Blame It On the Mistletoe by Nicole Michaels

Release Date - October 14, 2014

Nicole Michaels
St. Martins

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

Sweet Opal Studios is Brooke Abbott's dream and she wants to see her new business become a success. She has the shop, has the crafts, but construction on the road her store sits on isn't helping. It's going to take a Christmas miracle to bring customers to her store. She never expects to find Alex Coleman lurking in the apartment above her store.

Alex watched his best friend's sister growing up, but now that he's back in town, he never expected to feel so drawn to her. However, Brooke's brother makes it clear to Alex that Brooke is fresh out of an abusive relationship and Alex needs to stay away. As the owner of the building Brooke is renting, Alex is having a really hard time keeping away. Should he risk it all and stick around to see where things lead?

This Christmas-themed romance is another quick and fun read. As the season gets busier, I always like having short romances to fill times during appointments, holiday baking sessions, and road trips to family gatherings. With the holiday season also comes the rush of birthdays in my family, so I love to have relatively quick stories. At just over 150 pages, Blame It On the Mistletoe is a quick read.

Alex definitely comes off as a romantic, the man most women dream of. Brooke is a little more cautious given her last relationship, but I loved that she didn't let the fear keep her from trying to find her dream man. The town itself and all the residents also add a level of charm to this romantic Christmas story.

Overall, I won't say it was my favorite of the holiday romances I've read so far, but for the price, it's certainly worth it!


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