Mistletoe Over Missoula by Ellen G. Kelley
Released: January 2016
Reviewed by Mandi
Favorite Quote: Co-workers are a lot like Christmas lights. They all hang around together, but half of them don’t work and the other half aren’t that bright.
Becca found her boyfriend cheating on her on Christmas Eve, which has tainted the holiday forever for her. No more egg nog. No more decorations. No more holiday fun.
From a fan of all things festive to Saint Stick-In-The-Mud herself. That’s been my story ever since my ex-boyfriend decided to stuff someone else’s stocking. I’ve been single ever since.
Becca is bitter and content spending time alone at home. She is a graphic designer who designs book covers for romance books. While she does have a few favorite romance authors, sometimes the thought of people being all lovey-dovey in the books annoy her.
With Christmas right around the corner, Becca is in full bah-hum-bug mode, and has big plans to skip the annual office party. That is, until she learns the head of the company is flying into her small town of Missoula, Montana, and attendance is mandatory. Her best friend, and co-worker, literally forces a dress on her and drags her to the party. Instead of having an awful time – she finds a verrrry sexy man who is verrrry into her.
As the blurb hints, the hero is the big boss guy, Harris Redmond. He is charming, tall, and sexy. Becca has an immediate, and lustful reaction to him, even though her brain tries to tell her body to calm it down. Harris really seems to know a lot about Becca, even though they have never met in person – and when she finds out how he knows so much, there is a little drama. But a HEA awaits at the end.
Coming in at 77 pages, the insta-lust between Becca and Harris worked for me. I mentioned a secret Harris has about how he knows Becca – it’s a little weird and I think Becca should have taken time and processed it all – but this being a short novella, there is no time for drama. Not my favorite secret, but overall this book is really cute and made me giggle.
Becca is a really fun heroine. Her bitterness for anything Christmas made me laugh. There is a lot of banter and innuendo. Although Becca is anti-holidays, this novella actually felt like a holiday read. So many times I pick up a holiday book, to have the holiday setting barely mentioned.
I really enjoyed this author’s voice, even though brief. No back list yet, but I’ll be waiting for something from her!