Two people. One house. A year that changes everything.
Twenty-nine-year-old Jess is following her dream and moving to London. It’s December, and she’s taking a room in a crumbling, but grand, Notting Hill house-share with four virtual strangers. On her first night, Jess meets Alex, the guy sharing her floor, at a Christmas dinner hosted by her landlord. They don’t kiss, but as far as Jess is concerned the connection is clear. She starts planning how they will knock down the wall between them to spend more time together.
But when Jess returns from a two-week Christmas holiday, she finds Alex has started dating someone else—beautiful Emma, who lives on the floor above them. Now Jess faces a year of bumping into (hell, sharing a bathroom with) the man of her dreams…and the woman of his.
This book was my first buddy read that a group of ladies started on Instagram. I went in expecting this story to be about December and Christmas, but I was wrong. It’s just when they met, hence the title.
This book was a slow burn for me. I didn’t really connect with any of the characters.
Jess will not tell Alex how she feels because he is sleeping with Emma. House Rule #1 Don’t Sleep With Each Other. That didn’t take long to break. What Jess doesn’t know is that Alex doesn’t want a relationship. He and his fiancé recently broke off their engagement, so he wasn’t looking for anything serious. Ugg! Then don’t sleep with your housemate, because you know she’s going to eventually want more.
The chapters alternate between Jess and Alex. It was nice having a guys point of view also, but that didn’t make me like either of them any more.
This is one of those books where you already know how it’s going to end. I always say it’s about the journey that it takes going from friends to lovers that’s important, but this journey moved at a snail’s pace. Some of the ladies and I agreed in the buddy read that we needed MORE romance, MORE passion, MORE drama! I needed an event to happen. This book had so much potential, but unfortunately it was a let down for me.
Book Rating: 3/5
This would pair nicely with Shannon Reserve Chardonnay.