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ARC Review: The Gift by Karli Perrin

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The Gift
   by: Karli Perrin

Publication Date: Dec. 1, 2013
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Source: e-ARC provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 38 pages
Order Links: AmazonUS | AmazonUK | Smashwords
My Rating: 4/5 stars

It was the weekend before Christmas and the whole world was on countdown.
Except for me.
Last Christmas, I met a boy.
Last Christmas, we made a pact.
Christmas would never be the same.
Life would never be the same...

Please note that this is a short story, not a full length novel. It is a standalone and is intended to be a quick, fun and flirty read.

 Sometimes a heartwarming story about falling in love is just what you need to fill your heart. The Gift is just the holiday shortie to do that. A love story doesn't always need to be messy, complicated, and full of angst. It can be as simple as two people meeting, flirting, and then wanting to get to know one another.
This is how this story goes with Imogen and Blake. A chance meeting at a party leads them to exchange some particularly witty banter that definitely left me with a big grin on my face. Sure, Imogen was a little intoxicated, but a little flirting never hurt nobody! Add in some sexual innuendos and Perrin had me cracking up watching these two interact.
"Are you asking me a serious question or are we still talking in code? Because I don't want to get excited over nothing."
I found this to be extremely sweet and I found myself jealous of how easily Imogen interacted with Blake. The girl has confidence and spunk and I loved that about her. Blake was also confident, but not to the point where I felt he was being a jerk.
I'm really glad Perrin didn't turn this into an insta-love short story. Instead, it's just about two people who find themselves attracted to one another and want to spend time together. Nothing more, nothing less.
"No. When I kiss you, I want your eyes open. I want to look at you and know that you're feeling what I'm feeling."
My only quirk was the twist towards the end. I personally could have done without it, because I found it to be a bit out of place in the plot. However, it did show us that Imogen certainly has guts and that she will do whatever necessary to protect Blake. That part was rather sweet and foreshadowed that these two will probably turn a flirty, sweet relationship into something more.
Overall, this was a cute, snappy read that I read as I was cuddled up in the recliner waiting on Thanksgiving dinner to be served. It definitely put a little holiday cheer in my cup!

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  1. Great review! I love reading these short holiday novellas to get in the spirit. Definitely going to go check this one out.

  2. I love stories that have witty banter, and make me smile! This sounds like a sweet holiday novella! Great Review!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    1. Thanks Lindy! Stories like this are always such a joy to read!

  3. I loved this one! The banter just cracked me up. And I loved both MC's.


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