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Must Love Mistletoe (Holiday Duet Book 1) (Holiday Duet Series) [Kindle Edition]

Christie Ridgway
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Bailey Sullivan can't stand Christmas, even though her family's business is a store specializing in the perfect holiday. But now her hometown's chief supplier of rooftop Rudolphs and treetop angels is in danger of going under--and it's up to Bailey to save the shop.

She has it all planned: She'll arrive on December 1 and be gone by Christmas. Plus there's always spiked eggnog to ease the pain. But "Humbug" Bailey's not the only one home for the holidays. Finn Jacobson, legendary local bad boy turned Secret Service agent and Bailey's long-lost high-school boyfriend, is once again the boy next door. Only this time he's all grown up, and the sparks are flying faster and hotter than ever!

Bailey believes in true love about as much as she believes in Santa Claus. But as the holiday draws closer, she's starting to think about one thing she'd like to find under the tree...

Product Details

  • File Size: 2129 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Christie Ridgway (September 17, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NWT9Q6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,666 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect book for the holiday season. September 5, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"The Perfect Christmas" is owned by Bailey Sullivan's family in Coronado, California. Many locals consider it a landmark. But Bailey hates the holiday. Nevertheless, she leaves LA and returns to Coronado to help save the family store from going under. Since the holiday season is in full swing, Bailey is hoping to get everything back up to par by the 25th and head back to LA.

Problem is that Bailey's parents are feuding. Her mother, Tracy, is hiding away and Bailey cannot seem to snap her out of it. In fact, Bailey cannot even get Tracy to step inside their store. No amount of begging or cajoling is working. That would have been enough for anyone, but Bailey knows she is in trouble when she spies Finn Jacobson, the boy she loved and lost ten years ago.

Finn wants nothing to do with Bailey. The last eleven months of his life has been a nightmare. Finn is part of the Dignitary Protection Division of the Secret Service. He is on "vacation" and visiting Gram while he comes to terms with what happened during an assassination attempt. One of his younger team members died in the line of duty and Finn lost his left eye. The last thing he wanted was to see Bailey again. However, she is the only one who asked about him and was not really wanting to know about his eye patch.

Neither Bailey, nor Finn, wants to rekindle their old flame. Or do they?

**** A good read for the Christmas holiday. This story will keep you in the holiday mood, but keep you far away from the shopping crowd (at least during the time you are reading anyway). Lots of hot bedroom scenes within this tale too. The author, Christie Ridgway, spends time with Tracy and her husband, Dan, too. They are Bailey's mother and stepfather. Watching Tracy and Dan is just as much fun as watching Bailey and Finn!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sexy Christmas cheer! March 9, 2007
By Bobgirl
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It definitely had laugh out loud light moments, but it was also balanced with deep tragedy. You could feel the long-ago love emanating from each of them, just waiting to come out and be embraced.

My only problem was that I felt the book was a bit padded with sex scenes. I like them as well as the next girl, but after a few of them, I was ready for the story to move along.

A very fun and sweet book with great style!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Must Love Mistletoe by Christie Ridgway is a fun modern romance. Bailey returns home to run the families Christmas story while her parents marriage is on the rocks. Her highschool love has moved back in with his grandmother for the month. Sparks fly - but they both have some much baggage it is a interesting journey. Check out Book 2 of the series Not Another New Year's (My favorite so far).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh My Books! Review December 23, 2010
By Gaby
Format:Kindle Edition
Bailey is a 20 something lawyer who hates Christmas. Which is funny, because her family runs a Christmas store. But when her parents fight, it's her who has to take care of the store. She can deal with it, until Finn, her ex-boyfriend, is staying with his family in the house next door.

It's not like she isn't still in love with him, right? After all, she was the one who left him, ten years ago. But the spark is definitely alive, because when she sees him, he isn't just her ex bad boyfriend but a super sexy secret agent.

Finn isn't the bad boy he used to be. He's grown up, working and taking care of his grandmother. He wasn't expecting to meet Bailey at her house....and he definitely doesn't want anything to do with her. She broke his heart ten years ago.

But their reunion is unavoidable. They still like each other, and they are like magnets. Bailey doesn't want to hurt him (and her) again, but she can't stop being curious about this new Finn, and Finn can't stop wanting her.

Must Love Mistletoe is a great romance. At first I thought is was going to be light and easy, but I was surprised to find realistic characters dealing with their drama. Bailey is afraid of caring about someone, including her family. And Finn, still with a broken heart, is dealing with his almost dying trauma and taking care of his sick grandmother.

But not because of these details it's a sad story. It's just realistic. And the author manages to combine this issues with funny jokes and jovial personalities that makes you laugh and wanting to read more.

I loved the feeling of this book. It was definitely Christmas, but not exasperated. The romance was cute and a little naughty, and I felt as if the characters were not just falling in love but also growing up.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read! November 28, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you only buy one holiday romance this season, this is the one to get! Bailey Sullivan is the original Christmas Scrooge, despite the fact that her family owns a store that sells everything to do with Christmas. So when she comes home to help her mother run the family business and she runs into Finn Jacobson, Bailey's long-lost high school sweetheart (and the boy next door) sparks fly! Complicating the situation is her mother's separation from her husband, Dan (which leads to a nice back story in the book).

This is the first book that I've read by Christie Ridgway but it definitely won't be the last! Especially since one of Finn's friends is getting his own story, Not Another New Year's, to be released on January 1.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully written and I had to laugh at the thought ...
Wonderfully written and I had to laugh at the thought of a character who is named after a famous Christmas icon to hate Christmas but I can understand where she is coming... Read more
Published 6 months ago by jeyere69
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Love Romance
Bailey Sullivan is back home. She is running the family store, A Perfect Christmas, since her mother and stepfather separated. She isn't in the holiday spirit. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rosemary
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Great book for anytime even though about Christmas! Loved how both characters had some issues but dealt with them when it came time to taking care of family! Read more
Published 6 months ago by LisaR
4.0 out of 5 stars sweet holiday , or anytime, romance :)
I recently became a fan of Christie Ridgway's Rock Royalty series. I wanted to read more of her work and found this little gem. This has everything I love.... Read more
Published 7 months ago by ebf
5.0 out of 5 stars Golden girl and bad boy forever loves
Golden girl and bad boy, laugh out loud humor, first love, lasting love, family loss, personal tragedy, steamy love scenes, reunion of best friends, Christmas and finding ones true... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dianne Wagner
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas is my favorite holiday, Christie Ridgway made me wish I was...
Christmas is my favorite holiday, Christie Ridgway made me wish I was there in the Perfect Christmas shop. Bailey came home to take care of the family business. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kim Jennings
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read -- for any holiday!
For your information: This is not a fluffy holiday story. This is the fourth time I’ve read Must Love Mistletoe by Christie Ridgway and it still slays me. Read more
Published 7 months ago by gds
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read if you love a holiday themed romance!
I have always loved reading any book set at Christmas time! This book was a perfect read for me! I loved the sense of community. Read more
Published 7 months ago by D. Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars The Grinch/White Christmas/Miracle on 34th meets the Girl Next Door
I was excited to read about someone who had the same feelings I did about the holiday's. I am not a Grinch per say but I am not the White Christmas angel either. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe Christmas is a Time to Believe
I received a free copy of this for an honest review and I am not disappointed. I'm not sure I have read any others books by Christie Ridgeway, but I am sure I will read more now. Read more
Published 7 months ago by lmchils
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Christie Ridgway is a California native and author of over forty-five contemporary romances. A six-time RITA finalist and USA Today bestselling author, she writes sexy, emotional reads starring determined heroines and the men who can't help but love them. She has a Career Achievement award from RT Book Reviews and twice has received their Reviewer's Choice award for best contemporary romance of the year. Married to her college sweetheart, Christie lives in Southern California in a house filled with boys and pets. She writes as an escape from sports equipment, football on TV, and dog hair.

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