What Happens Under the Mistletoe by Sabrina Jeffries, Karen Hawkins, Candace Camp and Meredith Duran

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What Happens Under the Mistletoe by Sabrina Jeffries, Karen Hawkins, Candace Camp and Meredith Duran
Publisher: Pocket Books
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (400 pgs)
Heat: Spicy
Rated 4 stars
Reviewed by Snapdragon

Stunned by the heat of an unexpected kiss on a cold winter’s eve, two strangers from vastly different worlds turn hotheaded principles into burning passion in Sabrina Jeffries’s delightful yuletide story, “The Heiress and the Hothead”.

In the snowy Scottish countryside, Karen Hawkins’s rakish duke has an unforgettable holiday encounter in “Twelve Kisses” when the alluring lady he surprises under the mistletoe is not who he expected, but a long-lost love with a score to settle.

In “By Any Other Name”, Edinburgh is aglitter for Christmastime as Candace Camp sends a curious gentleman in hot pursuit of an intriguing lady in disguise—one who refuses to reveal her true identity, though she fears he has already stolen her heart with his kiss.

In “Sweet Ruin”, will the festive spirit of the season sweep Meredith Duran’s feisty heroine beneath the mistletoe—and back into the arms of the dashing rogue whose carelessness soiled her reputation and sent her into exile in London?

Escape your holidays by leaping into someone else’s! The What Happens Under the Mistletoe collection will transport you to the enchanting drawing rooms of England’s nineteenth century. Each one is a distinct story, though they share the time period and the expected array of Christmas customs; as well as wonderful writing. All the authors share a gift for creating rich and interesting characters, though the circumstances of each story are quite different.

We might well say that each story is ultimately satisfying, but in writing that, what I mean, specifically, is they share a level of predictability. Its great they give us what we want…but this reader would have liked a little more of a surprise inside the ‘gift box’ of the story. Even so, each of these was well worth reading. They are mostly sweet with the occasional something a bit more.

If you want to round out your holiday with a glimpse at old time parties, decoration, various levels of English titles, as well as proper footmen, staff and an array of house-guests ( as well as those ‘not so chance’ meetings under the mistletoe, ) do add What Happens Under the Mistletoe collection to your list.

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