ARC Review: Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Bella Andre

Posted September 20, 2013 by Annie in Reviews / 3 Comments

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.
ARC Review: Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Bella Andre
Kissing Under the Mistletoe
by Bella Andre

4.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: Sept 24, 2013
Series: Sullivans #10
Published by Harlequin MIRA
Pages: 400
Format: ARC
 

KISSING UNDER THE MISTLETOE is just like a hot cocoa in the winter. It’s sweet, comforting and makes you want more.  ~ Under the Covers

All of the Sullivans have been paired up and have found their happily ever afters. So what now? Fans of the series have always been interested in Mary and Jack Sullivan, the parents who created our favorite characters in this series. Bella Andre has listened to her fans and has created a holiday themed story for Mary and Jack that will warm your hearts this winter.

I wondered how Andre would pull this off. How would she go back in time and retell the story that was the beginning of a journey for Mary and Jack. I thought she would simply spring into the past and begin there, but no. Andre’s storytelling abilities go beyond that and she integrates the holiday theme effortlessly as she opens the story up with Mary decorating their Christmas tree with ornaments made by her children over the years. This scene just warms me right up. It’s so heartfelt and emotional, that you can sense Mary’s pride in all her children. Her love transcends through Andre’s words. You can’t help but smile as you read the words.

It’s from there that Andre flows into Jack and Mary’s love story and boy is it a good one. I loved reading about Mary’s time as a model and how Jack and her met for the first time. Jack is an engineer and he has invented the Pocket Planner, but in order to have it hit the market for Christmas time, they need to add some sex appeal to the product. This is where Mary enters the picture. She’s sweet, sexy and intelligent, the perfect face for the product.

However, despite being a temptation that Jack can’t resist, Mary sets down the rules. As long as she is working with him, they cannot have an affair. She has been burned in the past when she mixed business and pleasure before and she will not do it again and suffer the consequences a second time. Not enough time has passed for her to forget that hurt. But Jack is resilient and patient, which further proves just how perfect he is for Mary.

KISSING UNDER THE MISTLETOE is just like a hot cocoa in the winter. It’s sweet, comforting and makes you want more. I found it impossible to stop reading once I started. Mary and Jack’s story just reels you in and it helps that Andre’s writing always feels so effortless to me. I know just how much work goes into writing a book, but every time I pick up a new Bella Andre novel, I feel as if it takes no effort on her part. It’s such a natural extension to the series. Simply put, I loved it!

*ARC provided by publisher

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Anya Wylde lives in Ireland along with her husband and a fat French poodle (now on a diet). She can cook a mean curry, and her idea of exercise is occasionally stretching her toes. She holds a degree in English literature and adores reading and writing.

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I’m an obsessive makeup junkie and a compulsive reader. I like to call Under the Covers Book Blog my stomping ground, but when I’m not talking about books with my girls, I write New Adult Dystopian and Contemporary Romance under the pen name Ana Jolene (http://www.anajolene.com). I also work as a virtual assistant for authors. You also can find me as a reviewer and columnist for FreshFiction.com.

When it comes to books I’m pretty adventurous. I read everything from Paranormal Romance to Urban Fantasy, New Adult, BDSM, LGBT fiction, Cozy Mysteries and even YA. If it’s got the littlest trace of romance in it, then I’ll probably read it. That being said, my all-time favorite authors are J.R. Ward and Karen Marie Moning.

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I love the quote at the beginning of the review…adding to my wishlist-thanks for the great review Ann!

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