- File Size: 3143 KB
- Print Length: 89 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: JMS Books LLC (December 9, 2017)
- Publication Date: December 9, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B077R7KSM4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,178 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Mistletoe Kiss Kindle Edition
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Both have secrets, mostly Christy's horrifying family situation and Lawrence's doomed marriage, but the plot line allows us to discover them at a leisurely pace (though some of the plot is a bit brutal).
What Ms. Moone gives us most of all is a simmering romance that when broached beneath the mistletoe throws both men for a complete loop, and when finally consummated sparks a conflagration that warms the hearth and your heart.
This is just a triumph. Get it, now, even if it's not Christmastime.
Christy was simply wonderful, always upbeat and continually looking for ways to help improve the book shop in which he works even when his personal family life is beating him down—literally. He wants so much to help his mother, and does whatever he can to provide for her since her deadbeat husband—Christy’s stepfather—is pretty much worthless. Lawrence is relatively staid and serious in comparison to Christy, though he clearly sees how intelligent and forward thinking Christy is when it comes to making the shop successful.
The tension between the two men continues to grow through the story (which doesn’t feel as short as it is), and flares even more after one quick, simple kiss on the cheek under the mistletoe. Given the time period in which the story is set, neither man can risk being outed for their sexual orientation—something that is threatened at one point in the story.
There’s drama thanks to Christy’s stepfather, balanced by the thrill of finding love and the heat of passion finally coming to a head. You’ll also find an amazing supporting character in Mrs. Anderton—an ally in a time when one would be sorely needed. There’s also Christy’s mother, who at times I really liked (Christmas Eve at the shop) but at others I became exasperated with her (classic battered woman going back over and over again).
Overall, The Mistletoe Kiss was a 4-star read for me. The fact that there was no real closure for Christy’s mother was a bit frustrating and factored into my rating, plus I was hoping for at least a small glimpse into Christy and Lawrence’s relationship much further down the road in an epilogue. While the majority of the story is pretty G-rated, that flies solidly out the window when the two men finally give in, and makes this book one for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.
I admired Christy; he worked so hard at the bookstore, trying to save enough money to be given to his mother who lived with her abusive husband (Christy's stepfather). Christy's passion towards his job (and books!) made a delightful read for me as a book nerd :).
I was pretty happy that Christy took the first step to 'try' out whether Lawrence has the same feeling as him. Lawrence would never make the first move!!
But I could totally understand because his situation was different. Lawrence was a widower, he was more than a decade older than Christy. Lame since birth, Lawrence has been a bit of a loner too. So he couldn't imagine that Christy would like him back.
I was frustrated with Christy's mother however, although at the same time I felt sad because it was not exactly unique situation. It's not 'fictional'. There are women who involved in an abusive household around the world. I always have hard time to understand why a woman want to stay with an abusive husband. But I can't really judge, can I?
All in all, I think The Mistletoe Kiss is a lovely novella about a widowed bookseller and his younger assistant.