This Christmas, a good reputation can really get in a girl’s way . . .
As long as she can remember, Bella Erikson’s been the unofficial sweetheart of Ghost Falls, Utah. And ever since Nate Evans dipped her braids in purple paint in the first grade, he’s been her dream guy. Not that she minds the attention, but sometimes she wishes people saw more in her than just the girl who still has a crush on Sheriff Evans. She has a life after all, a new bridal shop to run, and more mature relationships to pursue . . .
Nate knows he’s not good enough for sweet Bella. But he’s pretty sure the new guy sending her heart emojis and giant bouquets isn’t either. And when Bella’s suitor turns stalker, protecting Bella isn’t just Nate’s instinct—it’s his duty. Crammed together for safety and really talking for the first time in years, Bella and Nate can’t fight the moment their chemistry turns into pyrotechnics. Whether it will burn them out or light up the sky, only time will tell . . .
Becoming Bella is a Hallmark movie wrapped inside a romance novel with a dash of Lifetime, and perfect for someone looking for a quick, Christmas-y read. I grew to like Bella as a main character, but I liked her best at the end when she stood up for herself and what she wanted. Nate wasn’t my favorite male lead, and I wouldn’t have been disappointed if she had thrown a major curveball and ended with someone else. *cough, cough* Daniel. I know the author is hinting at Daniel being in a different relationship, but I would’ve shipped it.
I have to warn you: I’m not a huge fan of alpha males, and Nate had that vibe about him. There were a few scenes where I snarled my nose at what he said, but there were others where I couldn’t help but say, “Awe.” He was sweet, in his own way, and in the end I liked him. But I also wanted to knock him over the head a few times.
Since this is book two in a companion series, I liked seeing how the couple from book one ended up (even though I haven’t read that book). They were adorable and cute, and I am curious about the rest of the family.
If you like romance novels or want something to read on an afternoon at the beach of under the Christmas tree, this is perfect! You can read it in any season and enjoy it.