By Amy Aislin
“Sometimes things don’t look so bad from a different prespective”
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The Storyline: Gingerbread Mistletoe
The last thing Jeff wants is to spend time with the man who totaled his car—the one he spent years restoring with his late father. But if he wants to resurrect his childhood town’s annual outdoor hockey tournament, he’s got no choice.
The last thing Mika wants is to work with the guy who took off right after the accident, without ensuring he was okay. And working together on organizing Jeff’s proposed tournament sounds like a complete nightmare. He’s got enough on his plate after surviving cancer.
Sparks fly as they’re forced to work together, but is that enough for them to set their differences aside and pull off the tournament in only two weeks? Or will they prove to be immune to the magic of Christmas?
- Book Title: Gingerbread Mistletoe
- Author: Amy Aislin
- Cover Artist” Natasha Snow
- Genre/s: Contemporary MM Holiday Romance
- Trope/s & Themes: Enemies to lovers, small town, forced proximity.
- Heat Rating: 2 flames
- Length: 62,000 words/248 pages
- This book is part of the Lighthouse Bay series. However, can be read as a stand-alone book (I did!).
My Review & Recommendation-Gingerbread Mistletoe
What I liked…
This book did a great job drawing you into the story within the first few pages. It is a romance story that I would call a slow-build-love some might say enemies-to-friends. Either way, it is a HEA story, but the fun of it comes from how they get to that happily ever after.
The main characters were well developed. I enjoyed that the story had two mature men that came with their own baggage & histories. Jeff is a father of two grown children, has been married, and apparently has dated both men and women in his past. Mika has relationship trust issues, not to mention personal baggage. This is not an insta-love story and the courtship was frankly very cute!
Also: KUDOS to the author, Amy Aislin, for incorporating a little bit about Ashton Yager, the first NHL hockey player to come out of the closet into the novel.
What I did not like…
NOTHING! I cannot think of one element of the book that I would change.
There is a SLIGHT paranormal element to the story that happens in the first chapter then again slightly at end of the novel as things do wrap up to an awesome HEA ending. But it played well as more of a coping mechanism vs. “paranormal experiences”. Frankly, it totally worked!
I will call out a possible trigger to some. One of the main characters did have cancer but is in remission. There are some side effects noted in the book, but I promise total happy ending. But I know this is a sensitive topic and the author does talk about that in the author’s notes at the end of the book. Personally, it was very well done.
The Bottom Line…
AWESOME read. It really drew me into the story, that despite being a full-length novel, I read it in just a couple of days. It is a feel-good book that brings in hope for the holidays. Personally, this is what I needed after a year like 2020.
Oh, and my favourite line in the book is below and not just because I have 15 holiday-themed inflatables that seem to grow annually (thanks to my husband!).
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen inflatable Christmas lawn ornaments used as a wooing mechanism before”
About the Author: Amy Aislin
Amy’s lived with her head in the clouds since she first picked up a book as a child, and being fluent in two languages means she’s read a lot of books! She first picked up a pen on a rainy day in fourth grade when her class had to stay inside for recess. Tales of treasure hunts with her classmates eventually morphed into love stories between men, and she’s been writing ever since. She writes evenings and weekends—or whenever she isn’t at her full-time day job saving the planet at Canada’s largest environmental non-profit.
An unapologetic introvert, Amy reads too much and socializes too little, with no regrets. She loves connecting with readers. Join her Facebook Group, Amy Aislin’s Readers, to stay up-to-date on upcoming releases and for access to early teasers, find her on Instagram and Twitter, or sign up for her infrequent newsletter.
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