Melody
Berkley | 1 August 2023 | 400 pgs
Source: Purchased 


Lauren Fox and Asa Williamson work at Cold World - a winter wonderland located in Orlando, Florida. Lauren is a bookkeeper while Asa's work range from managing the gift shop to helping out at the skating rink. He's been working at Cold World for ten years and although the career advancement seems a bit stagnant, he doesn't really mind because he just enjoy working there. He's also easygoing, friendly and helpful so it's no surprise that everyone working at Cold World likes him, well except for Lauren who thinks he's a bit of a goof.

Lauren, on the other hand, is practical and an organised person. She's also quiet and reserved and doesn't have many friends, but that may be her coping mechanism after she was abandoned by her mother when young. While Asa is easygoing, he finds it difficult to get along with Lauren. He has the notion that she's a loner and she's too uptight. So what are the odds that these polar opposites work together? Possibly none until their boss ask them to propose ideas of raising more revenue for the park. As if this isn't enough, their boss's son, Daniel, is also tasked to brainstorm any ideas and his involvement creates quite a havoc between Asa and Lauren. Lauren has a secret crush on him while Asa thinks he's simply a charmer who could get anything done through his authority. 

As Asa and Lauren try to think of ideas to beat each other, unexpected circumstances arise along the way that make them get to know each other better and gradually change the perspective they've of each other. But there are also obstacles that come between them, such as self-doubt and miscommunication and of course, the fact that Cold World may have to go if there's no solution of saving it. 

Ah, I loved how this romance gave me a warm, fuzzy feeling despite the cold setting (never mind if it's artificial). I enjoyed reading everything about the two lead characters; from their differences to their interactions and watching their relationship grow as the story progresses. There's also a topic about parental abandonment which I thought written with sensitivity without being too heavy. And the secondary characters about Asa's roommates and their interactions added some entertainment to this story. Overall, it was a great and a heartfelt rom-com fit for holiday reads. Last but not least, I want to thank Lark (read her review here) for reading this book with me for our buddy read. šŸ˜Š 
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6 Responses
  1. Harvee Says:

    The popular romance theme/trope of enemies to lovers can be great reading if done well in a book. Seems like this is one!

    Harvee at https://bookdilettante.blogspot.com


  2. Lark Says:

    Your review of this one is awesome, Melody! And this was such a fun book...I'm glad we picked it for our buddy read. :D


  3. Melody Says:

    Harvee - I love the enemies-to-lovers trope in romance and this one was a great read. :)


  4. Melody Says:

    Lark - Thank you, Lark! I'm glad we read this book together. It was surely a fun read! :D


  5. Greg Says:

    Oh I just read Lark's review! This sounds like such a neat holiday read. Neat cover too


  6. Melody Says:

    Greg - It was a good holiday read. And I loved the two characters.


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