The Holidate Season – Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward, et al.

Genre: Romance
Publisher: Independently Published
Release Date: November 26, 2022

Get Sleighed by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward

When my ex dumped me right before Christmas, I was left with a luxury, all-expense paid trip for two to Cabo—private jet and all. Somehow, my best friend roped me into giving away the other half of the trip as a contest prize on her podcast. Kelly won the “World’s Worst Dump Story.” She and I didn’t meet until we arrived at the airport, which was when I discovered she was actually a he. Apparently we’d forgotten to include open to women only in the rules. My trip to Cabo started as a disaster, but as time went on Kelly and I grew close. Until someone unexpectedly showed up…

Christmas in Birdville by Jewel E. Ann

Henry Bechtel’s mom is coming home for Christmas. Only, he lost the family house in a game of poker. Days before his mom’s arrival, he meets the new owner and seizes the opportunity to coerce her into letting him move back “home” for the holidays. What he doesn’t know is that she has questionable motives, too.

The Lucky One by Sarina Bowen

Finnish hockey player Ivo Halla is new in town. He can’t speak the language, he can’t understand the coach. Life is hell until he walks into an Italian cafe (thank God “pizza” is the same in Finnish and English) and falls for the waitress. He’d better learn the language soon, or she won’t agree to date him… 

First Holiday by Katee Robert

After a year of turmoil, Hades and Persephone prepare for their first holiday together.

A Cloverleigh Farms Christmas by Melanie Harlow

Christmas Eve at Cloverleigh Farms is even more exciting this year, thanks to a blizzard, a power outage, and a baby that wants to make a dramatic entrance. Catch up with the beloved Sawyer family and find out what happens when Meg and Noah’s bundle of joy gives the family a wonderful—and sudden—reason to celebrate!

Have Yourself a Grumpy Little Christmas by Pippa Grant

Trevor Stafford hates Christmas. But his best friend’s little sister, whom he stupidly agreed to take in as a temporary roommate when she got a new nannying gig down the street from him, loves it.

She’s turning his house into a freaking winter wonderland of bad memories.

But the bigger problem?

He’s had a crush on her for years, and there’s no amount of annoying holiday cheer that can cure him of his attraction. If anything, watching her in her natural element is making it worse.

What’s a grump to do when the last thing he ever wanted is suddenly the only thing he needs? 


The Holidate Season was an incredible disappointment. Out of the 6 stories, only 2 of them were decent. I would not recommend this holiday anthology.

Get Sleighted by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward – 3 Stars
Get Sleighted is a funny and cute story about a vacation with a stranger. However, I thought Kelly was too goofy to take seriously at the beginning making it harder to enjoy him later on in the story. 

Christmas in Birdville by Jewel E. Ann – 2 Stars
I’m not sure what Christmas in Birdville was supposed to be. A romance and mystery with a sprinkle of magic? It could have been an interesting story as the little mystery featured was engaging, but the characters didn’t work. The instalove was one of the worst examples I’ve seen.

The Lucky One by Sarina Bowen – 1 Star
The Lucky One was bland and boring. Maybe it’s because I haven’t read the series this is part of, but there was no character development. How am I supposed to believe the ending?

First Holiday by Katee Robert – 1 Star 
Its been a while since I read Neon Gods so I don’t remember much, but Hades read like a nothing character here. Also, so. Many. Typos. No spoiler warning, so be warned.

A Cloverleigh Farms Christmas by Melanie Harlow – Did not read as it’s part of a series 

Have Yourself a Grumpy Little Christmas by Pippa Grant – 3 Stars 
Have Yourself a Grumpy Little Christmas is a grumpy/sunshine that would have been better suited as a full length novel. It bit off more than it could chew and the story suffered for it.


Have you read The Holidate Season? What did you think?

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