The Party is the first in the Dear Santa holiday romance novella series by Mona Ingram. This review will be quick because the novella was quick and nothing happened.
I mean, things happened. A struggling catering employee relaxes a bit at the end of a big party for a fancy tech company at the invitation of a man she assumes is a fellow caterer. He is in fact the tech company’s mysterious CEO instead! Bum bum BUUUUUUUM!!
They are attracted to each other, he starts to court her, he meets her young brother who is on the autism spectrum and immediately takes him under his wing. The two fall in love and her brother gets his dream job and a girlfriend and everyone is happy forever and ever amen.
There’s no real conflict in this book. Even the reveal of who he is goes without much ado. I have nothing to really say against Ingram or her book. It read like how I play the Sims. Nothing bad happens because there’s a pleasant sense of escapism in entering a world where you can make things turn out ok. I can’t hate it, but I can’t say I feel compelled to read the rest of the series. Check it out for a little palate cleanser after something troubling or stressful happens in your life or in the books you’re reading.