Review: A Merry Little Meet Cute by Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone

As a successful plus-size adult film star with a massive following, Bee Hobbes couldn’t be happier. But when his producer offers her the chance to star in a Christmas movie for the Hope Channel, Bee’s career is about to take a more familiar direction. Forced to keep her adult film work a secret, Bee quickly learns that it’s much easier said than done. Especially when her new co-star turns out to be her childhood crush, Nolan Shaw, the former boy band member infamous for his bad boy attitude and now in desperate need of professional rehab. But things quickly heat up when Noah gets his first look at his new co-star and realizes she’s none other than the ClosedDoors adult movie star he’s been following for years. Now Bee and Nolan sneak off during the set and desperately try to find a way to stay together, despite being told by their respective managers to stay in their pants. The stakes are high if anyone finds out about them: Bee could lose her movie deal and be exposed as a porn star, and Nolan’s last chance to earn enough money to take care of her family could be crushed in minutes. If her secret is exposed, can the two resist the media attention and find a happily ever after after all?

As a huge fan of both authors, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this story and what can I say? This absolutely delivered co-written novel. I loved how both authors brought their individual strengths to the table and how their writing styles intertwined seamlessly. Murphy’s talent for writing confident plus-size characters who don’t take shit was beautifully transformed alongside Simone’s gift for writing steamy, intimate encounters that leave you fanning yourself. Not to mention, this rom-com had so many elements that worked together perfectly: discussions of fat phobia in the media meshed well with Nolan’s goal of keeping his image clean so he could support his family, sexually positive attitude de Bee clashed beautifully with the traditional image. of “clean” holiday movies we’ve all embarrassed before, and still can’t get enough of. Overall, all the elements of the novel and the different plot sequences made for an unbeatable read!

A cute little happy encounter it’s also a trope galore: from forced proximity to a celebrity crush to forbidden romance to nostalgia and hidden identity, chances are there’s a trope here that you’re a sucker for (god knows I like them all! and each of them)! A lot of what makes these tropes work so well together is the undeniable chemistry between Bee and Noah. They are incredibly developed on their own with goals, fears and a family to consider, but together? diauumm. All of their encounters (not just the steamy scenes that were to die for) are filled with tension and so much chemistry that you can’t believe these characters are fictional. Meanwhile, they also fight on their own. Nolan is desperate to find a solution to help his sick mother while she is hundreds of miles away, and Bee wonders if she could ever make the switch to “clean” movies entirely. So whether you keep turning the pages because you’re desperate to learn more about what incident put Noah on the media blacklist or because you need to know what happens when Bee and Noah’s secret inevitably blows up in their faces, I can guarantee you. What there will be are some twists and turns that no one will see coming.

The only thing that really bogged down the pacing a bit was the plethora of supporting characters, but I can’t even get mad because I’d read entire books about Noah’s INK bandmates and Bee’s mates from the adult film industry (Sierra and Julie, if you’re reading this, please give us more!). Honestly, I’m (im)patiently waiting for these authors to give us more co-written content.

Racy, sexy and charmingly cheerful with two self-proclaimed bi-disasters you can’t help but fall head over heels for. A cute little happy encounter is the one and only sexy Christmas rom-com that will make your days (and TBR) merry and bright this holiday season.

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Synopsis | good reads

Co-written by #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Murphy and USA Today Bestselling author Sierra Simone: A gripping plus-size Christmas rom-com about an adult movie star who almost accidentally gets cast as the lead in a family Christmas movie, and the former bad boy pop star with whom she falls in love.

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Bee Hobbes (also known as Bianca Von Honey) has a successful career as a plus-size adult film star. With a massive following of hers and two supportive moms, Bee couldn’t ask for more. But when Bee’s favorite producer hires her to star in a Christmas movie she’s making for the Hope Channel, Bee’s career is about to take a more familiar direction.

Forced to keep her job as Bianca a secret, Bee quickly learns that this is a task much easier said than done. It’s all worth it though when she discovers her co-star is none other than childhood sweetheart Nolan Shaw, a former boy band member in desperate need of professional rehab. Nolan has promised his bulldog manager to keep it closed on set, and he will if it means he can provide a more stable living situation for his sister and her mother.

But things quickly heat up in Christmas Notch, Vermont, when Nolan recognizes his new co-star from his ClosedDoors account (oh yeah, he’s a member). Now Bee and Nolan sneak off for quickies on set, keeping their new relationship a secret from Hope Channel executives. Things only get complicated when the reporter who ruined Nolan’s singing career comes snooping around and takes an instant interest in mysterious newcomer Bee.

And if Bee and Nolan can’t keep their romance off-camera behind the scenes, then this merry cute little encounter could end up on the cutting room floor.


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