Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Year of Reviews - 2021

Review – Jingle Bell Beard by Julie Kriss

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Jingle Bell Beard; Kringle Family Christmas #3 
(An interconnected standalone)

Publication Date: November 5, 2021

Genre/Tropes: Sports/Second Chance/Holiday Romance

Author: Julie Kriss

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars



A super cute holiday book that will get you in the mood for the holiday season.

Matt Kringle comes from a family that runs a holiday family business and with a name like Kringle that’s perfect, but the business is currently in crisis. Jasmine was Matt’s high school girlfriend who dumped him seventeen years ago, but now is the PR guru hired to help out the Kringle family to get their business back in the black. Matt doesn’t necessarily care about the business, but he does care about Jasmine. So, since he’s currently benched with the NHL, it looks like he’s heading home for the holidays.

Matt returns home, all because Jasmine asked for his help, but truly it doesn’t take much everytime she asks for a favor. It may have been seventeen years, but Matt will do anything to get her back. He’s never forgotten her and he hopes she feels the same.

Light on drama and loaded with Christmas cheer, this family holiday book is excellent to begin the holiday season and interconnected with Matt’s siblings for the perfect Kringle trilogy, but also can be read as a complete standalone.

The Grump Who Stole Christmas (Kringle Family Christmas, #1) Very Merry Married (Kringle Family Christmas, #2)


My to do list:
Revive my crashed PR career.
Turn around the Kringle family business by Christmas.
Convince my ex-boyfriend, NHL legend Matt “the Mountain” Kringle, to help me, even though I broke his heart when we were seventeen.
Easy, right?

Matt is huge, he’s hot, and he’s the grumpiest player in the league. I’ll have to brave his bad attitude and his sexy beard if I want him to help bail out the family business and put my career back on track. I’ll also have to try to forget – again – what an amazing kisser he is.

None of it is going to be easy. Not when Matt’s arrival in town leads to the Airport Incident and the Candy Cane Scandal – talk about embarrassing. But as Matt and I navigate disaster after disaster together, I’ll have to get over the fact that I never got over him. And that love with Matt is a game I just might want to play.

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