Book Review: Under the Mistletoe – A Timeless Romance Anthology

Under the MistletoeTitle: Under the Mistletoe

Authors: Cindy Roland Anderson, Annette Lyon, Julie Coulter Bellon, Sarah M. Eden, Heather B. Moore, Jennifer Griffith

Series: A Timeless Romance Anthology

Publisher: Mirror Press

Release Date: October 15, 2015


Book Summary:

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

I enjoyed reading these stories. They had some good relationship advice in them, which had me evaluating what my husband and I can do better. Here’s what I thought of each story:
Forgotten Kisses – The story quickly drew me in. I was on the edge of my seat to find out what would happen next. In some ways, Madison reminded me a bit of some good friends I’ve had over the years. This story had advice about the importance of trust and communication in relationships. I’m not sure how I’d deal with situations she had to.
Content: clean
Rating: 4.5 stars
The Last Christmas – This story highlighted the importance of communication in marriage. It also clearly demonstrated the importance of knowing each other’s love language and expressing love in the way your spouse best receives and recognizes it, as well as recognizing how your spouse expresses love. It showed that in a relationship you need to learn to meet each others’ needs.
Content: clean – one swear word
Rating: 4.5 stars
Truth or Dare – This was a sweet story. It was a good story to read by the fire, which I did. I liked how both the main characters were in need of healing, and how they were able to help each other as they reconnected.
Content: clean
Rating: 4 stars
Holiday Bucket List – This story had great character and a great story. I especially liked Mike. I did have to look up what some of the things on their bucket lists were, though.
Content: Clean
Rating: 4 stars
Christmas Every Day – I really liked this story. It was a cozy story that had great characters. I enjoyed seeing how the main characters didn’t let their troubles destroy them and how they helped each other. This story brought a smile to my face.
Content: Clean – 2 swear words
Rating: 4.5 stars
First (And Last) Christmas Date – This story was cute and well-written. They all were, but this one particularly stood out to me as being well-written. The characters had some crazy adventures. It also highlighted how miscommunication can affect relationships.
Content: Clean – some innuendo, passionate kissing
Rating: 4.5 stars
Rating: 4.5 stars – Highly Recommend
Content: Clean
Source: Review Copy
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  1. I have been reading this too and I have really been loving it too. Fun book.