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.