Title: That Mistletoe Moment
Authors: Cat Johnson, Kate Angell and Allyson Charles
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: 3 novellas
Available: 27th Sept
As the holidays descend, three single women take a thoroughly modern approach to good old-fashioned romance, and wonder if the best—and most complicated—gift of all is just a click, tap, or swipe away…
Like a Christmas miracle, the Build a Boyfriend App lets you simply input the stats of your dream man, and witty texts, passionate emails, and hot Instagram pics start flooding in. No more awkward questions or pitying looks as you face the holidays alone!
But even the best technology has its glitches. When real-life emotions come into play, this trio of twenty-somethings find themselves in a tangle of crossed signals, flying wrapping paper, disastrous Christmas parties…and surprising kisses.
Yet despite the confusion of their mistletoe misadventures, when the New Year dawns, these very satisfied women just may find themselves waking up with true love beside them.
Source: ARC from Kensington Books via NetGalley
This trio of seasonal novellas is loosely linked by the Build-a-Boyfriend app, but each story stands alone in its own warm, enjoyable way, with an add hint of sexiness to help it all along.
Cat Johnson’s A Boyfriend for Christmas kicks everything off in fine style, with the end of Noelle’s longterm relationship leading to her sister signing her up to Build-A-Boyfriend so she won’t look pathetic at Christmas. I really enjoyed this novella, with the cute connection between Noelle and Nathan and I really wish it was longer, because there is far too much left undecided at the end and everything ends up rushed beyond belief. Which is a shame, because else this would have been five stars. 4.5 stars.
Kate Angell’s All I Want for Christmas Is… is just adorable, with its tale of a busy businessman and his quest for a new personal shopper. Riley is warm and sweet, while Daniel starts off quite starchy but soon melts beneath Riley’s kindness. This is just full of warm and fuzzy Christmas cheer and goodness, but again, everything at the end wrapped up far too swiftly and too neatly. I still enjoyed it, though. 4.5 stars.
Allyson Charles’ Her Favorite Present was my least favourite of the novellas, purely because Gabe is awful. He’s rude and disdainful and arrogant and just unpleasant, while Rachel is normal and nice. She didn’t deserve the way he deceived her and it took far too long for him to change his mind. This was actually quite funny in places, but Gabe was just too horrible for me to love it like the other stories. 3 stars.
If you’re looking for some cute Christmas cheer and like a bit of heat to go with it, then give this a go. The stories do tend to rush their HEA fences a bit for me, but the warm and fuzzies are strong throughout – except where Gabe is concerned. Overall this collection is light and fluffy and sexy and fun and I enjoyed it thoroughly.