Review: A Blind Date For Christmas by Jo-Ann Carson


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☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

About the Book:

A Blind Date for Christmas…
Who doesn’t want to find love in their stocking?

This is a story about two star-crossed lovers: Oscar Andersson a cursed barista who cannot find love, and Annabelle Gibson, the witch who intends to fix him.

In Mystic Keep, a small Pacific Northwest town where everything goes bump in the night, there is an enchanted coffee house called The Perfect Brew. Oscar and Annabelle lace every cup of coffee with magic to heal the hearts of their customers and help them make their dreams come true. But their lives are far from perfect.
Oscar Andersson has the Nordic good looks of a movie star. Not only is he a fifteen on a ten-point man-scale of hot; he’s also kind, thoughtful and generous. Oscar is the kind of man every mother dreams her daughter would marry, and every woman dreams of bedding. But he’s not available. It’s not that Oscar doesn’t want to find love, and it’s not that he hasn’t tried. He’s dated blondes, redheads, brunettes, witches, humans, and even gargoyles, but his attraction never turns into love. He’s a serial one-night stand.

Annabelle Gibson is a feisty, red-headed beauty, with a reputation for breaking hearts. While all sorts of men drool at her feet, she’s never found the right one. Oscar’s lukewarm response to her charms shocks her. She falls helplessly in love, and that’s when the trouble really starts. No matter what she does, she can’t get him to see her as anything but a friend.
Belle hatches a plan that can’t go wrong, or so she thinks. She gives a Christmas present he can’t refuse: three blind-dates. The third date will be with her. What could go wrong? By the time it’s her turn, she figures she’ll know what the hex is wrong with him. She’ll fix him, and he’ll be free to love her.
Meanwhile, Venomilia, the dark sorceress who cursed Oscar, watches them in her crystal ball, ready to step in if Belle comes close to breaking her spell.
This is a clean, sweet romance with a side of magic and mistletoe.


Guest Reviewer Lisha’s Thoughts:

Annabelle (Belle) Gibson is bored and fed up with working in the family hair salon. Rumors of an enchanted coffee house built on an energy nexus and believed to be a safe haven for all supernatural beings is too intriguing for her to ignore. She transports herself to a world of good coffee, magic, and Oscar, cursed to never fall in love barista at The Perfect Brew.

This short story is a standalone that continues from the Perfect Brew Cozy Series. When Belle falls in love with Oscar, she hatches a plan. Using the power of the solstice she plans to forge her way into Oscar’s heart by setting him up on three blind dates – the final one is with her. This is a short story with lots of humor and magic creatures. It was a quick and easy read and I rated it four stars only because I would have liked to see the story developed a little further.



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