Saturday, February 6, 2016

Review: Under the Mistletoe Collection

In the enchanting novella FORGOTTEN KISSES by Cindy Roland Anderson, costume designer Madison Taylor has no love lost when the male lead playing Sir Lancelot in a TV series is fired. She couldn’t stand working with him anyway. But when she discovers who his replacement is, her heart nearly stops. Caleb Matthews is one of the hottest male actors ever… and not to mention Madison’s former boyfriend. When things got too serious between them, everything fell apart. And now, Madison must play nice or lose her job. She just has to forget all of the reasons she’d fallen for him in the first place.

In THE LAST CHRISTMAS, a sweet romance novella by Annette Lyon, Meredith only has to make it through the Christmas holiday pretending that she and her husband Eric aren’t on the verge of divorce. She doesn’t want to ruin the holiday for her two grown daughters and their boyfriends. But when Eric hurries home after weeks of living in a motel to unpack before their daughters arrive, he starts pressing Meredith with questions about why she filed for divorce. The last thing Meredith wants to do it give Eric a second chance, but it seems that Eric is not willing to let her go without trying to win her back.

In Julie Coulter Bellon’s captivating novella TRUTH OR DARE After a year of recovery, wounded war veteran Jonah Harrison comes home for Christmas. No longer the outgoing high school track star, he just wants to be left alone, away from well-meaning friends and neighbors. But when a blizzard strands him with Cami Jackson—the girl who once knew him best—he can’t hide anything from her, no matter how much he wants to. Cami has a wounded heart of her own, though, and it might take a Christmas miracle for them to find the healing they both long for and the courage to reach for a chance at love.

In the charming novella HOLIDAY BUCKET LIST by Sarah M. Eden, Celeste Lagorio has officially given up on Christmas. A single mother, with her children grown and unable to return for the holiday, Celeste determines to take a break from everything. When her single neighbor and almost-best-friend, Mike Durham, discovers her non-plans, they discuss things they’ve always wanted to do, but never had time. Mike and Celeste put together a friendly competition of checking off the things on their bucket list, all the while drawing closer and discovering they have more in common than they thought.

In CHRISTMAS EVERY DAY, a delightful novella by Heather B. Moore, Monica is on the verge of buying her dream store, but when she tells her boyfriend, he turns it into an embarrassing public argument. Heartbroken, but determined to follow her dream, she goes to her employer’s Christmas party to play Mrs. Claus, only to be paired with someone unexpected. A young Mr. Claus who is the complete opposite of her ex-boyfriend in all the most important ways. Yet, Monica is not sure she can risk opening her heart again.

In Jennifer Griffith’s exciting novella FIRST (AND LAST) CHRISTMAS DATE, pilot Juliet Law has been in a holding pattern, dating the wrong guy, until she gets a holiday shake-up: old flame Tag McClintock e-mails her to ask for second date—after ten years. Their first date, back in high school, had been an unmitigated disaster culminating with Pepto Bismol and the police. Still, Juliet would have gone out with Tag again the next day—and the next—had he asked. So now that he’s finally popping up in her in-box again, Juliet must decide whether to say yes to the date, even if it puts her at risk of another decade of carrying a torch for Tag McClintock. Will their second date be their last?
Review: Average Rating- 4.5
I enjoyed this Christmas Collection a lot. It's not my typical go to romance since all of these stories are either second chance romance or widowed couples yet I still found myself loving the characters. I cried and I laughed and I definitely swooned. These novellas are clean and sweet.

Forgotten Kisses by Cindy Roland Anderson- Rating- 3
This was a jealousy induced short story. I thought it could use with another chapter or two to really wrap it up. The book talked about her insecurities and jealousy, but the ending was too abrupt to wrap up and take away those insecurities. A dress doesn't suddenly make you trust the man you're in love with. This was an okay read, but the ending was frustrating.
The Last Christmas by Annette Lyon- Rating- 5
Ugly Crying. This is about an older married couple going through divorce. As a married woman there are times you're going to feel like you give more than your partner. It's inevitable, it happens to the best of couples. This book took those downs and played them hard. My goodness! The feels were high and I cried straight through this short story. 5 ugly cry stars!
Truth or Dare by Julie Coulter Bellon- Rating- 4.5
This was a cute sweet feel good romance. It was nice to see Jonah and Cam fall back into an easy trusting relationship that had them growing into stronger more independent people during a winter storm. The only problem I had with this story was how abrupt the ending was.
Holiday Bucket List by Sarah M. Eden- Rating- 5
YES!!! This novella had me giggling like a love sick school girl. It was hilarious, sweet, and had that tiny bit of mystery in it. I absolutely adored the short wrap up chapter at the end. Celeste and Mike were an adorable 'old' couple who I wish I could see cross off their new Bucketlist.
Christmas Every Day by Heather B. Moore- Rating- 4.5
I wanted this story to be so much more. I wanted that cliche mystery to make a big play, but it didn't happen. Other than that, this story was so sweet and endearing. I wish it had continued, I need to know what happens now that Jaxon is going to be working for Monica.
First (and Last) Christmas Date by Jennifer Griffith- Rating- 5
Adorably cute and funny. This novella was exactly what a short story should be like. It had enough information that you weren't filling in gaps and it had a beautiful little epilogue to wrap it up. Juliet and Tag were hilarious as they went on their second first date. It was a disaster similar to the first date, the main difference is they're all grown up, which means this time things are different.

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