September 13, 2022

A Merry Little Meet Cute by Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone

A Merry Little Meet Cute by Julie Murphy and Sierra SimoneA Merry Little Meet Cute by Julie Murphy, Sierra Simone
Published by Avon on September 20, 2022
Genres: Romance
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads
four-half-stars
Also by this author: If the Shoe Fits

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

About A Merry Little Meet Cute

Every one of Julie Murphy’s books that I’ve read, I’ve fallen in love with. So when I read the premise of A Merry Little Meet Cute, I was smitten.  A boy band bad boy and a porn star are cast in a Hallmark-esque Christmas movie. He’s trying to leave his scandalous past behind him and rebrand as reformed so he can get gigs to help care for his mom and sister. She knows that porn stars have a limited shelf life so she’s looking for something more mainstream so she’s using her real name and keeping the porn on the downlow.

My thoughts about A Merry Little Meet Cute

Nolan and Bee were adorable from the start; it was so endearing that they both had crushes on each other before meeting. Their first scene together is a kiss and the sparks fly! Because the movie has a three week shooting timeframe, the storyline is fast-paced. During secret kiss and sexy times, Nolan and Bee go from crushes and insta lust to catching feels. But how do they navigate what that looks like when he’s counting on a new squeaky clean image and she’s not ready to leave sex work behind.

If you’re looking for LGBTQIA+ rep, this book joyfully overflows with it. Bee has two moms; Bee and Nolan are bi, Bee’s BFF is bi, other crew members are queer. So much love and support and different representations of queer love.

Along with that is so much sex positivity. Bee enjoys her sex work and is good at it; her moms know and are supportive. Nolan is comfortable with his bad boy past. Lots of spiciness with anywhere but the bed play. Also great to see a FMC who’s plus sized and sexy. While there’s some mild fatphobia on social media, Nolan makes it plain that he finds Bee amazing.

So many supportive and loving relationships. The family relationships are all strong and involve caretaking and warmth. The friendships are supportive and loving too.

What you get:

  • Dual POV
  • Bi MCs
  • Crushes before they met
  • Hallmark movie-esque
  • Christmas time travel movie shoot
  • Queer rep
  • Close proximity
  • Humor
  • Fat positive
  • Sex positive
  • Great friends groups
  • Supportive family
  • Small town in Vermont
  • Winter vibes for days

In closing

This book is such a joy of inclusion, support, warmth, Hallmark Christmas movies, spice, and love that I cannot stop gushing about it! Everything that I want from a romcom is right here. As these characters fall in love with each other, you’re going to fall in love with them. I hope the authors team up for more books because I need to know more about all of the secondary characters!

Thank you, Avon for the DRC!

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About Julie Murphy

Julie Murphy lives in North Texas with her husband who loves her, her dog who adores her, and her cats who tolerate her. After several wonderful years in the library world, Julie now writes full-time.

When she’s not writing or reliving her reference desk glory days, she can be found watching made-for-TV movies, hunting for the perfect slice of cheese pizza, and planning her next great travel adventure.

She is also the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the young adult novels Dumplin’ (now a film on Netflix), Puddin’, Ramona Blue, and Side Effects May Vary. Dear Sweet Pea is her debut middle grade novel.

About Sierra Simone

Sierra is a voracious reader of all things including the smuttiest smut, young adult, piles of non-fiction for research, and everything Bill Bryson (especially on audio).

She loves writing the dirtiest things that she can think of, King Arthur, sparkling water, Tarot, coffee, leggings, and learning new words daily.

Her previous jobs have included firing ceramics, teaching living history lessons in one-room school house in full, 1904-approved school marm attire, and working as a librarian for several years—not in that order

She lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, two children, and two giant dogs. (And two cats, but they’re so naughty we don’t talk about them.)

Her novels have been published in Czech, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, and Romanian. She’s been featured in Buzzfeed, Cosmopolitan, Entertainment Weekly, Marie Claire, and Library Journal with a starred review.

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