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Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Marina Adair

October 15th, 2012 by Debbie's World of Books

Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Marina Adair

Source: Book sent by the author

Publication date: October 16, 2012

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary from Regan Martin stopped believing in Christmas miracles six years ago when she lost everything—her house, her job, and her impeccable reputation in the wine industry—after she fell in love with a man she had no idea was married. Then Regan gets a chance for a fresh start in the Napa Valley. With her dream job, dream home, and her daughter enrolled in a wonderful new school, she starts wondering if holiday wishes really do come true.

But she soon tumbles back down to earth when she learns that her new boss is none other than Gabe DeLuca, the scorned wife’s brother. Gabe wants nothing more than home-wrecking Regan Martin out of his life, his sister’s world, and his family’s business. Mostly, he wants the lush beauty out of his head. Yet his attempts to run her out of town have him thinking twice, especially when he sees that Regan may hold the key to tracking down his sister’s stolen start-up capital. Even worse for Gabe, Regan might just be his Christmas wish and hold the key to his heart.

Let me say this book made me really happy I’ve been getting back into reading more romances!  I devoured this book in one sitting even ignoring homework to finish it up.

I absolutely adored Regan’s character though I have to say it was her daughter, Holly, who stole my heart.  Maybe it’s because she reminded me so much of my daughter or the way kids can distill things down to what’s truly important and puts life in perspective that made me enjoy her scenes so much.  But back to Regan…she was such a strong character who I sympathized so much with.  She truly got the short end of the stick by falling in love with a man she never knew was married, then being terrorized by the brother of the scorned wife who ruined every possibility of a decent job in her field of choice all while raising a daughter on her own.

I initially had a harder time with Gabe’s character because I couldn’t see how a guy could be so ruthless towards someone who was a single parent.  He was being paraded as this great guy who was so compassionate and caring towards everyone else that I found it hard to swallow.  It’s not until later that we find out he never even knew Regan had a daughter.  I wanted to kick him because it was also hard to believe someone as controlling and intelligent as he was supposed to be never did enough research to even figure this out about the woman he was trying to run out of every job in the winery business.  After seeing him interact more with Regan and Holly my heart began to soften towards him.

The one downside of the book for me and a big factor in my disliking Gabe at first is we don’t see much of his sister Abby.  So while I did feel bad that her husband cheated on her it did sound like she married him though he had a history of infidelity.  Other than a couple appearances we never get to know her any further or have any reason to truly like her.  I sympathized so much more with Regan that I felt Abby was more of a spoiled brat who was simply sicing her guard dog brothers on Regan.   Even at the end though I came to like Gabe I still have this dislike towards Abby for basically being the cause of so much pain towards Regan who did not have this huge, supportive family nor the wealth and reputation to help her through the past six years.

Still this book was such a sweet read that I truly could not put down and suggest to anyone who wants a great, clean romance that is filled with humor and will truly warm your heart.

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