The Christmas Proposition

Title: The Christmas Proposition
Author: KA Mitchell
Cover Artist: n/a
Publisher: Carina Press
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Genre: M/M Romance/Holiday
Length: 113 pages/27,000 words
Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5

A guest review by Lasha

Summary Review: A delightful Christmas tale about forgiveness, renewing a past love and family.


It’s Christmas in Epiphany, Pennsylvania—the busiest time of year for Mel Halner. But running the family Christmas tree farm has worn down his love for the happiest season of all, and lately Mel’s been wondering what if he’d said yes to a ticket out of town with millionaire Bryce Campion three years ago.

Bryce isn’t used to people saying no to him, and he can’t forget Mel or their brief but sizzling affair. He might not have been offering forever, but Bryce can’t understand a guy as sexy and smart as Mel choosing to stay rooted on the family farm over enjoying the high life with him. He’s determined to make Mel see what he’s missed out on the first chance he gets.


K.A. Mitchell’s The Christmas Proposition has to be one of my favorite Christmas stories I’ve read in the last couple of years. It has some of my favorite elements of a classic romance: lost love found, opposites attracting and meddling family and friends.

Set in the small town of Epiphany, Pennsylvania right before Christmas, it tells the story of Mel Halner who runs the local Christmas tree farm. Mel also works in a diner part-time and that’s exactly where he met Bryce Campion — if meeting in the alley behind the diner for a blow-job could be considered romantic, then Bryce and Mel have that covered. The only thing? They broke up when Mel wouldn’t leave Epiphany. Cue to the present and Bryce is back in town to win over Mel, but will Mel take him up on the offer?

What I liked about this story was the chemistry between Mel and Bryce. Bryce is a one-man steamroller, who wants back his ex-boyfriend and is letting nothing stand in his way this time. He’s not above bribing Mel with a brand new SUV or trying to woo him back with hot sex. (Ah, come on, this IS a K.A. Mitchell novel, so hot sex is required.) I especially liked Mel’s siblings and how they got in on the deal, along with Mel’s best friend, Tiffany. The secondary characters were a riot and the novella went from hot and steamy to funny in a heartbeat, which actually worked in this case.

For those readers worrying about Christmas sugar overload, have no fear, The Christmas Proposition has enough drama, sizzling sex and plot to not give you a toothache, while still allowing you to enjoy the holiday cheer. While I have not read the other novellas in this collection, if K.A. Mitchell’s contribution is any indication, then I suspect this anthology is top-notch and I have no problem recommending it.



  • Great review Lasha. This will be the second book in this anthology that I’ll be reading since I’m a huge K.A. fan. I’m so glad you liked it.

    I really liked Lone Star. 🙂

  • I’ve read only two stories from the anthology (Lone Star and this one) and, like Sirius, I couldn’t connect with these guys. In fact, I didn’t like them very much: one was overwhelming, the other whinny and irresolute. It wasn’t badly written (on the contrary), but it wasn’t as enjoyable as some other author’s stories.

  • See unfortunately for me this one was the least enjoyable story in the anthology. I cannot say the weakest, because I definitely agree that KA Mitchell is a very good writer, but I guess I just did not connect emotionally with Mel and Bryce as much as with the guys from other stories. Oh well, three out of four is a very good score for me and thank you for the review 🙂

    • So far I have only read the Josh Lanyon one (I liked it less then this one, probably a 4.5 star rating for me). So I guess all of our tastes are different – which is good. 🙂

      I am going to try the Ava March one next.

  • I loved this story as well, the characters of Mel & Bryce had you cheering for them, and the secondary characters were great as well. I wondered sometimes if Mels feelings of peoples prejudice were due to his own insecurities.

    Would love to see more of Mel & Bryce as they travel thru the country…


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