Presenting: Christmas in October!
Each day this week, I will be reviewing a Christmas-themed book, reviewing how well the book embraces the holiday as well as giving my two cents on the book as a whole. Join me in celebrating the holiday a wee bit early and post your holiday book reviews to comments of any of this week's reviews!
Published October 14, 2014
Source: Received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Blame It on the Mistletoe has a lot of Christmas material in it, including the holiday itself. I loved the way that mistletoe was woven through the story. This book was particularly successful at getting me in the mood to go Christmas shopping, which is handy as it never hurts to get started early! Five trees for Christmas content!
Blame It on the Mistletoe was a delightful, short contemporary romance. It leverages a pre-existing relationship between Brooke and Alex. Though they only knew each other indirectly - Alex was the best friend of Brooke's older brother - this gave them a solid base to build on when they run into each other later in life. Of course, by this point, both have changed, matured and experienced some ups and downs in life. I thoroughly enjoyed reading as the two got to know each other all over again.
I really liked the friendship that develops between Brooke and the other business owners in Preston. I love the idea of small town businesses banding together, and the way that the book draws on the popularity and reach of a blog... what can I say, the idea appeals to me!
On a slightly less positive note, Brooke's older brother Ryan was a... well... lot irritating. I never understand why family members in these books feel justified in telling anyone how to live, and he crossed that line for me. Also, I felt that the conflict between Brooke and Alex was a bit forced - I didn't understand his hesitation to be upfront.
Regardless of these two things--because they're really quibbles in the grander scheme--I really enjoyed reading Blame It on the Mistletoe.
Reading Blame It on the Mistletoe made me flashback to Christmas episodes of Gilmore Girls, which are my image of what small town holidays can be like. I absolutely recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick romantic fix with a holiday theme!
For fans of Christmas-themed books, contemporary romance