Welcome to my stop on the A Very Witchy Yuletide book tour!! Click the link to see the other stops on the tour. Read on to read a synopsis, author bio, my review, and don’t forget to enter the U.S. ONLY giveaway where you can win a hand carved tree of life jewelry/tarot/keepsake box.
First love is hard to forget, and even harder to ignore…
Evergreen Pendre wasn’t planning on going home for Yule. But when her Mom tells her the old coven is coming for a visit, she wants to see everyone. Well, almost everyone.
After four and a half years, Sawyer Collins finally has a chance to reconnect with his first love, Eeva Pendre. He might have been too shy to tell her how he felt before, but he’s changed. And he’s determined not to let her slip away this time.
As the coven prepares for Yule, they are reminded that not everyone has the holiday spirit in this contemporary Pagan holiday romance.
The pair approached the tree, and Sawyer repeated the process of communing with the plant. But as he reached up and cut one of the thin branches, some of the snow from the nearby branches shook off and fell onto Eeva’s head.
“Oh! That’s cold,” Eeva complained, wiggling to get the snow off her.
Sawyer laughed at the sight. “Well, why did you stand under where I was cutting then? You deserve it,” he teased.
“I deserve it, eh?” Eeva asked, grinning. She placed the basket on the ground and gathered a handful of snow. “Then, I guess you deserve this!” She threw the snow into his face.
“Oh, it’s on now,” he said, shaking his head, trying to get the snow out from the inside of his scarf.
Eeva laughed and threw another snowball.
The battle raged on. They each got some good shots in. Eeva had surprisingly good aim for someone who couldn’t see well. But Sawyer made sure to make some noise to indicate his position. It wouldn’t be fair otherwise.
They ran up and down the path, laughter and squeals dampened by the surrounding trees. Finally, they lay on their backs beside each other on the ground, breathless and covered in snow.
“Truce?” Sawyer asked, turning his head toward her.
She turned her head and met his eyes. She sat up, gathered a giant pile of snow between her hands, and dumped it right onto his face.
“Yeah,” she giggled. “Truce.” She collapsed back down beside him.
My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Evergreen wasn’t planning on going home for Yule, but she couldn’t say no to her mother once she found out that the coven were all coming back together to celebrate the season. She also definitely did not want to run into Sawyer, but knows how hard it will be to avoid him when they’re all staying at her parent’s retreat. It’s okay though, she’s older now, wiser, a different person, he will be too. The childhood crush is long gone…
Sawyer knows that Evergreen is coming home for Yule. He hasn’t seen her in so long, but he’s no longer the same shy boy that was too afraid to tell her how he felt when he was younger, this time he’s going to tell her the truth and he’s not going to let her slip away again.
I signed up to this tour knowing that this book would be light, fluffy reading with no real purpose behind it, and it’s exactly what I got. It was a nice break and a breath of fresh air to read something that is light, easy to read and just all around contemporary romantic fluff. I got exactly what I was hoping for, and it wasn’t all that bad to be honest, and I’m not one who ventures near contemporary romance stories that often.
The story is told from alternating points of view between Evergreen and Sawyer. They’re both grown adults away living their lives. Evergreen is in her final semester of University (or possibly college…I can’t quite remember) and Sawyer is working at an animal rescue center. They’re both practicing pagans, as are their families and I absolutely LOVED that about this story. It was nice seeing the jolly season from a different point of view instead of the Christian one for a change. I love how authentic it all was as well, it was one of my most favourite things about this read, if I’m honest. I wasn’t too keen on the couple of altercations that the characters ended up in from people who discriminate against paganism, and felt that it was a little bit too put on, but maybe I’m wrong? I live in Australia, I’ve never once been harrassed or verbally abused for wearing a Pentagram, or living in black clothes, or any numerous things that the less open minded would see as “Satan worshipping” but maybe it happens more in the states than over here.
The story was incredibly easy reading and I thought the back and forth between Sawyer and Evergreen was cute. One thing that really irked me though was the way that Evergreen just jumped to conclusions and assumed everything. I would have thought being raised to be a bit more open minded might have encouraged her to use her words and simply ask questions instead of assume the worst and hurt herself and Sawyer in the process, so that irritated me. They’re meant to be adults, why assume anything? Evergreen annoyed me in the way that she was SO sure that she knew what Sawyer was thinking or the kind of girl he’d be into and all that jazz, because she doesn’t know. And I just don’t understand why you would assume that kind of stuff without having any concrete evidence.
Nothing really happens in this story if I’m honest, the main story is just about Evergreen and Sawyer and them dealing with the mutual childhood crushes that they had on each other but never did anything about. It’s incredibly cliche, but sometimes you need a bit of tropey, cliched fluff to lighten the mood. And in the current global climate, why not!
D. Lieber is an urban fantasy author with a wanderlust that would make a butterfly envious. When she isn’t planning her next physical adventure, she’s recklessly jumping from one fictional world to another. Her love of reading led her to earn a Bachelor’s in English from Wright State University.
Beyond her skeptic and slightly pessimistic mind, Lieber wants to believe. She has been many places—from Canada to England, France to Italy, Germany to Russia—believing that a better world comes from putting a face on “other.” She is a romantic idealist at heart, always fighting to keep her feet on the ground and her head in the clouds.
Lieber lives in Wisconsin with her husband (John) and cats (Yin and Nox).
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The Exiled Otherkin November 2017
Intended Bondmates June 2018
In Search of a Witch’s Soul (Council of Covens Noir, #1) March 2019
Dancing with Shades (Council of Covens Noir, #0) August 2019
Once in a Black Moon March 2020
A Very Witchy Yuletide October 2020
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