Six Award-Winning Authors have contributed new stories to A Timeless Romance Anthology: Under the Mistletoe Collection. Six contemporary novellas, all adding sweet romance to the Christmas season.
Sissy: This morning I felt so sick of Christmas love stories that I wanted to stab in the eyeball the next person who was canoodling by the firelight and kissing under the mistletoe. I realized we were reviewing this anthology and thought, “Oh crap! Where’s my cup of holiday cheer?”
Bubby: Well, that’s a problem because we have lots more where this came from! It’s all love and Christmas and warm fuzzies from now till January, so suck it up sister.
Sissy: Thankfully, when I reread the synopsis of the stories in Under The Mistletoe, I remembered that I quite liked them. I put my knife away. I’m ready to review.
Bubby: Was it one of your knives or one of mine? Because I’m a lot more scared of mine than yours…
Sissy: I just had my knives sharpened so you’d better watch out!
Bubby: In that case, let’s move on before bodily injury occurs to one or both of us. I can’t pick a favorite out of these stories so I’ll just start at the beginning. In Forgotten Kisses by Cindy Roland Anderson, we revisit the theme of the dreaded ex-boyfriend who has come back to haunt our heroine Madison like the ghost of Christmas Past. There was a deliciously villianous woman in this tale who was so conniving and nasty that I had to love her. And, of course, it all works out in the end.
Sissy: The Last Christmas by Annette Lyon features main characters more our age (don’t even say it, Bubby!) and I liked that. The fact that it isn’t your stereotypical love story also resonated with me, and I’m sure you will enjoy, as I did, finding out if Meredith and Eric can rediscover their romance. Middle aged love rocks!
Bubby: Characters closer to whose age, Sissy? Not mine…it’s not a Young Adult, after all! (Yes, I know I’m dreaming there but it’s ok.) Truth or Dare by Julie Coulter Bellon is at once sweet and heart-rending as Jonah and Cami try to remember what it’s like to trust again. It reminded me of how I came to love and trust Sissy again after she stole my favorite earrings and then tried to pass them off as hers. Oh, the pain.
Sissy: Too bad for you that I still have the newest earrings I’ve stolen from you. I think I’ll wear them tomorrow. Holiday Bucket List by Sarah M. Eden was great and the idea of a retro holiday bucket list is so appealing. Another middle-aged love story. Who says those young adults get all the romance? Celeste and Mike take their sweet time but the result is smoldering passion, just like me and my husband still have.
Bubby: Because we all wanted THAT image seared in our brains, Sissy. In case our readers are worried, the “smoldering passion” in question is g-rated, at least in the book. I can’t (and really don’t want to) speak for Sissy…and now we’re moving on because I’m grossed out. Christmas Every Day by Heather B. Moore shows us the difference between quality keeper-type men and louses like the one Monica is currently dating. If your boyfriend doesn’t support your dreams and love you with his whole soul, smack his head and kick his butt out of your life! You can do better! Monica does!
Sissy: Bubby, your overuse of exclamation points makes me want to overuse other punctuation marks. (?@#$%%**&) If we ever put out a video blog, people will know that you’re more Ben Stein and less Kelly Ripa in person. What’s our next story? It’s First and Last Christmas Date by Jennifer Griffiths. Pilot Juliet and old flame Tag really know how to have an exciting time during an evening out. I’d love to say more but SPOILERS, don’t you know. I’ll just tell you that ten years, two arrests, tar and a kimono make things pretty exciting.
Bubby: Ben Stein, huh? I happen to adore him. And you? You’re that teacher in Charlie Brown. All I hear from you is “mwah, mwah wah, mwah wah wah wah.” Good thing I love you in spite of your many faults. I love Under the Mistletoe too. And it doesn’t talk back! A perfect antidote for annoying holiday (or every day) relatives! (That exclamation point was for you, Sissy!)
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