Beneath The Mistletoe by W. Lynn Chantale

Beneath The Mistletoe by W. Lynn Chantale
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday (Christmas)
Length: Short Story (24 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Maddie has harbored a secret crush for her suave and sexy dance partner, Max, but confessing how she feels could end a great partnership.

Max has lusted after Maddie since their very first dance six months prior. He has no problem acting on his feelings, but she belongs to someone else.

When circumstances leave Maddie open and available, Max and Maddie could get their Christmas wish, a dance beneath the mistletoe.

Madeline had always planned on getting married on Christmas Day. She’d thought this was the year, until she’d ended up breaking her engagement at the last minute. Sheer determination had her still attending her work Christmas party when all she wanted to do was stay away. Seeing her ex with the woman he’d been cheating on her with was not a good way to spend the evening. The fact Max was present – and her strongest temptation – also didn’t help matters. Max was her dance partner and boss – so she couldn’t avoid him forever. When they start to dance though, everything else falls away. Maybe there’s a Christmas miracle in the works for Madeline and Max after all.

Steamy and sensual, this is one Christmas story sure to get your blood pounding. Dancing is a very enticing sport and the author does a great job describing the chemistry sizzling between Max and Madeline. There’s a small sub-plot about Madeline’s ex-fiance, which I found realistic and refreshing in that they could argue, but not drag things out. I enjoyed how the author showed the fall out between the two of them but didn’t make it a major distraction, more just tying up loose ends.

I also liked how despite the short length of this story, I really felt as a reader that the emotion, chemistry and connection between Max and Madeline was present. It’s there with their every touch and dance, the magic they create together. I was a bit disappointed that Madeline couldn’t work out her own head and feelings, that she had to resort to other measures. I can’t imagine a woman not being able to think about her own emotions and feelings and sorting them out – so I couldn’t relate to that, but the chemistry and passion she and Max shared made up for that shortcoming.

Sensual and passionate, this short story has plenty of build up and one smoking hot consummation scene toward the end. Readers who like plenty of characterization, a slow burn building to an erotic climax could well be satisfied with this. I thoroughly enjoyed it and about from a few small niggles found myself eagerly turning the pages and seeking more. This is a sizzling hot romance with a traditional and sweet ending. I feel it will appeal to many readers

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