Thursday, January 12, 2023

REVIEW: The Holiday Trap by Roan Parrish



The Holiday Trap continues my love affair with Roan Parrish books. Every time I pick one up I wonder why it's been so long since I've read her, which then sets off a search for anything of hers I haven't read to read, subsequently catching up with all of her novels and then the process begins again when I pick up her next new things.

In The Holiday Trap Truman and Greta both need to escape their current living situations and through a mutual friend, they swap households for a month. Truman ends up on a small island town in Maine and Greta ends up in New Orleans. Through accidental meetings both find new friends and romance and as their time is coming to a close in their swapped cities, they both must decide what to do next. I really enjoyed both narratives because even though they had different inciting incidents, they both had some similar anxieties as well. It was fun to see Greta get to know my old stomping grounds (Nola) and see it through her eyes and it was interesting to explore a small town that I knew nothing about. Both places offered fresh new faces to Greta and Truman as well as much needed perspective. 

I loved getting to know them all --the main characters, the secondary characters, and the towns as characters. This is definitely a great Christmas time read but honestly, it could be read any time and be just as enjoyable. And now, of course, I'm waiting for the next Roan Parrish new release.  



For fans of Alexandria Bellefleur and Casey McQuiston comes a charming, hilarious, and heartwarming LGBTQIA+ romcom about two separate couples finding love over the holidays from acclaimed author Roan Parrish!


Greta Russakoff loves her tight-knit family and tiny Maine hometown, but they can't seem to understand what it's like to be a lesbian living in such a small world. When an act of familial meddling goes way too far, she realizes just how desperately she needs space to figure out who she is.

Truman Belvedere's heart is crushed when he learns that his boyfriend has a secret life including a husband and daughter. Reeling, all he wants is a place to lick his wounds far, far away from Louisiana.

Enter a mutual friend with a life-altering idea: swap homes for the holidays. For one perfect month, Greta and Truman will have a chance to experience a whole new world...and maybe fall in love with the partner of their dreams. But all holidays must come to an end, and eventually these two transplants will have to decide whether the love (and found family) they each discovered so far from home is worth fighting for.

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