- File Size: 3150 KB
- Print Length: 204 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1979474249
- Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group (November 19, 2017)
- Publication Date: November 19, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B077M8VV3R
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,887,728 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mistletoe (Smoky Blues Book 6) Kindle Edition
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I liked that Caitlyn had insecurities and she wasn’t a cookie cut out of a conventional romance novel protagonist. It was refreshing.
Sexy, sweet and a little sad at times, Mistletoe was a well rounded story.
Tanner was likable and I felt for him throughout the story.
Loved the edition of songs in the novel.
Emily Mims is a wonderful writer. She moves the story forward well and taps into the characters’ emotions with ease.
To be followed by the next in the Smoky Blues series!
Orgasms abound. Tanner gave Caitlyn lots of them. Bless.
Every reader who likes books with depth and heart will enjoy Mistletoe.
There is definitely tension between the two. Caitlyn has never warmed up to her sister's husband - he's all around a little too much for her and she never felt like he was worthy of being her sister's husband.
I'm an only child so I have a pretty hard time grasping the intricacies of sibling relationships in stories like this. Caitlyn resents her sister and feels like she's always played second to her - getting all her hand-me-downs, big and small. But she also loves her and holds her in very high regard, going so far to think that the man her sister loved wasn't good enough to marry her. Logically it makes sense but there's just so much turbulence there and it bleeds over into her dealings with Tanner.
Who is having enough issues of his own dealing with life after the death of his wife. It's not been easy and he's now feeling pressure from his own (awful) parents, which leads him to falling into a fake relationship with his sister-in-law. He's very aware that she's never really liked him and having to rely on her help is complicated. Made even more so when he starts seeing her as more than just his wife's sister.
Mims does well by Caitlyn. I think she finally gets a chance to put some of her emotional demons to rest and come to terms with her feelings about herself. It's hard for her to face certain things after so many years but she does. I think Tanner does a good job of facing a few of his own issues (although he does have a few fabulous man moments that make you want to smack him a little). His own childhood and history has given him a few doubts and unfortunately a lack of good communication skills on both their parts just feeds into that, and for Caitlyn as well. They eventually get things figured out but it takes a bit and some soul-searching for them to get there :)
There's a lot of drama on everyone's part in Mistletoe and quite a few people need to learn to talk AND listen. Quite a bit of their troubles could have been avoided with a little better communication but Mims gives us very human characters with very human faults. (I know I'm AWFUL about communicating some things!) It makes it real and difficult and, most of all, enjoyable to read.
*** I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s. ***
So, we’ve got a secret fake relationship that very quickly starts to feel real, a gutsy heroine who refuses to take any crap and will stand up for herself (I am kind of jealous of her boundary-setting abilities), and a hero who misses his first wife, and doesn’t think he’s going to be able to give another woman the sort of romance they shared.
Add in some family drama (because it’s the holidays! ;) ) and you have the perfect mix.
I really enjoyed the large family dynamic—coming from a family of six, I totally understood Caitlyn’s complicated feelings toward her sister, and that she might feel reluctant to share them, because of what that would say about her. She was so strong in so many other areas - pursuing her music, standing up for herself to her employers, not just falling for a pretty face and wanting all of the romance. She’s definitely one of my fave romance heroines.
One small note that was totally realistic, but still kind of sad, is what the heroine has to go through due to not being a traditionally-sized gal. Which I loved because it was nice to see another body type represented and still get her HEA. But I still wanted to slap the hero every time he commented on it. Which I guess shows how much I was invested in the story...
For people who are interested in a sweet (but with some definite hot moment!) Christmas romance, I definitely recommend Mistletoe.
(I received an ARC of this book for an honest review, and now I want to go back and get the whole series.)