingo

@Bookworm54 , @Clwojick , @StayCurious

1 point participation ⛄️+ 20 points #HolidayRead 🎄= 21 points

Running total: 1,156

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TheSpineView
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#WinterGames @rather_be_reading @StayCurious @Clwojick #TheFilthyAnimals
#HolidayRead

Loved this one! The story was original and funny in places and moving in others. I'm glad they had two different narrators for the two POVs it made for a better performance. Also the story was not too sappy which I appreciated. 4.5⭐

ElizaMarie Ooo I‘m exited to start this one soon! 3y
rather_be_reading 21pts🎉 3y
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ReadingEnvy
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I listened to this quick Audible original while I did some weekend cleaning - it's a contemporary romance with two narrators. It all starts when an advice columnist receives a question from one person at a company and accidentally replies to the other.
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In poking around I discovered that what the male narrator looks like is a big mystery - his voice is awfully familiar to me and I have some guesses....

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CoffeeK8
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A short and sweet holiday #romantsy.

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Hestapleton
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This was absolutely adorable. I love a good enemies to lovers romance and this was right up there with THE HATING GAME for me! #wintergames #teamfozziwig #holidayreads
+21 points

BarkingMadRead Cute!! 3y
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MidnightBookGirl
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This one really surprised me! It was so cute! Riley Kennedy and Kennedy Riley get some mixed up emails and it leads to them pretending to date to get through the holidays, but obviously they are meant to be! The ending legit put a little tear in my eye because it was so sweet. #WinterGames #SlayBells #HolidayRead (21pts) @StayCurious @Clwojick

Hestapleton I‘m wrapping up this one right now! So cute! 3y
TheSpineView I just downloaded this today. Good to know it is worthwhile!😊 3y
Kimberlone I picked this one as one of my audible originals too! 3y
kimmypete1 Ok, you convinced me to check this out. 3y
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