Saturday, January 28, 2017

The Christmas Project by Maxine Morrey

Title: The Christmas Project
Author: Maxine Morrey
Publisher: Harper Collins UK
Genre: Holiday, Romance
Publication: November 14, 2016

My Rating: 3/5

Source: Publisher on NetGalley

Professional organiser Kate Stone has never – NEVER – been tempted to hit a client over the head with a snow shovel, but Michael O'Farrell is the most obnoxious – and heart-stoppingly gorgeous – man she has ever met. If he weren't her best friend’s brother, she would not have waited on his doorstep in the freezing cold for five minutes, let alone an hour.

Kate knows, however, that her job isn’t just about tidying up, sometimes she needs to be part therapist too, and Michael clearly needs her help to declutter his heart as well as his home.

But with the festive season just around the corner there isn’t much time to get Michael’s house ready for the O’Farrell family celebrations, but everyone knows that at Christmas anything can happen…

**I received a free copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

Ok, so this book is very cute and has a great main character, I seriously loved reading about Kate! But I feel like I need to get some things off my chest about Mr. O'Farrell here, Kate's love interest.

My first impression of him was awful... I mean, the guy is super rude. And there are other things as well, especially as we get to see him more during those first encounters with Kate.

Now, maybe this is a personal thing, but I'm just not into guys who sleep around. I also can't believe him when he plays the gentleman part, like he doesn't just pick a different hot girl to warm his bed every now and then. Maybe he says he respects them and that it's mutual and whatever, but the day he finds someone he wants to actually stay with... How is it going to work? I don't know, is it just me? Am I giving it too much thought? To me this guy doesn't care about women at all, he just wants satisfaction in the moment and would not be able to stay in a serious, committed relationship after leading this kind of life. I don't think it's that easy.

Again, maybe this is a personal thing. But hey, I'm my own person, and this is my opinion.

And honey, most of us have had our hearts broken, no need to blame everyone for it, it happens. From the very beginning we come to understand that his ex-wife had a bad personality and that she was very shallow, but I think that he "fell in love" with her because she was incredibly gorgeous, everyone around him told him how she was not good for him, but he was just blinded by her hotness, at least that's how I see it.

Oh, and let's not forget about his temper...

Anyway, let's just get back to Kate, she's the one worth talking about.

Kate is just incredibly nice and sweet, she works really hard and even volunteers at this animal shelter, I mean, come on! She's too good for you, Mr. O'Farrell, I'm sorry. You and those lost thongs under your bed can go now. And yes, Kate has a crappy boyfriend and their relationship is awful, but that doesn't make you any better.

I also loved what she did for a living, even though it seemed like she just makes the place of a client more tidy and clean, in the end it can be so much more than that. She helped Michael have a real home, one where he could have his family over for Christmas.

And I liked her even more once we find out about her past, it's amazing she grew up to be this incredible accomplished woman and that she's so nice and friendly.

I guess I can say that I'm happy for Kate, even if she found happiness with Michael, she deserves whatever she wants in life.

Any cute Christmas book you read this year?

Thank you for reading! ♥


  1. this sounds like a great Christmas read! I read one lovely Christmas book a few years ago, I think it was called The Christmas Cookie Club or something like that---I really loved that one.

    1. The name is adorable! I'm going to have to check that one out, thanks!! :)

    2. there is a recipe for Christmas cookies at the start of each chapter- I thought that was pretty neat.

    3. That is SO CUTE!!! D: I love it!! <3

  2. yeah no i think I'll pass.
    If you have not yet, you really need to try RaeAnne Thayne and her Christmas books, now those, those tug on my heartstrings, they are so good and sweet and wonderful

    1. No, I haven't! :O I love Christmas books, so I'll look those up! Thank you! :)

  3. It definitely turns me off in books when guys are real jerk wads. Great review, Carla.
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    1. I know, right! I can't stand that :(
      Thank you so much for the support!! :)

  4. I'm not really into christmas reads, but this sounds cute! I'm glad you enjoyed it! Also, I hate guys sleeping around in books. BOOOOO. :P

    1. Omg thank you!! How come people like guys like that so much? I always read book reviews with such guys and people love them and I don't get it D:

  5. I'm not sure how I would feel about reading this one. On one hand, Kate sounds incredible and I like that she is so sweet. But the love interest sounds like he would just anger me far too much. I'm not a fan of guys who sleep around as well >.>

    1. Yes, Kate was great! And the love interest did make me mad more than once haha -_-


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