Review: Under the Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis

Posted December 24, 2012 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: Under the Mistletoe by Jill ShalvisReviewer: Rowena
Under the Mistletoe (Lucky Harbor, #6.5) by Jill Shalvis
Series: Lucky Harbor #6.5
Also in this series: Simply Irresistible, Forever and a Day, Once in a Lifetime, It's In His Kiss, He's So Fine, One in a Million, Merry Christmas, Baby, At Last (Lucky Harbor, #5)
Published by Forever Yours
Publication Date: December 4th 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 86
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four-stars

Mia Hutchinson, Tara and Ford's daughter from THE SWEETEST THING , has asked her college boyfriend , Nick, to travel to Lucky Harbor for her aunt Maddie's Christmas Eve wedding.

Despondent when Nick refuses her invitation, Mia returns home alone and faces her high school sweetheart Carlos Rodriguez for the first time since refusing his marriage proposal. Only to find that he is happily dating someone else.

With love and holiday spirit everywhere, Mia wonders who will kiss her this Christmas under the mistletoe.

Jill Shalvis is one of my favorites and even her short stories are the bomb.  This story follows Mia, daughter to Ford and Tara from The Sweetest Thing.  Mia is all grown up and living in New York City.  She’s doing her own thing and has moved on from Carlos.  She’s working and she’s dating a really great guy named Nick.  Things are going swimmingly or so Mia thinks so but when Mia invites Nick home to spend the holidays with Mia and her family, he flips the hell out (internally) and then declines the gift and Mia goes home without him.

While apart, Nick realizes that he’s an ass and that he just let go of the one thing that actually means a great deal to him and he does what any smart man would do.  He goes after her.

When he arrives in Lucky Harbor, Nick was expecting family but he wasn’t expecting the ex-boyfriend to punch him in the face.  Not having any experience with a family that actually wants to stick around and care for him, he finds dealing with Mia’s family is a lot easier than dealing with Mia herself.  She’s not making this groveling session any easier but Nick is determined to win her back, he just needs to talk to her.

There wasn’t a lot of page time so there wasn’t a long drawn out romance to read but what we got was still good.  I enjoyed getting to know Mia more, getting into her head and hearing her thoughts but I also enjoyed getting to know Nick.  They had a lot in common and they were the perfect fit for each other and even though I loved Carlos, I’m glad that Mia ended up with Nick.  They made sense and I enjoyed their story.

It’s always great to see the Lucky Harbor gang.  I loved seeing how Maddie, Tara and Chloe’s lives are all changing and how their family is growing.  It was great to see them all and this really whetted my appetite for the next Lucky Harbor series.  Overall, this was a good and solid read and it made me smile, laugh and look forward to more.  You can’t really ask for more than that.

Grade: 4 out of 5

This book is available from Grand Central Publishing. You can buy it here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher for an honest review.

four-stars


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