Blame It on the Mistletoe by Nicole Michaels

Title: Blame It on the Mistletoe
Author: Nicole Michaels
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Release Date: October 14th 2014

Summary from Goodreads:
Sometimes all it takes is a leap of faith for Christmas to work its own magic in BLAME IT ON THE MISTLETOE

’Tis the season for small-town Missouri boutique owner Brooke Abbott to get crafty. Much as she adores making art for art’s sake—decorating windows, designing ornaments, crafting the perfect present for under the tree—this Christmas she needs the gift of good customers. Lots of them. Sweet Opal Studios will go under if she can’t do some serious business before the New Year…and she has no time to lose. What Brooke needs is an honest-to-goodness miracle. Instead, she finds a burglar lurking in the back room of her shop. And here she thought the holidays couldn’t get any worse!

Or maybe things just got a lot better. Turns out the burglar is none other than Alex Coleman—local bad boy slash legendary heartthrob, childhood best friend to Brooke’s older brother, and…future landlord? That is the question. He’s come home for the holidays to see his grandmother, make peace with his distant mother, and settle his grandfather’s estate, an estate that includes the building that houses Sweet Opal. What he never expected was to bump into a grown-up Brooke, whose spirit, charm, and irresistible good looks give him pause. Should he go back to Oregon as planned, or give small-town life a chance? The only thing Alex knows for sure is that before he walks out that door, he’s going to get Brooke beneath the mistletoe, where anything can happen…


I adored this wintry novella!  Blame it on the Mistletoe had just the right amount of romance, character development and engaging plot line.

Brooke and Alex had fantastic chemistry that complimented their different pasts.  In such a shorter story I was not expecting the character development to be as expansive as it is.  Both Brooke and Alex had different but life shaping/changing pasts that the readers slowly learns about throughout. This made the characters more real and brought me into the story.  The secondary relationship were also a strong point in the book.  The steamier scenes kept the pages turning and beautifully balanced out the heavier tones.

Aside from the character development, the plot line is engaging, it does take a backseat to the romance and characters.  It was cute, a bit cliche and predictable but incredibly enjoyable.  If you want to curl up with a warm drink ( or a tasty glass of win) and a blanket, I highly recommend this steamy read.

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