Title: Love and Mistletoe
Author: Jean Oram
Publisher: Oram Productions
Publication Date: December 5, 2015
Page Count: 202
My rating: 2 stars
About the book:
One blizzard. Two opposites. And some time under the mistletoe.
Josh Carson has a secret. As a firefighter he’s comfortable being sent in to save forests and wildlife, but in his spare time he creates delicate hair ribbons that are anything but masculine. When he finds Simone snowed in on Nymph Island–and she’d rather freeze than be saved by Mr. Tough Guy–he realizes that the only way to win her over and get her to safety is to take a risk and reveal his true self.
Simone Pascal loves being independent and self-reliant–she’s never needed a man to save her, and yet she keeps falling into Josh’s arms at every turn, wanting him to rescue her. The worst part? She likes it. A lot. Which is a big problem since she’s rearranged her entire life to take on a new project—a baby via a sperm donor. Her life plans most definitely do not include anything as unpredictable as falling in love with Mr. Macho Firefighter, but that seems to be exactly what she’s doing.
Will the two come to terms with their true selves in time to snag their happily ever after? Or will they be spending Christmas cold and alone?
BONUS: Includes a letter to Santa from the beloved character Tigger!
Fall in love with the complete Summer Sisters series:
Love and Rumors (Book 1)
Love and Dreams (Book 2)
Love and Trust (Book 3)
Love and Danger (Book 4)
Love and Mistletoe (Book 5)
Love and Mistletoe by Jean Oram is the fifth book of the contemporary romance The Summer Sisters series. Each book in the series has a different leading couple so they can be understood as a standalone if choosing to do so. I haven’t read the previous four myself but I do believe there are updates on previous characters for those that have.
Simone Pascal has decided that she has worked hard enough and long enough and that no matter how much money she earns she isn’t happy so she decides to sell her business and start a family. The one obstacle Simone had in achieving that goal was no man in her life but she’s not letting that stop her at all either however getting trapped in a blizzard without her hormone shots was not the plan.
Josh Carson is a firefighter that is used to coming to the rescue so when he finds Simone trapped in the storm he only wants to help. Simone however having decided she won’t rely on anyone is going to take a little convincing to let Josh in and to let him help but the two are stuck together until the weather clears.
Ok, Love and Mistletoe is another of those that at some point I’ve downloaded as a freebie thinking it would be a cute/sweet quickie romance. However, there was one problem I had with this one that really turned me off, Simone drove me crazy. I don’t know whether the author was pure genius or not since Simone is fighting the hormones but she was so darn stubborn it drove me up a wall. I love a strong lead, don’t get me wrong but knowing when to ask for help comes within that strength too so this one turned out to not be my cup of tea after all.
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- Muskoka is a real place–and North America’s rich and famous really do vacation there!
- Trixie Hollow, the Summer Sisters’ cottage, was inspired by a cottage that has been in Jean’s family since it was built in 1900.
- The tree that falls in book 2 actually fell–but on the path up from the dock right after the kids had run down to the water. Luckily nobody was hurt. (The tree in real life was smaller and it fell by its own accord. It smashed a concrete sitting bench. Yikes!)
- The hammock Connor rests in on the verandah is a favorite of Jean’s husband. As a child, Jean used to fear that her older brother was going to swing her right over the edge of the verandah when he pushed her on it.
- The Wenonah and Segwun mentioned in the books are real steamships that still run in Muskoka to this day. Jean even got to steer one of them once.
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