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In GREAT SCOT by Suzanne Enoch, Jane Bansil knows she will never have a fairy-tale life. But even at three-and-thirty and well past marriageable age, though, she has to admit that the architect the MacTaggerts have hired could turn even a confirmed spinster’s head. In CHRISTMAS AT DEWBERRY HOLLOW by Amelia Grey, Isabelle Reed has no plans to ever fall in love. Certainly not In GREAT SCOT by Suzanne Enoch, Jane Bansil knows she will never have a fairy-tale life. But even at three-and-thirty and well past marriageable age, though, she has to admit that the architect the MacTaggerts have hired could turn even a confirmed spinster’s head. In CHRISTMAS AT DEWBERRY HOLLOW by Amelia Grey, Isabelle Reed has no plans to ever fall in love. Certainly not with Gate, a man who doesn’t live in Dewberry Hollow. She will fulfill her duty and help him keep his promise to have his ill grandfather back in London in time for Christmas dinner. The last thing Isabelle wants is for Gate to take her heart with him when he goes. In MY MISTLETOE BEAU by Anna Bennett, Miss Eva Tiding is determined to cheer her widowed father with the perfect Christmas gift. Even if it means breaking into the home of the rakish earl who swindled Papa out of his pocket watch and pretending to date the earl for the Christmas season.


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In GREAT SCOT by Suzanne Enoch, Jane Bansil knows she will never have a fairy-tale life. But even at three-and-thirty and well past marriageable age, though, she has to admit that the architect the MacTaggerts have hired could turn even a confirmed spinster’s head. In CHRISTMAS AT DEWBERRY HOLLOW by Amelia Grey, Isabelle Reed has no plans to ever fall in love. Certainly not In GREAT SCOT by Suzanne Enoch, Jane Bansil knows she will never have a fairy-tale life. But even at three-and-thirty and well past marriageable age, though, she has to admit that the architect the MacTaggerts have hired could turn even a confirmed spinster’s head. In CHRISTMAS AT DEWBERRY HOLLOW by Amelia Grey, Isabelle Reed has no plans to ever fall in love. Certainly not with Gate, a man who doesn’t live in Dewberry Hollow. She will fulfill her duty and help him keep his promise to have his ill grandfather back in London in time for Christmas dinner. The last thing Isabelle wants is for Gate to take her heart with him when he goes. In MY MISTLETOE BEAU by Anna Bennett, Miss Eva Tiding is determined to cheer her widowed father with the perfect Christmas gift. Even if it means breaking into the home of the rakish earl who swindled Papa out of his pocket watch and pretending to date the earl for the Christmas season.

30 review for Kissing Under the Mistletoe

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review. This is a collection of three novella length Historical-Romance stories by authors I have not read before. I enjoy the shorter format and these stories are just right for a quick trip into the Regency era Christmas scene. GREAT SCOT by Suzanne Enoch: 4-Stars Jane Bansil is a poor relation and at 33, she has decided that having a husband and family of her own is just not going to Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review. This is a collection of three novella length Historical-Romance stories by authors I have not read before. I enjoy the shorter format and these stories are just right for a quick trip into the Regency era Christmas scene. GREAT SCOT by Suzanne Enoch: 4-Stars Jane Bansil is a poor relation and at 33, she has decided that having a husband and family of her own is just not going to happen. She despises not being useful and living, basically, on charity. Jane is now in Scotland acting as companion to her cousin's mother-in-law. The McTaggerts are a wonderful family and their cousin, Brennan Andrews, is an architect who is designing a new home for one of his cousins. He takes one look at Jane and is ready to take another chance at love. But it may take some convincing for the shy, intelligent, spinster Jane to come around. CHRISTMAS AT DEWBERRY HOLLOW by Amelia Grey: 4-Stars Isabelle Reed and her mother own and run the Inn at Dewberry Hollow, a high end retreat a day's ride from London. When a duke and his grandson, Gate, arrive it means profit for the year. Gate is on a quest to aid his dying grandfather and nothing will keep him in Dewberry Hollow after it's completion, except for the beautiful and industrious Isabelle who has stolen his heart. MY MISTLETOE BEAU by Anna Bennett: 4-StarsMiss Eva Tiding has just one objective when she breaks into the bachelor apartments of the Earl of Frostbough. She intends to steal the pocket watch her father lost in a game to chance to the dastardly Earl. Being caught was not in her plan. Jack is intrigued by the young miss and since he is in need of a fiancee he quickly makes her a deal she can't refuse. Of course, this farce is only for the Christmas season, or so they thought.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Julie - One Book More

    Kissing Under the Mistletoe includes three swoon-worthy novellas from three wonderful novelists – Suzanne Enoch, Amelia Grey, and Anna Bennet. All three stories are set during the holiday season and are filled with charm, wit, and lovely romances. In Great Scot! by Suzanne Enoch, thirty-three-year-old Jane always feels like a third wheel and hasn’t quite found her place in the world. Taken in by the MacTaggerts, Jane meets their cousin Brennan and realizes that it might not be too late for love. Kissing Under the Mistletoe includes three swoon-worthy novellas from three wonderful novelists – Suzanne Enoch, Amelia Grey, and Anna Bennet. All three stories are set during the holiday season and are filled with charm, wit, and lovely romances. In Great Scot! by Suzanne Enoch, thirty-three-year-old Jane always feels like a third wheel and hasn’t quite found her place in the world. Taken in by the MacTaggerts, Jane meets their cousin Brennan and realizes that it might not be too late for love. Jane is a quiet introvert who prefers reading to socializing, and Brennan opens her eyes to the possibility of a future that doesn’t include spinsterhood. Brennan mourns the loss of his wife, but Jane makes him see that he could have a future with her. Jane and Brennan have a wonderful romance, and I like that they understood each other so well. Since the novella is set in the Wild Wicked Highlanders series, the story includes many of the MacTaggert favorites, and I loved seeing how their stories continued. The beautiful backdrop of the Scottish Highlands, as well as the holiday spirit, contribute to the romantic tone of the story. Amelia Grey’s Christmas at Dewberry Hollow begins as Isabelle, the daughter of an inn owner, accidentally shoots and wounds one of the Duke of Notsgrave’s guards. When she meets Gates, the Duke’s grandson, he is nothing like she imagined. As the couple tries to find an old tree engravement marked by the Duke years ago, their feelings for each other intensify. I enjoyed the romance between Isabelle and Gates. They have instant attraction for each other, but Isabell fights her feelings. She loves her life and her home, and she works harder than most. She is very self-sufficient and independent, and she is very willing to speak her mind. I think that’s what draws Gates to her. He is so smitten with her from the start, but can he prove that they are meant to be together? My Mistletoe Beau by Anna Bennett is a wonderful enemies-to-lovers romance that starts with an attempted robbery and ends, like the other stories, with a HEA. When Eva breaks into Jack’s home intent on stealing a watch that her father lost in a gamble, she never expected to be caught. Jack is intrigued by Eva and, instead of punishing her, convinces her to pretend they are engaged. This will ease some of the pressures on Jack, and in exchange, Jack will give Eva the watch. Eva and Jack have amazing chemistry, and I really enjoyed their love story. Their banter is funny, smart, and filled with sexual tension, and it’s so obvious they have feelings for each other. The characters are dynamically developed, and I loved the secondary characters, especially Jack’s grandmother. This is a wonderful trilogy of novellas that I think will appeal to readers who like historical romances with great characters and a ton of holiday spirit. Thanks so much to the authors, NetGalley, and St. Martin’s Press for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Kissing Under the Mistletoe was a wonderful collection of holiday romances from three historical romance authors I've enjoyed in the past. Overall average rating — 4 Stars Great Scot by Suzanne Enoch — 3 Stars Jane Bansil has accepted that at her age she is unlikely to ever fall in love or marry. But when she meets Brennan Andrew, the architect hired by her cousin's in-laws, she is instantly smitten. And when Brennan reveals his feelings for her, Jane realizes she may get the fairy-tale life she dr Kissing Under the Mistletoe was a wonderful collection of holiday romances from three historical romance authors I've enjoyed in the past. Overall average rating — 4 Stars Great Scot by Suzanne Enoch — 3 Stars Jane Bansil has accepted that at her age she is unlikely to ever fall in love or marry. But when she meets Brennan Andrew, the architect hired by her cousin's in-laws, she is instantly smitten. And when Brennan reveals his feelings for her, Jane realizes she may get the fairy-tale life she dreamed of after all. This story is set after the Wild Wicked Highlanders with the couples from that series featuring heavily. I enjoyed Jane and Brennan's romance and I liked how easily they fit with each other. The only thing I didn't really enjoy about this book was that Jane had a tendency to put herself down or believed everyone was only nice to her out of charity which got frustrating as time went on. But overall I still thought it was a cute romance and would recommend it for readers of the Wild Wicked Highlanders series. Christmas At Dewberry Hollow by Amelia Grey — 4 Stars Isabelle Reed is perfectly content to remain unmarried and help her mother run their inn. When John Gatestone, the grandson of a duke, arrives with his grandfather to search for something from his grandfather's youth, Isabelle finds herself drawn to the man. This was a really cute story and I loved the plot of Gate trying to locate the tree his grandfather carved a heart into with his wife when they were younger. Isabelle finds herself drawn into helping Gate as she likes to help the guests and I enjoyed their search for the tree. Their romance has a bit of a slower start as Isabelle has issues in her past with relationships but I liked seeing Gate slowly chip away at her walls. The chemistry between these two was great and overall I really enjoyed their romance. My Mistletoe Beau by Anna Bennett — 5 Stars Miss Eva Tiding is determined to retrieve her father's pocket watch even if it means breaking into the home of the Earl who swindled it from him. But when Jack Hardwick catches Eva in the act, she finds herself cutting a deal with the rake. Until Christmas Eve, Eva and Jack will pretend to be courting after which Eva will be given the watch. Fake dating is one of my all time favorite romance tropes and it is fantastically done in this story. The chemistry between Eva and Jack is amazing and the banter in their relationship is very well done. It doesn't take long for both of them to catch real feelings for each other although Eva is the more hesitant of the two to do anything about those feelings. I liked how Jack put himself out there and how the pair worked things out at the Christmas Eve ball. Overall I loved this story and it was definitely my favorite in the collection. **I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chris C - A Midlife Wife

    Fun Anthology of 3 short stories for Christmas! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This book is the perfect choice when you don't have time for one full book. This is three novella-length short stories wrapped up in one. I was so excited to open the book to find a sequel of sorts by Enoch. She is the author of the Scot stories I reviewed last year and just loved! These books were about brothers and their quest to find the wives they didn't know they were looking for. LOL. In the story Great Scot, Enoch features one Fun Anthology of 3 short stories for Christmas! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This book is the perfect choice when you don't have time for one full book. This is three novella-length short stories wrapped up in one. I was so excited to open the book to find a sequel of sorts by Enoch. She is the author of the Scot stories I reviewed last year and just loved! These books were about brothers and their quest to find the wives they didn't know they were looking for. LOL. In the story Great Scot, Enoch features one of the characters from this series and it is an awesome addition to this new release. We get glimpses of the other characters and get to know Jane better. Quick and easy insta-love feel that leaves you smiling! Amelia Grey brings us a delightful story of a lady who makes an impression to some guests in a rather alarming manner that makes a big impression! A unique story with a happy ending. A first-time story for me by Bennett who delivers a story with an often used trope but she brings it with great storytelling skills. Things are not always as they seem in this novella. These authors bring together three stories that will get you in the holiday love mood and ready for the season of feel-good moments. With insta-love abounding, these short stories are just what we need for a relaxing release and our own happily ever after. Kissing Under the Mistletoe has so much love packed in here! It is a fun and fabulous choice for your holiday booklist! * copy received for review consideration Full Review - https://amidlifewife.com/kissing-unde...

  5. 5 out of 5

    ChasingLeslie

    The Scottish Highlands, an inn on the outskirts of town, and a Christmas house party set the mood for three heartwarming holiday novellas: Great Scot! by Suzanne Enoch, Christmas at Dewberry Hollow by Amelia Grey, and My Mistletoe Beau by Anna Bennett. My personal favorite was the last story, from Anna Bennett. From the first chapter, I couldn't put it down. It made me laugh and root for Jack and Eva! I wanted to keep reading but, at the same time, I didn't want it to end. * I received an ARC and The Scottish Highlands, an inn on the outskirts of town, and a Christmas house party set the mood for three heartwarming holiday novellas: Great Scot! by Suzanne Enoch, Christmas at Dewberry Hollow by Amelia Grey, and My Mistletoe Beau by Anna Bennett. My personal favorite was the last story, from Anna Bennett. From the first chapter, I couldn't put it down. It made me laugh and root for Jack and Eva! I wanted to keep reading but, at the same time, I didn't want it to end. * I received an ARC and this is my honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More)

    Readers will cherish the time spent with the couples in this trio of atmospheric and steamy short romance stories. Enoch’s story is a breath of fresh air, a story about two quiet people normally overlooked in a romance story and their beautiful relationship. Grey’s hero’s evolution from a rich nobleman with no real purpose in life to a devoted man who is willing to sacrifice all for his beloved is sigh-worthy. But Bennett’s outing steals the show with a couple who goes from near-constant verbal Readers will cherish the time spent with the couples in this trio of atmospheric and steamy short romance stories. Enoch’s story is a breath of fresh air, a story about two quiet people normally overlooked in a romance story and their beautiful relationship. Grey’s hero’s evolution from a rich nobleman with no real purpose in life to a devoted man who is willing to sacrifice all for his beloved is sigh-worthy. But Bennett’s outing steals the show with a couple who goes from near-constant verbal sparring to a deep love bond in a believable and utterly ravishing way. I loved Jack so much! He was hunkalicious. My second favorite hero was Bennett. Yes Please! Fans of holiday romance will get three different but all enjoyable kinds of stories to enjoy in Kissing Under the Mistletoe. Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine. http://affairedecoeur.com Arc provided for review from Netgalley courtesy of St. Martin's Paperbacks.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Debby*BabyDee

    First and foremost, I am a fan of all three authors of “Kissing Under the Mistletoe”. All three novellas in this book were delightful reads and will make for good reading in the upcoming holiday season. Suzanne Enoch: “Great Scot!” we see the MacTaggert brothers reappearing along with new intro of Brennan Andrews, a cousin and skilled architect. It also re-introduces Jane Bansil who was rejected by her aunt for aiding her cousin’s elopement to one of the brothers. This novella felt just a bit ru First and foremost, I am a fan of all three authors of “Kissing Under the Mistletoe”. All three novellas in this book were delightful reads and will make for good reading in the upcoming holiday season. Suzanne Enoch: “Great Scot!” we see the MacTaggert brothers reappearing along with new intro of Brennan Andrews, a cousin and skilled architect. It also re-introduces Jane Bansil who was rejected by her aunt for aiding her cousin’s elopement to one of the brothers. This novella felt just a bit rushed in the romance department but hey love at first sight is always a possibility when two are willing to take that chance. Amelia Grey: “Christmas at Dewberry Hollow” we have Isabelle Reed who is resigned to spinsterhood and helping her mother run her inn as she has done over the years. After she shoots and injures a guard of long-standing Duke, in steps his grandson Gate and all of his mischief to gain the love of Isabelle. I love a witty story that has angst and romance intertwined. Isabelle and Gate are loveable characters who are full of trouble and fun. Anna Bennett: “My Mistletoe Beau” stars Lady Eva Tiding as a thief who sneaks into The Earl of Frostbough’s home to steal back her father’s pocket watch. Unfortunately, she is caught in the act and is somewhat blackmailed into becoming his fiancé when his grandmother visits to keep her from meddling into his love life. Novellas with handsome and virile men who are sexy and romantic and waiting to ring in the holiday season with smart and intelligent women who capture their hearts. Entertaining and fun reads that I recommend. Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for this ARC in exchange for my fair and honest review. All opinions in this review are my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    PlotTrysts

    This was a hit-or-miss anthology for us. Here are our rankings for the 3 novellas: Great Scot! - Suzanne Enoch: 4 stars. We enjoyed this low-key but sexy story between an "older" heroine (she's a 33-year-old spinster) and a Scottish architect. This follows Enoch's Wild Wicked Highlanders series and it was fun to get to know a Scotsman who isn't purposely being an OTT caricature of a highlander. Christmas at Dewberry Hollow - Amelia Grey: 2.5 stars. The setup had potential: Gate, a duke's grandson This was a hit-or-miss anthology for us. Here are our rankings for the 3 novellas: Great Scot! - Suzanne Enoch: 4 stars. We enjoyed this low-key but sexy story between an "older" heroine (she's a 33-year-old spinster) and a Scottish architect. This follows Enoch's Wild Wicked Highlanders series and it was fun to get to know a Scotsman who isn't purposely being an OTT caricature of a highlander. Christmas at Dewberry Hollow - Amelia Grey: 2.5 stars. The setup had potential: Gate, a duke's grandson, accompanies his ducal grandfather to the rural village of Dewberry Hollow on a romantic quest. Isabelle, his romantic interest, is the granddaughter of a viscount who also helps run the inn where Gate and his grandfather are staying. Unfortunately the execution was a bit lackluster and left us wondering what their attraction was to each other, and how Isabelle's grandfather the viscount had anything to do with it. My Mistletoe Beau - Anna Bennett: 3.5 stars. This is definitely the sexiest entry of the anthology! It starts when Eva breaks into Jack's bachelor apartments to steal back a watch that he won in a card game with Eva's father. Unfortunately for her, Jack catches her red-handed. It somehow ends up with his proposing a fake relationship to fool his grandmother... and we all know what happens with fake relationships! This objective review is based on a complimentary copy of the book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Marta Cox

    As I sit and write this it's raining, dark and pretty miserable outside my window so reminds me that summer is gone and winter not far away so this collection of historical romance set at Christmas certainly fits the bill. Who doesn't enjoy a woman finding her feet and maybe also the man of her dreams ? All three of these stories feature a female who thinks she knows what she wants until life very happily throws her a surprise. If honest I have not read a lot by these authors and I'm guessing th As I sit and write this it's raining, dark and pretty miserable outside my window so reminds me that summer is gone and winter not far away so this collection of historical romance set at Christmas certainly fits the bill. Who doesn't enjoy a woman finding her feet and maybe also the man of her dreams ? All three of these stories feature a female who thinks she knows what she wants until life very happily throws her a surprise. If honest I have not read a lot by these authors and I'm guessing that at least one of these romances connects to a series but I found it easy to immerse myself in everything that was going on. Likeable characters, some steamy moments but most of all just engaging and entertaining to read. This voluntary take is of a copy I requested and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair

  10. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    3.5 stars rounded up for the entertaining beginning and the sheer hopeful joy that was the last story in this collection. Great Scot by Suzanne Enoch ~ 3.5 stars At first, I found this story a bit hard to get into, because everyone except the hero seems to be established characters from a series I haven't read, but once I stopped trying to figure out who was married or related to whom, I immensely enjoyed this sweet story about a charming widower and a woman who firmly believes she belongs in the 3.5 stars rounded up for the entertaining beginning and the sheer hopeful joy that was the last story in this collection. Great Scot by Suzanne Enoch ~ 3.5 stars At first, I found this story a bit hard to get into, because everyone except the hero seems to be established characters from a series I haven't read, but once I stopped trying to figure out who was married or related to whom, I immensely enjoyed this sweet story about a charming widower and a woman who firmly believes she belongs in the background, a hired companion and nothing more. I really enjoyed watching these two getting to know each other! The insta love was strong here, but it fitted. My favorite part was the writing and setting, there's just something special and magical about Suzanne Enoch's tangible love for all things Scottish. Christmas at Dewberry Hollow by Amelia Grey ~ 2 stars This started off with the heroine shooting the hero's attendant and then yelling at him for daring to carry her gun so she won't hurt anyone (she somehow thought this was theft?), and I never really understood her. To be honest, I already forgot most about this one. Except I did like the hero, he was sweet. My mistletoe beau by Anna Bennett ~ 5 stars Definitely my favorite story. These two enemies to fake courting couple to lovers were so adorable! Their bickering and teasing was fun, and seeing him finally letting someone in and risk his heart and be hopeful was just so incredibly sweet and heartwarming. A perfect Christmas story of love and forgiveness, moving on and risking everything. *I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Emro

    In this fun, new Christmas anthology readers are treated to three wonderful new novellas by some of the brightest stars in the Historical Romance genre! GREAT SCOT by Suzanne Enoch, 5 stars: Fans of the Wild Wicked Highlanders series will be thrilled to revisit the MacTaggerts! While visiting the highlands for the holidays, Lady Aldriss’ companion, Jane Bansil finds the love of her life in the MacTaggerts widower cousin Brennan Andrews. This was a sweet love story with just a dash of spice, lots In this fun, new Christmas anthology readers are treated to three wonderful new novellas by some of the brightest stars in the Historical Romance genre! GREAT SCOT by Suzanne Enoch, 5 stars: Fans of the Wild Wicked Highlanders series will be thrilled to revisit the MacTaggerts! While visiting the highlands for the holidays, Lady Aldriss’ companion, Jane Bansil finds the love of her life in the MacTaggerts widower cousin Brennan Andrews. This was a sweet love story with just a dash of spice, lots of MacTaggerts, and ending with a HEA! CHRISTMAS AT DEWBERRY HOLLOW by Amelia Grey, 4 stars: Isabelle Reed and John “Gate” Gatestone meet in the forest surrounding the Inn at Dewberry Hollow when Isabelle accidentally mistakes a member of his party for deer and shoot his guard. Thankfully, the man was only grazed and Isabelle treats his wound the best she can, causing Gate to assume she is a servant at the Inn. Gate is attracted, but won’t dally with maids, he sets his mind to his task – helping his grandfather, the Duke of Notsgrove, find a tree with the heart he carved for his wife many years ago. He is surprised and delighted to learn that Isabelle is not a servant, she is the owner’s daughter and the great-granddaughter of the Viscount Pailsworth. But Isabelle has been hurt before and refuses to let down her guard with Gate, luckily for her Gate isn’t willing to give up easily! This was a sweet story with warmish/vague love scenes and a HEA. MY MISTLETOE BEAU by Anna Bennett, 4.5 stars: When her father loses the pocket watch her mother gifted him in a card game to Jack Hardwick, Earl of Frotstbrough, and heir to the Duke of Northcott and her letters to him go unanswered, Miss Eva Tiding breaks into the bachelor rooms to retrieve it, thinking she will sneak in, find it and escape unnoticed. But her plans are foiled by Jack and he proposes another way she can reclaim the watch – pretend to be the woman he is courting, a woman he made up to please his grandmother. At first, she refuses as she never plans to marry, but when her father suggests a match, she tells him she has already lost her heart to Jack. What starts as a ruse, quickly turns to more, but past hurts may prevent these two from ever finding their HEA. This was a delightful tale with a lot of witty banter and a dash of steam. This was a great collection, each story is standalone, and the novellas are not connected, so it is a very quick and easy read. I thoroughly enjoyed each story and highly recommend the collection! *I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that I requested and was provided to me by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.*

  12. 4 out of 5

    Simply Love Book Reviews

    Kissing Under the Mistletoe anthology is the perfect read to get you in the mood for the holiday season. Each author captures the holiday spirit in short novellas to bringing together smart, independent women with handsome and romantic men. I love these stories! Great Scot! By Suzanne Enoch is the story of Brennan Andrews and Jane Bansil. Can two people be brave enough to go after love when it comes unexpectedly? Jane finds herself at a crossroads and must decide her future whether it be in servi Kissing Under the Mistletoe anthology is the perfect read to get you in the mood for the holiday season. Each author captures the holiday spirit in short novellas to bringing together smart, independent women with handsome and romantic men. I love these stories! Great Scot! By Suzanne Enoch is the story of Brennan Andrews and Jane Bansil. Can two people be brave enough to go after love when it comes unexpectedly? Jane finds herself at a crossroads and must decide her future whether it be in service as a lady’s companion or risk her heart with a man she just met. I love stories where a look and a short acquaintance can turn into something more when the heart is intrigued. Jane and Brennan learn to leap and have faith in themselves. Christmas at Dewberry Hollow by Amelia Grey is definitely a charming story in which a grandson is helping his grandfather look for a heart shape engravement in a tree from years ago as a dying wish. John Gatestone took the job to help his grandfather the duke but didn’t expect to find love with the innkeeper’s daughter. Isabelle Reed plans to live out her life as a spinster and help her mother run the inn rather than marry or fall in love. She’s seen what love did to her mother and doesn’t want the same result. Can she let herself hope for love with John? This was a very romantic story with a great big gesture at the end that absolutely melted my heart. My Mistletoe Beau by Anna Bennett was a good enemies to lovers’ story in which two go from faking it to actually falling in love. Eva Tiding is trying to retrieve her father’s pocket watch from the Earl of Frostbough’s apartment when she is caught red handed breaking in. Jack, the Earl himself, strikes a deal with Eva for the watch and will return it to her if she pretends to be his fiancé to fool his grandmother. What did he say?! Yup, she must pretend to like him when all she really wants to do is put him in his place. It all seems impossible until they kiss and realize there is something strong between them and maybe it’s not so fake after all. Their bickering was witty and fun to read and you figure they’d make a happy couple. All they needed to do was forgive the past and move into the future with a clean slate. Historical romances are such fun to read because they all go against convention to find that someone special to love. The beauty of an anthology you get a snippet of an author’s style and you just might find your next must-read author. What better way to do it especially during the holiday season. Review copy provided for a voluntary review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    GREAT SCOT Jane Bansil proved instrumental when it came to helping her cousin find her happily ever after. However, this is not something that she ever sees happening for herself. Taking employment as her aunt's companion seems to be the future that she will have. However, when she looks into the eyes of architect Brennan Andrews, she just might have her own chance at love. This lovely story proves that one is never too late for love and that second chances do indeed happen. CHRISTMAS AT DE GREAT SCOT Jane Bansil proved instrumental when it came to helping her cousin find her happily ever after. However, this is not something that she ever sees happening for herself. Taking employment as her aunt's companion seems to be the future that she will have. However, when she looks into the eyes of architect Brennan Andrews, she just might have her own chance at love. This lovely story proves that one is never too late for love and that second chances do indeed happen. CHRISTMAS AT DEWBERRY HOLLOW Isabelle Reed is a lady, and she enjoys working with her other at an Inn that hosts estimable guests. Isabelle finds contentment in her life, but that all changes when the grandson of a duke is one of the Inn's most recent guests. John Cabot Gagestone, referred to as Gate, finds Isabelle to be lovely and imagines that she just might be the woman for him. Having the example of the tender love of his grandparents leaves Gate wondering if Isabelle could be his. This second novella in this wonderful trilogy was quite a touching read. MY MISTLETOE BEAU Eva Tiding and Jack Hardwick are quite aware of a long-standing feud between their fathers. Jack has something that Eva wants, and she goes so far as to break into his home to acquire it. The two strike a deal that they will have a pretend courtship in order to please Jack's grandmother. This enjoyable novella does a fine job showing that pretend feelings could definitely lead to more. Each novella in this trilogy proved heartwarming as true love shone through for three deserving couples. As these were historical romances, it was a nice layer to effective romances that were truly enjoyable. Many thanks to St. Martin's Press and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kathreadya

    Kissing Under the Mistletoe is a historical romance anthology with heartwarming and smutty stories. I really enjoyed this anthology! Each story was unique but they all fit well together with the holiday theme. I connected with each couple from the stories, but I think the first one was my favorite. Jane is just such a sweet heroine, and Brennan really brought out the best in her. Highly recommend for fans of historical romance!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    Snowy, bantary goodness! This was such a fun collection of regency candy, I read it in the dead of summer, but it might be best enjoyed on a snowy afternoon. All three stories put a smile on my face! Recommend!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Great Scot! by Suzanne Enoch Miss Jane Bansil knows she will never have a fairy-tale moment. She’s thirty three so has taken a position as a companion and is now stuck in Scotland for Christmas, alone even in the middle of the boisterous MacTaggert family. But when Brennan Andrews, an architect and cousin to the MacTaggerts, arrives to draw up plans for a new family home, Jane must decide if she will take a chance at a happily-ever-after, or settle into her small, safe life for good. A lovely no Great Scot! by Suzanne Enoch Miss Jane Bansil knows she will never have a fairy-tale moment. She’s thirty three so has taken a position as a companion and is now stuck in Scotland for Christmas, alone even in the middle of the boisterous MacTaggert family. But when Brennan Andrews, an architect and cousin to the MacTaggerts, arrives to draw up plans for a new family home, Jane must decide if she will take a chance at a happily-ever-after, or settle into her small, safe life for good. A lovely novella as well as a delightful romance, Brennan & Jane were perfect for each other, we catch up with The MacTaaggerts Christmas at Dewberry Hollow by Amelia Grey Miss Isabelle Reed has no plans to ever fall in love. She has a perfectly acceptable life with her mother at the Dewberry Hollow Inn. But when Gate, the Duke of Notsgrave’s grandson, appears at Dewberry Hollow searching for a carving on a tree, Isabelle cannot help but get involved. Another Charming romance, I really liked Gate who never wavered but although I liked Isabelle I wanted to shake her at times. My Mistletoe Beau by Anna Bennett Miss Eva Tiding is determined to cheer her widowed father with the perfect Christmas gift. Even if it means breaking into the home of the rakish Earl of Frostbough who swindled Papa out of his pocket watch. But when the earl, Jack Hardwick, catches her in the act, they strike a deal: she’ll pose as his fiancée in exchange for the watch. My favourite trope, enemies to lovers. A very enjoyable read, the banter was delicious & their attraction sizzled plus an entertaining grandmother. Three well written enjoyable novellas ideal for whiling away a few hours My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read

  17. 5 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    Romance and Mistletoe________3.5 Three Christmas novellas, complete with Mistletoe, and romance. Great Scott by Suzanne Enoch I couldn’t help thinking of the line from the Abba song, “Take a chance on me…” throughout this read. Although it seems the early morning bagpipes should drive everything from one’s head, including mine. Taking chances! That’s what’s asked here, for both Miss Jane Bansil and Brennan Andrews in this “last chance” romance. Widower, architect and cousin to the MacTaggerts, Brenn Romance and Mistletoe________3.5 Three Christmas novellas, complete with Mistletoe, and romance. Great Scott by Suzanne Enoch I couldn’t help thinking of the line from the Abba song, “Take a chance on me…” throughout this read. Although it seems the early morning bagpipes should drive everything from one’s head, including mine. Taking chances! That’s what’s asked here, for both Miss Jane Bansil and Brennan Andrews in this “last chance” romance. Widower, architect and cousin to the MacTaggerts, Brennan finds himself drawn to the quiet, yet intelligent and direct Jane. Jane who has hidden depths. Interesting and tight writing made this an enjoyable read, building on the Wild Wicked Highlander series. This was a five star read, my favorite of the collection! Christmas at Dewberry Hollow by Amelia Grey I’m not sure why this didn’t grab me. It had all the right ingredients. A very sure of himself Lord seeking to grant his grandfather’s dying wish. Simple? Not when, over the years, the forest has grown up around the object being sought, obliterating all evidence. Then there’s the feisty female lead, Isabelle Reed. The beginning was a masterful stroke. Unfortunately the rest of the story didn’t maintain the tension. I found Gate, the Duke of Notsgrove’s grandson a bit flat. My Mistletoe Beau by Anna Bennett When you decide to rob an Earl’s home be sure you know what you’re about. Miss Eva Tiding wants an object won at cards by Jack Hardwick, Earl of Frostbough. Jack needs a possible fiancé so as not to disappoint his grandmother. Amusing interactions lead to even more racey interludes but the question of anything more has huge hurdles. An enjoyable read! A St. Martin's Press ARC via NetGalley

  18. 4 out of 5

    Carol lowkey.bookish

    Kissing Under the Mistletoe contains a trio of Christmas-themed romances set in Scotland. The three novellas complemented each other with the perfect balance of steam based on your steaminess threshold. The first novella, Great Scot! spinster Jane falls for a Scottish Architect. This was a tame and sedate romance for a tame and sedate couple. It was clear that this is a spin off of other romance books involving the MacTaggerts. Because I hadn’t read the series, I felt I missed some of the connect Kissing Under the Mistletoe contains a trio of Christmas-themed romances set in Scotland. The three novellas complemented each other with the perfect balance of steam based on your steaminess threshold. The first novella, Great Scot! spinster Jane falls for a Scottish Architect. This was a tame and sedate romance for a tame and sedate couple. It was clear that this is a spin off of other romance books involving the MacTaggerts. Because I hadn’t read the series, I felt I missed some of the connections between the family members. The second novella, Christmas at Dewberry Hollow, started out with a bang and grabbed my attention immediately. The heroine, Isabelle, the daughter of an inn owner, runs into Gates, a Duke’s grandson, after she accidentally shoots one of his guards. I enjoyed this livelier story with moderate steamy scenes. The third novella was my favorite, My Mistletoe Beau. This story had the most dynamic hero and heroine, witty banter, enemies to lovers and fake dating tropes, and some scenes on the steamier side. All in all, I believe this is the perfect book to get you in the mood for Christmas romances. I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

  19. 4 out of 5

    Juliana Philippa

    “Great Scot” (3.5 stars) Cute novella about Jane and Brennan, both quiet 33-year-olds who experience love at first sight practically the moment they meet. Brennan is an architect hired by his cousin to build his dream house, and Jane is a companion who, after being fired by her mean aunt, is somewhat living on the charity of others and about to make a big decision about her next step in life—continue as the unnecessary companion to Lady Arliss, stay on as a family friend and a guest, or find anot “Great Scot” (3.5 stars) Cute novella about Jane and Brennan, both quiet 33-year-olds who experience love at first sight practically the moment they meet. Brennan is an architect hired by his cousin to build his dream house, and Jane is a companion who, after being fired by her mean aunt, is somewhat living on the charity of others and about to make a big decision about her next step in life—continue as the unnecessary companion to Lady Arliss, stay on as a family friend and a guest, or find another position in England. Had all the ingredients of a perfect setup for me, with the quiet hero and the unassuming heroine, but it was a little too pat for me and fell victim to what so many romance novellas fall victim to for me—I found the love a little hard to believe in.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    Nice set of three lovely Christmas stories. Couldn't pick a favourite, liked all three. 4☆ Nice set of three lovely Christmas stories. Couldn't pick a favourite, liked all three. 4☆

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra Martin

    Fun and sweet Christmas anthology! Three wonderful stories with different tropes to satisfy any reader. With forced proximity, a pretend relationship, and a sweet Christmas time romance, readers will be swooning and in the Christmas spirit. You’ll be cheering for these three heroines, and their handsome beaus in no time. I have only read one of these authors previously, and I can honestly say that you can read these quick reads as standalones.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mojca

    ***ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley*** Great Scott by Suzanne Enoch (❄❄) After losing her job as a lady companion for helping her cousin elope , Jane Bansil moves to Scotland with said cousin and her husband. But life in the boisterous MacTaggert household isn't easy and Jane finds herself missing the silence and solitude...Which she just might find with a certain architect. A decent enough short story if it weren't for the heroine and her skittish ways and the instantaneous romance. It ***ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley*** Great Scott by Suzanne Enoch (❄❄) After losing her job as a lady companion for helping her cousin elope , Jane Bansil moves to Scotland with said cousin and her husband. But life in the boisterous MacTaggert household isn't easy and Jane finds herself missing the silence and solitude...Which she just might find with a certain architect. A decent enough short story if it weren't for the heroine and her skittish ways and the instantaneous romance. It is part of a series (the first three books are on my TBR pile), but you don't have to be deep into the Wild Wicked Highlanders lore and history to follow what's what...You do need plenty of suspension of disbelief, though, in the romance department. -- Christmas at Dewberry Hollow by Amelia Grey (❄) A duke and his grandson come to Deweberry Hollow to find a heart-engraved tree, a memento of the duke's late wife. But with that amount of trees, the duke's grandson will need all the help he can get. Insta-love/lust on steroids, complicated by the shortness of the story (preventing any real character or story development) and the heroine's stubborn attitude toward love shaped by the fact her heart was a little bit bruised when she was twelve. I'm all for conflict and angst, but this was too much. -- My Mistletoe Beau by Anna Bennett (❄❄❄❄) Determined to get back the pocket watch her late mother gave her father who recently lost it in a card game, Evy Tiding breaks into the bachelor lodgings of the man who supposedly swindled her papa for the watch. He catches her in the act and proposes a daring scheme—they would pretend they're courting to appease his grandmother and in the end, Eva will get the watch back... Another case of insta-love, but at least this one was fun. The banter and barbs flying between Eva and Jack served as foreplay, the story (though still short) was just long enough for the romance to really develop and the characters to appropriately change and grow, the supporting cast offered a nice backdrop and fodder for the backstory and the requisite conflict, and the two main characters were just so cute and adorable. This story definitely saved this otherwise lackluster anthology.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Reviewed for Wit and Sin “Great Scot!” (The Wild Wicked Highlanders, Book 3.5) by Suzanne Enoch The MacTaggert family has returned home to Scotland for the holidays and Jane Bansil, cousin and former companion to the first MacTaggert bride, is along for the ride. Jane is at a crossroads in her life. She was tossed out of her family home for helping her cousin elope and the MacTaggerts have taken her in even though they don’t really need her services as a companion. Jane is over thirty and Reviewed for Wit and Sin “Great Scot!” (The Wild Wicked Highlanders, Book 3.5) by Suzanne Enoch The MacTaggert family has returned home to Scotland for the holidays and Jane Bansil, cousin and former companion to the first MacTaggert bride, is along for the ride. Jane is at a crossroads in her life. She was tossed out of her family home for helping her cousin elope and the MacTaggerts have taken her in even though they don’t really need her services as a companion. Jane is over thirty and has never had a suitor so it surprises her when a handsome MacTaggert cousin, Brennan Andrews, takes her breath away. The one time Jane chose risk over safety it burned her, so should she really take a risk again and open her heart to the handsome Scottish architect? “Great Scot!” sees a quiet, bookish spinster find love. Jane has been out of place among the boisterous MacTaggert family since taking shelter with them. There’s a melancholy about Jane that broke my heart and made her feel relatable. She doesn’t think fairytales are for people like her and she would rather curl up with a book than be social. I really wanted to see Jane find love and she does with a man who truly sees her. I loved that Brennan was instantly taken with Jane, that he didn’t want her to be anything other than who she was. He’s a widower who lives a quiet life and though he loves his cousins he’s definitely tamer than them. He and Jane fall in love so quickly that even for a Christmastime novella (which usually speeds things up) it felt a bit too rushed. If you’re a fan of The Wild Wicked Highlanders you’ll delight in seeing Jane find her happily ever after. It was nice to revisit the MacTaggerts and see how they’re doing after they’re all wed. If you haven’t read the trilogy, you can jump in with “Great Scot!” but be warned that there are major spoilers for the full-length books. All in all, I found the love story to be rushed but sweet and I enjoy any time spent with Suzanne Enoch’s MacTaggert family. “Christmas at Dewberry Hollow” by Amelia Grey Isabelle Reed is quite happy running the Dewberry Hollow Inn with her mother and has no need to act like a highborn lady. She’d much rather focus on making the inn sustainable rather than find a husband. But sparks fly when a man on a mission crosses her path and sweeps her off her feet. “Christmas at Dewberry Hollow” is a story of finding love when you aren’t expecting it. Isabelle is afraid to love because as a child her heart was broken by the man she thought would be her stepfather leaving. She’s put all her energy into making the family inn a success and sometimes clashes with her mother who wants her to be more ladylike. I enjoyed seeing Isabelle’s life at the inn and how she takes care of her guests. The romance, however, left me wanting a bit more. Gate is the grandson of the Duke of Notsgrave. He’s wealthy but aimless as he’s not the heir. His grandfather is determined to find a particular tree he had carved his and his late wife’s initials in when staying at the Dewberry Hollow Inn years ago. Gate is equally determined to help him but finding a lone tree in a forest isn’t exactly easy. He needs Isabelle’s help and the two of them are instantly drawn to one another. Gate fits in at the inn and I can see why he and Isabelle would be a good match, but there’s something about Amelia Grey’s writing that never captured my attention. The story felt flat and the romance was not believable. The characters fell in love so fast I got whiplash and I just couldn’t find it in me to become invested in this tale. “My Mistletoe Beau” by Anna Bennett Eva Tiding is determined to recover her father’s pocket watch, even if she has to break into a rake’s dwelling to do so. Except when she’s caught by the scandalous Earl of Frostbough, he offers her an interesting proposition: pretend to be his fiancée in exchange for the watch. But what happens when a fake relationship starts to feel all-too-real? “My Mistletoe Beau” was my favorite story of this anthology. Anna Bennett’s writing carried me away in this delightful Christmastime romance. Eva and Jack have instant chemistry and their banter made me grin. Jack wants to appease his grandmother by pretending to be ready to settle down and the would-be-thief in his bedroom is the perfect woman to pose as his fiancée. She wants the pocket watch and will do whatever it takes to get it back. It should be a simple arrangement, except as it turns out, Eva and Jack are truly perfect for one another. I loved watching their romance grow as Jack made peace with his ghosts and Eva decided to take a chance on love. Flirty and fun, filled with endearing characters and sprightly banter, “My Mistletoe Beau” is perfect for anyone looking for a charming and warm romance. Kissing Under the Mistletoe is a bit of a mixed bag. I adored Anna Bennett’s installment and think this book is worth it just for Eva and Jack’s story. I liked Suzanne Enoch’s contribution, mostly because Jane’s quiet sadness and bookishness called to me. I haven’t read Amelia Grey’s writing before so I can’t say if this is her usual style but it simply wasn’t my cup of tea. If you enjoy fast-paced love stories with Christmas cheer, or if you’re a fan of any of these authors, there’s something for you to enjoy in this book. FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    Overall Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I look forward to Christmas collections every year, and this one did not disappoint! The group is a myriad of festive cheer, sure to make you smile and warm your heart. Great Scot! by Suzanne Enoch ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Great Scot is a heartwarming tale of two mature adults finding love in an unlikely place. Jane Bansil has felt meek and out of place her entire life. Brennan Andrews is scarred physically from an accident and emotionally from the death of his wife. In this story, Brenn Overall Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I look forward to Christmas collections every year, and this one did not disappoint! The group is a myriad of festive cheer, sure to make you smile and warm your heart. Great Scot! by Suzanne Enoch ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Great Scot is a heartwarming tale of two mature adults finding love in an unlikely place. Jane Bansil has felt meek and out of place her entire life. Brennan Andrews is scarred physically from an accident and emotionally from the death of his wife. In this story, Brennan gets a second chance at love, and Jane finds the freedom and empowerment to embrace love. This unlikely couple heats the page and leaves the reader with a smile. This was such a bright, happy story of self-discovery and love. Christmas At Dewberry Hollow by Amelia Grey ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Christmas At Dewberry Hollow is a new, unique, romantic Christmas story. Miss Isabelle Reed runs the inn with her mother. She expects people to come into her life, then disappear. Gate, the Duke of Notsgrave’s grandson, has lived a life of privilege without purpose. The two must face distrust and distance to find their happily-ever-after. The backdrop of the inn is festive and descriptive. The secondary characters were bright and added to the story. Isabelle and Gate are lively, likable characters. The plot moved well and was romantic. All in all, an excellent Christmas read! My Mistletoe Beau by Anna Bennett ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Miss Eva Tiding breaks into Jack Hardwick’s, the Duke of Frostbough home, to retrieve her father’s pocket watch, which Jack swindled in a card game. Through an odd turn of events, the couple agrees to a fake relationship for the Christmas season. This is a beautiful Christmas tale of enemies-to-lovers. Jack and Eva’s connection snaps off the page. It is so electric. The cutting, witty banter throughout is invigorating and entertaining. The house party is a perfect backdrop, and the secondary characters are enchanting. I adored this clever, festive, romantic read! All three novellas were vastly different and kept my attention throughout all the stories. Each entry was unique and eye-catching. The writing was excellent, and the contrasting backdrops kept each tale interesting. I advise saving space on your Christmas to-be-read list this year! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through Netgalley and the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rolé

    Christmas novellas that all offered interesting characters and intriguing plots. Great Scott by Suzanne Enoch Jane Bansil traveled with the MacTaggerts to Scotland and met their cousin, Brennan. He is an architect designing a new house for Coll and his wife. For the first time Jane might have an option other than being a companion. The MacTaggerts' stories captivated me, and I loved seeing a bit more into their lives. Jane and Brennan were great together. A lot of times love happens a bit too Christmas novellas that all offered interesting characters and intriguing plots. Great Scott by Suzanne Enoch Jane Bansil traveled with the MacTaggerts to Scotland and met their cousin, Brennan. He is an architect designing a new house for Coll and his wife. For the first time Jane might have an option other than being a companion. The MacTaggerts' stories captivated me, and I loved seeing a bit more into their lives. Jane and Brennan were great together. A lot of times love happens a bit too fast in novellas out of necessity for the length of the story. This one worked for me for many reasons. Brennan and Jane are both older and they have experienced a lot. They know what they want. They are also both quiet and level-headed people and they don't make decisions lightly. So, even though their romance happened very fast, it didn't feel forced. Christmas at Dewberry Hollow by Amelia Grey Isabelle loves working at the inn that her mother owns. It's her life and she has no desire to do anything else. She also doesn't want to follow in her mother's footsteps when it comes to falling in love. Until Gate arrived to assist his grandfather, the duke, in finding a heart carved into a tree somewhere in the woods surrounding the inn. What seems like an impossible task, becomes an excuse for Isabelle and Gate to spend time together. The story managed to address both Gate's and Isabelle's issues with their lives and found a way for them to deal with it. All while they were falling in love. It didn't feel rushed or forced. My Mistletoe Beau by Anna Bennett Jack caught Eva red-handed breaking into his home. She was trying to steal back her father's watch. They entered into a fake relationship agreement to satisfy Jack's grandmother. These two were just so sweet and charming. I loved the crazy nicknames Jack used for Eva. The plot and their romance developed nicely, and I really enjoyed it. Summary These three stories kept my interest. I really wanted to see how it all wrapped up. Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with a copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Norah Gibbons

    I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley. All opinions are my own. Kissing Under the Mistletoe is an anthology of three Christmas novellas. Great Scot! by Suzanne Enoch takes place in the world of her Wild Wicked Highlander series. The family has travelled to Scotland for the holidays. When Jane Bansil, the quiet and shy companion of the McTaggert matriarch, meets Brennan Andrews, widower, architect, and cousin, the McTaggart's sparks fly, and Jane must choose to play it safe or I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley. All opinions are my own. Kissing Under the Mistletoe is an anthology of three Christmas novellas. Great Scot! by Suzanne Enoch takes place in the world of her Wild Wicked Highlander series. The family has travelled to Scotland for the holidays. When Jane Bansil, the quiet and shy companion of the McTaggert matriarch, meets Brennan Andrews, widower, architect, and cousin, the McTaggart's sparks fly, and Jane must choose to play it safe or to take a chance on her own happily ever after. Christmas At Dewberry Hollow by Amelia Grey features Isabel Reed, daughter of the innkeeper and John Cabot Gatestone grandson to the Duke of Notsgrove, who has returned to the inn on an end of life quest to find the heart he and his duchess carved on a tree near the inn. Isabel knows better than to trust her heart to a guest of the inn as they always leave and seldom return. My Mistletoe Beau by Anna Bennett is my favourite of the three stories. Eva Tiding is caught in the act of larceny when she tries to retrieve her father's watch, and her intended victim Jack Hardwick, Earl of Frostbough, proposes that they pretend to be engaged so as to forestall his grandmother’s matchmaking efforts. In exchange, he will return the watch to her. Sparkling banter and intriguing protagonists make for a delightful holiday read. Steam Level: Medium. Publishing Date: September 28, 2021. #KissingUnderThe Mistletoe #GreatScot #ChristmasAtDewberryHollow #MyMistletoeBeau #SuzanneEnoch #AmeliaGrey #AnnaBennett #HistoricalRomance #HistoricalRomanceReader #HolidayAnthology #RomanceReader #HistoricalRomanceAnthology #HolidayNovellas #NetGalley #bookstagram #bookstagrammer

  27. 5 out of 5

    Luz Trevino

    Kissing Under the Mistletoe Book 3.5 for the Wild Wicked Highlanders (Book series of Suzanne Enoch) Rating: 4 Stars Thank you the publisher for the ARC given through NetGalley for review. All opinions are my own. Kissing Under the Mistletoe is a collection of three novellas written by three authors that take place around Christmas. --The first novella is "Great Scot" by Suzanne Enoch. This novella is part of her series that follows the MacTaggert family. This one was really sweet and cute. Both leads Kissing Under the Mistletoe Book 3.5 for the Wild Wicked Highlanders (Book series of Suzanne Enoch) Rating: 4 Stars Thank you the publisher for the ARC given through NetGalley for review. All opinions are my own. Kissing Under the Mistletoe is a collection of three novellas written by three authors that take place around Christmas. --The first novella is "Great Scot" by Suzanne Enoch. This novella is part of her series that follows the MacTaggert family. This one was really sweet and cute. Both leads are very shy and love to read. This was my second favorite of the three. --The second novella is "Christmas at Dewberry Hollow" by Amelia Grey. This one was my least favorite. I really did not like the male lead. He gave off very unlikable impression for me. I think he rushed things with Isabelle when he knew that she had been hurt in the past. --The third novella, and my favorite one, is "My Mistletoe Beau" by Anna Bennett. This is one is a fake-engagement trope and I truly enjoyed it! I loved the bantering between the leads and how they enjoyed pushing each other's buttons. They were attracted to each other which took them by surprise since from the first time they meet they can't stand each other. They both agree to enter a fake courtship in order to help each other out. All the pretend moments become real.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Christi (christireadsalot)

    Kissing Under the Mistletoe is a delightful Christmas anthology from 3 historical romance authors: Suzanne Enoch, Amelia Gray, and Anna Bennett. I had such a great time with this read and just adored each romance. Each is a feel-good, sweet romance with totally different tropes and stories, but centered around Christmas time. Great Scot! by Suzanne Enoch — Jane is a 33-year-old spinster and lady’s companion stuck in Scotland over Christmas with her cousins’ new family. Jane has pretty much given Kissing Under the Mistletoe is a delightful Christmas anthology from 3 historical romance authors: Suzanne Enoch, Amelia Gray, and Anna Bennett. I had such a great time with this read and just adored each romance. Each is a feel-good, sweet romance with totally different tropes and stories, but centered around Christmas time. Great Scot! by Suzanne Enoch — Jane is a 33-year-old spinster and lady’s companion stuck in Scotland over Christmas with her cousins’ new family. Jane has pretty much given up on love for herself and is just trying to find her place now. She bumps into Brennan, a cousin of the family she’s staying with and is immediately drawn to the widowed, eye-patch-wearing architect. I loved this fast romance that includes a late night Christmas rendezvous in her bedchambers, a Christmas proposal, and a scarred hero who can build the book-loving heroine her dream library! Christmas at Dewberry Hollow by Amelia Grey — Isabelle (the great granddaughter of a viscount) would rather not be working at the inn over Christmas, but when an old Duke (who’s frequented the inn throughout the years) requests to stay and pay extra…well that money would definitely help her family’s rapidly dwindling finances. Gate is the Duke’s grandson and joining the stay to help his ailing grandfather find a tree he & his late wife (Gate’s grandmother) once carved their initials in. Gate & Isabelle’s meet cute moment involves her accidentally shooting one of his guards in the forest while trying to take down a deer for the inn’s dinner. 😅 This was such a sweet romance with fade-to-black and a little feel of Christmas magic. My Mistletoe Beau by Anna Bennett — this was my favorite in the anthology and the story opens with Eva picking the locks on the doorstep of London’s most disreputable rogue, Jack Hardwick, Earl of Frostbough. Eva is there to get back her Papa’s gold-plated timepiece (a wedding gift from her late mother) that he lost in a bet to Jack. Jack catches Eva and has a proposition of his own…he’ll give her the watch back, if she pretends to court him for the sake of his grandmother who’s hoping Jack will be engaged by Christmas. This read was steamy, such a delight and just so fun! A striptease moment, fake relationship, house party, getting snowed in, and a mistletoe to save the day! Thank you to the publisher (St. Martin’s Press, SMP Romance) for an e-ARC via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts & review. Kissing Under the Mistletoe will be published September 28, 2021.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Geha

    Kissing Under the Mistletoe Holiday Anthology Three historical holiday romance novellas to put you in the holiday spirit. GREAT SCOT by Suzanne Enoch Suzanne Enoch takes us to Scotland where a lady’s companion long past marriageable age finds her perfect match. This was a delight and reminded me of the series Wild Wicked Highlanders that Jane had a part in earlier. Loved her and Brennan together. (5 Stars) CHRISTMAS AT DEWBERRY HOLLOW by Amelia Grey Next was Amelia Grey’s story of an innkeeper’s d Kissing Under the Mistletoe Holiday Anthology Three historical holiday romance novellas to put you in the holiday spirit. GREAT SCOT by Suzanne Enoch Suzanne Enoch takes us to Scotland where a lady’s companion long past marriageable age finds her perfect match. This was a delight and reminded me of the series Wild Wicked Highlanders that Jane had a part in earlier. Loved her and Brennan together. (5 Stars) CHRISTMAS AT DEWBERRY HOLLOW by Amelia Grey Next was Amelia Grey’s story of an innkeeper’s daughter, really a lady, who meets her match when he brings his grandfather to fulfill a quest. Isabelle and Gates were perfect for one another. (3.5 Stars) MY MISTLETOE BEAU by Anna Bennett The final story, by Anna Bennett, has a dutiful loving daughter trying to get a treasured watch back for her father. Eva ends up in a fake relationship with Jack and over time some truths come to light for both of them. (3.5 stars) Of the three stories, the one with Jane and Brennan was my favorite as they put a smile on my face and I could easily see them happy together forever. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Paperbacks for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4 Stars

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sandra R

    A lovely collection of three Christmas set Historical romance novellas by Suzanne Enoch (Great Scot 4.5 stars), Amelia Grey (Christmas at Dewberry Hollow 3 stars) and Anna Bennett (My Mistletoe Beau 4.5 stars). All are well written, lighthearted romances with some steamy, yet tasteful romance scenes, good historical details, lots of heartwarming moments and a pinch of drama. There might be some spoilers in Great Scot, as there are 3 books preceding and those characters appear in the story, but i A lovely collection of three Christmas set Historical romance novellas by Suzanne Enoch (Great Scot 4.5 stars), Amelia Grey (Christmas at Dewberry Hollow 3 stars) and Anna Bennett (My Mistletoe Beau 4.5 stars). All are well written, lighthearted romances with some steamy, yet tasteful romance scenes, good historical details, lots of heartwarming moments and a pinch of drama. There might be some spoilers in Great Scot, as there are 3 books preceding and those characters appear in the story, but it can be read as a stand alone, none the less. My favourite was Anna Bennett's book - a new author to me - as I really like the fake engagement trope. (I'll be checking her back-list!). Also please noe that this author's story was pretty modern re attitudes/sex etc. An excellent set of romances that I really loved. My thanks go to Netgalley and St Martin's press for the eARC in return for my opinion.

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