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Review: Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Marina Adair
Kissing Under the Mistletoe

5 Stars

Book Info

Released: October 16th 2012
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: St. Helena Vineyard #1
Published by Montlake Romance
Pages: 310
Format: ARC
 

“Kissing Under the Mistletoe is an amazing start to St. Helena Vineyard series.” ~Under the Covers

Ms. Adair nailed it! She kept me engaged with every page of the book and falling in love with the characters immediately.  Reading this book definitely put me in the right mood for the holidays, though I would have no problem reading it in the middle of summer.

Reagan Martin is a jaded single mom trying to survive from a mistake she had made 6 years ago. She had fallen in love with a married man and she has been paying for that mistake ever since. Career destroyed and financially troubled, she is trying to raise her daughter the best way she can, however, Gabe DeLuca will stop at nothing until she leaves town.

Regan is lovable, funny and one badass heroine.  She does not kick ass in the literal term but she kicked ass in terms of survival. This woman endured hardships and survived not letting anything bring her down. She saw the best in her situation and did not let her daughter feel any of the grunts. Having a single mom my self along with many friends and family who are single parents, connecting to her was effortless.  Her story actually had me in tears.  Gabe on the other hand, I had no tears for him in the beginning. Of course right from start, I knew he was going to be a hot hero but that’s besides the point.  His only goal was to drive Regan out of town.  Though he was only trying to protect his sister, I thought that was a jerk move on his part.  I’m just glad he was able to redeem himself because I don’t think I can forgive myself lusting after a jerk hero.

I love Gabe and Regan’s together. They are indeed a hot couple. Their banters and innuendos were hilarious.  The sexual tension between them was off the charts and boy, their sexual encounters were even hotter.  God forbid I become single again, but if I do, I want me a Gabe!  The rest of the characters also captured my attention.  Holly was just the sweetheart and the Mrs. Clauses were very entertaining.  Randolph was one I cannot forget and I cheered for him to make home safe.

This small town contemporary romance is fast-paced, romantic and sexy.  It had me tears and made me laugh-out-loud like a crazy woman. If you have not picked up this book, I strongly recommend you do.  Ms. Adair absolutely did not disappoint and made an instant fan out of me.

* ARC provided by Author

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About Marina Adair

Marina Adair is a National bestselling author of romance novels. Along with the St. Helena Vineyard series, she is also the author of Tucker's Crossing, part of the Sweet Plains series. She currently lives in a hundred-year-old log cabin, nestled in the majestic redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains, with her husband and daughter.

As a writer, Marina is devoted to giving her readers contemporary romance where the towns are small, the personalities large, and the romance explosive.

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erinf1

this was cute. Thanks for the review!

Under the Covers Book Blog

Thanks Erin, loved it! ~Angela

Aly P

I couldn’t wait for you to write this! Me and Sarah are reading it together on the 21st… I wish it was closer now after seeing your review.

Under the Covers Book Blog

Eeeks Aly, I hope you and Sara like it. Thank you ~Angela

Aly P

I hope the same thing! I have very high hopes about it 🙂

Thanks for the rec btw :*

Lori Meehan

Thanks for the review. I so want to read this book. I can’t wait

Under the Covers Book Blog

Lori, i hope you get the chance to read it soon. It’s good!!Thank you ~Angela

Annette C.

Not a bit contemporary reader, but this sounds good, might have to check it out.

Under the Covers Book Blog

I was like that too Annette. I only read PNR. But I was encouraged to try it and now I’m addicted. Hope you try it out. Thank you ~Angela

trish dechant

Angela,
I did an author spotlight on this book/author a while back on my blog. I’m glad that you really enjoyed it. Tearjerker popped out at me when reading your review and I sometimes love to read a book that makes me sob like a blubbering baby, lol. Why do we love to torture ourselves like that?
Now I wished I signed up to review this one, lol—but I will be buying it now, which is okay, too–I love to support upcoming authors.
Great review!

Under the Covers Book Blog

Trish, haven’t read that book yet. But i’ve heard it’s good too. But, my friend said this one is the best of the two. This is a tear jerker but it’s also a feel good book. If that makes sense.
And Yeah I’m the same way too. I think it’s a good soul cleanser. *shrugs* get shit out of yiur system.
Thank you ~Angela

Joanne B

I really want to read this book. It sounds fantastic. Thanks for the review.

Under the Covers Book Blog

Thanks Joanne, hope you read it soon. It’s good!
~Angela

Timitra

Thanks for the heads up on this new to me author Angela!

Under the Covers Book Blog

Thanks Timitra!

Thanks for recommending it to me, it was great 🙂

Under the Covers Book Blog

I’m so glad you like it, Loupe!!!! Hope we get to chat tomorrow about it. I’ll message you. Thank you ~Angela

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