You can't say no to a mistletoe kiss, no matter who's under it!
Since leaving Brookhollow and her fiancé, Luke Dawson, twelve years earlier, Victoria Mason hasn't looked back. She's traded the small-town dream of marriage, kids and family Christmas dinners for late nights working at a high-powered acquisitions firm, lunches at trendy New York restaurants and jet-set vacations on the slopes.
So her latest work assignment, to acquire Brookhollow's sporting-goods store, poses a challenge for Victoria, in more ways than one. Because it's almost Christmas, and she's got other holiday plans. And the owner is reluctant to sell. And the owner is Luke. She needs to wrap up the deal before she gets caught up in her old life and her old love…or becomes trapped under the mistletoe. Again.
Friendship is overrated, if you ask her
She's always just been one of the guys...until she falls in love with one of the guys. Except Bailey Sheppard has carried a torch for firefighter Ethan Bishop since high school. And now that his long-term girlfriend has left him brokenhearted, she's free to go after what she's always wanted.
Not that Ethan sees Bailey as anything but a friend. A best friend maybe, but still not a woman he'd be interested in. Pining for his ex has made him blind to the possibility of happiness with anyone else.... But can Ethan resist a woman who knows what she wants?
I LOVE this book! I literally could not put it down. I normally prefer romances with, well, more of an edge to them (namely bad words and steamy love scenes). This book had neither, but what it lacked in those areas was more than made up for in the emotions department.
Bailey is the perfect heroine; she is feminine and yet has a skill set that crosses both genders, what with being a motorcycle-riding-MMA-teaching-car-mechanic. She isn't too "I don't need NO man" and she isn't too "makeup? What's Makeup?"
The conflicts that arose between Bailey and Ethan almost had me in tears at parts. I just can;t believe how much Jennifer Snow made me FEEL while reading this book!
Jennifer created a set of characters that makes me want to move to Brookhollow and become best friends with each and every one of them. I am ECSTATIC that there are more books in this series! While it is not necessary to read these books in order, I'm looking forward to reading The Trouble with Mistletoe to learn the back-story of Victoria and Luke, who both appeared frequently in this book.
Can she be his cure for writer's block?
For New York novelist Logan Walters, falling for the girl next door was more than a cliche. It was a calamity! If Leigh Norris hadn't been so attractive, and hadn't been hammering relentlessly while he was trying to write, Logan would never have ascended her rickety ladder in a misguided mix of gallantry and frustration. And he wouldn't have a broken wrist--or a guilty new assistant who can't type. Clearly, his escape to the Brookhollow B and B was not going to be the quiet, idyllic retreat he needed to finish his overdue manuscript. But it was fast becoming much more interesting than expected....
That's it! I'm moving to Brookhollow!
True to form, this book by Jennifer Snow is truly heartwarming. This is the second book I have read of the Brookhollow story set, and I have loved both of them! Every character, major or minor, is someone who I would want to be friends with.
While the characters are wonderful to read, the conflict written into this story is pretty intense. Leigh's struggle to achieve that which she had wanted most in her life is quire emotional. While (thankfully) I have never experienced Leigh's situation, Jennifer did a great job of making it so easy to empathize with Leigh.
Logan has a little bit of an edge to him, which was a nice addition to the story. The injection of characters like him makes the story more believable, and a nice contrast to the more wholesome surroundings.
The interactions between Leigh and Logan were spread out perfectly throughout the story. I eagerly turned the pages, so excited to see their next encounter and how their feelings for each other evolved.
Jennifer threw in a few twists that I was NOT expecting, especially towards the end. Speaking of endings, this one definitely left me smiling and looking forward to, hopefully, another glimpse into the lives of more Brookhollow residents!
***A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review***
'Tis the season of forgiveness but can she ever forget?
Brad Monroe was truly unbelievable. Blowing back into Brookhollow for three days to film a Christmas special—three years after the accident that killed his best friend her husband—and expecting Melody to be civil? Please. He'd been the only one who'd survived the tragedy, hightailing it to Nashville and hijacking her dream Patrick's dream. She'd spent that time grieving, working three jobs, struggling to raise her boys and keep a roof over their heads. Now she was losing ground on all fronts, and not about to forgive and forget. Or give him the one thing that could save them all .
Jennifer Snow is a contemporary romance fiction writer. Her previous releases include Mistletoe Fever and Mistletoe & Molly from The Wild Rose Press and Mistletoe Bachelors from Secret Cravings Publishing. Her new six-book small town Brookhollow series released through Harlequin Heartwarming includes The Trouble With Mistletoe, What A Girl Wants, Falling for Leigh, The Mistletoe Melody and coming May 2015-Fighting for Keeps.
She has also published writing how-to articles in RWR Magazine, Mslexia Magazine and WestWord Magazine and has taught online writing courses through several RWA chapters.
She is a member of the Writers Guild of Alberta, Romance Writers of America, SheWrites.org, Backspace, and the Canadian Authors Association.
She lives in Edmonton, Alberta with her husband and four year old son.
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