Kissing Under The Mistletoe by Bella Andre

November 21st, 2013 Kimberly Review 54 Comments

21st Nov
Kissing Under The Mistletoe by Bella Andre
Kissing Under The Mistletoe
by Bella Andre
Series: The Sullivans #10
Published by: Harlequin
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

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
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

About Bella Andre

Known for “sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance” (Publishers Weekly), her books have been Cosmopolitan Magazine ”Red Hot Reads” twice, have been translated into ten languages, and her Sullivan books are already bestsellers in Brazil. Winner of the Award of Excellence, The Washington Post has called her “One of the top digital writers in America” and she has been featured by NPR, USA Today, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and most recently in TIME Magazine. She has given keynote speeches at publishing conferences from Copenhagen to Berlin to San Francisco, including a standing-room-only keynote at Book Expo America. If not behind her computer, you can find her reading her favorite authors, hiking, swimming or laughing. Married with two children, Bella splits her time between the Northern California wine country and a 100 year old log cabin in the Adirondacks.

Photo of kimbacaffeinate
About Kimberly

Kimberly is a coffee loving book addict who reads and listens to fictional stories in all genres. She’s a self-professed Whovian, as well as a Supernatural, and Sherlock Holmes junkie, She enjoys sharing books, tips, recipes and hosting the Sunday Post. The coffee is always on and she is ready to chat…Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Stay Caffeinated!

Never miss a post by adding Caffeinated to your Inbox

Your email address will not be shared with anyone

54 Responses to “Kissing Under The Mistletoe by Bella Andre”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It came from the Ho-Ho-Ho read-a-thon but next week I go all dystopain and post-apocalyptic and then dive into historical..LOL

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oooh if you like fleshed out characters and steamy romances you will love this series Mary 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Gin I am the same way. Everything is a little “more” this time of year. Wahoo! I am so glad you will be starting this series..I cannot wait to read your reviews 🙂

  1. Jenny

    Must read Bella Andre Kim!!! Though now I’m all sad about Jack as he clearly dies at some point, or maybe he’s already dead when the series starts? *sobs a little for Jack* I think you new goal in life is to make me cry! I do love a book that gives me all the feels:)

    Jenny recently posted:
    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes, he died when the children were young, and we knew that in book one. So we were delighted to get their story. hmm, I have been feeling a tad sappy lately..LOL

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh yes Sherry if you love fleshed out, feisty characters and some heat these books are like crack!

  2. Victoria (aka Zemfirka)

    omg! #10? wow 🙂 But I agree with comments above, I think it’s interesting that around the holidays “more” romantic stories is just want we want to see. It’s much easier to suspend the disbelief in “fairytales” this time of the year. And your reviews always make these books sound very exciting!

    Victoria (aka Zemfirka) recently posted: Book Review: Bloodlines
    • kimbacaffeinate

      I totally love this series from the characters to the steamy love scenes.

  3. Janiced Hougland

    Love love love holiday stories. I start reading them mid-November and don’t quit until mid-January. I take time out from the business of the holidays for myself…and reading my holiday stories jingles for me!!! And I appreciate your reviews. Thanks for the post.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love them too, but admit to stopping over the Christmas holiday, although since I review I begin around November 1st…I love the magic of them 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yeah I was bummed you didn’t really enjoy it, but this was sweet, and fairly clean 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This was a sweet one, Mary has always been the center of the Sullivan children’s universe so it was a perfect holiday tale 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ooo enjoy them Grace, I look forward to cracking a new one open each month!

  4. Nick

    I love how much you love this series, Kim. That is so interesting that the author decided to write the mother’s love story. I think I would love to read about that as well.
    Mary and Jack sound like they are incredible characters and I especially like the sound of Jack. I will take a sweet guy over a bad guy anytime.
    Fantastic review, Kim.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am loving this series Nick, and hoping you get to try them 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oooh these were memory cries, you know those ones where you remember your first Christmas together, the first time the baby was aware of the holiday..these were good tears 🙂

  5. Mishel

    I feel so in the dark because this is the first I’ve heard of the author or the Sullivan series. >_< And to be honest I'm not much of a holiday reader but man, I'm digging the sound of this sweet romance. I'm headed over to Goodreads right now to look into this series and start adding to my TBR. I'm excited to go back and read some of your reviews for the beginning of the series too =)

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Mishel..I have been there done that and I look around for the rock I have apparently been living under. This series is wonderful and I hope you enjoy them 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      These are lovely quick, steamy reads Heidi and a nice change up 🙂

  6. Andrea

    Aw, I need to read this! You know I love the Sullivans too. I’m just afraid of reading it and becoming sad, b/c….

    I know I’ll give UtM a try at some point. Nice review!

    Andrea recently posted:
  7. Lupdilup

    This sounds lovely 🙂 I listened to my first Christmas theme novel last year (kissing Under the Mistletoe by Marina Adair), and it really put me in the Christmas mood, I was going to go check if they have it on audio, if they don’t, I’m going to find the chance to read it.


  8. Lily B


    I have to be honest, I have not read her books yet. I know right.. eak. But I bought book 1 not too long ago <3 cause I heard so many wonderful things about her and I know I'll probably really enjoy her books!

    I have this one and I am so excited to get to it. Her characters sound wonderful and her stories do sound very heart-warming. I am glad you enjoyed this one!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      You are going to enjoy these, her pacing is wonderful and just sucks you right in.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Glad you are enjoying them too Liny. I adore this series and hope you get to try them 🙂

  9. Lark

    I’ve got one or two of her books on my e-reader, but haven’t found time to read them yet. Every time I read one of your reviews, I bump them higher up the TBR list!

    Lark recently posted: