Monday, 16 November 2015

Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Jumper by Debbie Johnson

Published 5th November by HarperImpulse
PB: £7.99 | Ebook: £1.99
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


"For single mum Maggie, Christmas has always been a family occasion – her daughter Ellen filling the house with her bubbly warmth and mistletoe, her dad Paddy having one too many festive tipples, and the traditional family Christmas tree looking like a drunken elf vomited a rainbow all over it. But this year, with both Ellen and Paddy away for the holidays, Maggie’s facing a truly blue Christmas – alone with nothing but a bottle of Baileys and an M&S turkey dinner. Until walking the snowy streets of Oxford, Marco Cavelli quite literally crashes into her life – and, complete with broken leg, becomes her unexpected houseguest. All dreamy brown eyes and 6’5” of gorgeousness, the man is hotter and more delicious than a freshly baked mince pie.

Though Maggie always thought it’s a truth universally acknowledged that you never kiss a man in a Christmas jumper…?"

My Review

This was a really sweet, Christmassy read. I enjoyed the story and watching as Maggie and Marco got to know each other. I definitely admired Maggie's character for how strong and selfless she has been in her life and it was good to see her get something for herself and know that she deserves happiness too.

I liked that the story was told from both Maggie and Marco's points of view - even switching mid-scenes - as I felt that it made their relationship come alive. I sometimes preferred reading from Marco's point of view as it made a nice change from other romances I have read and I found his thoughts funny and how in some ways he was much more in touch with his feelings than Maggie was.

Maggie's relationship with her father and daughter was lovely to read, and the descriptions of Christmas in their home and the camaraderie were really heart-warming.

This was a cute Christmas read and I am looking forward to reading Debbie's next book which is out in January, The Birthday That Changed Everything.

3.5 out of 5 from me.

About the Author

Debbie Johnson lives and works in Liverpool, where she divides her time between writing, caring for a small tribe of children and animals, and not doing the housework. She writes romance, fantasy and crime - which is as confusing as it sounds! Her first humorous contemporary romance, Cold Feet At Christmas, a seasonal tale of snow-bound fun, was released by HarperImpulse last year, and became an Amazon top ten best-seller. You can also find her supernatural crime thriller, Fear No Evil, featuring Liverpool PI Jayne McCartney, on Amazon, published by Maze/Avon Books. Debbie also writes urban fantasy, set in modern day Liverpool. Dark Vision and the follow-up Dark Touch are published by Del Rey UK. Debbie blogs at She lives with her family in Merseyside and is available to write features.


  1. Great review! I love the title of the book too makes me smile a lot! x

    1. Thanks! I agree, it's such a fun title. I love a good Christmas jumper myself :) x

  2. The title of this book is hilarious! I also have a Christmas book lining up to read, and I can't wait to read it and snuggle up on the couch next to me soon-to-arrive Christmas tree, haha :) Thanks for sharing!!

    Florentine @ Readiculously Peachy

    1. Which Christmas book are you reading next? I can't wait to get my Christmas tree up as soon as it's December! Glad you enjoyed the review :)


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