No Mistletoe Required
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  • No Mistletoe Required

No Mistletoe Required

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by Jeanette Murray

Dan Beckins isn't sure how he let his best friend con him into volunteering to build Santa's Winter Wonderland at the local hospital. He's got no problems with charity work, but anything Christmas-related is off-limits ever since he lost his parents on Christmas Day years ago. The only bright spot is working with smoking-hot Anna Smith.

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Dan Beckins isn't sure how he let his best friend con him into volunteering to build Santa's Winter Wonderland at the local hospital. He's got no problems with charity work, but anything Christmas-related is off-limits ever since he lost his parents on Christmas Day years ago. The only bright spot is working with smoking-hot Anna Smith.

Anna Smith loves Christmas and volunteering at the hospital is one of her yearly highlights. She had leukemia as a teen and then a breast cancer scare in her mid-twenties, and is now operating under a self-imposed rule that she can't have a relationship until the doctors give her a clean bill of health.

A little fling might be permissible, though, and sexy lawyer-turned-carpenter Dan seems like the perfect candidate. But when chemistry flares and the two start forming a real connection, will Anna run away before like turns to love?

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"Stop staring at the jailbait."

Dan Beckins's best friend, Geoff, knocked him in the gut with an elbow. "I'm disappointed in you. You're a lawyer. You know jailbait implies they're under eighteen. These are sorority girls. They're all at least eighteen." His eyes drifted back to the curve of some undergrad's butt as she bent over to tie her shoe. "God bless the Greek system."

"Uh-huh. We're divorce attorneys, not defense. Spare me your excuses." Dan picked up another two-by-four and angled it until it rested on top of the others. "Get your ass over here, Greek Lightning, and hold this steady before I drop it on your head. Don't think I'm going to forgive you for roping me into this project by conveniently forgetting to mention the Christmas angle." He was tempted to drop it anyway, just to exact a little revenge.

Geoff walked over and then pretended to be helpful by holding the board while Dan hammered. His eyes, though, stayed on the other side of the room where a dozen college girls stood around a table, chattering so loudly Dan thought his head was going to explode. The table itself was a glitter-bomb of red and green craft projects. They were setting up the Santa's Workshop in the rec hall of the children's hospital as their philanthropic event of the semester. And honestly, while he could do with a little less high-pitched chatter, they weren't doing a bad job. What he remembered of sorority girls from his own time in school had left the impression of flighty, shallow females caring only about the next chance to snag the head frat boy of the week. But these ladies seemed focused on both fun and functionality, wanting to do a good job. The high-pitched squealing, he could do without. But at least they were dedicated workers. Unlike some people... He shot a glance at his friend. But with the Kappas' help, maybe he'd escape the Winter Hell Land earlier than expected.

Dan grunted and swung the board around, only sighing a little as Geoff ducked easily and escaped the path of the two-by-four.

"Watch it, man." Geoff rubbed a hand over his hair. "I only have one head."

"You must have lost your mind to think I'd want in on this."

"It's charity." Geoff grinned at him.

"It's Christmas charity," Dan corrected. "You know it's not the same thing to me. I never would have volunteered if you'd told me the full project. You knew that and you withheld information. And like a complete idiot, I agreed without extracting the facts."

"'Withheld information.' 'Extracting facts,'" Geoff scoffed as he grabbed a piece of sandpaper. "This isn't a divorce deposition, dude.

"But much like a bastard cheating husband," Dan said, pointing the claw of his hammer at his friend, "you will pay. Big time. I have gutters that need attention."

At least he could put his skills from his manual-labor-to-pay-for-law-school days to good use again.

"You know, the great thing about southern California...short-shorts are never inappropriate." Geoff's eyes followed a brunette with a tight ass as she walked over to grab some paper and walk back to join her sisters.

Dan slapped him on the back of the head. "Concentrate. I almost cut your thumb off." Not really, since he was hammering. But his friend wasn't paying enough attention either way.

Geoff ripped his hands away from the wood so fast it might have been on fire and then the structure clattered to the ground. The sound of wood banging against concrete flooring echoed in the room, and all the girls turned to stare at them.

Including her.

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No Mistletoe Required 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
BookFisher More than 1 year ago
No Rules Required… Anymore 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.
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beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
(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. 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! I can't wait for Jeanette's next book!!
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
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. 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