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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Love Under the Mistletoe by Various Authors

Love Under the Mistletoe by various authors
Publisher: Highland Press Books
Genre: Contemporary; Historical; Holiday; Paranormal; Fantasy
Length: Full (200 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Eglantine

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Love Under the Mistletoe

LOVE UNDER THE MISTLETOE is a fun anthology that infuses the beauty of the season with fun characters and unforgettable situations. This is one of those books that you can read year round and still derive great pleasure from each of the charming stories.

Miss the season of joy, the gift-giving wonder-time when magic seems real and you just know your dreams can come true? Can't wait until December to relive the magic? Never fear, this delightful collection of short stories with a Christmas theme will be just the thing to tide you through. Ranging in genres from contemporary through historical to paranormal, there is a hero for every girl in this anthology. The heroines are women we can identify with, dealing with everyday challenges - though also some extraordinary ones in some of the tales.

Though the stories are not particularly original, they are well crafted and do a great job of delivering precisely what lovers of the Mills & Boon type books adore: a great love story that conforms to certain expectations, good reading even though you know precisely what's going to happen. The heat level is for the most part sensual only, but here and there are scenes which only just nudge the classification into spicy. Though I picked up a few oversights in editing, these were minor, and certainly not enough to detract from the pleasure of the reading.

All in all, Love Under the Mistletoe is an enjoyable read well worth your effort. Though there is a central Christmas theme, the stories are not syrupy, and can be enjoyed any time of the year. A job well done by all the authors.