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Garen McLaren is a bit of a mess. But so what? His curling teammates adore his manic energy, and so do the kids he teaches. And nobody does Christmas like Garen. (Snow globes in October? Why not?) He’s vowed to make this year’s holiday the best ever, despite his hot but Scrooge-y new flatmate. Simon Andreou is a bit of a control freak. The pressures of a new job in a new ci Garen McLaren is a bit of a mess. But so what? His curling teammates adore his manic energy, and so do the kids he teaches. And nobody does Christmas like Garen. (Snow globes in October? Why not?) He’s vowed to make this year’s holiday the best ever, despite his hot but Scrooge-y new flatmate. Simon Andreou is a bit of a control freak. The pressures of a new job in a new city are making his head spin. The last thing he needs is an agent of chaos like Garen for a flatmate—much less the memory of their single naked night together. Just as this odd couple are fumbling toward friendship, a debilitating setback steals Simon’s precious control over life and limb. To be there for Simon, Garen must learn to stop running away when things get tough. And Simon must learn that accepting kindness can be a gift in itself—at Christmas and all year through. This holiday season, treat yourself to this heartwarming stand-alone novel where love defies fear and gingerbread defies gravity!


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Garen McLaren is a bit of a mess. But so what? His curling teammates adore his manic energy, and so do the kids he teaches. And nobody does Christmas like Garen. (Snow globes in October? Why not?) He’s vowed to make this year’s holiday the best ever, despite his hot but Scrooge-y new flatmate. Simon Andreou is a bit of a control freak. The pressures of a new job in a new ci Garen McLaren is a bit of a mess. But so what? His curling teammates adore his manic energy, and so do the kids he teaches. And nobody does Christmas like Garen. (Snow globes in October? Why not?) He’s vowed to make this year’s holiday the best ever, despite his hot but Scrooge-y new flatmate. Simon Andreou is a bit of a control freak. The pressures of a new job in a new city are making his head spin. The last thing he needs is an agent of chaos like Garen for a flatmate—much less the memory of their single naked night together. Just as this odd couple are fumbling toward friendship, a debilitating setback steals Simon’s precious control over life and limb. To be there for Simon, Garen must learn to stop running away when things get tough. And Simon must learn that accepting kindness can be a gift in itself—at Christmas and all year through. This holiday season, treat yourself to this heartwarming stand-alone novel where love defies fear and gingerbread defies gravity!

30 review for Must Love Christmas

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sheri

    I couldn’t wait for this book! I have truly missed them. The Glasgow Lads carved their own special place in my heart and I adore spending time with them. As much as I enjoyed this book there were a few things that held me back from slapping all the stars on it. Okay, I’m just going to rip the bandaid off and get it over with…I don’t love curling. *cringe* I’ve tried to wrap my head around it but I think it’s just not something that I can read about and ‘get‘. It might come together for me if I a I couldn’t wait for this book! I have truly missed them. The Glasgow Lads carved their own special place in my heart and I adore spending time with them. As much as I enjoyed this book there were a few things that held me back from slapping all the stars on it. Okay, I’m just going to rip the bandaid off and get it over with…I don’t love curling. *cringe* I’ve tried to wrap my head around it but I think it’s just not something that I can read about and ‘get‘. It might come together for me if I actually watched a match but in all honesty, I’m not feeling the urge. So yeah, that’s a bit of a sticky wicket. My other, personal, issue is with Guillain-Barré syndrome. Someone very special to me had GBS and passed due to complications from it and I still have a difficult time separating myself from the real horrors it brings. That being said, this is only the second book I’ve read with GBS, and think it’s important to bring light to it. Considering I’m not a curling fan and fought my own painful GBS memories, this book held my attention and made me smile. So, I’d say that’s a victory in itself. Alright, enough babbling…I’ll get to it! What's to like: Garen is an absolute delight! I quickly fell for his sparkling personality. He needs a new roommate since his bestie (Luca from the first book) is moving out. But Garen is a bit of a procrastinator despite his good intentions, and needs a flatmate stat! When Simon accidentally ends up at his door it seems lady luck has intervened. Unable to stop the attraction they agree to put a potential relationship first and scrap sharing the apartment. The magnetic pull is too strong and they both accept the spark is worth more than solving their living situation troubles. But then, Simon is back to square one and needs a place to live more than a date. They agree to put their feelings on ice and maintain platonic roommates instead. Yeah, well, what was it I said about good intentions?? What's to love: Both men started life with challenges which they overcame but left a mark. Simon was young when he had GBS but old enough to remember. Garen was blessed beyond riches when he was adopted but old wounds still fester. They are complete opposites but perfectly suited. I loved how they blossomed from roommates to friends to ‘much more’. I loved how each brought out hidden qualities in one another. I loved the families. I loved the friends, especially having familiar faces return to the pages. I loved the ABUNDANCE of Christmas. I loved traditions, new and old. I loved the determination and perseverance. I loved the sexual tension. I loved how their strengths were revealed by acknowledging weaknesses. I loved gingerbread houses and Christmas music and all the celebrating! Most of all, I loved returning to Glasgow and have a sneaking suspicion if you’re familiar with the lads, you will too. Beware of: The ice is nice but I sure do miss the pitch. Slow and steady wins this race. And Garen’s not kidding, you really must love Christmas! This book is for: Glasgow fans, Cockburn fans, or anyone else looking for a dose of holiday cheer, the sleigh stops here. Merry Christmas ya belter! Book UNfunk

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cadiva

    Another fabulous Glasgow set sports romance I love this crossover series from Avery. I also love the way she bigs up issues which are important to people's lives as an integral part of the book. This time it's 2016 and Brexit and, reading this from four years down the line, the fall of effects are still only beginning to take shape. I loved both Garen and Simon, they're flawed and realistic characters. Even though this relationship develops within a relatively short time, the situation they go t Another fabulous Glasgow set sports romance I love this crossover series from Avery. I also love the way she bigs up issues which are important to people's lives as an integral part of the book. This time it's 2016 and Brexit and, reading this from four years down the line, the fall of effects are still only beginning to take shape. I loved both Garen and Simon, they're flawed and realistic characters. Even though this relationship develops within a relatively short time, the situation they go through forges them like heat tempers steel. As someone with a very similar neurological condition to GBS, I also appreciated very much that knowledge which comes from dealing with a debility that can vary in the issues it causes from one day to the next and how Avery used it to drive the narrative. It was great to see Luca and Oliver, as well as guest appearances from John and Fergus from her Glasgow Lads series. The news there are more to come made me very happy indeed!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ariana

    I really liked the ‘Glasgow Lads’ by this author but somehow her curling series never had the same appeal to me. There is a lot to like in this Christmassy novel: .) I was intrigued and equally horrified to learn about Guillan-Barré syndrome. It sounds like the ultimate hell, tbh. And the author gives a very good account of it, I think. .) I really liked both, Garen and Simon. .) Garen’s inclination to take Christmas very seriously and go for it 100% made me grin. I liked that there is a reason for I really liked the ‘Glasgow Lads’ by this author but somehow her curling series never had the same appeal to me. There is a lot to like in this Christmassy novel: .) I was intrigued and equally horrified to learn about Guillan-Barré syndrome. It sounds like the ultimate hell, tbh. And the author gives a very good account of it, I think. .) I really liked both, Garen and Simon. .) Garen’s inclination to take Christmas very seriously and go for it 100% made me grin. I liked that there is a reason for this (which excuses some of his shenanigans in my books) and how it shows Garen vulnerability. .) What I enjoyed most here - and this is totally unromantic – is the discussion what helping someone seriously ill actually means. What does the person really need? What is counterproductive? However, for some reason, I really struggled through this. I can’t put my finger on it 100% why. It could be easily me, and everything that’s going on in RL, but I don't think it wasn’t only that. I liked the chemistry of the two guys in bed, but somehow, I didn’t get enough feels otherwise. Unfortunately curling does absolutely nothing for me – so I skipped most of those scenes. The same goes for football (soccer) although at least I do understand what’s going on there. I have to conclude that I simply wasn’t in the right frame of mind when I read this.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    3.5 rounded down Aww, this was a lovely read. It does work well as a standalone, though I'm bummed it didn't come out closer to the release of book one as the characters from that one are definitely present here and I think it would enhance the experience to have remembered more about that book. Definitely quite Christmas-y if that's what you're looking for, and I quite enjoyed the characters here. I've not read many (any?) books with Guillain-Barré syndrome and I really thought the author did a g 3.5 rounded down Aww, this was a lovely read. It does work well as a standalone, though I'm bummed it didn't come out closer to the release of book one as the characters from that one are definitely present here and I think it would enhance the experience to have remembered more about that book. Definitely quite Christmas-y if that's what you're looking for, and I quite enjoyed the characters here. I've not read many (any?) books with Guillain-Barré syndrome and I really thought the author did a great job with it here. I thought the effect it had on Simon and Garen's relationship felt very authentic. This author does tend to write a little long, and there were times where things felt they were dragging a smidge and I sort of felt like the characters were having the same issues over and over, but that's believable, and I appreciated that the climactic tension moment wasn't drawn out or overblown. This author's books also often weave political issues into the narrative which I generally enjoy, but I did feel like the stuff on Brexit came off a bit forced and preachy and not quite a seamless fit in the narrative, though I agreed with the sentiments. But overall I enjoyed this one!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Achim

    3.5> Going into the book I recognized how much I missed the lads and Cockburn's writing but something was different than I remembered it and it wasn't that it's part of the spin-of series. Might be that the pairing was a bit complicated for me to get. In the end I understood better why it shouldn't work than why it against all odds did. 3.5> Going into the book I recognized how much I missed the lads and Cockburn's writing but something was different than I remembered it and it wasn't that it's part of the spin-of series. Might be that the pairing was a bit complicated for me to get. In the end I understood better why it shouldn't work than why it against all odds did.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    Thank you for the gift, SmuttyElf!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ami

    3.5 stars My first book of 2021. Hmmm... while I LIKED the fact that these two lovely souls were different, Garen with his scatterbrain and love for Christmas and positive thinking and gentle heart that makes everyone just feels good, and Simon who is more control freak but also determined for independence.... ... but in the end, this book felt too much about the two of them navigating this difference in their relationship rather than finding "similarities". I appreciated that they did talk about i 3.5 stars My first book of 2021. Hmmm... while I LIKED the fact that these two lovely souls were different, Garen with his scatterbrain and love for Christmas and positive thinking and gentle heart that makes everyone just feels good, and Simon who is more control freak but also determined for independence.... ... but in the end, this book felt too much about the two of them navigating this difference in their relationship rather than finding "similarities". I appreciated that they did talk about it, that they found compromise somehow, but it didn't feel balanced out in my humble opinion. I felt rather tired because I wonder if they had to "work hard" all the time for this relationship to last forever. I liked the rest of it though... the family and friends, they joy of Christmas, the information about GBS syndrome... PS: Thank you Dirty Santa from Secret Santa Gift Exchange 2020 who gifted me this novel.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Terri Jones

    This is a fine Christmas themed story if you're looking for imperfect heroes, great friends, good family, and a fine eye to the challenges disabled people face. The struggles are serious, and so the wins are seasoned just right. I am now craving gingerbread, though. Be warned. :) This is a fine Christmas themed story if you're looking for imperfect heroes, great friends, good family, and a fine eye to the challenges disabled people face. The struggles are serious, and so the wins are seasoned just right. I am now craving gingerbread, though. Be warned. :)

  9. 5 out of 5

    ~nikki the recovering book addict

    4 stars I’ve been looking forward to a new Avery Cockburn book for ages now. I usually love her books. Some topics are heavy but I think necessary to understand seeing as we don’t really know Scottish culture looking from the outside in. So I say “usually” because this wasn’t a 5 star read for me like it usually is. I don’t know... it just kinda felt like Simon and Garen moved really quickly through their relationship. Also I think this book is slightly shorter than the rest. And we don’t really 4 stars I’ve been looking forward to a new Avery Cockburn book for ages now. I usually love her books. Some topics are heavy but I think necessary to understand seeing as we don’t really know Scottish culture looking from the outside in. So I say “usually” because this wasn’t a 5 star read for me like it usually is. I don’t know... it just kinda felt like Simon and Garen moved really quickly through their relationship. Also I think this book is slightly shorter than the rest. And we don’t really see much of curling or the rest of the team much. It mostly centred around Simon and his illness. Which to be fair, was an interesting look into GBR, which I’ve never heard of before. Just, I felt this book lacked the complexity of the previous books by Ms Cockburn. I enjoyed it immensely, but judging against her previous works, this does kinda pale in comparison 🤭

  10. 4 out of 5

    Denise H.

    Glasgow, Scotland. We have Curling clubs, Brexit, and illness that will hold out attention. Well done, different, lively and heartwarming. Tall Zoologist, Garen, 26, long sandy hair and blue eyes, and his sis Karen, were adopted from Russia, and he clings to his heart's happiness through his love of family, friends, work, and especially Christmas. His flat mate moved out, so he needs a new one. Slim, Greek, Simon, 25, works in banking and is finally moved out of his parents. He shows up to see th Glasgow, Scotland. We have Curling clubs, Brexit, and illness that will hold out attention. Well done, different, lively and heartwarming. Tall Zoologist, Garen, 26, long sandy hair and blue eyes, and his sis Karen, were adopted from Russia, and he clings to his heart's happiness through his love of family, friends, work, and especially Christmas. His flat mate moved out, so he needs a new one. Slim, Greek, Simon, 25, works in banking and is finally moved out of his parents. He shows up to see the flat, but he's at the wrong address. With their confusion and needs, they agree to make a go of it. Garen, in all of his uniqueness and scattered thoughts has an inner glow that draws Simon, who is the opposite. After their drunken, sexy first night, they readjust to being friends and continue on. Garen gets to meet Poppy, Simon's 4 ft. firefly morph python, in his vivarium. The animal loving Garen is fine with it. After their bout with the flu, thing move along with Christmas, curling and work. We get funny situations, tolerance and sass as they find their ground. Things get complicated when Simon's disease flares up and then Garen steps up in a big way, but still doubts his competence. Garen is a precious, quirky man who struggles to balance his work, curling team and caring for Simon and more with Christmas events. His brain gets confused and he puts himself down, which Simon doesn't like to hear. Garen and staunch Simon get along well, and it slowly moves to more, and to sexy times. I like the unique characters, the ever changing plot, and the deep happiness and two special hearts that find their way. ENJOY ! =======

  11. 5 out of 5

    Em

    A lovely addition to the Glasgow Lads on Ice series. Garen and Simon were never supposed to meet or wind up living together. Garen's roommate ad, wherein he confessed he's a bit of a slob, was a total turn-off to Simon - who has control freak tendencies when it comes to tidyness. But fate has other plans for these two. After a hot hook-up and agreement to live apart, they wind up roommates. Which we all secretly knew was definitely going to happen! Things go as well and as badly as both men m A lovely addition to the Glasgow Lads on Ice series. Garen and Simon were never supposed to meet or wind up living together. Garen's roommate ad, wherein he confessed he's a bit of a slob, was a total turn-off to Simon - who has control freak tendencies when it comes to tidyness. But fate has other plans for these two. After a hot hook-up and agreement to live apart, they wind up roommates. Which we all secretly knew was definitely going to happen! Things go as well and as badly as both men might have predicted - but it's a mostly happy living situation. Except there is that pesky attraction thing. And Garen's odd obsession with the Christmas holiday. And then Simon's recurrence of a debilitating illness. Ahem. It's a lot. Fortunately, Ms. Cockburn does a masterful job connecting all these disparate dots with Garen's habit of cut and running from life when it gets tough (legit he has good reasons for it tho) and Simon's unwillingness to ask for/receive help. Truly, Garen gets a bad rep! Because frankly, in this story, he's the bees knees. Kind, gentle, generous, sweet & hot - he's the caretaker we all wish we had. With a weird fetish for Christmas. Honestly, he's a grown man. It's like people obsessed with Disney. Why god? Why???!!! IT'S LAME. Ha! Still reading? Must Love Christmas does a terrific job showcasing how Simon's illness doesn't define him. There's a lovely exploration of what it means to be loved and cared for, vs. dependent on the people in our lives, and the power in choosing who we spend our time with and how we spend that time together. I thought the steam level was perfect for this mostly heartwarming story - it's hotter than you expect! - and full of likeable characters, making realistic life choices. Fans of Cockburn will be delighted by this Christmas love story; new fans will find lots to enjoy, too!

  12. 4 out of 5

    farmwifetwo

    Was a good start, boring through the middle and just ends. I skipped a few chapters and read the last.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Pjm12

    Oh how I loved this. Little bits of xmas magic, serendipity, and two lost souls who find each other. Loved the curling, loved the before Covid timeline, loved the community around Garen. Please let there be more.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Beautiful story about love and friendship. How stepping up when someone needs you the most can not only change them but you as well. It's a beautiful love story with a lot of obstacles but as always true love shines through. Great book. I forgot about this author but reading this story is making me want to go back and reread some stories I read from this author before. Beautiful story about love and friendship. How stepping up when someone needs you the most can not only change them but you as well. It's a beautiful love story with a lot of obstacles but as always true love shines through. Great book. I forgot about this author but reading this story is making me want to go back and reread some stories I read from this author before.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Queen B

    I have missed this series. Must Love Christmas features Garen, who is the best friend and teammate of Luca from Throwing Stones. Luca is finally moving out to be with his love Oliver full time, so Garen is on the hunt for a new flatmate who can accept his high tolerance of mess and excessive love of Christmas. By some mistake clean freak Simon comes to view the flat and meet Garen. The connection between the two is instant but after one night together and Simon fresh out of options for rentals, t I have missed this series. Must Love Christmas features Garen, who is the best friend and teammate of Luca from Throwing Stones. Luca is finally moving out to be with his love Oliver full time, so Garen is on the hunt for a new flatmate who can accept his high tolerance of mess and excessive love of Christmas. By some mistake clean freak Simon comes to view the flat and meet Garen. The connection between the two is instant but after one night together and Simon fresh out of options for rentals, the two decide to keep their relationship strictly platonic to avoid any awkwardness. Once again, Avery Cockburn draws me in by including something non-romance based. Like always, she seems to be very adept at introducing deep topics. This time it’s a medical diagnosis and the long term recovery it entails as well as childhood trauma. I especially loved how accurate the medical terminology and events were, as that is one of my major pet peeves. Garen and Simon were a great balance for each other. Simon is the control freak that helps Garen focus, while Garen helps Simon let loose and enjoy life. The relationship between them blossomed quickly initially, yet it took time to grow and mature from friendship to more. Must Love Christmas was a deep and emotional read that had me wanting more.

  16. 5 out of 5

    A.E. Lister

    What I love about Avery's books is just how wholesome and cheery they are. I'm not a big fan of alot of angst in the books I read so, especially at Christmas, this is perfect. *spoiler* I loved the disability rep, especially when it concerns a disease where relapse and recovery is the norm. I have Multiple Sclerosis, and what occurs with Epstein-Barre is very similar, although I've never - thank God - experienced the extreme disability that occurred here. Nevertheless, I felt that Avery knew of What I love about Avery's books is just how wholesome and cheery they are. I'm not a big fan of alot of angst in the books I read so, especially at Christmas, this is perfect. *spoiler* I loved the disability rep, especially when it concerns a disease where relapse and recovery is the norm. I have Multiple Sclerosis, and what occurs with Epstein-Barre is very similar, although I've never - thank God - experienced the extreme disability that occurred here. Nevertheless, I felt that Avery knew of what she was speaking and the details of Simon's illness and recovery seemed very accurate. I also thought she was bang on with the psychological effects of not being physically able the way you want to be yet not wanting to rely on someone else. Garen's reactions were genuine as well in terms of someone dealing with their partner's illness and slow recovery.*EndSpoiler* Fans of Avery Cockburn's books will love this charming tale of forced proximity, the challenge of physical illness, and the resilience of love and persistence to help you through tough times.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    4.5 stars. I love this series more than the first and it was sweet to have a Christmas fanatic featured as one of the MCs. I would have liked a little more information on Garen's problems with concentration, etc. because there was a lot of information about Simon's GBS. Granted, his relapse was an integral part of their relationship, but so was Garen's personality so that could have been balanced out a bit. But overall I really loved both of them and and how they worked through everything togethe 4.5 stars. I love this series more than the first and it was sweet to have a Christmas fanatic featured as one of the MCs. I would have liked a little more information on Garen's problems with concentration, etc. because there was a lot of information about Simon's GBS. Granted, his relapse was an integral part of their relationship, but so was Garen's personality so that could have been balanced out a bit. But overall I really loved both of them and and how they worked through everything together. Plus, because Garen is so positive and upbeat (except when it comes to himself) it made what might not have worked for me as a Christmas story, into a story I can read year round and during the holidays.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Barb ~rede-2-read~

    This story is my favorite from this author so far, and I've enjoyed all her previous footy, and now curling stories. This story focuses on curling but make no mistake--this is a love story worthy of being made into a movie for the Hallmark Channel. I smiled, I cried, my heart was warmed, I shed more tears, and I laughed with joy. Garen McLaren is a zoologist by day and a member of a semiprofessional curling team by night and weekend. He's also an adopted child; he and his twin sister were adopte This story is my favorite from this author so far, and I've enjoyed all her previous footy, and now curling stories. This story focuses on curling but make no mistake--this is a love story worthy of being made into a movie for the Hallmark Channel. I smiled, I cried, my heart was warmed, I shed more tears, and I laughed with joy. Garen McLaren is a zoologist by day and a member of a semiprofessional curling team by night and weekend. He's also an adopted child; he and his twin sister were adopted from the Soviet Union when they were 6 months old and he displays characteristics common to infants adopted at that age. He has a difficult time remembering the simplest things (like take the umbrella when getting out of the cab), is disorganized, sloppy, and overall happy with his life as it is, but when his buddy Luca moves out to be with his boyfriend, Garen takes on a roommate who shouldn't turn out to be ideal but is one who Garen wants to get to know better. Simon is a financial guru--a suit by day-- and control freak and neatnick and overall fussy man. Garen loves Christmas and begins his decorating as soon as Halloween passes so his ad for his roommate stated: Must Love Christmas. But, guess what? He took one look at the gorgeous man and forgot his rule. Now he's trying to get along with Simon and making an effort to be neater and Simon is making an effort to learn more about curling and let Garen decorate. But Simon once had Guillian Barre Syndrome, a debilitating illness that paralyzed him when he was three years old, and several issues in quick succession, including a bout with the flu, send him back into the active disease and Garen has to decide if this time he can focus on what needs to be done and stand up for the man he's coming to love. The author states in a post-story note that she has personal experience with this disease and it's evident she has done research for this character as Simon's illness is portrayed carefully and respectfully. I was entranced by how well this whole story was woven together. I cheered at the Santa Race where Garen assisted Simon, who was on the road to recovery, and the two together were just such wonderful and interesting characters throughout the whole book that of course I cheered again when they finally admitted their love. I hope they have a long and wonderful life together. And kudos to the cover artist as that cover is absolutely perfect for this story.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Raelene

    To put it simply, I loved this book. I loved everything about it. Both Garen and Simon are fantastic characters, by themselves & together. They were so different, but their personalities worked so well together. And Garen’s love of Christmas just made me love him even more. I loved the amount of curling involved in this book. Less than the first book in the series (Throwing Stones), but enough to satisfy a curling fan. But not too much that it could scare off someone who doesn’t know much (or any To put it simply, I loved this book. I loved everything about it. Both Garen and Simon are fantastic characters, by themselves & together. They were so different, but their personalities worked so well together. And Garen’s love of Christmas just made me love him even more. I loved the amount of curling involved in this book. Less than the first book in the series (Throwing Stones), but enough to satisfy a curling fan. But not too much that it could scare off someone who doesn’t know much (or anything) about curling. I would recommend this book to anyone, curling fan or not. To be honest, I was a bit nervous to read this book because Oliver & Luca didn’t win me over in the first book and I have a hard time loving a book if I don’t love the main characters. This book was the complete opposite, and I actually really liked when Oliver & Luca were in this book. I also enjoyed that while it helped to have read Throwing Stones prior to reading Must Love Christmas, it still could be read as a standalone. There honestly was just so much I loved about this book. And it tackled some really important topics. The disability representation was well written (I loved the authors note at the end of the book about Guillain-Barré syndrome, it was very helpful), I loved how passionate the characters were about helping refugees and asylum seekers & wanting to raise funds for an organization that helps them, and the mentions of protection and confirming consent even in a relationship were perfect. 2020 has been weird for everyone with the pandemic, and I’ve spent the year reading more than ever. Must Love Christmas quickly became the best book I’ve read in a long time, and absolutely my favourite read of 2020. I’m still giggling about the part in chapter 3 where Garen explains to Simon why him and his sister are named Karen & Garen McLaren. I highly recommend picking up this book, and falling in love with Simon & Garen as much as I did.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kendra

    Cute I love Avery Cockburn and her band of athletic lads. The research put into these stories down to the smallest detail is awe inspiring. I really enjoyed seeing Garen, the happy-go-lucky skip (vice?) for Team Riley find the happiness he has subconsciously been looking for since he was adopted from an orphanage at age three. Although still self deprecating, he is coming to terms with who he is. Simon, being the polar opposite, is a good balance for Garen. I cannot wait for more from this world.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Fasham

    4.5 stars I really enjoyed this. It was a mixture of a fun romance with an amount of depth and thoughtfulness about society, ableism and mental health issues. Garan and Simon were both well rounded and interesting characters as well as being funny and super hot together. As I'm not disabled I can't speak to the rep here but I think it was well done.  I was v caught up in all the story and could have read a lot more of these two together. It was my first  book in this series and in definitely readi 4.5 stars I really enjoyed this. It was a mixture of a fun romance with an amount of depth and thoughtfulness about society, ableism and mental health issues. Garan and Simon were both well rounded and interesting characters as well as being funny and super hot together. As I'm not disabled I can't speak to the rep here but I think it was well done.  I was v caught up in all the story and could have read a lot more of these two together. It was my first  book in this series and in definitely reading the rest

  22. 5 out of 5

    chriss giddins

    Not just for Christmas! This story is very emotional and real like all the Glasgow Lads books. Difficult subjects are touched on in the story but it is ultimately heart-warming. I loved the cameos from the footie lads and hearing more about characters from Throwing Stones. I borrowed the book from kindle unlimited but I know I will want to read it again so will be buying my own copy today.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Christmas countdown What an amazing book. This had all the feels as these two opposites learn to live with each other as new flatmates. Garden is chaos and Simon is order. They haaave a crash course though in adapting when Simon has a recurrence of an old childhood illness. Absolutely fabulous story!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    The Christmas curling romance you didn't know you needed right now. Charming and fun. (And light on the curling, so don't let that put you off if you don't know the sport- I really don't and it was still a great read.) Will now go back and pick up the first book in this series! The Christmas curling romance you didn't know you needed right now. Charming and fun. (And light on the curling, so don't let that put you off if you don't know the sport- I really don't and it was still a great read.) Will now go back and pick up the first book in this series!

  25. 4 out of 5

    ~✿ Maria ✿~

    This was a lovely read, and I really enjoyed the slow burn between Garen and Simon. I had never heard of Guillan-Barré syndrome until this story, very horrifying and sad illness. The book was rather long and drawn out at times but overall a very cute story.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tess

    DNF’d at 16%.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Dover

    Cute, fun, light, but kinda bland. No real conflict other than what they each kinda make up and obsess over in their own heads. A lot of page space spent on day to day minutiae.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Hilcia

    2.5 / 5.0. I wanted to like this Christmas romance. Unfortunately, I thoroughly disliked one of the main characters, specifically Simon, so it became difficult to enjoy the romance.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Carey

    3.5 stars

  30. 4 out of 5

    Claudia

    Liked it

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