From the Scottish highlands, to the bustle and tussle of London, to a hotel on the outskirts of town, three unforgettable authors bring the joy of Christmas romance in Kissing Under the Mistletoe.
Great Scot! by Suzanne Enoch
Miss Jane Bansil knows she will never have a fairy-tale moment. Well past the marriageable age, she’s taken a position as a companion and is now stuck in Scotland for Christmas, alone even in the middle of the boisterous MacTaggert family. But when Brennan Andrews, an architect and cousin to the MacTaggerts, arrives to draw up plans for a new family home, Jane must decide if she will take a chance at a happily-ever-after, or settle into her small, safe life for good.
Christmas at Dewberry Hollow by Amelia Grey
Miss Isabelle Reed has no plans to ever fall in love. She has a perfectly acceptable life with her mother at the Dewberry Hollow Inn, thank you very much. But when Gate, the Duke of Notsgrave’s grandson, appears at Dewberry Hollow searching for a carving on a tree, Isabelle cannot help but get involved. But Gate’s charm and their instant attraction makes Isabelle question if she’s willing to take her chance at love once again.
My Mistletoe Beau by Anna Bennett
Miss Eva Tiding is determined to cheer her widowed father with the perfect Christmas gift. Even if it means breaking into the home of the rakish Earl of Frostbough who swindled Papa out of his pocket watch. But when the earl, Jack Hardwick, catches her in the act, they strike a deal: she’ll pose as his fiancée in exchange for the watch. Falling in love is not part of the plan—but with a little Christmas magic, anything is possible…
Three heartwarming Regency romance novellas see opposites attracting over the holidays. Enoch's "Great Scot!," the standout, kicks off when lady's companion Jane Bansil meets architect Brennan Andrews. Their easy conversation coaxes Jane out of her shell and enhances their immediate mutual attraction leading to a first kiss that's sure to make readers' hearts flutter. Brennan, whose wife died seven years earlier, and 33-year-old Jane, who thinks of herself as a spinster, both get a well-deserved chance at happiness. In Grey's cute "Christmas at Dewberry Hollow," innkeeper's daughter Isabelle Reed accidentally shoots John Cabot Gatestone's personal guard while hunting in the woods. John and Isabelle challenge each other from the start—and as they grow closer, John fights to get the confirmed bachelorette to give their love a chance. And in Bennett's fiery "My Mistletoe Beau" Jack Hardwick, Earl of Frostbough, catches Miss Eva Tiding breaking into his home to retrieve the watch her father lost to him gambling. He agrees to hand it over in exchange for Eva allowing him to pretend to court her to cover a lie he told his grandmother. These enjoyable love stories successfully stave off the winter chill.
Kissing under that mistletoe
Suzanne’s story was good but ended abruptly. Why was the hero upset that he was considered somewhat a scholar in the town? And was that magnificent library completed? Filled? Become the grateful town’s lending library?
Amelia’s was sweet.
Anna’s was trite and silly. Who argues with and has hissy fits with each other, then decide to be lovers on the side? And did the fathers reconcile? And how old was that aunt anyway that she came together with an older father?
hence the 4 stars.
Brennan and Jane made a great couple. They had all the same likes and quality. Two lonely people, thinking they’d never fine someone to live. I enjoyed this extra short story from one of my favorite series.
Christmas at Dewberry Hollow
Isabelle and Gate, what a lovely story of romance and heartbreak. I don’t know if this is part of a series but it definitely was a good short story.
My Mistletoe Beau
What a fun read! This book has some great banter and terrible singing. Jack and Eva both had issues to work through.