The Mistletoe Pact by Jo Lovett (2021)
Evie and Dan jokingly make a pact at Christmastime to marry each other when they reach thirty if they are both still single. Eight years later, one drunken night leads to a Vegas wedding. They've both had secret feelings for each other for years; what will they do now? Unfortunately, this one was just a miss for me. I liked the format of the book, which moved back and forth in time to show all the missed opportunities between Evie and Dan over the years (neither admitting their feelings, one of them being in a relationship, etc.) and what happens to them after the wedding, but the writing was a real letdown. It felt stilted. Also, I never really got a good sense of Evie and Dan as characters; I couldn't see what they saw in each other because they were so bland and not well-fleshed-out. The book started off quite well, but the execution just went downhill after that. 2.5 stars
The Reindeer Falls Collection: Volume 1 by Jana Aston (2019)
A collection of three romance novellas that (mostly) take place in Reindeer Falls, Michigan, a quaint small town that loves Christmas and follows the stories of three sisters aptly named for the holidays, Holly, Ginger, and Noel Winter. Holly sees a different side of her boss on a business trip to Germany; Ginger is competing against a (hot) professional chef on a reality tv baking show; and Noel is suffering from a case of mistaken identity after a one-night stand with a man in a Santa suit. All three of these stories were really fun and different. The writing is snappy and although there was some serious insta-love going on, I could forgive it a bit in the condensed nature of the stories. I think I liked Holly's story the best - it felt the most fleshed-out, with her issues with her boss and how he's able to change her mind during the work trip. All three stories, though, will get you in the holiday spirit, with some sexiness to boot! 4 stars
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