Review: What Happens Under the Mistletoe by Sabrina Jeffries, Karen Hawkins, Candace Camp and Meredith Duran

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WHAT HAPPENS UNDER THE MISTLETOE features four heartwarming Christmas stories by four talented authors.

While all the stories are good in their own way, Sweet Ruin by Meredith Duran is my favorite, because it seems to me to be the most romantic. It’s also kind of a lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers story that I like, especially the enemies part where both the hero and the heroine do their best to deny their continuing attraction to the other, all while gripped in the rejection of the past.

In Karen Hawkins’s story, the main characters also have a past together, and while I initially thought misunderstandings instigated by a third party drew them apart that first time, I was happily disabused of that fact. I’m glad to see that for once, it is the characters’ own actions that cause the parting in the past, thereby making for more substantial character growth.

All in all, WHAT HAPPENS UNDER THE MISTLETOE is a great read that would put you in the mood for the holiday season.

Rating: 4 stars

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Summary:

New York Times bestselling authors Sabrina Jeffries, Karen Hawkins, and Candace Camp, and USA TODAY bestselling author Meredith Duran come together for a sizzling historical romance holiday anthology.

Stunned by the heat of an unexpected kiss on a cold winter’s eve, two strangers from vastly different worlds turn hotheaded principles into burning passion in Sabrina Jeffries’s delightful yuletide story, The Heiress and the Hothead. In the snowy Scottish countryside, Karen Hawkins’s rakish duke has an unforgettable holiday encounter in Twelve Kisses when the alluring lady he surprises under the mistletoe is not who he expected, but a long-lost love with a score to settle. In By Any Other Name, Edinburgh is aglitter for Christmastime as Candace Camp sends a curious gentleman in hot pursuit of an intriguing lady in disguise—one who refuses to reveal her true identity, though she fears he has already stolen her heart with his kiss. In Sweetest Regret, will the festive spirit of the season sweep Meredith Duran’s feisty heroine beneath the mistletoe—and back into the arms of the dashing rogue whose carelessness soiled her reputation and sent her into exile in London?

In this all-new story collection sparkling with sexy charm and heartwarming wit, four beloved bestselling authors reveal the mix-ups and make-ups, the missed chances and golden opportunities that come but once a year.

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