Now that I have fallen totally in love with Lucky Harbor (THANKS GINGER), I got really excited when I noticed there was a short story about Tara’s daughter Mia set during Christmas because that meant it would take me like 30 minutes to read the book and then maybe another 30 minutes to have the review written up and ready to go for December – my month of holiday themed reviews. FYI you guys, you will read this post on December 9 but I am typing it on October 29, just before Halloween. How’s that for Holiday dissonance? Anyways. I really freakin’ enjoyed Under The Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis and it definitely is more in the short story realm than it is in the novella realm and that is okay, that just means there’s no unnecessary crap.
Mia is going to college in New York City to be a counselor to kids. She connects with this guy Nick, who has also been given up for adoption. His story isn’t quite as sunny as hers though. Anyways, the two have some pretty mindblowing bedroom interludes and are in a relationship. One day Mia asks Nick to come to Lucky Harbor with her to her aunt Chloe’s wedding. Nick clams up and gets all nervous because he hasn’t had a family before. This naturally pisses Mia off because she assumes that Nick is not picking her the way she deserves to be picked and so she flies off sans boyfriend. Nick realizes he is being a total jackass and goes after her. What results are pages of him trying to make it up to her, pages of him interacting with our favorite Lucky Harbor residents and revisiting some favorite old characters. Basically Under The Mistletoe is a nice short little Christmas treat, you know, like a bite size candy bar, whetting my appetite for the whole bag of candy OR the whole series (is it super obvious that I am I writing this two days before Halloween?).
Going into Shalvis’s Under The Mistletoe I was a tiny bit pissed. This is because Mia wasn’t with the same boy as she was with in The Sweetest Thing (which I will be reviewing right after Christmas). That’s right! Total letdown. But then, of course, I actually read the short story and was like wow, yeah it makes sense that she would leave 17 behind and end up with the man who is perfect for her as an adult. There’s some fantastic chemistry between Nick and Mia that I think will put you all on my side when it comes to this romance.
On A Scale Of One To Clark Griswold, How Much Christmas Spirit Does This Book Have?
I will put this firmly in the Love Actually camp as far as Christmas Spirit goes. Like, there’s Christmas, but I think it’s more about the connections and the romance than it is the season.
Disclosure: Purchased My Copy Because I Will Always Spend My Cash Money On Jill Shalvis