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Magic Under the Mistletoe by Lucy Coleman
About the book:
It’s December 23rd and while everyone else is rushing home for the holidays, workaholic Leesa Oliver is dreading switching on her out-of-office for the festive season. And it seems her equally driven boss, Cary Anderson, isn’t relishing spending Christmas at his family’s country estate either.
So together, they draft an unexpected Christmas contract: They’ll spend half of the holidays with each other’s families, pretending to be a couple. Leesa knows the insufferably good-looking Cary will make her Christmas more bearable, but what happens after the last of the mince pies have been eaten…?
Leesa signed off on a sensible business agreement, but somewhere, amongst the fairy lights and carols something seems to have changed… It seems there might just be some magic under the mistletoe this Christmas!
Well, this is by Lucy Coleman so, if you enjoy her stories like I do, you just know it will be a delightful, heartwarming and enthralling read – and it really is! Lessa Oliver is a something of a workaholic but no where near as much as CEO Cary Anderson, who she has been working for in Australia. His pernickety attitude and perfectionism have nearly driven her and her cameraman, Jeff, to distraction. He made them work days when they should have returned home and now it is December 23rd and even on the flight home he’s emailing changes he’d like making to the video they’re making for him!
Blizzard conditions, road closures and both dreading being with their families for Christmas leads to a mutually beneficial contract to spend half the holidays with each other’s families whilst pretending to be a couple. Can they fake the romance and keep the families from discovering the truth? What happens when the attraction between them grows and it isn’t quite so fake? Is their a chance for romance this Christmas for this couple?
I enjoyed how the couple’s romance slowly developed as they started to get to know each other. As they start to warm to each other, getting to know the person behind the mask and their history, it makes a lovely festive read – even if it isn’t really Christmas yet! Both of them have been hurt in love but made a success of their jobs. I really liked Cary’s grandparents, though for very different reasons, and their relationship has its own secrets which are an intriguing part of the story. This is a story where love helps heal emotional wounds and enables several characters for find their own “Magic Under the Mistletoe”.
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest review after choosing to read this fantastic festive read.
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About the author
Lucy lives in the Forest of Dean in the UK with her lovely husband and Bengal cat, Ziggy. Her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards. Lucy won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award.
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Many thanks to Head of Zeus and Aria for gifting me a copy of this book via NetGalley, providing materials for this post and organising the tour it is part of.