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You’ve probably heard of me. Reclusive fantasy author turned famous when his series got developed into a mega TV hit. Except now I’m way behind deadline, and the whole world is waiting to see what I’ll write next. The pressure is getting to me, and I. Can’t. Write. Cue: small town where people don’t recognize me. Cue: my assistant insisting on a personal chef to keep me fed an You’ve probably heard of me. Reclusive fantasy author turned famous when his series got developed into a mega TV hit. Except now I’m way behind deadline, and the whole world is waiting to see what I’ll write next. The pressure is getting to me, and I. Can’t. Write. Cue: small town where people don’t recognize me. Cue: my assistant insisting on a personal chef to keep me fed and nothing more. Cue: finding the first bit of inspiration I’ve felt in months whenever she’s around… Am I a walking cliche now, or what? Dani Cooper seems to have her own hurdles to jump this holiday season. Newly divorced, looking for her next move. She’s the first person who’s seen me for me in way too long. And I see her, too--as way more than just an employee, a divorcee, a cook. She’s becoming my muse… But when my Christmas deadline hits, will it spell the end of us, too?


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You’ve probably heard of me. Reclusive fantasy author turned famous when his series got developed into a mega TV hit. Except now I’m way behind deadline, and the whole world is waiting to see what I’ll write next. The pressure is getting to me, and I. Can’t. Write. Cue: small town where people don’t recognize me. Cue: my assistant insisting on a personal chef to keep me fed an You’ve probably heard of me. Reclusive fantasy author turned famous when his series got developed into a mega TV hit. Except now I’m way behind deadline, and the whole world is waiting to see what I’ll write next. The pressure is getting to me, and I. Can’t. Write. Cue: small town where people don’t recognize me. Cue: my assistant insisting on a personal chef to keep me fed and nothing more. Cue: finding the first bit of inspiration I’ve felt in months whenever she’s around… Am I a walking cliche now, or what? Dani Cooper seems to have her own hurdles to jump this holiday season. Newly divorced, looking for her next move. She’s the first person who’s seen me for me in way too long. And I see her, too--as way more than just an employee, a divorcee, a cook. She’s becoming my muse… But when my Christmas deadline hits, will it spell the end of us, too?

30 review for Write Before Christmas

  1. 5 out of 5

    Wendy'sThoughts

    4 Christmas Time Table Stars * * * * Spoiler Free Pssst...In case you aren't aware, I am not a Twenty-Something or even a Thirty-Something. Nope, those days have passed. But that does not make me an old fuddy-duddy, quite the contrary. I have been known to get down with the best of them...maybe needing help getting up but...I digress, hahahahahaha What I am saying is those who are not New Age or a little bit older still want love...all types of love. So when I saw Write Before Christmas had a woman 4 Christmas Time Table Stars * * * * Spoiler Free Pssst...In case you aren't aware, I am not a Twenty-Something or even a Thirty-Something. Nope, those days have passed. But that does not make me an old fuddy-duddy, quite the contrary. I have been known to get down with the best of them...maybe needing help getting up but...I digress, hahahahahaha What I am saying is those who are not New Age or a little bit older still want love...all types of love. So when I saw Write Before Christmas had a woman who was recently divorced with a college-age daughter and an established fantasy author who became a celebrity, "Known" when his series was picked up for television, took off to the point where memes were made with quotes were plastered over sweatshirts, I had to read this. The best was that they were grown-ups. Our author, Matt, has writer's block. He is on a deadline and dragons are being suggested by the TV producers. Well, that's not going to happen. His assistant books a mini McMansion for him at a location where no one would know him. A cook/housekeeper will be there so he can just work on his book/script. Fine, hopefully, something comes to him and he will be able to write. Dani is at a crossroads. She is now divorced and her daughter has gone off to college. She was a teacher but does she want that now...As a way to clear her head, Dani takes on the position of cook/housekeeper for a man staying out one of the rentals. Dani has no idea as to "Who" Matt is and that works extremely well for both of them. These two start to mean more to each other before they realize it. Is Dani the muse Matt needed and nothing more...or is there a possibility there. Dani starts to see life different than what she had in the past, does it work thinking Matt could be part of it. I enjoyed how all of this worked, no overt angst, just grown-ups falling for each other, and learning to accept love. Write Before Christmas https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... A gifted copy was provided by author/publisher for an honest review. For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Thanks to NetGalley for a arc copy for a honest review. When I saw Write Before Christmas I thought it look’s so cute.. I’m a sucker for cute and beautiful book cover. I thought Matt and Dani so cute it reminds me of another hallmark movie an enjoyable read 4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Happy Reading Lisa

  3. 5 out of 5

    Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    Julie Hamerlee is a new to me author and I really enjoyed Write Before Christmas. I loved that both the characters were mid 40’s and in different places in their lives, but their chemistry kept pulling them towards one another. While set around Christmas, it wasn’t in your face so I feel people who don’t celebrate would enjoy this book as well. On the sweeter side of romance with the sex taking place off the page, the anticipation between them was enough to keep me fully engrossed in their relat Julie Hamerlee is a new to me author and I really enjoyed Write Before Christmas. I loved that both the characters were mid 40’s and in different places in their lives, but their chemistry kept pulling them towards one another. While set around Christmas, it wasn’t in your face so I feel people who don’t celebrate would enjoy this book as well. On the sweeter side of romance with the sex taking place off the page, the anticipation between them was enough to keep me fully engrossed in their relationship. Matt is a pretty famous writer mainly because his fantasy series has been made into a television show and he is struggling to finish the last book. He’s had a recent bit of notoriety when he had a few too many drinks at a Comic Con convention and pretty much trashed the TV show and the people involved with it. At the advice of his assistant, he’s rented a house in a small Midwest town to hide out and write and where he will host a watch party for the production team and cast of The Saga for the second season opener. Dani is newly divorced and hasn’t held a job for the last 20 years while she took care of her family and household, she and her daughter have had to move back in with her parents until she finds a job and gets on her feet since her ex-husband pretty much ruined them financially. She has no idea what she wants to do with her life, but with the help of her sister in law she realizes that cooking and baking are what she loves most of all. When a woman in her sister in law’s yoga class offers her a job cooking and cleaning for an author on a deadline she isn’t sure if it’s what she wants, but takes it so she can start building her resume and as her sister in law calls it “her brand.” Matt is very much the typical writer where he knows he has a deadline but he’s feeling uninspired but one night while out for a run he meets a woman walking a dog that inspires him, just a few days later he realizes that his assistant has hired her to be his cook and housekeeper. They know they must be hands off which only increases the intensity of their attraction. I loved the moments between Matt and Dani, their quiet, thoughtful, intelligent conversations and their playful demeanor. My one issue with these two is that they both were so social media opposed acting like it was something not for their generation, in all honesty they were acting like my 83 year old mother and considering I’m 15 years older than these characters it bugged me that they were acting like they were “too old” for it. This was a smartly written, enjoyable and highly entertaining holiday story and I look forward to reading more from this author in the future. Review copy provided for a voluntary review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

    I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. A little late in reading Write Before Christmas but I love jumping into Holiday books so it doesn't even bother me. In it, you will meet Dani and Matt. She is newly divorced and is trying to find a new job to support her and her daughter. He is a fantasy writer currently dealing with writer's block. Ouch! So magically he hires Dani to become his chef and housekeeper. Well, his assistant hires her but details. So it was prett I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. A little late in reading Write Before Christmas but I love jumping into Holiday books so it doesn't even bother me. In it, you will meet Dani and Matt. She is newly divorced and is trying to find a new job to support her and her daughter. He is a fantasy writer currently dealing with writer's block. Ouch! So magically he hires Dani to become his chef and housekeeper. Well, his assistant hires her but details. So it was pretty interesting that they kissed on a random night before they knew who the other person was. Honestly, I devoured this book in one sitting. It was all kinds of cute and I just really ended up liking the characters and enjoying the whole entire story. I also kind of wish it was a movie. Ugh, can it be the holidays now? I got some snow.. now I just need some vacation time and family game/movie night.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Anniek

    A lot about this premisse was really promising, and there were some good aspects about the execution, like tropes I love. But ultimately, this book was just not for me. I loved seeing older characters in a romance novel for a change, but I never actually connected with these particular characters, and I especially didn't like Matt very much. He seemed a little too much like all the other white cishet men writing fantasy and because of that, his story just didn't interest me very much. A lot about this premisse was really promising, and there were some good aspects about the execution, like tropes I love. But ultimately, this book was just not for me. I loved seeing older characters in a romance novel for a change, but I never actually connected with these particular characters, and I especially didn't like Matt very much. He seemed a little too much like all the other white cishet men writing fantasy and because of that, his story just didn't interest me very much.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Avani

    3.5 stars Write Before Christmas by Julie Hammerle is a sweet and Christmas rom-com between a Writer and a Cook. Dani Cooper, a recently divorced cook who is looking for some change and muse in her life. Matt, the writer is living in confinement to work on his next novel. Jane, his assistant is making sure he gets what he wants. I really liked this book. You need to pick it up if you are looking for a light hearted and feel good book, which won't go wrong. Dani lives with her teenage daughter and 3.5 stars Write Before Christmas by Julie Hammerle is a sweet and Christmas rom-com between a Writer and a Cook. Dani Cooper, a recently divorced cook who is looking for some change and muse in her life. Matt, the writer is living in confinement to work on his next novel. Jane, his assistant is making sure he gets what he wants. I really liked this book. You need to pick it up if you are looking for a light hearted and feel good book, which won't go wrong. Dani lives with her teenage daughter and her father. Dani is appointed as a housekeeper at Matt's house without she knowing who he actually is! I liked how teenage girl passes cute cute comments for her mother and Matt. The chemistry and very sweet. I liked the small town setting and Christmas was the deadline for Matt, the writer to finish his next book. Dani unknowingly helps him to finish his book. The writing style was great. We see the story progressing based on I guess 15-20 days before Christmas. Will he be able to finish his book? And also fall in love with DANI? I liked the simplicity of the story, no over angst just two souls falling in love and finding each other in the process. ________ Thank You to NetGalley and Publisher for sending me eARC in exchange for a honest opinion.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    Dani is a divorcee, former teacher, desperately looking for a new job/career to support her and her 19 year old daughter. Matt is a fantasy writer whose series has been made into a hit TV show (think G.R.R Martin and Game of Thrones), but he seems to have a bad case of writer's block and his personal assistant has shipped him off to a holiday rental house/mansion to meet his Christmas deadline for the third and final book in the series. Worlds collide when Matt's assistant hires Dani to be Matt's Dani is a divorcee, former teacher, desperately looking for a new job/career to support her and her 19 year old daughter. Matt is a fantasy writer whose series has been made into a hit TV show (think G.R.R Martin and Game of Thrones), but he seems to have a bad case of writer's block and his personal assistant has shipped him off to a holiday rental house/mansion to meet his Christmas deadline for the third and final book in the series. Worlds collide when Matt's assistant hires Dani to be Matt's private chef and housekeeper, the added bonus, she has no idea who he is ... other than the stranger she kissed one night while out walking her dog! Matt is fighting the TV producers who want him to write dragons in the third book and the last thing he needs is a distracting woman making his bed and cooking him delectable treats. But suddenly the words seem to flow more freely, is Dani his muse? I really enjoyed this, but I can't put my finger on why TBH because there wasn't really any major drama, even the tension seemed muted. Maybe it's a facet of the protagonists being over 40 that they don't go for all the hand-wringing angst of the 20-somethings. Anyway, it was a charming read with likable and genuine-sounding characters. Perfect feel-good holiday romance without the saccharine. I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review. Bumped for release.

  8. 4 out of 5

    The Avaricious Reader

    ʙᴏᴏᴋ : Write Before Christmas ᴀᴜᴛʜᴏʀ : Julie Hammerle ᴘᴜʙʟɪᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴ : @entangled_publishing ʀᴇᴠɪᴇᴡ : Newly divorced Dani with a 19 years old daughter is searching for both love and a job. Matt, a famous fantasy writer is trying to overcome his writer's block and fix his image recently ruined due to a controversy involving the TV series adaptation of his books in small town. Dani, decides to work as Matt's cook and helper as a way to earn money and also explores her love for cooking. Obviously nothi ʙᴏᴏᴋ : Write Before Christmas ᴀᴜᴛʜᴏʀ : Julie Hammerle ᴘᴜʙʟɪᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴ : @entangled_publishing ʀᴇᴠɪᴇᴡ : Newly divorced Dani with a 19 years old daughter is searching for both love and a job. Matt, a famous fantasy writer is trying to overcome his writer's block and fix his image recently ruined due to a controversy involving the TV series adaptation of his books in small town. Dani, decides to work as Matt's cook and helper as a way to earn money and also explores her love for cooking. Obviously nothing happens between them, OBVIOUSLY. I really liked the book, it had loving characters, a hallmark movie vibe and, felt very warm and cozy. I loved reading about Matt and even the book he was writing, which I definitely am sure is inspired by Game Of Thrones. The writing style was breezy. I just sort of just let myself in the story. Those two were such a cute couple. I would like to give this book 4 shining stars : ⭐⭐⭐⭐ I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Maria Rose

    I haven’t read anything by Julie Hammerle before but that will definitely change as I really enjoyed the setup and romance in this fun Christmas-themed story! Write Before Christmas is the type of story that would feature in a Hallmark Holiday special and would definitely be one I’d watch. When fantasy author Matt finds himself suffering from writer’s block, his assistant helps him find a small town rental home where he can hide out and try to finish his story. Time is of the essence, even more s I haven’t read anything by Julie Hammerle before but that will definitely change as I really enjoyed the setup and romance in this fun Christmas-themed story! Write Before Christmas is the type of story that would feature in a Hallmark Holiday special and would definitely be one I’d watch. When fantasy author Matt finds himself suffering from writer’s block, his assistant helps him find a small town rental home where he can hide out and try to finish his story. Time is of the essence, even more so than would normally be the case with a publishing deadline because his story has been made into a TV series – The Saga – and they’re waiting on him to continue the plot. The second season is about to premiere and the show has already caught up with his books. The producers need the rest of the story to start pre-production on Season Three and he has exactly nineteen days to finish the script. There’s already been an unfortunate incident that caused some tongue-wagging when an interview at comic-con went awry, and the heat is on for Matt to get things done and repair his relationship with the TV show executives. Out jogging to mull over story and plot ideas, Matt runs into a woman walking her dog, Ralph Wiggums, (named after a character from The Simpsons.) The woman laughingly confesses that her daughter named the dog, and that she’s not a TV watcher, a boon for Matt as it’s unlikely that she’d recognize him. It’s a meeting that lingers in Matt’s mind after she’s gone. Dani is recently divorced and she’s reluctantly had to move back in with her parents with her nineteen-year-old daughter Kelsie in tow. Dani has just had to relay the bad newsvthat until she can get a job, Kelsie won’t be able to move into an apartment with a friend and will have to commute from her grandparents’ place while going to the local college. Having not had a job since Kelsie was born, Dani doesn’t have many marketable skills – but she can cook. And housekeeping, while not a career aspiration, is definitely an area in which she has experience. While attending one of her sister’s yoga classes, she meets one of her other clients, Jane, an assistant to an author. When Jane mentions that she’s looking for a cook and housekeeper for her boss – who has strict requirements not to be bothered while he’s working – Dani is reluctant, but ends up taking the job. She has no interest in the author himself; it’s just a job for the pay and it will at least be something she can put on a resumé. Naturally, Dani soon discovers that the person she is working for is none other than Matt, the man she ran into with her dog. And Matt, though initially suspicious at the coincidence comes to believe that Dani really has no idea who he is or about his TV show (though Kelsie is not so ignorant). The friendship they develop soon turns into something more. But Matt’s time is running out – both to turn in his script and in the small town. Will they get the happy ending they deserve or will it be cut short? I love seeing an older couple with life’s many experiences under their belts influencing their actions and reactions. Both Matt and Dani are forty-five, have had other relationships (good and bad) and are wary of diving into something new. But a friendship is worth cultivating, and that friendship eventually leads them to a romantic relationship. This is a closed door romance so we get kissing scenes and the after-sex cuddling but the rest is left to the imagination. While I wouldn’t have minded a bit more steam, I was content with how it played out. Interestingly, Matt’s stories have some kinky love scenes though those are alluded to as opposed to put on full display. I enjoyed reading the bits of Matt’s stories that make it onto the pages as well, clearly an homage to a Game of Thrones-style fantasy. The story is told from both points of view, and all of Matt’s chapter headings include the countdown to his deadline to turn in the story. The tension of his writing difficulties is ever present, especially as it’s clear that the TV studio has a different vision of where the story should be going than the actual plot that Matt has developed. This makes for a bit of a page turner, with the reader wondering how it can all work out for Matt in the end. Dani’s family is a close-knit one and all the scenes between her and her family are very enjoyable. It’s a contrast to Matt, who is estranged from his mother and doesn’t have many trustworthy friends apart from his assistant Jane. So his friendship with Dani becomes very important to him. But his career is just as important and when they conflict, he has to decide what’s worth more. Write Before Christmas is a delightful romantic comedy, with lots of scenes that will make you laugh and smile, plenty of witty banter, as well as really likable characters and an interesting plot. I’m definitely going to be looking for more from this author. This review appears at All About Romance: https://allaboutromance.com/book-revi... A copy of this story was provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    With the pressure to deliver the final book in his hit fantasy series, Matt was experiencing a severe case of writer's block. His solution? Escape to a small town, where he could enjoy some anonymity. He did find some solace in said small town, and it came in the form of his new housekeeper. I started out as a fan of Hammerle's YA books, but after reading Knocked-Up Cinderella, I knew I would be reading more of her adult books. Write Before Christmas was fun and heartwarming, and I would say had With the pressure to deliver the final book in his hit fantasy series, Matt was experiencing a severe case of writer's block. His solution? Escape to a small town, where he could enjoy some anonymity. He did find some solace in said small town, and it came in the form of his new housekeeper. I started out as a fan of Hammerle's YA books, but after reading Knocked-Up Cinderella, I knew I would be reading more of her adult books. Write Before Christmas was fun and heartwarming, and I would say had a Hallmark feel, which is something that always delights me. First of all, can we just thank Hammerle for writing books featuring mature heroines. It's wonderful seeing women over forty finding love, and in this instance, finding her second chance at happiness. Dani spent over twenty years in an unsatisfying marriage. I wanted her to find her soulmate with every ounce of my being. She deserved someone who would love and respect her and make her happy. It was kismet that her dog ran over Matt and brought the two of them together. What started as a holiday fling quickly showed signs of becoming more, and I was here for it. Why? Because I thought they were fantastic together. Dani was also at a crossroads in her life. While she was married, she played the role of homemaker. Now, she was on her own and needed to figure out what to do with her life. It was great seeing her parlay some of her domestic talents into a possible career. She was seizing opportunities, while also making some of her own. I loved that she wanted to rely on herself and cheered all her successes. I was in such a funk when I picked up this book, and I have to say, this was the right book at the right time. Books set during the holidays have been my panacea and are especially effective, when they incorporate the holiday fun into the story. It was great partaking in all the Christmas events celebrated by the whole town. I loved baking the cookies and going to the holiday bazaar, but I really delighted in spending time with Dani's family. They were such a fun and welcoming group. I could feel the love that existed between them all, and they made me laugh. In fact, I laughed a lot as I read this book, and yes, that's a good thing. Overall, I had a fabulous holiday with Matt, Dani, and the rest of town. It was a treat watching these two figure out their future and get their HEA. I adored all its fun fluffy goodness, and was left feeling all the holiday cheer. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  11. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Cook

    Matt is a writer of a very popular fantasy book series that pushed him to fame when it was made into a TV show. He's currently under a strict deadline to finish the next book he is less than excited about writing. Dani is newly divorced and moved back in with her parents who just so happen to live next door to Matt. They have a chance meeting where sparks start to fly between the two of them and they have a spontaneous kiss in the dark. But things start to get tangled when Dani shows up the next Matt is a writer of a very popular fantasy book series that pushed him to fame when it was made into a TV show. He's currently under a strict deadline to finish the next book he is less than excited about writing. Dani is newly divorced and moved back in with her parents who just so happen to live next door to Matt. They have a chance meeting where sparks start to fly between the two of them and they have a spontaneous kiss in the dark. But things start to get tangled when Dani shows up the next day to Natt's house as the new personal chef he hired without realizing it was the same woman he was kissing last night. Can the two of them make a fling turn into something that will last beyond Matt's deadline? This was a fun read, I enjoyed the writing style which was really easy to get immersed in, laced with just a hint of rom com flair. I really loved how developed each individual character was, beyond our couple. I loved how accurate the feeling of a cozy small town at Christmas was portrayed, and overall I felt like this was a sweet and fun read. At times the dialogue felt a bit cheesy and the ending was a bit too convenient and rushed. And I would have liked it better if our 40 something characters had not been handled in a way that made them feel much older than they were with the constant talk of how technology was hard for them. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting a light rom com with a dash of Christmas vibes.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brook Obsessed

    A forced proximity romance about a newly divorced unemployed single-mom falling for her boss, who just so happens to be a famous fantasy writer. This is a cute and quirky Christmas read and Hammerle is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Dani just divorced and needs to find a job, and fast. From the prompting of her sister-in-law, Dani applies to cook and clean for a famous fantasy writer. The two start a whirlwind short-term romance, because as soon as Matt finishes his book, he’s headed back A forced proximity romance about a newly divorced unemployed single-mom falling for her boss, who just so happens to be a famous fantasy writer. This is a cute and quirky Christmas read and Hammerle is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Dani just divorced and needs to find a job, and fast. From the prompting of her sister-in-law, Dani applies to cook and clean for a famous fantasy writer. The two start a whirlwind short-term romance, because as soon as Matt finishes his book, he’s headed back home. Even though Hammerle’s books are closed-doored steam scenes, I’m always drawn into her stories. Her writing flows really well and her characters are loveable. In this one we have a grumpy, anti-social writer and a down on her luck divorcee who needs to rediscover herself. The two form a fast bond and I love the whole winter setting with decorating cookies and trivia night. An adorable and festive holiday romance that’s perfect for a cozy night of reading!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Georgie Young

    I loved this book! Perfectly Christmassy and the ending was just amazing romantic and cute in my opinion 😍👌🏼 Would definitely recommend for any Christmas/rom-com readers out there 🥰🎄💕 . . Dani is a newly divorced 45 year old who is trying to make her way back into the workforce after 20 years of being a stay at home mum and housewife. An exciting opportunity to cook for a famous author while he finishes his next book before Christmas is the perfect chance for Dani and she starts right away. The onl I loved this book! Perfectly Christmassy and the ending was just amazing romantic and cute in my opinion 😍👌🏼 Would definitely recommend for any Christmas/rom-com readers out there 🥰🎄💕 . . Dani is a newly divorced 45 year old who is trying to make her way back into the workforce after 20 years of being a stay at home mum and housewife. An exciting opportunity to cook for a famous author while he finishes his next book before Christmas is the perfect chance for Dani and she starts right away. The only thing is her new boss is the super sexy guy she’s been chatting with each night while walking her dog....🎄💕❤️🥰 There’s definitely chemistry between Dani and Matt but Matt’s on a deadline and cannot be distracted and Dani has just gotten out of a 20 year marriage, it seems like time is not on their side. Thanks so much to @entangled_publishing for this review copy 💕

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    This was a cute, PG Hallmark-esque holiday romance. Matt is the author of a fantasy series-turned hit tv show a la Game of Thrones. He's on deadline and hiding out in a small resort town. Dani is a recently divorced mom searching for her chapter in life. She's hired as the cook/housekeeper for Matt for the weeks leading up to his deadline. There was a lot of plot packed into this novella. Almost too much for me - I sometimes felt the author set up some scenarios but didn't follow them through. A This was a cute, PG Hallmark-esque holiday romance. Matt is the author of a fantasy series-turned hit tv show a la Game of Thrones. He's on deadline and hiding out in a small resort town. Dani is a recently divorced mom searching for her chapter in life. She's hired as the cook/housekeeper for Matt for the weeks leading up to his deadline. There was a lot of plot packed into this novella. Almost too much for me - I sometimes felt the author set up some scenarios but didn't follow them through. And some scenarios felt random or out of character. And at the same time I didn't really connect to the MCs. I really wanted to - I was excited to read about two people finding love in their 40's. Still, it was cute and fluffy, and great if you want that Hallmark holiday feeling.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    A light, fun and charming Christmas story! Love it!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Other than one book, I am really lucking out on my Christmas reads this holiday season. I LOVED THIS BOOK. It's a sweet romance, where the h is a 45 year old divorcee with a 19 year old daughter and the H is also in his 40's, never married. Both MCs are described as attractive and while not in their first blush of youth, are still sexy and confident and lovable. THANK YOU, people older than their 20s and 30s can fall in love and be sexy and desirable too! That was a HUGE plus, but what kept me re Other than one book, I am really lucking out on my Christmas reads this holiday season. I LOVED THIS BOOK. It's a sweet romance, where the h is a 45 year old divorcee with a 19 year old daughter and the H is also in his 40's, never married. Both MCs are described as attractive and while not in their first blush of youth, are still sexy and confident and lovable. THANK YOU, people older than their 20s and 30s can fall in love and be sexy and desirable too! That was a HUGE plus, but what kept me reading was the skill evident in the writing. The style, the plot, the building of the characters, all of it formulated an amazing and engrossing read. Granted, the secondary characters weren't as fully drawn as they could have been, BUT that may have been my fault for rushing through the book at breakneck speed. It was a page turner, I wanted to see how the book, both this one and the one being written by the H, would end. That epilogue was GOLDEN and I had a happy tear in my eye. What gives me hope for more books in this setting is the daughter and the aide had love stories that weren't fleshed out, the aide's was still a mystery by the end of the book, so I'm hoping for her story to come! The daughter's too, how did she get her love interest's attention in such a short span of time? I would LOVE to read that meeting from his POV, after maybe getting some jadedness of his life prior, to see the contrast between before he met her and after. So, this is a fantastic book to read, not just during the Christmas holidays, but at any time. I will be looking into this author's backlist and keeping an eye out for her new books, FOR SURE. 5, I am going to insist my Boss order this for the store and hand sell the HECK out of it, stars. Highly recommend, it is so cute! My thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC/Entangled: August for an eARC copy of this book to read and review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    This Christmas Romance is Cooking Up Laughs Matt is sometimes surly author who writes a fantasy series that’s been turned into a popular TV series. In working to meet his deadline, he rents a house next door to Dani’s family, where newly divorced and broke Dani and daughter are living temporarily. Dani, who wasn’t an especially daring person before the divorce, is just finding her way, which leads her into some surprising situations. Dani needs a job. Matt needs a personal chef/housekeeper. A ver This Christmas Romance is Cooking Up Laughs Matt is sometimes surly author who writes a fantasy series that’s been turned into a popular TV series. In working to meet his deadline, he rents a house next door to Dani’s family, where newly divorced and broke Dani and daughter are living temporarily. Dani, who wasn’t an especially daring person before the divorce, is just finding her way, which leads her into some surprising situations. Dani needs a job. Matt needs a personal chef/housekeeper. A very entertaining novella full of wonderful characters, engaging dialogue, and some laugh out loud scenes, I loved watching these characters evolve. The supporting characters were also well-written and I have a clear picture of them in my head. Julie writes characters so well, that this story played out like a movie with easy transitions between each scene. I think one of my favorite passages was where Dani gets caught with Matt’s wallet in one hand and his dirty underwear gingerly hanging from the other. This story definitely had a Hallmark quality to it except for the bedroom scenes, which weren’t graphic at all. Also noted: • No bad language • No triggers • Secretly a famous writer trope Lots of Christmas cookies were mentioned so the only thing I would have liked to see was a recipe added at the end. 😊 My copy was provided in advance from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Marianne | Petite.BumbleBeeBooks

    ℝ𝕖𝕧𝕚𝕖𝕨 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Write Before Christmas by Julie Hammerle In the aftermath of a painful interview disaster, writer of a famous fantasy series becomes a recluse and moves to a small town for the holiday. His assistant insists on a personal chef to keep him fed while he works on the next very anticipated book of now not only a book series, but also the next season of an acclaimed tv show. As luck would have it, his only inspiration comes when she's around. Dani Cooper is a newly divorced and brok ℝ𝕖𝕧𝕚𝕖𝕨 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Write Before Christmas by Julie Hammerle In the aftermath of a painful interview disaster, writer of a famous fantasy series becomes a recluse and moves to a small town for the holiday. His assistant insists on a personal chef to keep him fed while he works on the next very anticipated book of now not only a book series, but also the next season of an acclaimed tv show. As luck would have it, his only inspiration comes when she's around. Dani Cooper is a newly divorced and broke mother, she quickly becomes way more than his employee, she becomes his muse. Will his Christmas deadline also be the end of this couple? This book was so beautiful! I loved every single character. The story was such an amazing representation of second chance at love, and how it's never too late. I loved how realistic this book was, because everyone know grand gestures can sometimes leave you on your butt. I loved the maturity of the characters, and I didn't think I would, but it made this already fantastic read that much sweeter. This wonderful Christmas Read releases on the 30th of November 2020 and I promise you won't regret grabbing a copy! It's the most wonderful read for this time of year! A special Thank you to Netgalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC for the free advanced copy! As always all thoughts are honest and my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Priya Shrinath

    Write Before Christmas is a cute, cozy feel-good romance from Julie Hammerle and I enjoyed it immensely! It's the perfect festive read that'd been anticipating to read. Matt is the famous author living the quiet solitude, working on his next book on a deadline. Jane, his loyal assistant makes sure he gets what he wants in his huge house where he lives all by himself. Including a chef who wouldn't steal his underwear and money from his wallet. Enter Dani, the local woman who is recently divorced an Write Before Christmas is a cute, cozy feel-good romance from Julie Hammerle and I enjoyed it immensely! It's the perfect festive read that'd been anticipating to read. Matt is the famous author living the quiet solitude, working on his next book on a deadline. Jane, his loyal assistant makes sure he gets what he wants in his huge house where he lives all by himself. Including a chef who wouldn't steal his underwear and money from his wallet. Enter Dani, the local woman who is recently divorced and living with her teenage daughter at her father's. Desperately in need of a job however tiny it is, she accepts the position of a housekeeper at Matt's house, without knowing who he actually is! There's instant spark between the two gorgeous people and it's a treat to read. I was rooting for both of them to get together because they're so good and mature and perfect for themselves. I loved their character development and the premise and the festive tradition of the little town. Loved it how the author focused on both of Matt and Dani's profession giving them a definite dimension and a happy ending to all of the characters in the book. It is impossible not to fall in love with this book. Highly recommend it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Erica Bumgardner

    Write Before Christmas was such a cute read! I love both of our main characters' stories. We follow Matt, aka M.C. Bradford, who is a famous author. He is on a tight deadline to write the final book in his fantasy series turned hit tv series. He and his assistant go to her hometown to give him the environment to finish the book. One night while Matt is out for a run to clear his head he is attacked (with kisses) by a dog. The dog belongs to our other MC, Dani, and her daughter. Even though the w Write Before Christmas was such a cute read! I love both of our main characters' stories. We follow Matt, aka M.C. Bradford, who is a famous author. He is on a tight deadline to write the final book in his fantasy series turned hit tv series. He and his assistant go to her hometown to give him the environment to finish the book. One night while Matt is out for a run to clear his head he is attacked (with kisses) by a dog. The dog belongs to our other MC, Dani, and her daughter. Even though the whole world seems to know who Matt is due to an unfortunate video where he shares his true opinions on the tv series. But, Dani has no clue who he is. They hit it off right away, but Matt has a book to write with a deadline fastly approaching. He doesn't have time for distractions. This proves hard when Dani is hired by his assistant to be his cook. This book was so good and I enjoyed it so much. The characters were all so likable. The issues were the characters were actual real-world issues that could happen, but made them that much more believable and enjoyable. I highly recommend this book any time of the year, but especially as a fun holiday read!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Olga Gamer

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was optimistic at the start of this novel - two characters at different points in their lives, in their 40's and opening up to love and new possibilities, etc. - but there was something about the last third of the novel that I didn't care for. It was when Matt was forced to re-write his manuscript and holed himself up in his room to write. Dani assumed she knew better - she kept saying he shouldn't be alone, he should talk it out, etc., but yes, he should be working on his novel. She kept acti I was optimistic at the start of this novel - two characters at different points in their lives, in their 40's and opening up to love and new possibilities, etc. - but there was something about the last third of the novel that I didn't care for. It was when Matt was forced to re-write his manuscript and holed himself up in his room to write. Dani assumed she knew better - she kept saying he shouldn't be alone, he should talk it out, etc., but yes, he should be working on his novel. She kept acting like she knew what was best for him and his writing. She has only known him for a few weeks at most. There was also another scene in the novel where she discouraged him from writing; she knew he had a draft due. Lastly, when he paid her for the work she did and she said she didn't need his charity. She earned that money! The writer also introduced Dani's daughter, who was barely in it. Why not give her a bigger role then? There was also some unnecessary secrecy with Jane's partner. Like really, it's a big deal to tell us who it is?

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jacque

    Tbh I struggled with this one, for three reasons. 1) it was clearly inspired by GoT, but I’m pretty certain that it wasn’t by someone who followed the show closely, bc she made the show runners nice LOL so as a diehard it didn’t work for me (Dave & Dan are utter TRASHHHH you will never tell me different) 2) I struggled with the hero— the outburst @ comic con was unprofessional & I didn’t feel was explained well. Also he forced the dark moment in a way that wasn’t super believable for mr 3) NO BAN Tbh I struggled with this one, for three reasons. 1) it was clearly inspired by GoT, but I’m pretty certain that it wasn’t by someone who followed the show closely, bc she made the show runners nice LOL so as a diehard it didn’t work for me (Dave & Dan are utter TRASHHHH you will never tell me different) 2) I struggled with the hero— the outburst @ comic con was unprofessional & I didn’t feel was explained well. Also he forced the dark moment in a way that wasn’t super believable for mr 3) NO BANGING?!?! A travesty

  23. 5 out of 5

    FreshBrewBooks

    Dani is a divorced and adjusting to her new life, while looking for a new job to support her and her 19 year old daughter. Matt is a fantasy writer whose book series was made into a TV show (very reminiscent of Game of Thrones), but he has writer's block and so he rents a holiday house to make the tight deadline for the final book in the series. Matt feels the pressure from the TV show to finish the book or they'll finish the show without his manuscript and guidance, so his assistant hires Dani Dani is a divorced and adjusting to her new life, while looking for a new job to support her and her 19 year old daughter. Matt is a fantasy writer whose book series was made into a TV show (very reminiscent of Game of Thrones), but he has writer's block and so he rents a holiday house to make the tight deadline for the final book in the series. Matt feels the pressure from the TV show to finish the book or they'll finish the show without his manuscript and guidance, so his assistant hires Dani to be Matt's chef and housekeeper. Dani has no idea that Matt is a famous writer, let alone her future boss, which makes things interesting when she kisses Matt, a random stranger to her, one night while walking her dog. This was a quick read and it pulled me in from the start. It reads like a Hallmark Christmas movie or festive rom-com. There wasn't too much drama or tension, which I liked, but there was enough momentum and character likeability to keep the story moving. Thank you to Net Galley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Suzette

    Two mature adults navigating a relationship with the aid of modern technology. Matt knows how to write a happy ending but not how to get one in real life. Dani is trying to rebuild her life after divorce. The story is witty and humorous. As a mature couple the relationship building takes on a different sense of urgency. The characters are full bodied and vibrant.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    This really has the feel of a Hallmark movie. While the story was good it was predictable. Matt and Dani were very likable. Story was steady paced. Sweet romance.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sara Oxton

    Write Before Christmas by Julie Hammerle a five-star read that should come wrapped in a bow. I really enjoyed this one, I hadn’t read the author previously, but I will be keeping an eye out in future as I really enjoyed the writing. I really liked Dani Cooper, I especially loved that she was older and looking for her second chance and feeling the need to put herself second after her daughter. Then we have M.C. Bradford, as that is how he is mostly known, but really he’s just Matt, an author who Write Before Christmas by Julie Hammerle a five-star read that should come wrapped in a bow. I really enjoyed this one, I hadn’t read the author previously, but I will be keeping an eye out in future as I really enjoyed the writing. I really liked Dani Cooper, I especially loved that she was older and looking for her second chance and feeling the need to put herself second after her daughter. Then we have M.C. Bradford, as that is how he is mostly known, but really he’s just Matt, an author who has a deadline that he wont be able to make, if he keeps on the spiral he is on now. This was a great story, sweet and seasonal and writing by an author I can’t wait to hear more from.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Marissa Mariano

    I really enjoyed this one! It’s super cute and definitely a feel good Christmas book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Etta

    This book is an adorable Hallmark-style romance with mature adults. It was a refreshing to have two main characters in their 40s at two different points in their lives coming together to make it work in a modern world. There’s the age of social media and influencers that are explored somewhat throughout the story as both main characters have their own relationship with different platforms and the side characters, two of which have strong social media presences. The overall novel is light-hearted This book is an adorable Hallmark-style romance with mature adults. It was a refreshing to have two main characters in their 40s at two different points in their lives coming together to make it work in a modern world. There’s the age of social media and influencers that are explored somewhat throughout the story as both main characters have their own relationship with different platforms and the side characters, two of which have strong social media presences. The overall novel is light-hearted and makes for an easy feel-good read. Dani is a divorced 45-year-old who was a homemaker while raising her now teenage daughter for almost the past twenty years. After her divorce, she moves back in with her parents and now has to navigate how to return to the career world. She was a teacher in the past, but that doesn’t seem to be what she wants to return to. Instead, at the insistence of her sister-in-law, creates a vision board which leads her to begin exploring her love of food. She’s not sure exactly what she wants to do exactly yet for a job, but she knows she wants to try this option. Matt is an author, who recently exploded to fame with his newest series, the Bastyan Saga, which has been adapted into a hit T.V. show, The Saga. With the final novel in the trilogy’s manuscript due right before Christmas, he decides to follow his assistant, Jane, to her quiet hometown for some needed isolation to finish writing. He faces a similar situation to Game of Thrones where the next season will be filming possibly before the final novel is complete. Matt feels the pressure to finish the novel so what is filmed for the final season is the ending he envisioned. Jane insists that Matt get a housekeeper/cook during his stay so he can focus on his writing. She ends up hiring Dani, who just happens to the woman he was attracted to while meeting during one of his runs previously. They also shared a kiss right before her start date. The kiss situation was very out of the blue as there was no build-up. It seemed like they looked at each other and said “why not” and then kissed without a lot of substance behind it. Now with Dani working for Matt, the two of them have to navigate this new relationship with the logistics of him not being a permanent resident of the town and his need to finish the novel by the deadline. I loved Dani’s journey to find a new career path that suited her needs. She’s at a new place in her life and her wants have changed compared to when she was working before her past marriage. She wasn’t even sure that food was the right area as it was just a picture that interested her in her vision board’s creation. This is very relatable and a shout-out to vision boards as they can help people visualize dreams that might not have been clear to them otherwise. She’s willing to try ideas to find what she wants to do as a career and it was nice to read about, as it’s a very relatable concept to people of any age. Dani and Matt have an attraction to each other and great communication. Although they can’t always fully articulate everything to each other, they try their best to open up as much as they can. Matt has trepidation as he’s been burned many times by people who have been after getting close to him for his fame and it’s nice that Dani respected his fear. I like how supportive each of their networks, her family and his assistant, were of their union while also being open about their own opinions about why them being together would either be good or bad. It was refreshing to have such open communication and support in a novel and not have a ton of focus on drama. There is some in this story, but it’s not the dominate feature. Overall, it is a heart-warming tale that is great for all types of audiences of romance as it’s not as detailed as many other novels of the same genre. I’m a complete fan of both types and enjoyed this novel’s tone as it fit with the story. All the characters remained true to themselves and each played their part in the story. The novel was a very enjoyable read and it intrigued me to read the next novel by this author. **Thank you very much to Netgalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC for an ARC for me to review. Opinions expressed are completely my own. ** For other reviews, check out my blog: Chonky Books Review

  29. 4 out of 5

    Niki Skopelos

    M.C. Bradford (Matt) is the author of a best-selling fantasy book series turned into an even more popular television series. But right now he's under deadline to finish his next script before the production crew begins filming in just a few weeks. Problem is, he's stuck in a writer's block. A writer's block made worse by the fans who hound him, wondering what will happen next in "The Saga" series. The stress is on, and he's made it worse by some scandalous remarks he unwisely made at the Comic C M.C. Bradford (Matt) is the author of a best-selling fantasy book series turned into an even more popular television series. But right now he's under deadline to finish his next script before the production crew begins filming in just a few weeks. Problem is, he's stuck in a writer's block. A writer's block made worse by the fans who hound him, wondering what will happen next in "The Saga" series. The stress is on, and he's made it worse by some scandalous remarks he unwisely made at the Comic Con. So on the advice of Jane, his personal assistant, they escape to the small Illinois town where she grew up; a place where he won't (supposedly) be recognized. A place where he can lock himself in the office in a rented home and knock out the script in short order. His rental is a mess and he's not eating well, so Jane hires a cook and housekeeper. Enter Dani, the newly-divorced 40-something who recently returned to her hometown with her teenage daughter. Dani is trying to figure out what to do with her life now that she's no longer married. Word gets around that she's a great cook and baker, so Jane hires her to temporarily cook and clean for Matt so he can finish his deadline. Dani seldom watches television, so she's probably the only woman on the planet who hasn't heard of M.C. Bradford. Because of this, Matt feels drawn to her; she's someone who doesn't want fame, fortune, money or anything from him. Her mouthwatering meals and snacks and their long discussions gradually help Matt overcome his mistrust of people and cynicism against the world. He has a renewed enthusiasm for writing thanks to Dani. An attraction grows, but they both know it can't last. Matt plans to return home to Indianapolis as soon as the script is finished, and Dani will go on with the new life and career she's creating for herself in the small Illinois town. But it's never as simple as that when the heart becomes entangled, is it? The book is set up in a unique manner. On chapters that are told from Matt's point of view, the chapter heading includes a "deadline countdown.' For example, when the book opens in Chapter 1, we're told it is "nineteen days before deadline." This element adds anticipation to the story, as we see the days disappear and wonder if Matt will finish before the deadline, especially when the writer's block and other challenges crop up. I loved the fact that this book features a hero and heroine in their 40s -- people who have lived a full life but find themselves at a crossroads due to circumstances beyond their control. And I like the fact that they move beyond those circumstances and evolve beyond the person they were in their 20s and 30s, and become a better version of themselves in their 40s. My only disappointment with the book I thought it would be more holiday-festive since the word "Christmas" is in the title. I thought we might experience a small-town Christmas through the eyes of Matt and Dani, but in most cases the author missed the opportunity to sprinkle more holiday spirit in the story. Nonetheless, it is a light-hearted read with some whimsical situations that will make you laugh. Thank you to Netgalley and Entangled Publishing for providing an ARC of this book in return for a fair review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Books, Booze & Bon Voyage

    A sweet, charming easy read which was thoroughly enjoyable. A standalone told in dual POV by Matthew “Matt” Bradford and Danielle “Dani” Cooper. They are both 45 so it’s an interesting story following an older couple. Neither of them are looking for a relationship. Matt is too busy writing and Dani is trying to get her life back on track. Matt a fantasy author who writes as M.C. Bradford has spent the last year working on the last book in his trilogy but has writer’s block. He has rented a house A sweet, charming easy read which was thoroughly enjoyable. A standalone told in dual POV by Matthew “Matt” Bradford and Danielle “Dani” Cooper. They are both 45 so it’s an interesting story following an older couple. Neither of them are looking for a relationship. Matt is too busy writing and Dani is trying to get her life back on track. Matt a fantasy author who writes as M.C. Bradford has spent the last year working on the last book in his trilogy but has writer’s block. He has rented a house in the remote resort of Wackernagel hoping to get inspiration to finish his book because he now has a deadline to meet. He is constantly thinking “What comes next?” as he tries to complete his book. Each chapter gets us nearer and nearer to his deadline as the author counts down the 19 days he has left. There is a story within this story as we also get to read about his trilogy ‘The Bastyn Saga’ which is all about the Bastyn siblings. A year ago a TV company optioned his books and made a TV show called The Saga. The second series is about to premiere which is causing him stress and frustration as they need the manuscript for third season, hence the deadline. Matt isn’t happy about becoming famous and finding it all hard to cope with. He hates how hard it is to go out anonymously these days after years of just being a writer in obscurity, now everyone knows who he is. He has always been a loner and a bit of a recluse but since a video of him at Comic Con went viral, he has locked himself away. His confidence is gone and he has lost all his trust in people since ‘The incident”. Women usually befriend him to see what they can gain from him and people always want something from him theses days so he very wary meeting the cute stranger while out jogging. Dani has no idea who Matt is when they first meet, she just thinks he looks like Brad Pitt. She hasn’t read his books or watched the show. She is newly divorced and spent the last 20 years bringing up her daughter. Much to her embarrassment she is back living with her parents and looking for a job. She loves to cook and is persuaded to take a job as a house keeper and cook. The scene when she finds out who she is working for is hilarious. How she affects Matt is cleverly woven into this story and what he writes in his new book . Matt and Dani are well supported by an array of characters. I particularly liked Jane, his assistant, Una, Dani’s sister in law and Ralph Waggum ,the matchmaker. One of the things I found really interesting was the author’s description of how the TV show was adapted from Matt’s books. The differences between them, how much influence the TV company had and the changes they wanted him to make. Also the pressure put on him by the producer needing to keep ratings up and pleasing the fans versus the writer trying to please the book fans. It was lovely seeing a newly divorced woman grow in confidence and it was a nice change to read about an older couple. There are some very funny scenes amongst the angst and I loved the epilogue. I did note that the author does leave a few tit bits about some of the other characters which could lead to a book about them. I would recommend this book both as a good read but also because as an avid reader it was fun to read about an author fighting writer’s block.

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