ARC Review: A Christmas Day at the Office by Matt Dunn

cover96632-mediumTitle: A Christmas Day at the Office (A Day at the Office)

Author: Matt Dunn

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

Expected Publishing Date: October 11, 2016

Genre: Contemporary, Romantic Comedy

Format: eBook, Paperback

Page Count: 302

Rating: 3.5 Stars



One Christmas party. Two merging companies. Free-flowing champagne. What could possibly go wrong?

With her new billionaire boss in town, Sophie’s determined to swap the No-Jobs she meets on Tinder for her very own Steve Jobs. But will looking like a million dollars be enough to kick-start a Fifty Shades adventure?

A ring in his pocket and dressed to kill, Calum’s planning to get down on one knee. Though if Mia doesn’t say ‘yes’, he’s not sure he’ll ever get back up.

Julie’s got a surprise for Mark—though it’s something she’s not even sure she wants. Meanwhile, Mark’s got another choice to make: the love of his life, or the opportunity of a lifetime?

With his job on the line, and the ex who broke his heart back on the scene, Nathan’s day is becoming a nightmare. But he’s about to meet the woman of his dreams.

This year’s office Christmas party should be a night to remember—but for five of Seek Software’s employees, it might be one they’d sooner forget.


♦ Personal Thought ♦

Sometimes I do things in a backward way, like reading book two before reading book one. Which could not be effective as there might be some plot that I missed. But when a chance of reading A Christmas Day at the Office came, I really don’t want to miss it for the world! Fortunately though – much as I clobber myself upside the head for delaying finishing A Day at the Office over and over again – I found myself enjoying the five characters’s shenanigans in this book.

A Christmas Day at the Office is a charming rom com set in London that was laugh-induced without being overly comical about it. The five protagonist – not that there was any antagonist in the story – were regular people, each with their own personal problems. In one day, these five people started it planning something but ending up doing not exactly as they planned, but still came up none the worst for it. Some even got their promising HEA beginnings.

Besides the humour that resulting from natural and ordinary things – not over the top or slapstick sort of jokes – I also loved how not perfect each of the character was. They were a mix of people you saw in everyday’s life. And so did the things they were dealing with, the mistakes and unfortunate daft things they did.

But the downside of a book this length with that many characters was, how limited each exposure of any one person was. And so I didn’t feel enough depth on each stories, especially – on this book – on Sophie’s.

To reacquaint myself with Matt Dunn‘s works though, this book served its purpose. I also thought – despite the tied-up to A Day at the Office this book could be read as a standalone! For certain I’d dig up other titles of this author that I’ve had to read and to lift up my mood! And of course, I’m looking forward to any new release penned by him.

Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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