Kissing Under the Mistletoe
by Suzanne Enoch; Amelia Grey; Anna Bennett
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Pub Date 28 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 12 Oct 2021
St. Martin's Press, St. Martin's Paperbacks
From the Scottish highlands, to the bustle and tussle of London, to a hotel on the outskirts of town, three unforgettable authors bring the joy of Christmas romance in Kissing Under the Mistletoe.
Great Scot! by Suzanne Enoch
Miss Jane Bansil knows she will never have a fairy-tale moment. Well past the marriageable age, she’s taken a position as a companion and is now stuck in Scotland for Christmas, alone even in the middle of the boisterous MacTaggert family. But when Brennan Andrews, an architect and cousin to the MacTaggerts, arrives to draw up plans for a new family home, Jane must decide if she will take a chance at a happily-ever-after, or settle into her small, safe life for good.
Christmas at Dewberry Hollow by Amelia Grey
Miss Isabelle Reed has no plans to ever fall in love. She has a perfectly acceptable life with her mother at the Dewberry Hollow Inn, thank you very much. But when Gate, the Duke of Notsgrave’s grandson, appears at Dewberry Hollow searching for a carving on a tree, Isabelle cannot help but get involved. But Gate’s charm and their instant attraction makes Isabelle question if she’s willing to take her chance at love once again.
My Mistletoe Beau by Anna Bennett
Miss Eva Tiding is determined to cheer her widowed father with the perfect Christmas gift. Even if it means breaking into the home of the rakish Earl of Frostbough who swindled Papa out of his pocket watch. But when the earl, Jack Hardwick, catches her in the act, they strike a deal: she’ll pose as his fiancée in exchange for the watch. Falling in love is not part of the plan—but with a little Christmas magic, anything is possible…
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Three great short stories set at Christmas. I really enjoyed these stories. Recommend for historical romance fans.
such amazing authors and great stories. i love reading Christmas stories in July. it is so much fun and magical. i was introduced to new authors with this anthology and reconnected with favorites as well. There is something for everyone in this book.
Great Scot! Is a sweet novella continuing of the Wild Wicked Highlanders series. Cousin to the MacTaggert brothers, Brennan Andrews and Jane Bansil, cousin to Amelia-Rose MacTaggert, (It’s Getting Scot in Here) find each other during the MacTaggert Christmas holiday season. Jane has become a companion and is a spinster; Brennan, a widower. Neither were looking for love, neither are as vibrant as their cousins, neither feel life has much more to offer them. Yet, both are wrong on all accounts. They find each other; they are vibrant each in their own way; they realize life is still full of surprises as they reach for the other. Beautiful love story!
Christmas as Dewberry Hollow is adorable. Isabella and Gate just connected on a level that is enduring and real. Isabella knows hurt and is wary. Gate sees a woman like no other. Gate realizes he is not the ‘heir’ to the dukedom, but it does not stop him from doing what needs to be done to help his grandfather complete his life. In the process he finds purpose and love with Isabella.
My Mistletoe Beau begins with a startling, male strip tease – a bit of a surprise for the beginning of this novella! Jack is trying to force Eva to leave his bedroom since she entered it to steal a watch. The strip tease really is delectable. As a result of their bargain, they enter into a fake engagement. Their relationship only gets better from there, yet it seems their coming together has roots in their parents. It is always a good romance when each H/h learns from the other and grows in the development of their love and relationships.
This book has three novellas that are set at Christmas time. all three are very good stories.
the first one
Great Soct by Ms Enoch is set in the MacTaggert world. It was great reading about the characters and having a Christmas match. 4 stars
Christmas at Dewberry Inn by Ms Grey was very good -- I have not read any of her other books. This one I enjoyed a lot . very cute.
Mr Mistletoe Beau by Ms Bennett was fun -- it had some of the same theme as a few of her other books but was very good
I recomend this cute Christmas book ! worth a read
This is an anthology of three books. This had three stories in it. I enjoyed it a great deal and was glad to get another story from Suzanne Enoch. I thought the stories were sweet Christmas stories.
Kissing Under the Mistletoe includes three swoon-worthy novellas from three wonderful novelists – Suzanne Enoch, Amelia Grey, and Anna Bennet. All three stories are set during the holiday season and are filled with charm, wit, and lovely romances.
In Great Scot! by Suzanne Enoch, thirty-three-year-old Jane always feels like a third wheel and hasn’t quite found her place in the world. Taken in by the MacTaggerts, Jane meets their cousin Brennan and realizes that it might not be too late for love. Jane is a quiet introvert who prefers reading to socializing, and Brennan opens her eyes to the possibility of a future that doesn’t include spinsterhood. Brennan mourns the loss of his wife, but Jane makes him see that he could have a future with her. Jane and Brennan have a wonderful romance, and I like that they understood each other so well.
Since the novella is set in the Wild Wicked Highlanders series, the story includes many of the MacTaggert favorites, and I loved seeing how their stories continued. The beautiful backdrop of the Scottish Highlands, as well as the holiday spirit, contribute to the romantic tone of the story.
Amelia Grey’s Christmas at Dewberry Hollow begins as Isabelle, the daughter of an inn owner, accidentally shoots and wounds one of the Duke of Notsgrave’s guards. When she meets Gates, the Duke’s grandson, he is nothing like she imagined. As the couple tries to find an old tree engravement marked by the Duke years ago, their feelings for each other intensify.
I enjoyed the romance between Isabelle and Gates. They have instant attraction for each other, but Isabell fights her feelings. She loves her life and her home, and she works harder than most. She is very self-sufficient and independent, and she is very willing to speak her mind. I think that’s what draws Gates to her. He is so smitten with her from the start, but can he prove that they are meant to be together?
My Mistletoe Beau by Anna Bennett is a wonderful enemies-to-lovers romance that starts with an attempted robbery and ends, like the other stories, with a HEA. When Eva breaks into Jack’s home intent on stealing a watch that her father lost in a gamble, she never expected to be caught. Jack is intrigued by Eva and, instead of punishing her, convinces her to pretend they are engaged. This will ease some of the pressures on Jack, and in exchange, Jack will give Eva the watch.
Eva and Jack have amazing chemistry, and I really enjoyed their love story. Their banter is funny, smart, and filled with sexual tension, and it’s so obvious they have feelings for each other. The characters are dynamically developed, and I loved the secondary characters, especially Jack’s grandmother.
This is a wonderful trilogy of novellas that I think will appeal to readers who like historical romances with great characters and a ton of holiday spirit. Thanks so much to the authors, NetGalley, and St. Martin’s Press for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
First and foremost, I am a fan of all three authors of “Kissing Under the Mistletoe”. All three novellas in this book were delightful reads and will make for good reading in the upcoming holiday season.
Suzanne Enoch: “Great Scot!” we see the MacTaggert brothers reappearing along with new intro of Brennan Andrews, a cousin and skilled architect. It also re-introduces Jane Bansil who was rejected by her aunt for aiding her cousin’s elopement to one of the brothers. This novella felt just a bit rushed in the romance department but hey love at first sight is always a possibility when two are willing to take that chance.
Amelia Grey: “Christmas at Dewberry Hollow” we have Isabelle Reed who is resigned to spinsterhood and helping her mother run her inn as she has done over the years. After she shoots and injures a guard of long-standing Duke, in steps his grandson Gate and all of his mischief to gain the love of Isabelle. I love a witty story that has angst and romance intertwined. Isabelle and Gate are loveable characters who are full of trouble and fun.
Anna Bennett: “My Mistletoe Beau” stars Lady Eva Tiding as a thief who sneaks into The Earl of Frostbough’s home to steal back her father’s pocket watch. Unfortunately, she is caught in the act and is somewhat blackmailed into becoming his fiancé when his grandmother visits to keep her from meddling into his love life.
Novellas with handsome and virile men who are sexy and romantic and waiting to ring in the holiday season with smart and intelligent women who capture their hearts. Entertaining and fun reads that I recommend.
Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for this ARC in exchange for my fair and honest review. All opinions in this review are my own.
I loved this book! Kissing Under the Mistletoe is three novellas by three very talented ladies. The first story is Great Scot! by Suzanne Enoch and great scot it is! This book contains strong, sexy Scots and their beautiful, intelligent women. The main character, Jane Bansil is a beautiful, vulnerable, intelligent woman who feels out of place in the midst of newlyweds, until she meets architect Brennan Andrews. Brennan is sexy, compassionate and just the man for Jane, if she will stay! The second story is Christmas at Dewberry Hollow by Amelia Grey, a story of wit, romance, and angst. It all begins when Isabelle Reed accidentally shoots one of the guards of the Duke of Notgrove's grandson, Mr. Gatestone. Of course, the guard is uninjured and 'Gate' is handsome, as well as mischievious. But Isabelle does not get involved with boarders at her mother's inn! The last story in the book is My Mistletoe Beau by Anna Bennett, a wonderful story of thievery, lies, and manipulation. It all begins when Lady Eva Tiding breaks into the home of Jack Hardwick, the Earl of Frostbough, to steal a pocketwatch. When Jack catches Eva trying to steal her father's wagered pocketwatch, he uses it to get her to pose as his fiancee' while his grandmother is visiting. But Jack is handsome, sexy and fierce, three things Eva can't resist In each of these stories the characters are so well written that you feel as if you know them personally. You feel the story, as well as live it with the characters. The stories are romantic and sexy but each one shows a vulnerability. You can't help but fall in love with this book. I would definitely recommend reading it!
Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to read and review this book.
Thanks Netgalley for allowing me to read this book. This book was well written by three amazing authors that will put you in the holiday spirit. Three short stories about three different women who find love when they least expect it.
Lovely collection of short stories, I read them in one night and loved them all :) The only downside is a really want to follow all the characters into their own longer books! Fingers crossed that might happen!!
An unexpected trio of stories of romance, some intrigue and overcoming misunderstandings. These ladies know how to write stories that keep you turning pages.
Fans of historical romance will be ready for Christmas with these three delightful stories filled with mistletoe, meddling relatives and a little magic.
In GREAT SCOT!, Suzanne Enoch brings back Jane Bansil from Book 1 of The Wild Wicked Highlanders series to fulfill her HEA — and also tie up loose ends of the earlier three-book series. A paid companion who is also family, Jane has choices to make as she worries about her place in the boisterous MacTaggert clan. Brennan Andrews, a MacTaggert cousin and architect, is immediately drawn to Jane, but must convince her to take a chance.
There’s magic in the air at Dewberry Hollow Inn in Amelia Grey’s CHRISTMAS AT DEWBERRY HOLLOW. Isabelle Reed is content with her life helping her mother run the inn. Her world is upended when Gate arrives with his grandfather, the Duke of Notsgrave, on a sentimental journey to recapture the past.
In MY MISTLETOE BEAU, Anna Bennett sets up Eva Tiding and Jack Hardwick, the Earl of Frostbough in a fake betrothal when Anna’s desire to make her father happy puts her in a compromising position.
All three authors weave beautiful HEAs for historical romance fans who are looking for quick reads during the busy holiday season.
This is a fun compilation including stories from three wonderful writers. Each story was engaging and included a fabulous couple as well as other interesting characters sprinkled throughout the story. I love when the hero and heroine have witty banter and each of these couples were so entertaining. I also loved the length of each story because they were long enough for me to become invested in the couple and didn't seem rushed.
This is an enthralling “keeper” ! their brilliantly crafted expressive prose drew me in from the beginning and held me fast till the end. The characters vaulted off the pages straight into my heart and kept me thinking about them long after I turned the last page. I fell in love with them immediately.
I thought each of the stories was romantic and sweet. There were some stories that got sexy but they were still wonderful. The first one is about Jane Bansil and the MacTaggert ladies. Jane is the only single one left now. But she meets a fella, (Brennan Andrews), and who knows.
The next is about Isabelle Reed and her love of Christmas time. She and her mother run a high-class Inn. They have reservations for a duke and his party. Mr. Gatestone is the duke's grandson and he loves him dearly. They are looking for a heart carved into a tree.
Miss Eva Tidings was breaking into a London townhouse of Lord Frostbough. He was single but had an awful reputation. He was Cold, Rakish, and had perverse habits. This was about her father's watch.
Each author has done a wonderful job keeping the stories unique and interesting. Even though they are short, they still keep your attention. The characters are outstanding, as is the scenery. How can you ask for more? A great read.
I received this ARC from Net Galley and voluntarily reviewed it.
Great Scot! by Suzanne Enoch****
Jane's story is a great jump start to this set. Even when you're content romantically, her story put to test that contentment. It's never too late to take a chance to fall in love. Delightful story, great characters who just fit. Heartwarming.
Christmas at Dewberry Hollow by Amelia Grey***½
This Damsel is not really in distress and this regency is perfect for those who love society reads with a bit of a contemporary feel. Isabelle is very independent and practical, both characters have a compassionate nature and are mutually attracted to one another. If only.... Intriguing and grand.
My Mistletoe Beau by Anna Bennett*****+
Very engaging story with characters that totally enraptured me with not only their mistletoe encounter but how smoothly their romance blossoms. Absolutely love the feisty, boldness of Eva and how that spirit challenges not only the plan but totally captivates the brooding Earl. Excellent story! Definitely saved the best for last... I enjoyed this so much that I not only read it nonstop but then reread it for several days just for the repeated opportunity to baste in the warmth of their love story and their journey to get there.
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC from Netgalley.
This is an enjoyable read and didn't take that long. I must admit that my favorite is by Anna Bennett. Strong female character and I really enjoyed her. If you're looking for a light read that's not incredibly time consuming nor filled with "high drama and angst", then I would strongly suggest this collection of stories.
This book is a delightful collection of Christmas novellas that get you in the Christmas spirit of romance. Each story kept me captivated and cheering for the characters. They also made me laugh and sigh and feel like the characters were friends.
Mini Review: All three of these short stories were fun and festive! I love Christmas books, and these stories were entertaining reads. My favorite of them was Great Scot, but I liked all of them! Overall, if you're looking for a festive Christmas short story collection, I would definitely recommend this book!
I received an e-ARC from the publisher.
What an remarkable anthology this is. This anthology is filled with heartwarming, romantic stories.. I enjoyed each and every story.. I highly recommend this book. These romances will warm you as you await the holidays.
I received an advance reader copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
I requested to read and review this book from St. Martin Publishing Company. I love 3 book in one. They all have the coming home feeling where you belong. This makes you feel all warm and cozy reading this! Yes of course there is romance but there is also drama, mystery and comedy. This will be a book you don't want to put it down! The women characters are strong resilient women. That came make their own minds They each take place in great setting during Christmas time. But these amazing stories can be read anytime of the year!
This is a delightful collection of three entertaining, well-written, steamy, holiday, historical romance novellas. Suzanne Enoch's entry is a heartwarming story of a shy, awkward spinster finding love with a quiet hero, and has a happily ever after ending. It is an excellent addition to Ms. Enoch's outstanding "Wild Wicked Highlanders" series, and can easily be read and enjoyed as a stand alone. The glimpses of characters and past events have piqued my interest in reading their stories in the other novels of this series.
Amelia Grey's entry has likable, engaging characters, a strong and capable female protagonist, a heartwarming romance, the sentimental quest to fulfill a promise, a special guest, the sadness of memory loss, Christmas magic, and a happily ever after ending.
Anna Bennett's novella is a tie-in to her "Rogues to Lovers" series and has wit, humor, wonderful characters, a beautiful setting, a heartwarming enemies to lovers romance, and a happily ever after ending. I am looking forward to reading the next entry in this series with great anticipation.
Net Galley kindly provided me with an ARC of this anthology, and this is my honest opinion.
Three Christmas romances are included this collection. In "Great Scot", Jane feels that she is invisible and too old for love. But Brennan offers her a lot more than a drawing of her dream library. In "Christmas at Dewberry Hollow", Isabelle refuses to believe that this time a man will stay in Dewberry Hollow for her. But she will enjoy her time with Gate while she can. In "My Mistletoe Beau", Eva must begin a fake courtship with Jack in order to rescue her father's watch.
I read this book during winter in Sydney. It certainly helped to warm me up! I adored every story and every couple - though their romances were short, it all felt very believable to me. And all three authors knew perfectly well how to use the shorter length to their advantage - not once did I feel like the stories were missing anything. I've actually just gone and bought the other MacTaggert stories, because I really quite enjoyed "Great Scot".
What a great collections of yummies for this winter break.
Great Scot! by Suzanne Enoch
Our heroine is Jane. No good deed goes unpunished. This is so true with her. She does a good deed and is cast out. Now, she works as a companion. As such, she accompanies her employer to Scotland, and is immersed in the MacTagger family. Well now, we need a decidedly Scottish hero for her, don't we? Enter, Brennan. He is a cousin and an architect. He's been alone for a while since his wife's death, and ok to stay that way. When these 2 meet, sparks ignite. Loved it!
Next, Amelia Grey's Christmas at Dewberry Hollow
Scene 1... some man is shot.... by our heroine! We love her right away and cringe as she tries to clean up the mess she just made. Isabelle then meets Gate. He happens to be on his way to stay in her inn, and the victim is his man. He mistakes Isabell for a servant and you know.... folks this man is going down hard. He's there to help his Grandpa, the Duke, find the love tree he marked with his late wife. Heartwarming!
Last but not least... My Mistletoe Beau by Anna Bennett
Oh our heroine.... she's Eva. She thinks it's a great idea to do a little breaking-and-entering to retrieve that watch her late Mom gave her Dad. Dad... ugh... he lost it gambling with the homeowner, Jack, Earl of Frostbough, That name says something about his demeanor. Only he can't stay all frigid when he catches Eva He has no idea what to do with her, but he figures it out quick. This turns into a fake fiancé storyline, but with a fresh, new telling
All 3 stories will be so warm and cozy with a glass of your fav and a blanket. Enjoy them!
I don’t usually go for novella collections but when I saw there was a new wicked highlander’s book in here I had to read it, and honestly I ended up enjoying all three a great deal. My only complaint is that they didn’t all get longer books because I would have loved to spend more time with these characters.
Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for providing me an arc in exchange for an honest review
An enjoyable trio of novellas about unexpected love. I especially loved seeing the old characters from Suzanne Enoch’s past novels. A quick holiday read. I received an ARC from NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for my honest review.
I rarely rate a collection of short stories higher than 3, but this was an excellent offering! Three great stories with great characters and a fun back story for each. In fact, I liked them so much that I was sad each one didn't get a bigger book!
I was provided with an ARC of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This is a great collection of romances with a Christmas theme. I enjoyed all three of the books, however, the second story was my favorite - I just loved the idea of a lady in most unladylike circumstances.
All three books are set at Christmastime, but, also, each book focuses on a lady who doesn't want to be constrained by society's rules. This made them likeable and engaging.
If you enjoy the genre, you will love this book. Put this one on your TBR list - it's the perfect read for being curled up by the fireplace.
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