Review: Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses by Jenny Hale

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41808783She knew better than to hope for something to happen between them, but she caught herself wishing anyway. 

Published: October 16, 2015

Publisher: Forever

Pages: 351 (Mass market)

Series: N/A – Standalone

 

4 Stars

 

She wanted everything to be great this year. She wanted a dream holiday- the kind like the movies. 

 

Single mother Abbey Fuller loves her family more than anything, and she doesn’t regret for a moment having had to put her dreams of being an interior designer on hold. But with her son, Max, growing up, she jumps at the chance when a friend recommends her for a small design job. How hard can it be?

Nick Sinclair needs his house decorated in time for his family’s festive visit-and money is no object. What he doesn’t need is to be distracted from his multimillion-dollar business-even if it is Christmas.

When Abbey pulls up to the huge Sinclair mansion, she has a feeling she might be out of her depth. And when she meets the gorgeous, brooding Nicholas Sinclair, she knows that she’s in real trouble . . .

With the snow falling all around them, can Abbey make her dreams of being a designer come true? And can she help Nick to finally enjoy the magic of Christmas?

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Hello and merry Christmas eve eve, everyone! Christmas is on Tuesday and so this is my last Holiday review of the month! I need to give a huge shout out to Forever Publishing for providing all these glorious holiday reads to brighten my spirits this year, since we live away from our families Christmas is always kind of blah for me and my husband, but these have helped me enjoy the season a little more.

This one was just as cute as the first two holiday romances I read, with all those tell-tale Hallmark movie feels that are perfect for this time of the year. I don’t read a lot of books about parents or single parents because that’s not really something that interests me, but I found myself enjoying Abbey and Max’s relationship and they way parenthood effected the relationship between Abbey and Nick. I loved Abbey and Nick’s families as well; I found Abbey and her family to be very realistic and I was able to relate to some of their struggles and I was so so so happy to see Nick’s family were down to earth and sweet in the end, I was worried they’d be stuck up and rude.

I have two main issues with this book that prevented me from loving it the way I thought I would. One, the plot was kind of blah. There was nothing else going on here besides the romance unfolding and a few smaller family related issues and so there were some points where it dragged rather slowly. Two, Nick isn’t my idea of a dream guy. A cold workaholic millionaire? Hell yes, I was all in. But Nick was just plain weird sometimes, like the things he said made me feel like he was a robot. Sure there were times I swooned and thought he was sweet, but mainly I thought he wasn’t sexy in the slightest.

Hale’s writing is so clean and refined that this book flowed effortlessly through snowy days and blustery nights, and I found myself longing for December evenings by the fire. I’m interested in picking up some of her other books because her writing had a way of transporting me to someplace sweeter and easier, and it was a perfect distraction for my Winter break. Again, a huge thanks to Forever Publishing for sending my holiday reads to me and I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!

Happy reading

 

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