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Mistletoe and Mr. Right: Two Stories of Holiday Romance Hardcover – October 6, 2015
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"English college roommates Jessica MacFarlane and Christina Lake learn valuable life lessons about trust, love, and faith in this two-part Christmas romance . . . Christina and Jessica are opposites, but their loyalty to each other helps them face their fears. They may be young, but they are smart and savvy enough to learn how to trust so that they can find happily ever after with their loves." ―Publishers Weekly
“Definite swoon! A sweet and lovely holiday novella that you should definitely grab this holiday season!” ―Jamie Arkin, Fic Fare
“These fluffy yet sexy romances will wrap readers in warm blankets.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Filled with humorous mishaps, cranky grandfathers and misunderstandings galore, this sweet novella is a lovely story to set a cozy Christmas mood.” ―RT
About the Author
Lyla Payne is the USA Today bestselling author of the Whitman University series, the Lowcountry Ghost books, and Mistletoe & Mr. Right. She graduated from Texas Christian University with a degree in film but no desire to tackle Hollywood, and made it through three quarters of a M.A. in ancient history before writing took over. She lives in the Midwest with her two dogs, two cats, and the characters in her head. Find her online at www.lylapayne.com and on Twitter: @Lyla_Payne.
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Family friend and farmhand, Grady Callaghan, continually pops up to bail Jessica out of scrapes or offer support when Brennan slips in his boyfriend duties. He has a knack for getting under Jessica's skin, yet his help has always come at the perfect time. Chemistry sizzles between them confusing Jessica and attempting to derail her perfectly laid out plan.
Jessica watches the Donnelly family withe a mixture of awe and envy as they represent all that she longs for. Of them alI, I love Grandpa Donnelly so much. His ornery spunk and sharp tongue make conversations with him interesting. My favorite Grandpa moment sums up this wonderful story really well, “Sometimes roads in life don’t lead the place you think when you set out. Don’t be too daft to realize when you’ve gotten to where you belong, anyway.”
This story is a must read, and it's impossible not to fall in love with Ireland reading the vivid descriptions of tradition, culture, and beautiful countryside. I have always hoped to visit Ireland someday, and this story served to stoke that flame yet again!
Sleighbells and Second Chances features Christina Lane, Jessica's roommate, and Cary White a British rockstar and Christina's summer romance from four years ago. Despite the lingering heartache, they are forced to confront the unresolved feelings from their abrupt separation. Christina's job as an publicist intern sends her to Britain during the holidays, and not only is she brought face to face with Cary, but she has to decide if she wants to reconcile with her estranged father.
Christina's struggle between wanting to trust vs. keeping the walls she's built firmly intact truly resonated. Her unresolved sense of abandonment makes her question her judgement and creates an internal tug of war. No matter how many times she tells herself she's moved on, that piece of her heart belongs firmly to Cary White, and it's evident in their magnetism. No matter how much passion exists between them, she knows Cary is hiding something from her.
I truly loved this story, and I would be hard pressed to choose a favorite between the two. The emotions felt close to the surface, and Lyla knows how to take the ordinary (romance) and turn it into the extraordinary. This story flew by, and it certainly put me in the mood for the upcoming holidays. You're missing out if you haven't read BOTH of these fantastic Christmas tales!
Lyla develops the characters and engages you in the stories even though they are short novellas.
If you are looking for a little escape during the busy holiday season, then pick up these two stories.
He doesn't answer but reaches down, prodding her with one hand and lifting with the other until she gets her legs underneath her and crawls to her feet. The goat gives a quick shake, spraying dirty water all over my jeans and the mystery man's olive-green jacket, then hops off into the grass.
"Is she limping?"
"Probably. She just got ran over by a car."
MISTLETOE AND MR. RIGHT is an anthology of two charming Christmas-time romances by Lyla Payne. The two stories are linked via the heroines of each story. They were close friends and the two tales are their respective holiday happy ever after stories.
MISTLETOE AND MR. RIGHT was the first story in the book. It was previously published as a standalone. This was the story of Jessica MacFarlane, Brennan Donnelly and Grady Callaghan. No worries, the three-some does pare down to two. It is set in Fanore, Ireland. As the story opened, Jessica has flown to the Emerald Isle to surprise Brennan, who she has been dating for a few months, at Christmas. Unbeknownst to Brennan, Jessica has a timetable that she had previously laid out that required her to be married and having children soon. She was hoping that her sudden appearance would set a flame to their romance which had seemed to be a bit lackluster lately. She needs Brennan to get with the program and she wants to demonstrate to Brennan and his family that she is the perfect girl for him.
Unfortunately, her arrival doesn't go as planned. First, she hits the family's prized goat as she enters their property and, second, Grady Callaghan, the family's super sexy farm hand comes to the goat's and her rescue. In fact, throughout her stay, Grady seems to make an appearance when needed. “The guy seems to have some kind of Jessie in Distress radar.” This story had a lesson to it. Sometimes you think you want something, but you really don't. AND sometimes, what you really want is right before you, but you have to open your eyes to see it.
SLEIGH BELLS AND SECOND CHANCES was the second story in the book. It had not be previously published before now. This was the story of Christina Lane, Jessica's roommate, and Cary White, a British rock star. It was mostly set in and around London, England. As the story opened, Christina had been assigned a public relations stint with Cary's hot English band. The band aspect of this read made for some fascinating reading. Christina was committed to doing a good job while being hesitant about doing so as, Cary, the band's leader, had previously left her heart in shambles after they'd had an intense summer fling and, also, because she is estranged from her famous author dad, who also resides in London. This story was infused with a plethora of drama and parlayed a lesson to always trust your heart.
Bottom-line: If you enjoy light, cute and fluffy Christmas romances, you should check out MISTLETOE AND MR. RIGHT! These stories would be perfect to delve into with a cup of hot chocolate and a comfy easy chair.
My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there!
3 Wine Glasses!
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