If you are looking for a swoonworthy holiday read that will have you alternating between sobs and laughter every other page, you absolutely should pick up Kissing Under The Mistletoe by Marina Adair. It is an adorable contemporary romance set in the Napa Valley. The romance between the two lead characters is my favorite type — love hate and it pretty much sizzles right off of the page with every encounter between the two.
Regan Martin made a stupid mistake six years ago. She fell in love with a married man. She lost her house, her job, EVERYTHING and all of her connections in the wine industry. Since she’s been fired from every job in Oregon, she decides to move to St. Helena as she’s been offered a job marketing this female-run wine called Ryo. ONLY UH OH! Gabe DeLuca is her boss and his sister is the wife of the married man Regan fell for. The DeLucas are a protective clan and will stop at nothing to protect Abby’s happiness and that includes running single mother Regan out of town and preventing her from getting a job. What Gabe DeLuca never planned for was the immense attraction he feels for Regan.
I thought Regan was a compelling main character. She’s a fighter and will do anything to provide her daughter Holly with a happy childhood. Regan’s made mistakes but she owns them and doesn’t entirely play innocent. I found her to be admirable and not annoying in the slightest. She doesn’t whine when things don’t go her way, instead she works for what she wants. I was so invested in her, that often when bad things would happen to Regan I would tear up.
As for the male love interest, Gabe, I thought he was obnoxious for a decent portion of Kissing Under The Mistletoe. He’s very awful to Regan without considering her side of the story. Plus, he makes a few bad, callous decisions. However, when they finally start to act on their attraction, Gabe isn’t so bad.
If you’re looking for a chaste romance, look elsewhere. Kissing Under The Mistletoe is a sizzling romance that does contain sexual content. However, if you don’t mind that, then note the chemistry between the two leads – Gabe and Regan is undeniable. It does not feel stilted or forced between the two. Instead, I could see why they were into each other. I’d recommend Kissing Under The Mistletoe by Marina Adair to people looking for a spicy, emotional Christmas romance read.
Disclosure: Received for review
Other reviews of Kissing Under The Mistletoe by Marina Adair:
The Caffeinated Book Reviewer – “a well paced, entertaining romance with characters I enjoyed”
Dahrk Portal – “an enjoyable read with humor along with the heartache!”
Forever Book Lover – “I enjoyed every page and fell in love with the entire family”