**I received an ARC of this book through Netgalley in exchange for my honest and voluntary review. All thoughts and opinions are my own**
Thank you Netgalley and Kate Callaghan for allowing me the opportunity to read The Naughty or Nice Clause! It was so great and I’m so happy I was able to read it. I am starting my Christmas reading a little bit early this year, not that I don’t read Christmas romances all year round, they are some of my favorites. This book was the very beginning of my holiday reading and what a great book to start with! Before I get to my review, let’s start with the back cover description of the book.
The Naughty or Nice Clause By: Kate Callaghan
Being Naughty Has Never Been So Nice!
When Lyla’s father retired as CEO of the toy company which has been in their family for generations, she was meant to receive his shares. Instead, she discovers the company is bankrupt and her father has given her shares to Mason Klaus, an investor known in the corporate world for his cold and callous nature. Much to Lyla’s frustration, her only option is to run the company with him, despite their evident loathing for one another.
When Mason cancels the annual Christmas party, Lyla throws it anyway – only for the event of the season to result in a terrible fire. With the offices and Lyla’s credibility ruined, Mason offers her a deal: he’ll forget her part in the disaster, but she must join his family for the twelve days of their Christmas holidays.
Taken to a fantastical winter wonderland, Lyla hopes that she might discover some of the secrets Mr Klaus is hiding, and maybe even a way to get her company back. However, when Mason introduces her to the secret village as his fiancée, she is horrified to realise she has no choice but to go along with the pretence – because the cost of bringing an outsider to their magical land is far too high.
Can Lyla resist the devilishly handsome Mr. Klaus and the enchanting village to win back her company, or will she give into temptation?
If you love a cute, Christmas Hallmark-esque movies, (like I do🎄) then you will most definitely love this story!
What I loved
There were so many things I loved about this story! I’m afraid of accidentally giving spoilers, so sorry in advance if I do! My favorite thing about this book, is honestly the setting. Let’s just say there’s a little magic involved. While they start out in the city, they end up somewhere amazing and beautiful and very, very far away!
I also really loved Mason’s family. While they are grieving they are still so quick to show Lyla a lot of love and acceptance just for putting up with their moody son/brother. Mason’s mom is super sweet, and I absolutely adored his brother and sister. I also loved how much Lyla’s cat plays a part in the story. Because I love cats but can’t have one of my own (allergies).
Lyla, after experiencing the loss of her mother, was so helpful and comforting to Mason’s family while they are grieving their own loss. I feel like their shared experience really helped the family. I love that that level of emotion was in this story. It felt like it added another layer to the book.
Oh! And I really liked the spin on the traditional Christmas stories. I loved the idea that Santa doesn’t actually bring presents but something different and super sweet instead.
The Naughty or Nice Clause didn’t really have a lot that I didn’t like. But for the sake of a good review, I can name just a few things.
What I didn’t love
I didn’t always love Mason. He’s kind of an asshole. Like, he’s very hot and cold throughout most of the book and it was minorly getting on my nerves. But when he was being sweet, he was really sweet. Overall, in the end, I didn’t dislike him as much so it’s all good.
I also felt like both the beginning and the end of this story were very rushed. I felt like maybe one or 2 more chapters going through their daily working relationship would have been nice. Maybe starting it with the actual moment her father retires and sells her shares. Where Lyla meets Mason for the first time, then jump to the next year where the story starts. I feel like the story about her father selling her shares wasn’t really told as much as hinted at throughout the book. I would have liked to read about their first meeting. Maybe that’s just me though.
And if I had to beg for just one thing in this book it would be an epilogue!!!
I love a happily ever after. But I also like to know a little bit about where the characters end up after the ending. Do they get married? Do they have kids? Was Christmas in fact saved? And why couldn’t I share in the Christmas magic! I loved the place where Mason was from so much, and I would have adored hearing about what happens there on Christmas day! I was really missing that.
All in all, I loved The Naughty or Nice Clause! The setting is magical, the characters are mostly loveable, and the story was very cute. If your looking for a cute, easy Christmas read I highly recommend this book. If you’re totally not into cutesy Hallmark-ish Christmas romances, I honestly don’t even know why you’re still reading this (But thank you!❤), because that is exactly what this book is. At the end of the day I am so glad that I read it.
I hope you have a wonderful day! and if you enjoyed this review, please check out my review of Annika’s Aurora. Another fantastic romance read that made me ugly cry and was so beautiful!
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