Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Blame It On the Mistletoe, by Nicole Michaels

St. Martin's Press, ISBN 9781466867550, October 2014

Brooke Abbott has returned to her hometown in Missouri after a painful relationship that has left her wary and her brother very protective of her. She's opened a small arts studio, selling her own jewelry and handicraft as well as that of others, and she really needs this, her first Christmas season, to be a big success if her studio is to survive till spring.

When local bad boy/heartthrob (and secret crush) Alex Coleman returns to town unexpectedly, she's pretty sure it's bad news. Alex was always trouble. What she doesn't know is that Alex has returned to see his grandmother, settle his wealthy grandfather's estate, and make peace with his mother.

What Alex doesn't know is that his often cold, distant grandfather has left him his most treasured real estate holding other than the family house: 100 Main Street, the building that houses both Brooke's studio and her apartment.

I like both Alex and Brooke, although they do both follow the Rule of not sharing important information early that will come out later and make much more trouble then. They are both in their different ways damaged by past experiences, and reaching for healing and wholeness. They also both have both a sense of fun, and a sense of decency, so that you're rooting for them both all the way through.

A fun Christmas read.

I received a free electronic galley from the publisher via NetGalley.