Publisher: Pocket Books (October 27th 2015)
Paperback: 352 pages
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Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Stunned by the heat of an unexpected kiss on a cold winter’s eve, two strangers from vastly different worlds turn hotheaded principles into burning passion in Sabrina Jeffries’s delightful yuletide story, The Heiress and the Hothead. In the snowy Scottish countryside, Karen Hawkins’s rakish duke has an unforgettable holiday encounter in Twelve Kisses when the alluring lady he surprises under the mistletoe is not who he expected, but a long-lost love with a score to settle. In By Any Other Name, Edinburgh is aglitter for Christmastime as Candace Camp sends a curious gentleman in hot pursuit of an intriguing lady in disguise—one who refuses to reveal her true identity, though she fears he has already stolen her heart with his kiss. In Sweet Ruin, will the festive spirit of the season sweep Meredith Duran’s feisty heroine beneath the mistletoe—and back into the arms of the dashing rogue whose carelessness soiled her reputation and sent her into exile in London?
In this all-new story collection sparkling with sexy charm and heartwarming wit, four beloved bestselling authors reveal the mix-ups and make-ups, the missed chances and golden opportunities that come but once a year.
It’s that time of year again! Bring on the holiday-themed novella! What Happens Under the Mistletoe is a collection of 4 Christmas-themed novellas by 4 awesome HR authors. The novellas are all technically part of series, however, it’s easy-peasy to read them as standalones.
All four stories all have a similar theme of mix-ups and missed opportunities and true to the title, a lot happens under the mistletoe! They’re quick and cosy and perfect for a night in the by the fire.
For me, Jeffries’ The Heiress and the Hothead was my favourite. It might have been because I knew the characters (Amanda and Stephen) from her Sinful Suitors series, or it might be because I love bantering couples. It’s got the bit of pride and prejudice and it was cute to see their romance grow. There was one kinda odd scene, but otherwise all around fun.
Twelve Kisses to Midnight by Karen Hawkins was good, but a bit draggy and angsty for me. Marcus and Kenna were okay, but I didn’t love them.
Candance Camp’s In By Any Other Name was pretty cute. I loved Rylla and Gregory despite their sorta-insta-love.
The Sweetest Regret by Meredith Duran is all about the misunderstandings and second chances. They could have saved a lot of time by talking. That being said, I’m happy that Georgie and Lucas got their HEA.
Overall, a fun and easy holiday read. Definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan of these authors, plus they also make great samplers of the author’s style if you haven’t read them before.
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