by Bella Andre
Series: The Sullivans #10
Published by: Harlequin
For Mary Sullivan Christmas is, and always has been, about family. And this year is no different. As she awaits the arrival of her eight children and their partners at the cottage in Lake Tahoe, she hangs the ornaments that they made for her over the years. Each decoration brings with it a tide of memories, all of which she holds dear to her heart. But when she comes across the oldest ornament, the one her beloved husband, Jack, gave her on their very first Christmas together, Mary is immediately swept back to the first days of their whirlwind romance, to the love that would be the foundation on which they built the family she is so proud to call her own. Join the Sullivans this Christmas for a story that explores the wonder of the holidays, the meaning of family and a love that transcends time.
Another Sullivan review! I am sure by now, that ya’ll know I have mad love for this family and for Belle Andre, the author who shares them with us. Kissing Under the Mistletoe is the tenth book in the Sullivans series. I had just finished book five, and I was nervous about reading them out of order since I didn’t want anything spoiled. No worries there, as Bella Andre takes us back in time for Mary Sullivan and Jack’s love story. In the back of my mind, I knew how their love story ends. That it was the love of a lifetime cut short, but it also made it bittersweet and utterly romantic. Mini review: heart-warming, hot and memorable.
Mary Sullivan is alone at their cottage on Lake Tahoe waiting for her children, their spouse and her grandchildren to arrive. She is pulling out family ornaments and reminiscing over the memories of each. Then she opens an important box and carefully removes two very special ornaments. As she holds them, she remembers her beloved husband and how they fell in love. Wildly romantic, and sweet I fell in love with Mary and Jack.
Now I know where the Sullivan boys get their charm and stubbornness. I loved Jack and Mary from page one of this novel. For the record, Jack can call me Angel any time. The man was sweet, honest and even learned how to say romantic phrases in Italian. He made me melt. Mary is wonderful and I fell in love with this super mom in The Look of Love, book one of the series. It was nice to meet her as a young , confident woman. I understand why Mary never remarried; I am not sure another man could hold a candle to Jack.
Break out the tissues. Eek, Kissing Under the Mistletoe was such a wonderful romance. The tale had everything from innocent kisses under the mistletoe to heated scenes with red satin sheets. It was such a pleasure watching their romance unfold and Andre made it all come to life. Jack has always been a memory in the novels and getting to know him was delightful. We begin in our journey in San Francisco and travel to Italy before all is said and done. I laughed, sighed and even cried while reading this. Jack and Mary’s romance is the kind little girls dream about.
For fans of the Sullivans or anyone looking for a romantic holiday tale, Kissing Under the Mistletoe offers the perfect, magical kind of romance we expect around the holiday. If you haven’t guessed Bella Andre is on my auto-buy list, and I look forward to sharing more of her books with you.
Four and half cups of coffee out of five
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