She hates Christmas. He’s about to change her mind…
Cassie isn’t a fan of Christmas. After a string of unlucky incidents during the festive season—including getting dumped—this year she decides to spend the day at home. Alone. No men. No complications.
But then her nightmare boss demands she track down this year’s most coveted Christmas gift—and the only person who can help is an annoyingly sexy Frenchman she’s just met.
Nicolas might look hot, but Cassie can tell he’s also arrogant, irritating and in love with himself. Exactly the kind of guy she hates. Plus, he’ll only help her find the gift if she helps him with something in return…
Could Cassie’s festive fortunes finally be about to change? Can she learn to love Christmas again? And will Cassie get lucky in more ways than one?
|Title:||My Lucky Night|
|Category / Genre(s):||Contemporary|
One Night Stand
Enemies to Lovers
|Point of View:||First Person, Past Tense, Single Viewpoint (Heroine)|
|Release Date:||11th November, 2021|
A delightfully satisfying romance
I was delighted to see Olivia Spring was releasing a short and Christmassy book featuring one of the minor characters from the (equally delightful) My Ten-Year Crush. Cassie from this book is that book’s heroine, Bella’s, cousin. Fear not, though, this book stands completely alone although Bella does make a cute cameo with her son, Paul.
Cassie is a likeable and relatable character. She has her grumpy moments – especially when it comes to Nicolas, but she also has her vulnerable moments such as when she’s dealing with her boss or her personal insecurities. I especially enjoyed that she was not afraid to call Nicolas out when he was being rude!
As we get this story solely from Cassie’s viewpoint, my first impression of Nicolas was of a gorgeous and exceptionally rude Frenchman. To be honest, my opinion of him didn’t much change until he really started interacting with Cassie. At that point, his directness became endearing and I started to like him just as much as Cassie herself did.
And speaking of that, Nico and Cassie have some lovely chemistry once they get over the fact that they don’t actually dislike each other. They’re really not disliking each other in the lift to the rooftop bar and when they get back to the hotel then all bets are off. At that point, if there was snow in London, it would’ve melted.
Whether it’s an author I’ve read 1000 times or someone fairly new to me like Olivia Spring is, it normally takes me a page or two to get into the writing style and voice of the author. So it was a lovely surprise that from the very first chapter I was all-in with this story and completely engrossed. Ms Spring’s voice is so friendly and descriptive, really engaging and with a good dose of British humour.
Not only is this a fairly short book (at just 150 pages) but it also takes place over the course of just a couple of days. Despite that, it feels very full and the chemistry and emotions are realistic and a delight to read.
Upon finishing the story, I was surprised and delighted to find that Nico and Cassie are actually getting a full length story in a future book called My Paris Romance. Had I not read that, I would have finished this book and been very satisfied with the ending and unaware there was to be more. What I’m trying to say is that I’m still classing this book as having a happily ever after as our pair are together and happy at the end.
This was another winner for me and another delightful tale from Olivia Spring. I loved the characters, felt the connection and could feel the magical sparkle of London at Christmas. This is the perfect book to snuggle up with alongside a cup of laden hot chocolate. And I found the story as hot, sweet and festive as my delicious drink. 5 stars.
*I received this book in exchange for my honest review*
Olivia Spring is a British, London-based writer of contemporary women’s fiction, sexy chick lit and romantic comedy. Her uplifting debut novel The Middle-Aged Virgin, which was released in July 2018, deals with being newly single in your thirties and beyond, dating, relationships, love, sex and living life to the full.
In addition to The Middle-Aged Virgin, Olivia has published five novels: The Middle-Aged Virgin in Italy, Love Offline, Losing My Inhibitions, Only When It’s Love and the sequel When’s The Wedding?
Olivia’s seventh novel, My Ten-Year Crush, will be published in September 2021.When she’s not writing, Olivia can be found enjoying cupcakes and cocktails and of course, seeking inspiration for her next book!
In Olivia Spring’s magical My Lucky Night, Nico has a wishlist of things he wants to do on his short trip to London at Christmastime.
Through the magic of the internet, we can join Cassie and Nico on their festive evening across London, seeing the sights they saw and enjoying the very same Christmas treats that they did. (But without the calories. Bonus!)
Quick caveat – I don’t live in London so any errors in geography, availability, niceness etc are entirely my own!
1. See the Christmas lights
‘So what’s on Carnaby Street, then?… I suppose you’re going shopping?‘
‘No, I want to see the Christmas lights. I hear they are very cool there.‘
‘You’re interested in seeing the Christmas lights? You’ll need to see much more than just Carnaby Street, then. Let’s take the scenic route.‘
2. Visit a Christmas grotto
The grotto looked pretty cool. There were sparkly lights, a fireplace with red-and-green stockings hanging from the shelf and a huge Christmas tree, complete with baubles, tinsel and dozens of colourful presents underneath. And of course, sat right beside it was the big man himself.
There are loads of places to meet Santa in London at Christmas – it’s his busiest month after all. And since it worked for Cassie, can someone ask Santa for a hot man for me this Christmas, please?!
3. Visit a Christmas Market
‘So I thought we could go to Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park. Then you can tick at least three things off your list straight away.’
4. Go Christmas shopping at a famous London store
When I got to the doors, I saw Nicholas was outside staring at a festive window display.*
Liberty, better known as Liberty’s, is a luxury department store in the West End of London. It was founded in 1875.
*You’ll just have to take my word for it that they were looking at Liberty’s! LOL!
5. See the London Skyline
…I didn’t want to go and look at the skyline. I wanted to go straight back to his hotel…
The Vista Rooftop bar at the Trafalgar Hotel, is a quintessentially British bar with gorgeous views over Trafalgar Square and other central London sights. And I hear the elevators are AH-MAY-ZING!
6. Eat Christmas Dinner
‘…this is a Christmas dinner sandwich. It’s as close to the real thing as you’re going to get given our time constraints.’
‘A sandwich?’ he repeated. ‘For dinner?’ He muttered some stuff in French that I didn’t understand. Didn’t sound like he was happy.
This Christmas sarnie from The Black Pig at Borough Market has been described as a Christmas miracle and I’m sure it’s close to what Cassie and Nico ate in the book. This one contains bread sauce, sautéed leeks, spiced red cabbage, apple & cranberry slaw, slow roast pork, thick gravy mayo, crispy onion, sage & toasted pecan crumble stuffed into a toasted ciabatta.
7. Go ice-skating
‘I did it!’ I said as we skated towards the exit.
‘I knew you could.’ Nicolas squeezed my hand. ‘I hope that now when you think of ice-skating, you will think happy thoughts.’
8. Go to a Christmas party
Ach – who needs to head out for a Christmas party? Just grab your guy, grab some drinks and get to dancing!
9. Drink mulled wine
Nicolas took a sip of his mulled wine. ‘Putain! He grimaced. ‘This is not for me. Too sweet.’
Not mentioned in the novel but Mr Fogg’s Tavern on the edge of Covent Garden would be my top pick for some mulled wine this Christmas. How unbelievably festive does this place look?!
10. Enjoy a kiss under the mistletoe
‘…a beautiful, frustrating, but incredibly sexy woman called Cassie has helped me tick off everything except one thing on my London Christmas wish list. I think it is time that we fixed that…’
Want to see what happens next and if Nico managed to tick off all the tasks on his wishlist? Then check out My Lucky Night by Olivia Spring – available now!
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