Book: The Mistletoe Effect
Publication date: December 9, 2016
Length: 116 pages
Reviewed by Erin
Although Christmas is his favorite time of year, all is not merry and bright for Danny Ellis. After being laid off and facing eviction, he’s eager to make a fresh start. When a friend mentions an opportunity in Sin City, he packs up and heads west. Unfortunately, plans run awry when his truck breaks down a little more than halfway there and he’s stranded in the cold with no money, nowhere to stay, and no way to get to Vegas.
‘Tis the season, but not for Merrick Holland, who loves being a part of the community in the small town of Rowley Bridge. Christmas has been a little tainted since his father died three years ago, and when people start to deck the halls, he withdraws. When Merrick finds a man asleep inside his bakery one morning, rather than call the police, Merrick makes him a cup of coffee, and after hearing his story offers him a job and a place to stay.
The two men strike up an unlikely friendship, but with Christmas only three weeks away, could a little holiday magic bring them together?
The Mistletoe Effect by Cate Ashwood is one of those holiday stories that will leave you with a huge grin on your face long after you finish the book. It's got all the best things about a holiday story: sweet moments, nostalgic ones, and that feeling of magic that you only get in stories set around Christmas. Danny and Merrick were just fabulous together and I fell in love with both of them right away. Down on his luck Danny just pulled at all my heartstrings and of course we have the sweet and generous and really kind of sexy Merrick who gives him a job and a place to stay for Christmas when Danny needs the help the most. After all, this what the season is all about, right? So we have lots of cookies and a small town that just oozes all that quintessential charm you can't help but fall in love with, and two guys who are perfect for one another. *sigh* This is the reason that holiday stories are such favorites. You can't help but feel all warm and soft while reading them and you definitely can't help but think back on your own memories.
The Mistletoe Effect is completely angst-free so don't even worry that your feel good vibes will suffer because they won't. This book has it all: a romance that will make you swoon, some sexy times to heat things up, and lots of moments that will just infuse you with holiday spirit. Do yourselves a favor and make sure to pick this one up and read it. You definitely won't be sorry and you'll thank me once you're done!
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