Title: Kissing Under the Mistletoe
Genre: Contemporary Holiday Romance
Author: Marina Adair
Publisher: Montlake Romance, 2012
Source: Free for Review from Amazon Vine Program
Sexy Rating: 5
Christmasy Feeling: 4
Description from amazon.com:
Regan Martin stopped believing in Christmas miracles six years ago when she lost everything—her house, her job, and her impeccable reputation in the wine industry—after she fell in love with a man she had no idea was married. Then Regan gets a chance for a fresh start in the Napa Valley. With her dream job, dream home, and her daughter enrolled in a wonderful new school, she starts wondering if holiday wishes really do come true.
But she soon tumbles back down to earth when she learns that her new boss is none other than Gabe DeLuca, the scorned wife’s brother. Gabe wants nothing more than home-wrecking Regan Martin out of his life, his sister’s world, and his family’s business. Mostly, he wants the lush beauty out of his head. Yet his attempts to run her out of town have him thinking twice, especially when he sees that Regan may hold the key to tracking down his sister’s stolen start-up capital. Even worse for Gabe, Regan might just be his Christmas wish and hold the key to his heart.
At first I couldn’t like Gabe because he was being such a stalking jerk. Then he seemed to reform and I couldn’t understand why Regan would put herself through so much hell in this tight-knit, censoring town. All the while enjoying the way the author wrote such hot and steamy sexual tension while at the same time developing side characters that were too good or too bad to be true. At times I just shook my head when it came to the grandma being so friendly and supportive of the woman who broke up her granddaughter’s marriage. And this was supposed to be a really tight family unit. And Grandma wanted Gabe and Regan to get together, Regan the other woman in her granddaughter’s life who had a child with her granddaughter’s husband. Of course the wronged wife ends up being the child’s devoted music teacher. Okay, I reached the limit of my keeping-things- credible.
All those complaints aside, I kept reading to the end. The writing was good and those sexy scenes were well done.