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The Christmas Wager

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A delightful enemies-to-lovers holiday rom com set in the quaint mountain town of Maple Falls, Colorado, about a city girl and a small-town boy who compete in the town’s annual holiday games in order to win the right price for a charming, local Christmas shop, perfect for fans of The Hating Game and The Twelve Dates of Christmas.

One rivalry. Eight days until Christmas. Let the holiday games begin.

When L.A.-based real estate developer Bella Ross arrives in the sleepy mountain town of Maple Falls, she has one mission: to acquire the local failing Christmas shop, Always Noelle, securing the promotion of her dreams. Nothing can get in her way. Except the shop owner’s stubborn grandson, Jesse Harrison.

Both refuse to budge, until an unlikely wager is struck: Bella and Jesse will compete in the Maple Falls Holiday Games, an annual tradition of eccentric feats of strength and skills. Winner decides the selling price. They’ll give each other a run for their money, but as the competition heats up, Bella and Jesse’s icy feelings toward each other begin to thaw. It’ll take a Christmas miracle for them to admit there’s a spark, but what if it’s just another game?

Genre: Romance

Praise for this book

"Full of wit and charm, The Christmas Wager is better than a hot cup of cocoa after a fresh snowfall. I was smitten!" - Karma Brown

"Hilarious, warm and romantic...With a charming setting and a lovable cast of supporting characters, readers will root for Bella and Jesse in more ways than one. Let the games begin!" - Elyssa Friedland

"This book is for you if you love a good tussle, a spark of romance, and a competition of wills and skills. This isn't your typical Rom-Com, it's a Rom-Competition, and I'm here for it." - Ann Garvin

"A delightfully witty romcom that will have you laughing and cheering as the holiday antics and romance rev up! Holly Cassidy's talent for setting a scene shines from the first to the last page, sucking you in and bringing all the feels with her charming characters and heartfelt moments. Read up, Brinches! Your new favorite holiday romcom has arrived!" - Codi Hall

"A sweet and witty story with all the warm comfort of your favorite holiday rom-com movie!...Full of holiday hijinks, hilarious side characters, and the perfect cozy small-town setting....A complete delight!" - Farah Heron

"As delicious and comforting as a warm cup of cocoa with cinnamon, The Christmas Wager is sure to delight!" - Uzma Jalaluddin

"The perfect holiday romp full of laugh out loud shenanigans amid a delightful small town loaded with wintery charm. Bella and Jesse are simply this swoon worthy Christmas romance that will warm the coldest of hearts." - Jenn McKinlay

"Romance readers are the winner in this spirited holiday romp that turns love into sport in all the best ways." - Jean Meltzer

"An absolute treat! Like a hot cup of cocoa laced with a shot of Irish cream, it has all the small-town charm of a Hallmark movie and so much more. I laughed, I cried, I swooned. With a clever twist on the rivals to lovers trope, this is one of those cozy rom coms I'll read again and again--perfect for a cold winter day, long flight, day at the beach, or anytime at all!" - Meredith Schorr

"A delightful Christmas story, sure to envelop you in holiday cheer." - K A Tucker

"Sweetness and spice blend perfectly in this rivals-to-lovers story....Idyllic, snowy Maple Falls is a town you'll never want to leave and Bella and Jesse are characters you'll love to root for....Pure swoony, escapist fun. This book deserves to be on your classics shelf, reopened and savored every Christmas." - Ashley Winstead

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