All I Want for Christmas by Maggie Knox: A Book Review
Thank you Putnam for the gifted copy and Penguin Random House Audio for the complimentary audiobook!
All I Want for Christmas was overall a good holiday romance story. There were touching moments and had depth. There was seriousness when it came to Sadie’s horrible experiences in the music industry but the storyline was lightened by the characters’ supportive family and friends. And who can deny loving Max’s adorable dog.
What I didn’t like was the over done misunderstanding that occurs between the up and coming star, Sadie and Max’s already fame, that is very common in romance novels. It dragged on way too long and I would have liked a bit more of a Christmasy feel. Also, the audiobook’s narrator was good but didn’t enjoy her take on male voices. I believe if there were more moments with Sadie and Max together, rather than apart, it would have improved the romance aspect of the story.
When Sadie and Max are selected as contestants on the famed reality singing show Starmaker, each thinks they've finally gotten their big Nashville break. But then they're paired up for duet week and stun the world with their romantic onstage chemistry. With fans going wild for #Saxie the network demands that they remain a duo on and offstage, or exit the competition. Faking a relationship until their final performance in the Starmaker holiday special shouldn't be too hard, except for one small problem--Sadie and Max can't stand each other.
But with their dreams just within reach, they agree to the ruse. Will their fake relationship be exposed before they can win? Or will an unexpected trip to Banff spark real feelings by the Christmas finale?