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The girl who loves Christmas falls for the Grinch—it’s a Christmas miracle.

What started as a dumpster fire of a blind date turns into a deal.

In truth, it probably didn’t help that I showed up dressed like an elf but that’s a story for another time. Our start was rocky at best which is why it’s so frustrating that I can’t stop thinking about his sexy British accent. Or the way his chest and arms fill out his suit. Or his perfect hair with that single streak of grey at the front.

Santa likes lists and so do I, so here’s all the reasons why Andrew and I aren’t right for each other:

He’s my brother’s best friend
He’s the biggest grump I’ve ever met.
He hates Christmas.

That last one is big for a girl like me who thinks that the entire month of December should be a national holiday. So, when he calls for my help in planning his firm’s holiday party, I can’t pass up the opportunity to grow my small business. Bonus, we make a deal, and he agrees to attend three holiday events with me so I can make him fall in love with Christmas. As if I’d pass up an opportunity to make a Grinch’s heart grow three times its size.

It isn’t long until I discover Andrew has a very real reason to hate Christmas and I start to see him in a different light. That’s when the Christmas miracle begins.

260 pages, Kindle Edition

First published November 15, 2022

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Profile Image for Heather Adores Books.
855 reviews465 followers
March 14, 2023
4.5⭐ rounded up.

Featuring ~ dual 1st person POV, blind date, lawyer, event planner, grump/sunshine, opposites attract, British hero, brother's best friend, best friend's sister, secret relationship, slow burn, steamage, Christmas up the wazoo

Kenzie & Andrew
Their meet cute was anything but when Andrew seems pretty disgusted with Kenzie's attire on their blind date. They part ways on a bad note, but soon Andrew needs Kenzie's help planning his office Christmas party. She agrees with one condition ~ he has to do 3 Christmas activities with her, so she can try to sway him from his Grinch ways.
Although I spent over 30 years living in New York state I have never been to NYC during Christmastime, but I feel like it was depicted perfectly.

Once all the grump gets out of Andrew he turns out to be super duper sweet. Kenzie is just over the top always sweet, and a pushover at times. I love how he helped her stand up for herself. I can't say I was impressed with why Andrew hates the holiday, but that was quite a grand gesture he did that I wasn't expecting.

Overall, a delightful story that'll be sure to get you in the Christmas spirit.

*Thanks to Piper Rayne and Valentine PR for the ARC. I am voluntarily leaving my honest review*

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1,597 reviews775 followers
December 15, 2022
If you’re looking for a brother’s best friend holiday romance, then Single and Ready to Jingle is just the book for you! This is a cute, funny, and SPICY read with all the Christmas trimmings! I was hooked the second I read that our heroine showed up to her blind date as an elf and had a hard time putting it down from there. The relationship is easy between the two even though Andrew comes off as a total Scrooge in the beginning and watching them fall in love was adorable. While I think Andrew needed to do a little more groveling for hurting Kenzi in such a cruel way towards the end, I did enjoy seeing her forgive him and how he helped her learn to say no to others (and stick up for herself). Character growth is really important to me as a reader and Piper Rayne was able to pull it off in this book despite its shorter length.

Make sure to grab this one if you’re in the mood for something sweet, fun, festive, and HOT!

• Holiday Romances
• Grumpy/Sunshine Trope
• Brother’s Best Friend Trope

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2,129 reviews13.8k followers
December 10, 2022
Eh, this was just a generic holiday romance. They get set up on a blind date and she realizes he's her brother's best friend from college. He ends up needing her help planning a Christmas party for his boss. Some things were a bit over the top and there wasn't anything too special about the characters or the plot. It was a fun way to pass the time, but nothing that really stood out.
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614 reviews157 followers
November 19, 2022
3.5 stars rounded up

I liked this cute Christmas romance with sunshiney Kenzie (h) and grumpy Andrew (H). It starts with a blind date where neither makes a good first impression on the other. But then Andrew’s office party planning brings them back together and a deal for Kenzie to try and show Andrew the spirit of Christmas is made. Also thrown in the mix of this is that Kenzie is the younger sister of Andrew’s best friend. Written in first person, dual POV. No Ow/om drama and neither were virgins (it’s implied it’s been a long time for each).

I really liked Kenzie and Andrew as characters with Kenzie wanting to be successful as an event planner but needing more support and Andrew focusing on being made partner but needing to lighten up. Their somewhat tense relationship slowly eases into friendship and then romance, although the attraction is instant. While the activities they do together and time spent planning the party lend themselves to relationship building, something about their chemistry didn’t work as well for me. I was told they felt it and I thought I should, but I didn’t quite. This may have been because of my reading mood though. Still the activities themselves were fun and I did like them together as they warmed up. Like the romance, the steam slowly develops (intentionally), but definitely gets there.

Being vulnerable also came a bit slower but felt natural given both their pasts. Both have insecurities and sensitivities because of their pasts and unfortunately the eventual conflict does play into both of theirs. The resolution was sweet and grand, but felt contrived to me. There’s a nice epilogue a year later that shows their HEA and continued to keep this story light and sweet.
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807 reviews431 followers
November 15, 2022
While I absolutely love Christmas, I haven't actually read a tonne of Christmas books, but every year, I try to read at least a few, and as soon as I heard about Piper and Rayne's SINGLE AND READY TO JINGLE, I knew it would be perfect to pick up this year, and boy was I right! :)

I absolutely adored SINGLE AND READY TO JINGLE—the tropes were fabulous, I loved the characters and the chemistry between Kenzie and Andrew was phenomenal! I also adored all of the lovely holiday rom-com vibes! It was so fun! I loved all of the Christmas-y adventures, and Kenzie's love of Christmas was so palpable! It definitely helped me get even more excited for the season!

I loved how the story progressed, and thoroughly enjoyed seeing Kenzie and Andrew fall in love...I also adored that Andrew was British! Who doesn't love an accent? ;)

Overall, I thought that SINGLE AND READY TO JINGLE was a fun, adorable and steamy holiday rom-com that had me completely hooked! I did bump my rating closer to a 4.5 just because I felt like the ending was a bit rushed, but other than that, I loved it and thought it was a wonderful story! This also happened to be Piper and Rayne's first standalone...so not only is it perfect for the holidays, but it's the perfect way for new readers to meet two of my faves! I highly recommend SINGLE AND READY TO JINGLE to rom-com lovers, especially those who love holiday romances!

Star Rating: ★★★★.5
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November 8, 2022
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The girl who loves Christmas falls for the Grinch—it’s a Christmas miracle.⁠

What started as a dumpster fire of a blind date turns into a deal.⁠

In truth, it probably didn’t help that I showed up dressed like an elf but that’s a story for another time. Our start was rocky at best which is why it’s so frustrating that I can’t stop thinking about his sexy British accent. Or the way his chest and arms fill out his suit. Or his perfect hair with that single streak of grey at the front.⁠

Santa likes lists and so do I, so here’s all the reasons why Andrew and I aren’t right for each other:⁠

He’s my brother’s best friend⁠
He’s the biggest grump I’ve ever met.⁠
He hates Christmas.⁠

That last one is big for a girl like me who thinks that the entire month of December should be a national holiday. So, when he calls for my help in planning his firm’s holiday party, I can’t pass up the opportunity to grow my small business. Bonus, we make a deal, and he agrees to attend three holiday events with me so I can make him fall in love with Christmas. As if I’d pass up an opportunity to make a Grinch’s heart grow three times its size.⁠

It isn’t long until I discover Andrew has a very real reason to hate Christmas and I start to see him in a different light. That’s when the Christmas miracle begins.

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197 reviews871 followers
December 14, 2022
Overall this was cute, but it wasn’t my favourite

Andrew is a grumpy lawyer who hates Christmas and his blind date, Kenzie, shows up dressed like elf (and she LOVES Christmas). They end up making a deal after the date: She will help him plan a Christmas party at his work and he will go to three holiday related events with her.

We have grumpy/sunshine AND brothers best friend, and yet I still didn’t like this…

The book had some cute scenes, but I felt like they were so repetitive - I would read the same thing, just in different contexts. And Andrew wasn’t your typical grump… He was actually really mean (and dramatic ugh). Usually I love a grumpy book guy, but this guy just wasn’t it.

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539 reviews332 followers
December 21, 2022
***4.5/5 Stars***

Single and Ready to Jingle was a heartwarming Christmas tale that will leave a smile on your face.  With an opposites attract, a teeny tiny smudge of an enemies to lovers and brothers best friend all rolled together, this book was so much fun!  The characters were easy to love, the story flowed seamlessly and the epilogue at the end had the most wonderful HEA!  If you're looking for an adult Christmas book to pick up this season, definitely make for sure this one is on your list!
I love Christmas.
Like, love love Christmas.
Most Americans wait until after Thanksgiving to put up their Christmas decorations, but not me.  Mine go up the day after Halloween.

Kenzie was meeting a new date at a restaurant.  Not having time to change before going to the restaurant, she showed up wearing an elf costume since she owned her own event planning business.  The bells on her shoes were so fantastic lol.  Andrew, who was a lawyer, was having none of it.  He didn't like Christmas or a grown woman looking like a cartoon character.  Andrew was cold, made her feel awful and I dubbed him as a conceited know it all!  So I was embarrassed right along with Kenzie.  She was so easy to love and her inner thoughts just make you click with her.  But at the same point, she cluelessly kept making their date worse.  I just wanted to hug her.  Learning that Andrew was Kenzie's brother's best friend felt like a broken star on her wilting Christmas tree.  They parted ways hoping to not run into one another again, yet that wasn't exactly how it worked out!
Something about this woman’s smile is infectious. It almost pulls a smile of my own out, but I stifle the urge and school my features.

Andrew aka The Grinch, was a cynical, rude, anti-Christmas man when we first met him.  So when we alternated chapters and got to be in his head, I was shocked with his thoughts.  Mind blown *my lips are zipped why*!  When Andrew asked to meet Kenzie and said he recommended her for his law firm's Christmas party, I was so excited for her opportunity!  Even if Andrew was using it as a way to get in good with one of his bosses, who he was hoping would help promote him.  But I will say, Andrew does need to be given some slack.  His past hurt ugh, he was jaded because of it.  I got why he acted the way he did.  But with Kenzie's Christmas cheer, and her deal for Andrew to attend three holiday events with her, I just knew she would start knocking down his walls!
I quickly add myself as a contact and text myself so his number will be in my phone. When I hand it back to him, he glances at the screen.
“Mrs.  Claus?” he says in a wry voice.
I laugh. “Well, that’s why you want to  hire me, isn’t it? I love Christmas and you’re hoping for a miracle?”
He chuckles and shakes his head.

This story was so adorable!  I loved all of Andrew and Kenzie's interactions and those three holiday events?!  My heart soared!  While they were opposites from one another, it was impossible not to smile when they spent time together.  I loved getting to see their different sides, since there was so much more then meets the eye.  Sprinkle that with cute little moments that made me laugh out loud, this book was such an easy win!  It was fun watching them grow and help each other, and the whole time I just wanted to shove them together.  It was a little bit of a slow burn, and as the story progressed there were some wonderful steamy scenes!  But they both had learning to do, and Kenzie and Adam pulled our hearts along for that sleigh ride!
I bring my hand to my chest in mock surprise. “Did you just make a joke?  I didn’t think you were capable.”
He rolls his eyes, and without another word, I turn and walk over to the counter to order his Americano  and my caramel macchiato.

Single and Ready to Jingle was a fabulous Christmas romance that brimmed with warmth, holiday cheer and so much joy! With ice skating, holiday cocktails, emotional families and snow falling, this book was so enjoyable!  I loved that Kenzie and Andrew were both flawed and relatable, I loved how much the side characters added and the HEA at the end perfectly closed their story.  I'm so glad I gave this book a try and now I can't wait to go read Piper Rayne's backlist!
My heart has been kick-started, it just has nothing to do with Christmas.

PS Kenzie's shirts were amazing!

*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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Profile Image for Lindsay (pawsomereads).
779 reviews419 followers
December 22, 2022
I didn’t know what to expect from this one but I ended up really enjoying it!
The writing was great from the very beginning. It was easy to read and had good pacing and flow. The reader is dropped right into the story without feeling lost.
I really like the brother’s best friend trope and this book did it so well. I love how supportive and encouraging Andrew is towards Kenzie with her career and her goals. They were so cute together and I think they complemented one another so well. The romance had just the right amount of spice, it’s sprinkled throughout but it didn’t take over the whole book. The stakes were low which is something I enjoy in a holiday romance
The only thing I didn’t love was how some scenes were repetitive with basically the same exact scenarios repeating over and over. It was really noticeable because it was a short book. The ending was also a bit cringey for my liking, things felt a little rushed.
This was a really fun and cute read with perfect Christmas vibes!
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383 reviews44 followers
November 13, 2022
I love a good steamy romance. These two were not right for each other at first. Andrew dislikes Christmas and is a scrooge about the holiday while Kenzie is all about Christmas. She even shows up on their first date as an elf! She talks Andrew into doing three Christmas things with her in order to sway his feelings about Christmas. From there things get steamy. I loved watching their love bloom and Mr. Grump change his ways. Such a fun read. Definitely a great holiday read.
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703 reviews217 followers
December 16, 2022
I really enjoyed this grumpy X sunshine Christmas romance 🥰 🎄

I followed along with the audio which i highly recommend listening to because a grumpy british man is *chefs kiss*

The spice doesn’t happen for a while but when it does 🥵

I would read more by this author
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1,750 reviews832 followers
December 1, 2022
What a delightfully sweet and swoony way to start the holiday season! Charming, heartwarming, funny, and fantastically festive, Single and Ready to Jingle is the perfect feel-good holiday read. We've got a little bit of naught and nice, Piper Rayne's ever-enchanting characters, and loads of sparkling chemistry, all wrapped together with loads of holiday fun. Fa la la la la- this festive romance has all that Christmas magic.

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355 reviews1,001 followers
December 13, 2022
I always love a good cheesy Christmas book and this didn’t disappoint.

I adored the grumpy/sunshine + brothers best friend trope, it worked so well in this story. It was surprisingly very spicy and such a fun rom-com.

The ending was a bit rushed for me but nonetheless I had a great time reading this and it put the biggest smile on my face.
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453 reviews64 followers
November 16, 2022
4,5 stars.

This one had the right Christmas cheer! Loved it! Brothers best friend, a bit enemies to lovers, secretly dating, steamy moments and a lot of Christmas vibes. It was a cute romance, no angst and completely safe. How my Christmas romances should all be. Hero was almost a book boyfriend. But to be honest, he messed up a few times and I despised how he treated his assistant. He lost some credits there!

Safety spoilers:
Safe. No OW/OM drama, cheating or sex with OP. No details about heroine’s past. Hero had a steady girlfriend in college, he proposed but she declined. It’s implied he was celibate for 10+ years. When he moved to the US, he was all about work and no women.
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3,565 reviews369 followers
November 15, 2022
This was a cute holiday read to get you in the spirit of the season.

Kenzie is an event planner that loves everything about Christmas so it's no surprise that when required she will jump into action and dress the part, which is why when she was running late for a blind date she showed up dressed as an Elf. I loved that she didn't want to keep her date waiting and instead decided to go in what she was wearing since she didn't have a change of clothes with her but Andrew didn't exactly feel the same. Lets just call him a British Scrooge.

Andrew and Kenzie were opposites when it came to Christmas but they definitely didn't lack in the chemistry area. I really enjoyed watching the slow burn of these two come to the point where they couldn't keep their hands to themselves any longer. It was also fun to see a couple from a past book/series of Piper Rayne's show up, I won't say who it was but since the story takes place in New York you can narrow it down to those that live in that location and not Alaska.

If you are looking for a Steamy Contemporary Romance to get you in the mood for the holidays I think this one will do it, especially if you enjoy the Brothers Best Friend Trope.

Happy Reading!!!

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561 reviews138 followers
November 11, 2022
Single and Ready to Jingle was my first holiday book this season and was so much fun. Piper Rayne writes the perfect brother’s best friend grumpy/sunshine and man oh man does our heroine, Kenzie, shine.

I loved her from her very first jingle when Kenzie walked into the restaurant to meet her blind date who happens to be a sexy Brit. She was comfortable in her own skin and such a positive light. Love how she stood up for herself and wouldn’t let Andrew, aka the broody grump, taint her Christmas spirit.

The author writes such loveable, relatable characters that evolve on every page. They both have insecurities that, unbeknownst to them, affected their behavior, and as readers, you will route for these two opposites attract the entire time.

Kenzie did not have the greatest upbringing, yet she still forged her own path and had confidence to start her own business as an event planner. Andrew was a successful attorney vying for partner, and was such a stuffed shirt at first. I loved his growth and how he just gravitated towards her, let down his guard, and allowed himself to enjoy life for the first time in a long time. I swooned every time he was a gentleman–simple things like walking closer to the street to keep her safe, buying loads of hot chocolate because it was something she enjoyed, and getting her a birthday gift was so very personal and thoughtful that it made me tear up.

Their relationship grew physical and the steam could sure melt the snow! He was generous in the bedroom and a giver for sure! They brought out the best in each other and it really made my heart happy. Loved how her relationship with her brother improved, all of the secondary characters including his boss’ wife who was a bit eccentric and crazy, and all of the fun dates she planned to get his icy heart to enjoy the holiday season.

Kenzie and Andrew made their own HEA, even though he had to grovel a bit to get there, and the ending really warmed my heart. Single and Ready to Jingle is the perfect stand-alone rom-com for the holidays! All the feels!
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311 reviews47 followers
November 17, 2022
Single and Ready to Jingle by Piper Rayne
Rating: 4.5 stars
Steam: 2 chili
Pub Date: 11/15

When Kenzie, a Christmas fanatic, shows up to her blind date with Andrew, a total Scrooge, dressed like a Christmas elf, Andrew is not impressed. He acts like a jerk all through dinner and they part ways with no intention of ever seeing each other again. But they do reconnect soon after when Andrew needs someone to plan a last minute holiday party for his law firm. He’s trying to make partner and begs Kenzie to plan the party so that he can impress his boss. She agrees, but only if Andrew will let her plan three Christmas activities for them to do together so she can show Andrew how much fun Christmas can be.

This was a lot of fun and had ALL the Christmas vibes I was hoping for. Andrew is Kenzie’s brother’s best friend, so that adds a forbidden element to this grumpy/sunshine story, along with the one bed, opposites-attract, slow-burn tropes that I love. It’s also first-person dual POV which is a favorite for me, too.

Andrew’s past is holding him back from dating and the reason he hates Christmas. Kenzie is a people pleaser to a fault and her ray of sunshine exterior is hiding some dark insecurities brought on by her parent’s expectations. She helps Andrew shed some of his Grinchiness, and he helps her stand up for herself. Together they make a great team, and it was a lot of fun watching their relationship develop. It helps that it was deliciously steamy, too.

This was four and a half stars instead of five because the ending was too Hallmarky-perfect for me. I think the story was moving along at the perfect pace, and then it just ended, and I was hoping for just a little bit more.

Overall, l really enjoyed this and wholeheartedly recommend this to my Hallmark-loving, spicy book fans who need all the Christmas vibes this time of year. This is my first book by the Piper Rayne duo, and it won’t be my last! Thank you to Valentine PR and Piper Rayne for the gifted copy! Single and Ready to Jingle is out on 11/15.
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813 reviews87 followers
December 20, 2022
Well I just loved that to pieces!!!! It’s your classic Christmas Lover meets The Grinch, and vows to take said Grinch on several Christmas activities until The Grinch’s heart grows three sizes. But I didn’t care that it’s predictable, I loved it! Kenzie meets her blind date dressed as a full blown elf. In her defense, she was working an event and if she went home to change, she would be late! She hates being late. So when Andrew sees her dressed like a Christmas idiot, at a five star restaurant, his corporate lawyer insides squirm in distaste.

When they quickly realize that he’s her older brother’s best friend from law school who she never met, they use that as an excuse to write off any chance at a relationship. Which is just fine, because when Andrew is a jackass to her and hurts her feelings, she leaves his ass at the restaurant, alone. After, Andrew is still thinking about her while at work, and sees an opportunity to both apologize to her, and get her a job while so saving his ass. She agrees to plan the annual Christmas party with his boss’s beloved fiancé, but only if Andrew goes with her on three different non-dates so that he has a chance at loving Christmas.

These two fight their attraction, but it’s no use, and they morph from friends to the sweetest, most earnest and adorable couple eveeerrrr. Andrew battles some serious insecurities due to an old relationship, and Kenzie deals with crippling insecurity because of her neglectful parents. She hates confrontation and lets everyone walk all over her, and he doesn’t trust his ability to read a person he’s in a relationship with, but they work on each other and themselves, and it all ended up just fine. Absolutely loved Kenzie and Andrew, both separately and together, this was a treat!!
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501 reviews393 followers
December 13, 2022
4.5 stars

This one was wonderful!! The end was a little rushed with everything but that’s really the only bad thing I have to say!

I felt holly & jolly while reading (listening) and definitely think this is a great read for Christmas!

Spice: 🌶🌶

Holiday romance
Brothers best friend
Forced proximity
One bed
Grumpy sunshine
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789 reviews102 followers
December 4, 2022
Adorable #ChristmasRomance !😍

I love everything by #PiperRayne and their newest romance was no exception. It was adorable and absolutely fun to read! The first scene in the restaurant already made me laugh out loud, in parts because it was so ridicilous and gave me second hand embarassement, but I also loved it because Kenzie was unapologetically herself! #strongfemalecharacter 🔥

#SingleAndReadyToJingle also had the perfect mix of #GrumpySunshine characters that were also REAL! This book has an agreement, some hidden feelings, dating in secrecy and OF COURSE a grand gesture in the end. 😌

The epilogue was a little too quick for my liking. I would have loved to see the things that happened in the epilogue sometime during the story. That being said I wouldn't have protested if this book would have been longer to fit all these things either, cause I always enjoy my Piper Rayne books.😋

All in all: A lovely christmas story that catapulted me right into the festive holiday mood, a cute romance and likeable characters!❤️
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59 reviews1 follower
December 9, 2022
“Half-chub” is used multiple times which should tell you all you need to know
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312 reviews5 followers
December 19, 2022

Cute smutty Christmas romance. However, I could go the rest of my life without hearing somebody refer to the male genitalia as a “half chub” again.
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354 reviews30 followers
December 18, 2022
f: Kenzie (28)
m: Andrew (34)

I have to start by saying, illustrated covers are not my favorite… but this one might be! It’s absolutely adorable and I appreciate the small details, like the elf costume, the string lights, and it doesn’t hurt that the background color is my favorite color!

I felt so bad for Kenzie on their first date! Talk about how awkward it is to be dressed up as an elf and then to have Andrew acting like a dick and making you feel even worse about yourself? When it came to the first chapter, it was hard to like Andrew. Within a few short chapters, I’m happy to say he quickly changed my mind due to his old fashioned chivalrous values! It was the little things like insisting on walking her home to make sure she was safe, walking together and always being on the side closest to the street, and opening doors for her that made me appreciate him.

I enjoyed and very much connected with Kenzie’s love for the holidays! I loved her positive outlook, trying to make the best of undesired situations, such as showing up to a first date dressed up in an elf costume. I did share similar feelings as Andrew when it came to her kindness being taken advantage of or when she would accept things that didn’t make her happy to avoid causing conflict or inconvenience for others.

I wasn’t a fan of how Andrew talked to Kenzie during the conflict. I understand it touched on past wounds, but the way he spoke wasn’t the kindest in my opinion. I was a bit surprised with the direction the ending took but I completely understood how it was an important aspect to show the growth from the characters and their fears. Overall, I loved this holiday story and it’s one of my favorites from this holiday season so far!

Favorite Quotes:
Me being attracted to Andrew would be akin to Mrs. Claus having an affair with the Grinch. -Kenzie

“neither of us had that ‘I have to have you or I’ll die’ feeling for the other. And I think that’s what you need to make it through the tough times. Otherwise, you’ll just dust your hands off and let the relationship go when things get tough.” -Andrew

“Don’t let other people think stop you from taking a risk at being happy.” -Mr. Simons
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46 reviews3 followers
December 28, 2022
cute but not life changing. there were a lot of tropes in this book and sometimes they made zero sense. it was a quick read just like this relationship (wtf was that ending??) so it's easy to overlook the pitfalls.
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2,789 reviews233 followers
December 21, 2022
This was for sure Christmas cute until it took a left turn into Crazyville.

I hated the Christmas party scene and just wish if there needed to be angst it could have been delivered differently. It WAS unprofessional and wrong, wrong, wrong.

And then that end, yeah. Crazyville.

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118 reviews
December 7, 2022
You already know how I’m going to rate this cheesy, holiday romance. Even when it’s predictable, I can’t help but smile and be happy.
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222 reviews14 followers
November 10, 2022
Brothers best friend
One bed
Enemies to Lovers

Kenzie is crazy about Christmas, and all things holiday spirit. She is also party planner, and she goes on a blind date with someone she meet through a dating app. Since she’s running behind she shows up in an Elf Costume. Better than being late right?

Andrew is British and a lawyer. He despises Christmas and everything about the holiday. He’s who Kenzie meets on her blind date, and he’s appalled she would turn up in such ridiculous attire. Shocker the date was a disaster even more so when they realized Kenzie is Andrews best mates sister.

Andrew in a desperate attempt to save his boss new wife’s Christmas party offers Kenzies service. Kenzie agrees, but only if Andrew will go on three Christmas fun filled outings with her.

There’s nothing better than a grumpy/ sunshine Christmas romcom, especially when it PACKS on the spice. I absolutely loved this story, and all Kenzies funny pun Christmas shirts.
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834 reviews99 followers
December 21, 2022
2.5 stars

This was actually pretty nice, weren't it for a totally botched ending. Don't get me wrong, it's again the VERY SAME christmas romance formula of "he's grumpy and hates the holidays, she's sunshine and loves the holidays" 😭😭💀🤡

Like...would it hurt anyone if you just wrote it the other way around sometimes. Or just not have it as some kind of enormous, profound difference in a budding relationship. You know, a bit like...one likes holiday season moderately, the other dislikes it moderately and they just have a hot, budding romance with all the holiday-themed stuff in the background. It sounds mild when you put it like that, but it also sounds hella refreshing to me 🙃

Anyway...Andrew's and Kenzie's story, predictable as it was, was also pretty warm and charming. I did appreciate an attempt at giving these characters some backstory and past and characterization deeper than one simple personality trait. Also loved the combo of tropes: grumpy + sunshine (also in a predictable configuration) + best friend's sister + reluctant allies/co-operation. Plus, Andrew was a lawyer and it's a rare occasion when I don't find fictional lawyers hot.

What didn't work then?

🤡 third-act conflict and he grovels, but then he also does a big gesture of proposing and it's literally after 3 weeks of them dating, and I'm out, BYE

🤡 in the epilogue it's mentioned in Kenzie's inner-monologue that they want to wait with kids, because they want some time to just themselves, and I'm doing a mental happy dance for this once in a blue moon HEA that doesn't end with pregnancy/kids, but nah! my joy is untimely! right there in the end Kenzie blesses Andrew with the news of unexpected pregnancy and everyone is overjoyed but this very bitter reader who is so over the idea of procreation being the only available source of joy in a happy relationship

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1,183 reviews222 followers
November 8, 2022
Single and Ready to Jingle is brother’s best friend romance, but make it Christmas!

When Kenzie is late for a blind date she decides to show up to the date dressed as an elf instead of going home to change. Respecting other people’s time is more important to her than dressing appropriately. Too bad Andrew doesn’t feel the same. Thus begins their tumultuous relationship.

Single and Ready to Jingle is a slow burn with a fairly decent amount of spice. It’s enough to make the build up worth the wait.

I’ve seen a few early reviews label this as the grumpy/sunshine trope and while I agree, I think it comes with a caveat as well. Kenzie is the epitome of sunshine, however Andrew isn’t as grumpy as a lot of other characters from novels I’ve read with this trope. I absolutely loved this as this trope isn’t one of my favourites.

Single and Ready to Jingle is bursting with Christmas cheer as Kenzie tries to warm Andrew’s Grinch heart. Though these moments were few and far between, I enjoyed them immensely as Piper Rayne easily sets the Christmas tone and angst through these interactions.

Overall, Single and Ready to Jingle is an excellent Christmas read that’ll get readers in the holiday spirit with a little bit of spice to melt the ice.

***I received an arc via Valentine PR in exchange for an honest review.
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