Mistletoe and Mr. Right – Lyla Payne

23285707Mistletoe and Mr. Right by Lyla Payne
Published: November 20th 2014 by Bloomsbury USA

Source: e-galley via NetGalley (Thank you Bloomsbury!)

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring…but lust refused to settle in for a long winter’s nap.
She might be all nestled, snug in her bed, by why, oh why, do visions of the wrong guy dance in her head?

Jessica, (not Jessie), figures that nothing could be better than a trip to the Emerald Isle for Christmas break. So she takes a flying leap and follows her boyfriend home for the holidays, not only sure that he will finally agree they’re destined for each other, but also that Ireland will provide the perfect backdrop to the beginning of their happily-ever-after.

But it turns out his family–and his gorgeous ex-girlfriend–don’t feel the same way, and even the family goat seems to be conspiring against her well-laid plans. The only person making the trip worthwhile is the very last one she should be thinking about, but Grady, the local farmhand, has a way of showing up when Jessica needs him most…and least.

This book starts out slow. Normally this doesn’t bother me but this is a novella length book and it shouldn’t take over half the book to get interesting. It took too long for me to care about any of the characters and to care about the romance, which is the main plot of this book.

One thing that didn’t work out for me was Jessica’s character development. I did not connect with her at all and found myself questioning A LOT of her choices. I was hoping there would be some change in her character but I really didn’t see much by the end of the novel. I may have enjoyed this more than I did if I felt like her character improved but alas another female character I found annoying me.

I will say Grady is oh so delicious. He had a knack for showing up at just the right time to make me remember this was a romance novel. Can I please have my own farmhand to save me from terribly awkward family situations?

Was this book quick? Yes, it clocks in at just under 150 “pages”. Was this book cute? The last 30% had me grinning and allowed me to bump it up a star on Goodreads. If you are looking for a quick holiday read to get into the season I would recommend picking this one up. There isn’t much substance and while there are cuter books, I did enjoy this one overall.

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