Marie Reviews "Under the Mistletoe" by Jill Shalvis

Under the Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis


There's no place like home for the holidays. And the Lucky Harbor Bed & Breakfast is bursting with festive lights and good cheer. But for Mia, Christmas is turning out to be anything other than merry and bright. Her recent break-up with her boyfriend Nick has made her return bittersweet. But then a surprise arrives, when Nick follows her to town bearing gifts-and asking for forgiveness.

Nick grew up without a family of his own so he's overwhelmed by the love that Mia receives from all her relatives, gathered together to celebrate the season. Under their watchful eyes, Nick finds earning back her trust the hardest thing he's ever had to do. If he succeeds, he will receive the greatest gift of all, Mia's love for a lifetime.


As this book starts out Nick and Mia have sparks a plenty, and Mia thinks their meeting at a fancy restaurant is bound to end with the use of the "L" word. After six months of being together she anticipates he will finally tell her he loves her. The evening does not go as she planned. The "L" word never surfaces. She had purchased an extra ticket so Nick could join her on a trip home for the holiday to attend her Aunt Chloe's wedding. Nick turns down her invitation. Mia is confused about their relationship, or her assumption of a relationship. Nick doesn't explain why he won't go. In reality, he had taken her to the fancy restaurant to reveal he had gotten a job where he would be traveling extensively, but couldn't bring himself to tell her. Nick was bounced from home to home growing up and didn't have the loving adoptive parents Mia had. He doesn't think he knows how to deal with love and family.
Mia takes her hurt feelings and leaves town before Nick realizes he caused her pain he shouldn't have. He tries to reach her to apologize but is greeted by voice mail prompts and an empty apartment when he tries to tell her in person. A neighbor informs him she already left town, so he sets out to track her down. When he arrives in Lucky Harbor he finds an ex boyfriend and an entire family who want to witness what he has to say to Mia. They will be waiting to see if he manages to win back her trust and her heart.
I enjoyed the story. It was a sweet holiday romance. If you like a very short quick read with a strong emotional range, this book is for you.
I was given a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.


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