Book Review: A Very Grumpy Christmas by Jerica MacMillan


A Very Grumpy Christmas by Jerica MacMillan

November 22, 2021

Holiday Fiction/Holiday Romance/Christmas/Small Town Romance



My neighbor is a Grinch.

Since I run the Christmas Emporium and sometimes moonlight as an elf, that’s kind of a problem for me.

No surprise, though. When I brought over cookies to welcome him to the neighborhood this summer, he slammed the door in my face.

Until he brings his kid to visit Santa one of the days I’m working as an elf, and I realize there are key parts of their story I’m missing …

  • The little girl is his much younger sister, not his daughter.
  • He’s her guardian since their parents died in a tragic accident.

Now all of his handsome, broody glares make so much more sense. As one of Santa’s elves, I make it my mission to make this Christmas as special for them as possible. Which somehow includes trespassing on his property to hang Christmas lights and braiding the little girl’s hair regularly.

Despite his glares and grumpiness, I discover the soft underbelly of the beast. Will this Grinch’s heart grow three sizes as well? And if it does, will it have room for me?

A Very Grumpy Christmas is a standalone, small town, neighbors to lovers romance featuring a grumpy single dad and the sunshiny neighbor who’s determined to make his Christmas better. Full of heat and heart with an HEA guaranteed!




The Elf and the Grinch

Liked the characters, though the kid sister was bit bratty (age appropriate though). A sweet and sexy Christmas read of opposites attract. She’s full of Christmas cheer; he’s grumpy (but for a good reason). A Very Grumpy Christmas is well written and fast paced. I loved watching their friendship, trust, and physical relationship grow.

Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel (June 29, 2022)

eBook copy provided by Kim Law (giveaway Jan 2022)



Jerica MacMillan is a lifelong reader and lover of romance. Nothing beats escaping into a book and watching people fall in love, overcome obstacles, and find their happily ever after. She was recently named a semi finalist in Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write 2015 contest.

Jerica is living her happily ever after in North Idaho with her husband and two children. She spends her days building with blocks, admiring preschooler artwork, and writing while her baby naps in the sling. Sign up for her book club to receive a free book.

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