Magic Under the Mistletoe by Lucy Coleman
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Christmas and romance are in the air…
It’s December 23rd and while everyone else is rushing home for the holidays, workaholic Leesa Oliver is dreading switching on her out-of-office for the festive season. And it seems her equally driven boss, Cary Anderson, isn’t relishing spending Christmas at his family’s country estate either.
So together, they draft an unexpected Christmas contract: They’ll spend half of the holidays with each other’s families, pretending to be a couple. Leesa knows the insufferably good-looking Cary will make her Christmas more bearable, but what happens after the last of the mince pies have been eaten…?
Leesa signed off on a sensible business agreement, but somewhere, amongst the fairy lights and carols something seems to have changed… It seems there might just be some magic under the mistletoe this Christmas!
This was always going to be the Christmas from hell and I knew that from the start.
Controlling client. Dysfunctional families. A Christmas contract.
Leesa’s new client Cary Anderson is an arrogant, controlling workaholic who doesn’t seem to have a clue about love and compassion…until it comes to his grandmother, Cressida Anderson, international bestselling romance author. Cary and Leesa agree on a contract to fool their families into thinking they are an item until the holidays are over. Cressida wants her grandson to settle down with a nice woman and Leesa fits the bill. Leesa’s Christmas with her ex inlaws is a bit more delicate, especially when her volatile ex shows up unannounced. When Cary comes to her rescue, the contract needs to be extended to keep everyone happy, but at what cost for Leesa and Cary?
This story is full of surprises and touches on subjects such as spousal abuse, miscarriage, infidelity and depression. Cary has an intimidating work ethic and a hot mess of a personal life. Raised by a famous domineering, but sweet, grandmother, he’s not one to wear his feelings on his sleeve though Leesa seems to bring out the best in him. Leesa’s past is shocking and sad and burying herself into her up and coming video production business is notable. However, the incident at her ex inlaws’ home shows just how vulnerable she is with Cary coming to her rescue.
I enjoyed this sweet and complex holiday romance filled with love, drama and best intentions.
Thank you to Ms. Coleman for giving me the opportunity to review this book with no expectation of a positive review.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton – who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman – says ‘it’s been a fantastic journey!’
Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and is excited to be writing for both Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus) and Harper Impulse (Harper Collins); she’s represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.
When she’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture or working in the garden.
Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award; her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards.
Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she freely admits she’s an eternal romantic.
Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Society of Authors. She writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.
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