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Timeless Romance Anthology: Under the Mistletoe Collection

About the book: Six Award-Winning Authors have contributed new stories to A Timeless Romance Anthology: Under the Mistletoe Collection. Six contemporary novellas, all adding sweet romance to the Christmas season. 

In the enchanting novella FORGOTTEN KISSES by Cindy Roland Anderson, costume designer Madison Taylor has no love lost when the male lead playing Sir Lancelot in a TV series is fired. She couldn’t stand working with him anyway. But when she discovers who his replacement is, her heart nearly stops. Caleb Matthews is one of the hottest male actors ever… and not to mention Madison’s former boyfriend. When things got too serious between them, everything fell apart. And now, Madison must play nice or lose her job. She just has to forget all of the reasons she’d fallen for him in the first place. 

In THE LAST CHRISTMAS, a sweet romance novella by Annette Lyon, Meredith only has to make it through the Christmas holiday pretending that she and her husband Eric aren’t on the verge of divorce. She doesn’t want to ruin the holiday for her two grown daughters and their boyfriends. But when Eric hurries home after weeks of living in a motel to unpack before their daughters arrive, he starts pressing Meredith with questions about why she filed for divorce. The last thing Meredith wants to do it give Eric a second chance, but it seems that Eric is not willing to let her go without trying to win her back. 

In Julie Coulter Bellon’s captivating novella TRUTH OR DARE After a year of recovery, wounded war veteran Jonah Harrison comes home for Christmas. No longer the outgoing high school track star, he just wants to be left alone, away from well-meaning friends and neighbors. But when a blizzard strands him with Cami Jackson—the girl who once knew him best—he can’t hide anything from her, no matter how much he wants to. Cami has a wounded heart of her own, though, and it might take a Christmas miracle for them to find the healing they both long for and the courage to reach for a chance at love. 

In the charming novella HOLIDAY BUCKET LIST by Sarah M. Eden, Celeste Lagorio has officially given up on Christmas. A single mother, with her children grown and unable to return for the holiday, Celeste determines to take a break from everything. When her single neighbor and almost-best-friend, Mike Durham, discovers her non-plans, they discuss things they’ve always wanted to do, but never had time. Mike and Celeste put together a friendly competition of checking off the things on their bucket list, all the while drawing closer and discovering they have more in common than they thought. 

In CHRISTMAS EVERY DAY, a delightful novella by Heather B. Moore, Monica is on the verge of buying her dream store, but when she tells her boyfriend, he turns it into an embarrassing public argument. Heartbroken, but determined to follow her dream, she goes to her employer’s Christmas party to play Mrs. Claus, only to be paired with someone unexpected. A young Mr. Claus who is the complete opposite of her ex-boyfriend in all the most important ways. Yet, Monica is not sure she can risk opening her heart again. 

In Jennifer Griffith’s exciting novella FIRST (AND LAST) CHRISTMAS DATE, pilot Juliet Law has been in a holding pattern, dating the wrong guy, until she gets a holiday shake-up: old flame Tag McClintock e-mails her to ask for second date—after ten years. Their first date, back in high school, had been an unmitigated disaster culminating with Pepto Bismol and the police. Still, Juliet would have gone out with Tag again the next day—and the next—had he asked. So now that he’s finally popping up in her in-box again, Juliet must decide whether to say yes to the date, even if it puts her at risk of another decade of carrying a torch for Tag McClintock. Will their second date be their last?

My review: I was way excited to be able to read this collection and even more excited once I started reading and realized that this was a contemporary collection. I loved each and every one of these great novellas. There was not a bad story in the bunch, so grab it and curl up with a warm blanket and maybe some chocolate!

Forgotten Kisses by Cindy Roland Anderson was so cute! I loved Madison. And it was just funny how the person that she needed to work with for her job ended up being her ex-fiance, Caleb. I loved Caleb, he went out of his way to do anything he could for Madison and was trying to show her that he truly still cared for her and always had despite their misunderstanding. This one was so great!

The Last Christmas by Annette Lyon made me sad, at first. Meredith and her husband are getting divorced but instead of telling their two daughters right away, Meredith wants to wait until after the family has had one more big family Christmas. It was kind of sad how the two of them were kind of sneaking around to not let their daughters know they were divorcing. But I loved that Caleb was willing to try to get to the bottom of why Meredith wanted a divorce and I was always rooting for him to win her back.

Julie Coulter Bellon's Truth or Dare was fun as well. Jonah has just come home from the war and he knows that everyone else knows that he's lost one of his legs in a roadside bomb accident. When his best friend from high school, Cami, comes looking for her dog on a dark and stormy night, he does everything he can think of to get her to leave. He knows that he can't keep the fact that he is seriously depressed about the situation from her, but she has her own worries and soon the two are doing what they did best in high school, playing Truth or Dare. Such a cute love story.

Sarah Eden's Holiday Bucket List reminded me that she can totally write contemporary romance as well as the regency romance that she's known for. It's a cute story about two neighbors, Celeste and Mike. Mike has been into Celeste for ages, but she has been two busy being a single mother to her daughters to notice. But this year, they're not coming home for Christmas leaving Celeste alone and she's not planning to celebrate at all. Enter the bucket list competition between the two. They each come up with the things they had planned to do as teenagers that never got done. Think wear hammer pants, or see Home Alone in a theater. Such fun stuff. But is there any way that Celeste can see Mike for more than just a good friend and neighbor? Loved this one!

Christmas Every Day by Heather B Moore was a fun romance about Monica. She works at a store called Christmas Every Day and her boyfriend thinks that it's a stupid place to work. So when she tells him she's buying it he goes ballistic, leaving Monica to be saved by a handsome stranger. Little does she know that the handsome stranger is the son of her bosses and that pretty soon she will know him very well and need his help as well. I loved the story in this one, but there were a few mild swear words in this one.

And last but not least, First (And Last) Christmas Date by Jennifer Griffith was super cute too. I loved Juliet in this one! She's a career girl trying to help her family with her salary. Out of the blue the boy that was her high school love, Tag, calls her for a Christmas date, 10 years to the day of their only date that happened to be a disaster. It's not looking like this date is going to be much better and the things that happen to them just get funnier and funnier. But is Juliet willing to overlook the crazy things that go wrong in favor of finding her one true love? 

Make sure to grab your copy of this great book!

I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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