Mistletoe Match-Up (Romancing Wisconsin Series #3)

Mistletoe Match-Up (Romancing Wisconsin Series #3)

by Stacey Joy Netzel

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When Lisa Riley comes home for her brother Mark's Christmas Eve wedding, her high school rivalry with his wife Janelle's cousin, Derek Walsh, picks up right where it left off, only this time Derek has the upper hand. Santa bides his time as they battle it out because he's waited a whole year for this mistletoe match-up.

(Previously published 2009 in Mistletoe Rules anthology, a 2010 Write Touch Readers' Award Winner)


She ignored Derek and smiled at Mark and Janelle. "I would love to help."

"Great!" Janelle exclaimed. She looked from Lisa, to Derek, and back. "Hey, wouldn't it be fun if you two had a little contest to see who could raise the most money? Just like old times."

Derek's hands clenched at his side. Great. Just great, Janelle. He waited for Lisa to gleefully pounce at the opportunity to bury him again, only to be surprised by her dismayed expression.

"I don't know if that's such a good idea," she said.

He should be relieved. Instead, his competitive demon demanded retribution for all the humiliation it'd endured during the old times. He'd bury her. "Why not?" he asked.

Her gaze remained locked on his cousin. "No offense, Janelle, but it seems a little silly. I mean, we're not in high school anymore."

Derek relaxed and fell into their old pattern with ease. "What's the matter, Lisa, afraid you've lost your magic touch? Are you not up for the challenge?"

That got her. Her spine stiffened and fire gleamed in her eyes. "Of course I am."

He fake frowned, nodded his head with understanding, and stage whispered, "I get it."

"Get what?"

Derek glanced at their captive audience. "Nothing."

She crossed her arms over her chest and glared at him. He valiantly avoided staring at her increased cleavage. It wasn't so hard with his grandparents and her brother watching. And her silent demand for an answer.

"I probably shouldn't say it now. Not in front of everyone."

Lisa's eyes narrowed. "Please, do enlighten us--all of us." Her condescending sarcasm stroked the blood-thirsty devil on his shoulder. Their audience of respective family members waited in expectation. Grandpa, in particular, appeared to enjoy the exchange immensely. This next part would almost make high school worth it. Derek shrugged. "Obviously, it's me."

"You?" She infused the single word with an appropriate amount of humorous disbelief and disdain, only she avoided looking him in the eye.

"You're scared you can't handle me all grown up."

The outrageous statement produced the desired laughs--only Lisa's sounded forced. Her right hand rose to flick her hair back over her shoulder, then smoothed down the length of her burgundy satin dress. Hmm. He hadn't dreamed his intentional bait would be remotely close to the truth. Derek moved in for the kill. "That's why you chickened out under the mistletoe."

The words 'bite me' resounded in his head as she glared at him and took a breath to speak. He waggled his finger in the air between them. "Uh, uh. Careful."

Lisa stepped forward and grabbed his hand. He fought to keep his expression impassive while she bent his finger back just enough to make her point. She leaned close, her breath hot on his lips as she ground out, "You're on, buddy. I'm going to kick your butt so bad you'll wish I'd never moved back."

Too late for that.


To everything there is a season...

Love finds a way during the four seasons in the Romancing Wisconsin Series. Starting with Christmas/Winter, then moving on to the rest of the seasons, check out this bestselling, heartwarming series set in small town Wisconsin, where hope springs eternal for each happily ever after. Sexy military heroes, runaway brides, surprise babies, single parents - meet the Rileys, the Walshes, and best of all, Butch...a.k.a. Santa Butch. The mischievous matchmaker makes a cameo in each story--adding a touch of magic to the lives of everyone he loves, and even those he's just met.

Romancing Wisconsin Series
Mistletoe Mischief
Mistletoe Magic
Mistletoe Match-Up
Mistletoe Rules – short bonus story
Autumn Wish
Autumn Bliss
Autumn Kiss
Autumn Glimmer – short bonus story
Spring Fling
Spring Serendipity
Spring Dreams
Spring Spark – short bonus story
Summer Scandal
Summer Bride
Summer Secrets
Summer Wager - short(ish) bonus story

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015491074
Publisher: Stacey Joy Netzel
Publication date: 10/17/2012
Series: Romancing Wisconsin Series , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 707,679
File size: 451 KB

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Stacey Joy Netzel writes steamy romantic suspense and small town contemporary romance. You will always get the promised Happily Ever After in her books, but the journey to get there is going to one heck of a romantic adventure with sexy, rugged heroes, and strong, resilient heroines. Colorado, Wisconsin, and Italy are favorite settings for her Must Love Diamonds, Romancing Wisconsin, Italy Intrigue, Welcome to Redemption, and Colorado Trust Series. A three time winner of Wisconsin Romance Writers’ Write Touch Readers Award, she lives in N.E. Wisconsin with her family, a horse, and some cats (number varies, since they seem to just show up outside and stay).

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Mistletoe Match-Up 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
bwilhoite More than 1 year ago
I loved Lisa and Derek's book! My favorite so far. Things aren't always what they seem.
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
Mistletoe Match-Up is a fun holiday romance by Stacey Joy Netzel. Ms. Netzel has provided readers with a well-written book. This is a fairly quick read, perfect for those with limited reading time. The characters in this story are fantastic and you'll get to visit with characters from previous books. Derek has always come in second when in competition with Lisa. When she arrives back in town for her brother's wedding the competitions start all over again. Derek and Lisa's story is full of drama, humor and spice. I enjoyed reading this great holiday story and look forward to reading more from Stacey Joy Netzel in the future. Mistletoe Match-Up is book 3 of the Romancing Wisconsin Series but can easily be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I voluntarily read a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
CheriSteckling More than 1 year ago
Mistletoe Match-up by Stacey Joy Netzel Romancing Wisconsin Series Book 3 Lisa Riley comes home for her brother Mark’s Christmas Eve wedding to Janelle and it turns out that Lisa’s rival from High school is Janelle’s cousin Derek Walsh. They want to pick almost right where it left off and this time Derek has the upper hand. Santa Butch bids his time while they battle it out as he has already waited a whole year for the mistletoe match-up. This book was just as good at Books 1 & 2. Lisa was late for his brother’s wedding and Derek couldn’t help but remind her that she was still the spoiled princess she was in high school. They had competed over everything in high school from GPA, to Basketball, to debate club etc. Mark and Janelle do get married and Derek and Lisa since compete over things. Lisa ends up moving back home and she had car issues and that is why she was late to the wedding. The families were enlarging, Eric and Marissa with the daughters Reese and Heather had added a set of twins to the family and just now found out they would be adding one more to the family. When Lisa and Reese went to find Derek at the New Year’s Eve gathering. Reese noticed the mistletoe about his head. He tried so hard to back away but Reese protested that it was bad luck. Once again “Mistletoe Rules.”. Lisa had been into politic relations and now was the new Public Relations Manager for Brown County. She admitted that she loved Derek and was not going anywhere. Sounds like Santa wins out again. I am sure you will enjoy the book and also the others in the series and also love the rest of the series.
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