Under the Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis is a very short, but well done novella. Shalvis manages to create such depth in her characters in such a short amount of time

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under the mistletoe by jill shalvis

Under the Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis

Lucky Harbor #6.5
December 4, 2012

Read this if you want:

  • A holiday read
  • A short novella
  • Small town romance 

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Mia is all grown up now and is lady in her own right. In New York, she has made a life for herself. She’s got a BA in Psychology, decent digs, and a sexy, sexy boyfriend named Nick. For six months, Nick and Mia have been in a worldwind of love, but with the holidays coming up and Aunt Chloe’s wedding just around the corner, Mia is asking Nick to make that next step with her. She’s going to ask him to come to Lucky Harbor with her to be her date at the wedding.

The bomb drops when Nick says no and Mia can do nothing but pick up the pieces of her heart from the floor and pack up her things for her plane ride to Lucky Harbor. There she finds old loves and a whole lot of hurt, but it seems that love isn’t giving up too easily this time around.

In a story filled with laugher and love, Jill Shalvis delivers yet another heart-warming love story that will lift your spirits and keep you wanting more. Under the Mistletoe is a very short, but well done novella. Shalvis manages to create such depth in her characters in such a short amount of time. Furthermore, she is also able to create distinct, likeable personalities as she introduces new characters into a world where readers are completely enamoured with the people already. I think the events of this book, such as the wedding could have easily made this novella into a full-length book because a lot happens and the characters to develop really well at a fast pace. It’s a true testament to Shalvis’ writing where she can give characters a solid story whether it be in novella format or a full-length.

Familiar faces are brought back into this novella and I just about died when one particular character came back. Carlos deserves his own book! What he does for Mia is this book is sweet and let’s face it – it was sexy! And I think once readers read this novella, they will be right there with me when I say that he should get his own book (or at least a novella).

Under the Mistletoe is the perfect holiday read to warm you up and make you laugh. You can expect no less from Jill Shalvis. She always delivers and Mia’s story is no different.

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11 Comments

  1. Thanks for the great review! I have the Lucky Harbor series but I haven’t read them yet *hangshead* But I decided to read this one anyway. I know I spoiled some stuff for myself but it was sweet and short 🙂 I really enjoyed it!

  2. I just finished it and I agree with you! I was a little skeptical at first when I saw that she didn’t end with Carlos, but it worked out perfectly! The novella really brightened my day 🙂

      1. Yhea, she is great! I am so happy that I still have so many of hers to read 😀
        She is my “cheering up author” 😛

  3. I was so looking forward to reading Mia’s story…but it’s not available for my country or region-thanks for the great review Ann!