A Merry Little a Meet Cute by Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone Book Review
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Cowritten by #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Murphy and USA Today bestselling author Sierra Simone—a steamy plus-size holiday rom-com about an adult film star who is semi-accidentally cast as a lead in a family-friendly Christmas movie, and the former bad-boy pop star she falls in love with.
Bee Hobbes (aka Bianca Von Honey) has a successful career as a plus-size adult film star. With a huge following and two supportive moms, Bee couldn’t ask for more. But when Bee’s favorite producer casts her to star in a Christmas movie he’s making for the squeaky-clean Hope Channel, Bee’s career is about to take a more family-friendly direction.
Forced to keep her work as Bianca under wraps, Bee quickly learns this is a task a lot easier said than done. Though it all becomes worthwhilewhen she discovers her co-star is none other than childhood crush Nolan Shaw, an ex-boy band member in desperate need of career rehab. Nolan’s promised his bulldog manager to keep it zipped up on set, and he will if it means he’ll be able to provide a more stable living situation for his sister and mom.
But things heat up quickly in Christmas Notch, Vermont, when Nolan recognizes his new co-star from her ClosedDoors account (oh yeah, he’s a member). Now Bee and Nolan are sneaking off for quickies on set, keeping their new relationship a secret from the Hope Channel’s execs. Things only get trickier when the reporter who torpedoed Nolan’s singing career comes snooping around—and takes an instant interest in mysterious newcomer Bee.
And if Bee and Nolan can’t keep their off-camera romance behind the scenes, then this merry little meet cute might end up on the cutting room floor.
There were no content warnings in this book. I will share some of the potentially sensitive content that I observed while reading:
- Cyber-bullying (not between MCs)
- Fatphobia/Fat shaming (not between MCs)
- Homophobia (not between MCs)
- Loss of a parent (brief mentioning)
- Mental Health Representation (including BiPolar Disorder)
- Sexually Explicit Scenes
- Slut shaming (not between MCs)
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The way I cackled at this book! It was hilarious! I’m so happy I went to 7 different stores to find this hardcover! I love Joy Nash so I picked up the audiobook too! I was not disappointed! I actually really liked Sebastian York too! Overall, pleased with this Christmas book experience!
The cast won my heart over! Bee was so funny and adorably obsessed with Nolan. I really like her commentary and she was a strong FMC! She was authentic and brave and I loved how honest she was (outside of the big secret!) when it came to the people in her life. But! I love Nolan the most! He’s so caring and compassionate! Generous with the compliments and so loyal! The way he fell for Bee was just so cute, I had to fall for Nolan—hard! Teddy, Sunny, and Luca earned a place in my heart! I’m a big fan of Luca actually! He took shit from no one and apologized for nothing!
The ending was satisfying in a way I wasn’t expecting given that the whole story was meant to be about a Hallmark style movie. I enjoyed the story as much as the spice and it was a really interesting look at sex work and celebrity. This Christmas book did not feel cheesy which is a huge win in my opinion! I expected nothing but fun from these two authors and I was not let down.
There’s lots of toys in this holiday tale but not the Christmas kind lol I loved the bisexual representation in this book! Loving the book dogs I’ve come across this year. I love snobby pets, like a weirdo, and Snapple will forever hold a place in my mind too.
This book is pretty spicy. I think it’s right on par for Sierra Simone’s other works.
Setting / World / Universe
This book is mainly set in Christmas Notch, Vermont. I want to go to Christmas Notch, Vermont! Sounds so Selfie perfect lol It was really cute!
Genre & Tropes
- Forbidden Love
- Secret Identity
- Small Town Romance
“She smelled like utter sweetness and innocence, but she felt like sin incarnate. Like she’d been formed for filthy fun and nothing else.”Page 180
“any nearby crew be damned, I couldn’t be near her while she was unhappy and not need to make it better.”Page 219
“You quickly became the someone I wanted to share everything with. You were better than any fantasy I could’ve ever imagined.”Page 359
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