Holli Jolly, Merry Elf-Mas by Freesia Woodley

Welcome back to Frostdale Mall and its elf squad with HOLLI JOLLY! In this sweet daddy boy story, be prepared to fall in love with such a sweet cast that were just has you smiling from start to finish.

From the blurb:

Christmas is coming early for these Santa's helpers.


Who knew returning a toddler to her dad would turn my world upside down? Now I'm pretending to be the fake boyfriend of the richest guy in town. Between school and work, my life is messy enough. As Jack and I get closer, though, I find myself falling for him and his gentle guidance. Maybe my cousin was right and I need a Daddy after all.


Since turning forty, I'd all but given up on finding my dream boy. Then fate dropped Holli into my lap. He says he doesn't have time for a relationship, but I can see he needs me. My sister's gala is the perfect excuse to get closer to this stubborn boy. I'll win him over and we'll have a Holli Jolly Christmas.

This book is part of the Merry Elf-Mas multi-author series. Each story can be read as a standalone, but why not come along for the ride as each of Santa's elves finds love during the holidays?

Trigger Warning: Mentions of past parental abuse, on page gaslighting by a sibling

Molly Otto's Review:

Welcome back to Frostdale Mall and their elf squad with this sweet daddy boy relationship. Holli, Jack, and his daughter Flora are just so right together from the first meeting that you can feel the instant family bond. It's just one of those sweet stories that you can not help but smile and read. 

Jack is the prefect daddy in showing his boy you can and should be appreciated for who exactly who you are and protects him even from both their families. Holli was raised by his aunts and Nana, who are the best, most joyful family to ever exist, making you see where Holli gets his joy from even when his parents were not good.

Not gonna lie. Holli Jolly was the one I was apprehensive to read cause not my usual tropes, but so glad I decided to give it a go, so it's worth the read!

Would have liked to see more of the elf squad but loved getting to see more of Billy and really looking forward to reading his book! 

Rating: 5 Stars

SNik's Review:

Part of a multi-author series (Merry Elf-Mas) in a shared small town setting, but each can be read as a standalone story. Daddy/boy. Fake boyfriends. Age gap. Single dad. Slow burn. Quick read. Dual POV. 

Holli is struggling to juggle three part-time jobs and being a full-time student, he doesn't have time for a relationship, but a Daddy sure would be a big help right now. When Jack meets Holli, he is certain he has found a forever boy, as long as he can woo him. But Holli isn’t sure what a handsome and wealthy guy like Jack would want with a scattered, barely making ends meet, student. 

I really enjoyed that Jack is so certain about Holli and he is committed to slowly get to know him so that Holli can see how good they could be together. Holli and Jack do not let outside pressures influence them, and their interactions are sweet and swoony, with a little spice thrown in. 

Both Holli and Jack are likable and deserving of their special person, a fun addition to the series.

Rating: 4 Stars

Heather's Review:

It's a holiday fake dating fairytale complete with the evil sister!    Holli and Jack have instant chemistry but Holli resists, making Jack work for it... and he shows Holli just what having a Daddy would be like for him... bonus, you get an adorable toddler for Holli to dote on... and Jack's evil sister to torment - I especially love the way the 'elves' handle her party!

This was a fun read, with a lovely found family feel and a HEA!

Rating: 5 Stars

Holli Jolly is available to buy as an ebook, paperback, or to read with Kindle Unlimited subsription.