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Kissing Under the Mistletoe: A Sullivan Christmas (The Sullivans) Mass Market Paperback – October 28, 2014
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This is the story of the Sullivan sibling’s parents, how they met and fell in love and started a family together.
It’s clear where the siblings come from, as they are very much like their parents, in the best way. Mary and Jack have a fast connection, and Jack is insistent on not giving her up. It leads to a very solid base to their relationship, which only grows as the book goes on. I liked that even when they fought they didn’t overreact, and listened to each other and talked things out. It was more of a sweet romance than anything, slow but steady, too much for either of them to deny.
I will admit that I’d wanted more of their relationship later on. I thought we’d get to see more of them together as the kids grew up, and even when Jack died. Sadly, it ends when Mary first gets pregnant. Still, it was a sweet story.
It was a solid Sullivan story, and I want to read the rest of the series badly.
[More of my reviews are available on my blog, Geeky Reading, to which there's a link on my profile.]
Being a fan of the original Sullivan series for the last few years and having re-read them multiple times, I was curious about how the couple that begat all the siblings I've come to adore got their start. Jack and Mary Sullivan have been mentioned throughout all the books in the series and seemed to have a strong, loving bond that kept them together all these years.
I was a little surprised to find a whirlwind courtship between the pair and how deeply insecure Mary was due to past hurts. Jack, as always, is the rock of the pair and was strong and steadfast as I've come to remember him by. The story itself was a little slow despite how quickly they got together. I assumed this was a novella but as it seemed to drag on I learned it was a rather drawn out full novel.
I feel as if, since I already knew the gist of their romance, a lot could have been trimmed. I mean, ALOT! There was way more details of Jacks business start, Mary's modeling gig and inconsequential minutia I could have done without. And, I'm surprised I'm going to say this but... the sex. Jesus H. I know this is Bella Andre I'm talking about but I can't believe Mary and Jack actually held day jobs as often as they banged each others brains out. I get the whole "new relationship phase" cravings but seriously, after the 50% mark it was like a gun firing at the starting line. Seeeeeeeexxxxxxx. Damn, even the epilogue was one long, detailed pork-fest through their first year together. Zzzzz, sorry.
I could have done with a handful of love scenes and much less exterior buildup but seeing as how it's Mary and Jack Sullivan, I enjoyed their story for what it was. Even as bittersweet as it is in the long run, it was worth seeing their romantic beginning. I think newbies and die-hard fans of the series will love this one but if you're like me and your inner Scrooge tends to come out at Christmas, you might want to try something else.
Bella Andre always does such a wonderful job of telling the stories that I always hate having to finish a book. Can't wait for the next book.
I just love Bella Andre’s writing style. When I found Kissing under the Mistletoe on sale and the offer of the audio version for $1.99, I immediately downloaded it. I normally like to read series in order, but that has not been the case with the Sullivan series. However, each book is written in such a way that they are easily stand alone. I LOVED this book!
Mary Sullivan is getting her Christmas tree ready for her family’s arrival. As she places each homemade ornament on the tree, her mind travels to where it all began. I am so pleased I had a chance to hear Jack and Mary’s incredible love story.
Jack and Mary are wonderful characters, and I fell in love with them from the first page. Their love story is definitely love at first sight, and even though they go from first meeting to marriage in a month, their love comes across so strong that I had no difficulty in believing in them.
One of the things I enjoy most about Ms. Andre’s books is that the hero and heroine are no at each other’s throats as is the case with so many books today. I think some writers confuse conflict with angst. Ms. Andre shows how an author can write a moving love story where the main characters like each other throughout the entire book.
I listened to the audio version by the fabulous Eva Kaminsky. Ms. Kaminsky’s performance is flawlessly perfect. She truly reads with a great deal of emotion without taking it too far. She gives each character their distinct voice. I always know I am in for a treat when I see Ms. Kaminsky is the narrator.
If you enjoy a wonderfully romantic hero and a gracious heroine with a great love story, then you will love Kissing under the Mistletoe as much as I did. I truly love this fantastic family. I highly recommend reading these great books and Kissing under the Mistletoe in particular. It’s my favorite so far. I can’t wait to read the other books in this amazing series. Happy reading!