Monday, December 3, 2012

Under the Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis

Title:  Under the Mistletoe
Author: Jill Shalvis
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: Lucky Harbor #6.5

Main Characters: Mia and Nick

Release Date: November 2012
ISBN: ebook

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing 
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:

There's no place like home for the holidays. And the Lucky Harbor Bed & Breakfast is bursting with festive lights and good cheer. But for Mia, Christmas is turning out to be anything other than merry and bright. Her recent break-up with her boyfriend Nick has made her return bittersweet. But then a surprise arrives, when Nick follows her to town bearing gifts-and asking for forgiveness.

Nick grew up without a family of his own so he's overwhelmed by the love that Mia receives from all her relatives, gathered together to celebrate the season. Under their watchful eyes, Nick finds earning back her trust the hardest thing he's ever had to do. If he succeeds, he will receive the greatest gift of all, Mia's love for a lifetime.

My Review:
This is a very short novella, but Jill Shalvis managed to infuse it with a TON of emotion. I liked it! 

This is Mia's story. Mia is the 17 yo daughter of Tara and Ford that we met in the original trilogy from Lucky Harbor. It's 5 years later, and now she's 22, from when that book took place and she's headed home for Chloe and Sawyer's wedding (yes, it took them 5 years to make it down the aisle). Naturally, Mia wants her boyfriend of 6 months, Nick, to go with her, but he has his doubts. He's never had a family and the idea of being thrown into the midst of Mia's family makes him really uncomfortable.

Like I said, this is a very short novella, but it gets rather quickly into the issues that both Mia and Nick have with commitment based upon their childhoods and adoptions, or in Nick's case...the lack of adoption. They are at a crossroads. Both have just finished college and are on to other things, but neither is sure where the other stands in their relationship. They are both pretty reticent to put themselves out there emotionally. In this novella, we get to watch them learn how to do that and to truly see how important that other person is to them. 

The book covers just a couple of days, but it's fun to do a quick visit to the characters of Lucky Harbor and have a fun little romantic adventure with Mia and Nick.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.


Ashley Montgomery said...

This sounds like such a great series. I really need to start reading it. Thanks for the review.

Julie said...

Just bought it. Thanks Christi!