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Window Shopping by Tessa Bailey

misaqi's review

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emotional funny lighthearted medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.75

This is a book version of a porn Hallmark movie.

intensej's review

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fast-paced

2.0

This book just did not work for me. I thought the premise was fun for a Christmas romance, but the characters just felt flat to me. The sex scenes were spicy, but the lack of chemistry and the insta-love between Aiden and Stella made me cringe. Aiden's character reminded me of Ted Lasso, and his super nice guy energy was too forced. This book reminded me of a historical Christmas romance that also features a department store and window displays (what are the chances?): Miracle on Ladies' Mile. I only gave it 1.5 stars, but it might be good for someone looking for a Christmas novella. 

melissaeck's review against another edition

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lighthearted

3.0

rachhhelllllll's review against another edition

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  • Loveable characters? Yes

4.5

Again, would have loved to see their relationship evolve as a couple but this was a shorter work of hers and she loves that time jump epilogue 

Aiden >>>🥹

exquisite_tragedy's review

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4.0

Tropes/Themes:
-MF contemporary romance
-Age gap
-Grump (h) x Sunshine (H)
-Forbidden (boss x employee)
-Smitten hero
-Christmas romance
-Dual POV
-Standalone

This was exactly the type of Christmas romance I was looking for!! This book follows Stella (an ex-con looking for a fresh start) and Aiden (the manager of a high-end department store). One day Aiden sees Stella standing outside their display window and is instantly smitten. Without knowing he’s actually the store manager, she starts telling him what she would have done differently with the window. Unbeknownst to her, Aiden is actually in the market for a new window dresser so he encourages her to apply. I absolutely loved this take on the reverse grump x sunshine trope. Stella was a real grinch at times (which was completely understandable given her past experiences and reservations about the future), so it was sweet watching her slowly melt and recognize that she’s worthy of her own HEA. I was obsessed with Aiden and his collection of bow-ties. He knew that Stella was meant to be his from the moment he laid eyes on her outside of the department store. There was nothing that Stella could have revealed or done that would have impacted his complete adoration of her, which was so swoon worthy. I’d recommend this one to anyone who has historically loved Tessa Bailey’s writing, characters, and spicy times.

Story: 4/5
Audiobook: 5/5 (narrated by Alexa Morden & Sam Rushton)
Length 7h38min

nyanya's review against another edition

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challenging funny hopeful inspiring lighthearted reflective relaxing fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

1.0

fatimahafya's review

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4.0

Such a cute short read for the holidays!!

larissareadsalot's review

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3.0

♥️ Really unique characters. I feel like the story would have made more sense without the whole she’s been to jail thing. 

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4.0

This was steamier than I'm used to, but I didn't hate it. I'm not sure if it's the holiday spirit or if I was just in a great mood, but I found this story really cute for insta-love. I loved it for a quick and spicy read.

evarano's review

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5.0

This boooook omg. I loved it. Aiden Cook is perfect. It’s refreshing to have the grumpy character be the female. This book is short, sweet and very quick, the relationship develops really fast, but the writing is so good it’s believable. And the spice is on point! There were a couple small things, one being that Covid is mentioned but only a couple of times and then nothing else changes so it made it hard to buy in, it should’ve been left out completely. A couple of times it mentions using protection, and it’s specifically noted, but other times it’s not at all, and Stella doesn’t always refer to Aiden as what he is to her (no spoilers). I could not put this book down, I stayed up way too late reading it because it’s such a feel good, toe curling, huge smile story. Must read.