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“The plot of this book sparked my interest,
a matchmaker whose latest client is a
rowdy princess, and it didn’t disappoint.
There was the perfect amount of angst
between these two and the chemistry was
off the charts. Then there was the steam
that was 🔥🔥. And that nod to Breaking
Character and Lorena reading it five times
was on point.”


A wholesome, heartwarming internet best friends to lovers + marriage of convenience romance!


This is a slow burn that will melt your heart. Santiago and Mariana’s friendship, understanding and care for each other really hit my heart in many ways.”

“5 stars even though a novella. I was so sold on Nicola that she made me weep and Even though it was short I was totally tied in. Took some time warming up, but loved it. Recommended & I'll look for more books by Ivy L James.”,

Goodreads 5-star review, MAKE THE YULETIDE GAY



Ivy L. James wrote her first story on Post-it notes as a child. Since then, she has graduated to regular paper and enjoys writing inclusive romance, short fiction, and poetry. 

Her queer romances Border Ctrl+Esc, Make the Yuletide Gay, and Love, Lorena are published by NineStar Press. Her poetry chapbooks include The Orange and Pink Sunset and A Necklace of Teeth (forthcoming from Dogleech Books). 

Her work has appeared in The Stygian Collection (Stygian Society), Seers and Sybils (Brigids Gate Press), Horns (Bullshit Lit), HerStry, Snowflake Magazine, and Scavengers Literary Magazine, among others. 

Ivy lives in Maryland with her wife and their corgi, cat, and two snakes. 

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