Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Blame the Mistletoe by Dani Collins

Source:  ARC
Genre:  Adult Romance, Holiday
Publisher: Tule Publishing (Montana Born)
Date Published: October 13, 2014
Number of Pages: 100
I received an ebook ARC of this book through NetGalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any form for my opinions, or the review.

Liz Flowers has never enjoyed Christmas, but this one is shaping up to be the worst by far. She let her ex take her daughter to Mexico while she stays behind in a strange town, sitting her former mother-in-law’s high strung little dog. It’s an opportunity to meet new people, but this California girl doesn’t have much in common with the ranchers in small town Marietta. 

Blake Canon perks up with male interest when he sees a new face at his friend’s Christmas cocktail party. His son is away and a light affair would take his mind off his financial troubles. Then he realizes he knows Liz. She was once married to the brother of his ex-wife. 

Their children might be cousins, but Blake and Liz do the kissing—under the mistletoe. It’s the beginning of a new view of Christmas for Liz, but when their children arrive home unexpectedly, and family secrets are revealed, Liz isn’t sure she’ll stay in Marietta for Christmas after all. (from Goodreads)

This was the PERFECT way to start off my "Christmas reading season" simply because it wasn't actually about Christmas. 

Simply put, the love story was cute, modern, and a wonderful take on dysfunctional family.  While I didn't feel connected to the characters, I didn't expect to be. The length reads as a novella, but the story read more like a novel which was great for me, because I do not like novellas unless they are in between novels in a series.

Liz made me laugh with her telling Blake that she was too old for him, that being a 4 year she difference (FUN FACT:  I tell my best friend this constantly!! The running joke of "if only you were single" gets met with "I am too old for you!!" He is 23 and I will be 26 soon.). This was just one of the many comical things that happened within the plot, and I chuckle at the thought of a "Christmas affair."

This is an older adult romance!!  The characters are in their mid to late thirties and there are a few steamy scenes.  The characters also have teenage kids, which is a real change when it comes to Christmas romance novels.  This being an "older adult romance" doesn't change how I feel at all.  Its a great short "week before Christmas" read and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a little romance on a cold winters night. Speaking of which, I'm reading and reviewing this in September, and it is 82 degrees outside.  I want snow. STAT!!

                                    4 out of 5 Happy Clouds :)


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