Book Review: Jill Shalvis’ “Under the Mistletoe”

Posted December 24, 2012 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews

I received this book for free from the library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Jill Shalvis’ “Under the Mistletoe”

"Under the Mistletoe"


Jill Shalvis

contemporary romance that was published by Forever on December 4, 2012 and has 80 pages.

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Other books by this author which I have reviewed include Instant Attraction, Instant Gratification, Instant Temptation, The Night Before Christmas, Animal Magnetism, It Had to Be You, Simply Irresistible, The Sweetest Thing, Animal Attraction, Rumor Has It, Rescue My Heart, It’s in His Kiss, Head Over Heels, Lucky in Love, He's So Fine, At Last, One in a Million, Forever and a Day, Second Chance Summer, My Kind of Wonderful, "Wrapped in You", Get A Clue, The Trouble with Mistletoe, Chasing Christmas Eve

A short story, 6.5, in the Lucky Harbor romance series. The couple focus is on Mia and Nick.

My Take

Oh, wow, it starts all sweet and wonderful, then quickly hits a drop. When Nick tries to make up for it, Mia doesn’t do the usual giving-in, she’s firm about there not being a future and he has to prove that they have one.

Very sweet with a full range of emotion as Shalvis provides the background on both Mia’s and Nick’s distant past as well as their romantic one and includes just enough on her family that brings this short story to life with the love of family and friends in a short 49 pages.

Considering how short the story is and how much ground Shalvis covers, I was impressed that nothing feels rushed about this, unless it’s Nick’s quick realization about what’s important in life!

The Story

Mia’s excited. She’s bought Nick a ticket to come home with her, meet her birth parents. Experience a real family. A real Christmas.

Nick’s gotten the job he’s dreamed of. The one that will have him traveling for the next two years all over the country.

The Characters

Mia is a student in NYC and heading home to Lucky Harbor for Chloe’s wedding over Christmas Eve. Maddie and Jax Sawyer are her adoptive parents. Three-year-old Sierra and three-month-old Ryder are her younger siblings. Tara and Ford Walker are the birth parents she met when she sought them out at seventeen.

Aunt Chloe and Sheriff Sawyer Thompson have been together for five years and Chloe has the baby bug, so they’re getting married over Christmas Eve.

Carlos is her ex-boyfriend with a sudden urge to get back together. Theresa is the one who is reaping what Mia taught Carlos.

Nick is the boyfriend who’s studying to be a lawyer. Both are orphans, but Nick has had to fight his way for everything.

The Cover and Title

The cover definitely has the Christmas touch as Mia, with the huge bunch of mistletoe in hand, and Nick embrace in the blowing snow.

The title is a giveaway for all the time these two spend Under the Mistletoe.