Kissing Under The Mistletoe is an anthology of three novellas set during the month of December. Each story involves a female character who has been hurt before and feels that their chance for love has passed. The stories are sweet and each female character does find their happily every after. It was easy to get lost in their stories.
The first story is Great Scot by Suzanne Enoch. It involves 33 year old Jane who is a traveling companion and has found herself at Aldiss Park in Scotland for the holiday season. She is used to staying out of the way keeps to herself but when she meets Brennan Andrewes, she finds that difficult to do. He challenges her and she forces him to come out of his shell that he has put up himself. These two characters are good together, share chemistry, and even a bit of spice. The world within Good Scot feels completely set up and that makes the build up for their relationship even more believable.
The second story is Christmas at Dewberry Hollow by Amelia Grey. It is set in a family inn during the holidays. One of the guests John Gatestone meets the daughter who helping run the inn. Right away, they have a spark that is filled with a bit of misunderstanding. These two characters come from two different worlds but the more time they spend together, they find a strong connection. I felt that their love story was rather quick and would have enjoyed more build up. John and Isabelle are sweet together and ultimately do find a way to get their happily ever after.
The final story is My Mistletoe Beau by Anna Bennett. This is an enemies to lovers set up between two members of a family rivalry. I just wish it had been more balanced. There is alot of information presented here in regards to the background of these characters and where they are in present day. in some ways, this felt like an info dump for the story. The chemistry between the characters felt bogged down by it and it almost felt like there is a personality switch from what was described and what actually happened. This story des have some snow and mistletoe to tie it into the holiday season. I’m just sad the other components did not work as well.
Kissing Under The Mistletoe is a mixed anthology for me. As a reader, I was transported to the highlander locations presented in all three stories. Unfortunately, not all the stories were balanced for me with romance and holiday festivities. It you’re looking for some historical holiday romance that is easy to read and feels authentic with their locations and descriptions, this may be a good one for you.
Rating; 3 Stars
**I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**