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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  1,618 ratings  ·  442 reviews
From USA Today bestselling author Jenny Holiday comes a modern fairy tale just in time for Christmas about a tough New Yorker from the other side of the tracks who falls for a princess from the other side of the world.



Leo Ricci's already handling all he can, between taking care of his little sister Gabby, driving a cab, and being the super of his apartment building in the
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 13th 2020 by Avon
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Katie B
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book had the charm of a Hallmark Christmas movie but the steamy love scenes were definitely not something that will ever be shown on that channel. I know graphic love scenes aren't every reader's thing so I figured it's best to give you fair warning. If you are fine with all that, the story is pretty cute and worth a read.

After the death of his parents, Leo gave up on some of his dreams to take care of his little sister, Gabby. Working as a cab driver, a princess hitches a ride after speaki
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Corina
Nov 29, 2020 rated it liked it
A Princess for Christmas is adorable, cute, and sweet. And the perfect holiday novel for a snowy afternoon. AND it has one of the most gorgeous holiday covers I’ve seen this year – very vintage Christmas!!!

I’ve heard the book being compared to a Hallmark Christmas movie, and I can see the resemblance.

It’s a flirty and light hearted holiday novel, with some steam, a sweet princess and a grumpy hero, who was actually a wonderful older brother taking care of his young orphaned sister. He has a wond
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This was fine, but not especially remarkable tbh.
aarya
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My three star rating means that I liked the book; it just didn't rock my socks off! Not a meh reaction. My main issue is that I'm uninterested in NYC touristy scenes, and most of the first 40% of the book features NYC touristy scenes. I became significantly more invested in the story once they packed up and traveled to Fake Genovia (I kid, I kid. Marie hails from Eldovi
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TheBibliotheque ♡
"Because why not? A cabdriver from the Bronx didn't have that many opportunities to spend the evening with a princess, and when he did - especially if she was a sad princess - he should probably seize the chance to kiss her hand.”

December's BOTM at the Romancetheque Book Club

GUYS. This was delightfully sweet and a little dirty and I-loved-it.

No complaints here.

(Now I'm kind of looking forward to hearing Max the baron talk all filthy to Dani in the next book. Jenny Holiday, he better do. You hear
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Lacey (laceybooklovers)
3.5 STARS

I was SO excited about Jenny Holiday’s Christmas romance – I’ve enjoyed Jenny’s books in the past and I always look forward to holiday books during the Christmas season. A Princess for Christmas is literally Hallmark movie level, except much more steamy, which I will never complain about. This Christmas romance between a European princess who’s trying to save her country from financial downfall and a New York City taxi cab driver who’s taking care of his orphaned younger sister is sweet
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Jacob Proffitt
This was very cute, but I bogged down hard in the middle.

I was primarily engaged with Marie, which I found surprising because she's the wish-fulfillment entrée and more than a little far-fetched. Indeed, the thing Holiday does best is getting the characterization right and that starts with her. She's a princess, sure, but with a sense of perspective and a strong desire to do, and be, good. She is, in fact, charming and I just loved how willing she was to be involved with the people around her an
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Berit☀️✨
A festive fairytale bursting with charm and cheer. Jenny Holiday will enchant you with this sweet Story sprinkled with sizzle and joy. Leo is a New York City cab driver who is busy working and raising is younger sister Gabby. One day while off duty and driving his sister home from school his sister insists he pulls over to pick up the princess on the side of the road. Leo thinking this must be someone in costume was surprised to find out that Marie was a real live princess. A real live princess ...more
BernLuvsBooks
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Hallmark holiday love story’s older, sexier sister! This one will make you both smile and blush. 😉 ⁣

Princess Marie of Eldovia is traveling in NY and desperately trying to hail a cab in Manhattan. Off duty cabbie Leo Ricci takes pity on her and stops to give her a ride. When Marie asks him to be her driver for the rest of her visit he can’t turn down her lucrative offer.⁣

The more time they spend together, the more sparks fly! I loved Marie and Leo together. They had such great chemist
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Mara
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars - I have been hearing great things about this author, so I thought I would dip my toes in with her with one of my favorite kinds of contemporary romances... a Christmas romance. This was really fun- it reads basically like a Hallmark movie but with dirty talk. Works for me! Looking forward to more from this author
Stacee
Well, I must admit that I don’t often read Christmas-y books and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a hallmark movie. If those things are your jam, I think you’d love this.

I liked Marie and Leo well enough. They’re both struggling on their own for different reasons and see a kindred spirit on each other. For me, that didn’t translate to chemistry and I wanted more of a connection. Gabby was delightful and stole every scene she was in. And I’m always a sucker for a stoic staff member jumping in to hel
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Toni
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Well, I wasn’t even going to admit I read this, but that would be silly.
During the month of December, 2020, I put all my current books aside and focused on reading only cozy cute and Christmasy books. Of course, that included some romance and rom-coms too. I even read and/or listened to a few past favs from Elin Hilderbrand and Nancy Thayer.

Jenny Holiday was a new author for me and my library had it available. It fit the bill for everything I wanted and plus some. Pretty Princess from a small,
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Carrie
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Review coming soon.
JenReadsRomance
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book a lot. I know everyone enjoys a Christmas movie, but this was even better for me. All of the charm but...you know...with a lot more kissing. Lol.

I also liked that the Gabby (Leo's little sister) was a fully formed character and not just a plot moppet.
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Christie«SHBBblogger»

Title: A Princess for Christmas
Series: Standalone
Author: Jenny Holiday
Release date: October 13, 2020
Cliffhanger: no
Genre: contemporary romance, holiday romance

A Princess for Christmas was a very cute and light holiday read for when you get into the Hallmark movie/rom-com mode. I know I may get a lot of slack for this, but personally I have never been into those sugary sweet made for tv movies. The cheese factor was always a little over the top for me, but I know I'm in the minority there. Usual
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Clara (The Bookworm of Notre-Dame)
This was fun and sweet!
Juliana
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
What happens you mix a regular Joe with the Princess of Eldovia?
A self-aware Hallmark style book with very cringy sex scenes that reads more like bad porn.


I went into this book expecting a cutesy Hallmark type romance. It really seemed to be going that way in the beginning. Leo is a taxi driver just trying to survive as he takes care of his younger sister Gabby after their parents died. They see a woman trying to hail a cab and Gabby begs him to pick her up. It turns out she's a princess! Within
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mindful.librarian ☀️
Sigh. All my Christmas romance wishes came true ❤️🎄 A new absolute favorite holiday read that just raised the bar super super high ~ it’ll be tough to beat this one! Just a heads up that this is fairly steamy for the Christmas romance subgenre, so brace yourself!
Heather
Oct 08, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars - this book was absolutely adorable and fluffy and if you like Hallmark Christmas movies and their cheesiness and predictability, this book is totally for you. The characters were lovely, the setting was ideal, and of course, the ending is soooo cute. :)

Thank you to Avon and Edelweiss for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Sarah Louise
This was quite literally being transported into a Hallmark Christmas movie, but with the added pleasure of a few steamy moments.

Working two jobs to make ends meet, Leo is struggling as the parental figure for his eleven-year-old sister. Luck finds him in the form of Marie, Princess of Eldovia, as Leo is hired to chauffeur Her Royal Highness around New York City. Their relationship was absolutely sweet, building from a bit of an annoyance with each other and developing into a connection they've b
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The Bookend Diner
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Avon Books for gifting me a copy of A Princess for Christmas by Jenny Holiday.

Holiday reads, do you enjoy them? I have to admit that I have never enjoyed them — just like I’ve not been a huge fan of the Hallmark holiday movies either. Just too much cheese. But, this year, something clicked and I have LOVED reading holiday books. I think that my brain is just happy to have something with some predictability and comfort. Because isn’t that the basis for these books - you know that two
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Becky
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Don’t let the illustrated cover fool you - this was perfection! Like a Hallmark movie, but with more depth, shade thrown at Hallmark movies, and way more than just a chaste kiss at the end! ⁣

After reading the first two in her Matchmaker Bay series, I am a big Jenny Holiday fan - in fact, I still need to read her backlist! ⁣

The dialogue in the book was 𝗼𝘂𝘁𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴; the opening chapter had me cackling, and I made my husband read it as well because it was just too good! And there were lines that
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Asheley
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
A regular guy and a real princess cross paths in NYC at Christmastime. There is a lot of snow and a lot of hot chocolate. It's just like a sexy Hallmark movie. I loved it!! ...more
Phoebe (readandwright) Wright
If you know me, you know I love anything royal. It’s probably one of my favorite subgenres/tropes used in book, especially romance, because I’m just obsessed. I spoke a bit about it on Read It Or List It, but it just makes it feel a bit more magical and raises the stakes.

So, I knew A Princess for Christmas would be on my holiday TBR. I read it on Thanksgiving and it was such a fun read, plus it surprised me by getting pretty steamy!

Thank you to Avon Books for my copy! All thoughts are my own.
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Katie Prouty
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
The princess of Eldovia and the cabdriver from the Bronx. Meet-cute…Girl jumping up and down, waving her hands in the air like a runway worker at La Guardia trying to signal a plane gone rogue, looking all wedding cake topper. Leo Ricci, knight in a yellow taxi, the working-class guy from the Bronx, picks up Miss Cake Topper, otherwise known as, Her Royal Highness Marie Josephine Annagret Elena, Princess of Eldovia. Damsels in distress got to Leo every time. The pair strike up a friendship and P ...more
Grace
Every year I put holiday books on hold in late November/early December and at least one hold doesn't come in until after the holidays. A Princess for Christmas was this year's late-arriving hold, and I'm glad I read it anyway because it was very charming. It probably could have used a little more character development around the resolution, but for the most part, this was a really readable story with characters I liked spending time with. My biggest complaint was there was no explanation for why ...more
Shay | Books Are Magic Too
"This Hallmark movie is about to get a lot more interesting."

Having read Mermaid Inn & Paradise Cove recently, this was an obvious must read holiday title for me, I could not wait to read it!

If you’re a rom-com lover, odds are you’re a big fan of the classic Hallmark Christmas movies and this book gave the perfect mix of dreamy Princess vibes + the steam you hope for in your happily ever after.

One of the things I loved most about this book was we met Leo & Marie in New York and then traveled t
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Zoe
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Charming, sweet, and surprisingly steamy. Great choice for the holidays.
Jessica (the naptime writer)
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jenny Holiday, author of this adorable, smack you in the feelings romance, calls it “a Hallmark-style Christmas book” in the Acknowledgments & while I haven’t watched a Hallmark movie before I definitely got some of those isn’t-this-book-cuddly-&-cozy vibes I associate with the genre.

I’m a big fan of Jenny Holiday’s books. They’re emotionally resonant, they’re sexy, & they’re beautifully written. A Princess for Christmas is all of those things: it’s also , super sweet, & it features a working cl
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Teresa
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020
This book just made me so happy. It hit me at the perfect time. I'd normally hold off a bit on Christmas reads but it was snowing here and so why not? Super glad I did because it just cheered me up so much. I loved all the characters, so I was extra glad to see there will be more books.

I think the first Jenny Holiday series I tried was at a time I wasn't into contemporary much. But now I've gone on such a run of adoring her books, I can't wait to go back and read more.
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Jenny Holiday started writing in fourth grade, when her awesome hippie teacher, between sessions of Pete Seeger singing and anti-nuclear power plant letter writing, gave the kids notebooks and told them to write stories. Most of Jenny’s featured poltergeist, alien invasions, or serial killers who managed to murder everyone except her and her mom. She showed early promise as a romance writer, thoug ...more

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