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Posted October 14, 2013
No Rules Required¿ Anymore Mistletoe and love are synonymous whe
No Rules Required… AnymoreWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Mistletoe and love are synonymous when it comes to the Holidays. This standalone story is a classic example of how love and an open heart go hand in hand.
Dan is a divorce lawyer and a Grinch, at least when it comes to Christmas. He avoids and despises everything about the Holiday. However, he often does charity projects and is signed up for one at the local children’s hospital. Much to his dismay and his friend Geoff’s chagrin they are signed up to build a Christmas set. He considers ducking out of the project until he meets the girl (or so he thinks) in charge of the project.
Anna may be small in stature but she knows what she wants and how to get it done. She has been in charge of the hospital Christmas for the past couple of years now. She gets the Kappa girls to help her out and they lovingly call her Sarge. Anna has a past secret of her own, one that you get a glimpse of when she tries to explain away her knowledge of the friendly hospital staff.
Jeanette has her readers begging for more information on this unlikely duo. I caught myself wondering why two consenting adults would impose unrealistic guidelines about enjoying relationships and the holidays. They both find a way to make peace with their past and learn to live life to the fullest with each other. This was a great Holiday read and as always I love the style that Jeanette brings to romance novels that always keep you beseeching for more.
Posted December 14, 2012
(3 1/2 stars) This was a cute little holiday story. Both the her
(3 1/2 stars) This was a cute little holiday story. Both the hero and heroine have some definite baggage. She had cancer as a child, suffered through a more recent breast cancer scare, and is now afraid to get into a relationship without having a clear bill of health first. As a result, Anna Smith has decided she's a fling-only girl for two years, at which point she should know whether or not her most recent health concerns are over. Dan Beckins lost both of his parents on Christmas when he was younger, so he's pretty much tried to out-Scrooge Scrooge ever since.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I enjoyed Jeanette Murray's style of writing in this book. Her dialogue was fun and her characters were quirky. It was mostly a nice little Christmas story, but it did have a bit more going on below the surface with the two characters' problems. I found it to be a nice balance altogether.
I found Dan's issues to feel a bit more "real" than Anna's--her self-imposed moratorium on dating just felt a bit extreme. Never having personally had major health issues like that, though, it could be that her reactions were indeed spot-on; but they felt slightly forced, which kind of had me rolling my eyes a bit at her continued denial of a relationship with Dan. Dan's turnaround was a bit quick, but 1) it is a novella, so space is limited and 2) it wasn't so much so that it was unbelievable, so ultimately it didn't really bother me.
Overall, this was a quick, fun read that put me in the holiday spirit. I'll definitely add this author to my "must find more books from" list.
Posted December 9, 2012
Posted November 9, 2012
No Mistletoe Required
No Mistletoe Required is a sweet Christmas novella about two people who need to “step outside of themselves” and really and truly enjoy life and all it has to offer. I can’t imagine what Dan and Anna have actually had to endure during the course of their lives. I love Christmas and I can’t say that I wouldn’t be like Dan if I lost my entire family on Christmas Day. The same can be said for Anna, I would feel bad about meeting someone and then dragging them into my medical scares.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I love this quote from the book, referring to Christmas, “It’s just one of those times of the year where anything seems possible.” Even though this is a short book, it skips in time a little, I found that the story could actually be true for some people. I loved that a little pixie like Anna could get Dan the Grinch to actually remember his parents and what Christmas actually use to mean to his family. I also loved the way Anna’s brother was able to make her realize that she was pushing guys away for her own self-preservation.
No Mistletoe Required is a good Christmas romance to curl up on your couch with for a day.
Source: Author contest win
Reviewed by: Read Your Writes Book Reviews
Posted February 10, 2013
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Posted January 1, 2013
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