Noelle never seems to come first. In her family, she’s the second daughter. In her college classes, she’s in a battle for top spot with the annoyingly clever Aaron. Her best friend, Eve, is richer and prettier and she just managed to hook up with Corey, the guy Noelle has had a crush on for years.
Now, their whole group of friends is heading for a 10-day getaway in the Christmas town of Leavenworth, where Noelle will have to watch Corey and Eve together. To make matters worse, she’s stuck sitting next to Aaron, who happens to also be Corey’s best friend, for the whole flight. One too many drinks over the Midwest, and she ends up spilling the beans about her crush.
Just when she thinks she’s blown it all, Aaron lets her in on a secret: he’s always wanted a shot with Eve. The relationship between Eve and Corey is just a fling, so maybe, by working together, they can find a way to break the new couple up and both get what they want. It might be a gamble, but anything worth having is worth playing dirty for.
Noelle is at an off-campus party with her best friend, Eve. They have had a long history of friendship. Noelle is introverted and Olivia’s younger sister. Oh, it sucks that her crush Corey is sleeping with her best friend. But in all honestly, I don’t think Eve knows she likes him. Corey’s best friend Aaron is extroverted as well .but he seems to be not so put together. Interestingly, we get his pov.
Things get interesting as they and the girls and a bunch of college students go to a cabin in the woods for ten days. Aaron and Noelle are a lot alike. They even have the same interests and smarts. Aaron seems to have a crush on Eve. Ahh, these how the best friend is scheming up something naughty.
Ah, now I understand the title of the book. This book gets steamy as fate seems to decide for them who should be with who. Things get complicated as feelings develop despite their plans. I love how despite the mix-up, the characters still take a little time of miscommunication and second-guessing to come to terms with fate’s decision. This book is steamy, and the author fully embraces the positive kink in the story. Noelle and Eve have some truth to tell each other, as well as Aaron and Corey. I thought this might end up with a sharing, but the author didn’t go in that direction.
However, this book’s new winter adult romance and steamy scenes are fabulous, and I love that they ended on Christmas Eve. The whole premise of the story was intriguing, and I liked the best friends-friend connection with both couples and the rivals-to-lovers trope. I thought Corey would be the story’s premise at first, but I was stunned to see he wasn’t the main focus. I love when Noelle becomes more outspoken and confident. Overall this was a steamy holiday seasonal read with a new adult vibe and many surprises.
If you want to read Gingerbread Gamble by Melody Tyden, you can find this book on Amazon. As an Amazon Assocaite, I earn on qualifying purchases. You can also read the rest of the Christmas in the City Series of standalone interconnected books here.