Title: Magic & Mistletoe
Author: Annabelle Jacobs
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: November 30th 2015
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 114 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Christmas is Harry’s favourite time of the year, but it looks like he’ll be spending it alone. When it comes to the men he fancies, his luck is non-existent. Harry’s nerves always get the better of him—especially when he tries to talk to Andrew, the hot guy downstairs.
Everything changes when Harry meets a mysterious girl in the woods who professes to be a witch. He dismisses her claims, but when odd things start happening to him, he has to reconsider.
Andrew was attracted to Harry from the start, but their awkward encounters put him off. All goes well until Harry opens his mouth—and ruins it with his stupidity and silly comments. When Harry suddenly becomes more relaxed and they have a proper conversation, Andrew realises his first impression was wrong. As the days count down to December 25, they get swept up in the Christmas spirit and their relationship moves faster than either expected.
A little winter magic might have been the push they needed, but Harry worries that when it wears off, he’ll no longer be the man Andrew wants.
Sweet, with a little heat, this Christmas story is a little slice of cute for the holidays.
We start with Harry Thornton, who is twenty-three, and suffers from a chronic condition known as foot-in-your-mouth disease.
While on a hike with his mates, Harry meets Melia, a magical being who calls the section of the woods the men are tramping through home. After a brief conversation with Harry, in which she’s witness to his poor condition, Melia casts a magical spell on Harry to help him with his problem.
“Ahh,” she said, still smiling softly at him. “It’s always better when you think before you speak. Don’t you agree?” Harry nodded and her smile got wider. “You may not be able to help yourself, but I can do it for you.” She shrugged. “It is almost Christmas, after all.”
Before Harry realised what she was doing, she’d emptied the pouch onto her outstretched hand. Pale green powder spilled out onto her palm, and she chanted a few words in a language Harry didn’t recognise, then blew the powder in his face.
Soon, Harry is able to actually chat up his hot twenty-six year old neighbor, Andrew Smith, that he’s has crush on for a while. Which is good, because up until this point, even though Andrew is attracted to Harry, he’s thought he was a bit of a dick. Soon Harry and Andrew are spending all their free time together and getting ready for a love-filled Christmas.
When Andrew first saw Harry, he’d expected him to be arrogant and a bit of a dick. Anyone who looked like he did had to have confidence in spades. What he hadn’t expected was for Harry to be shy and unassuming. There was no bravado, no ego, and the more Andrew sat there looking at him, the more he wanted to lean forward and get in his space.
He shook his head to clear it and took a drink of his coffee, licking his lips as he finished it. “Yeah. Sorry about that. I had you figured out all wrong, didn’t I?”
“Maybe.” Harry’s smile started out small but grew bigger as Andrew reached out and loosely grabbed his fingers.
“Can we start again? Get to know each other properly this time?”
“Um, yeah. Okay.”
I liked the dual POV’s, the sweetness (without it going overboard), the secondary characters, and the setting. I just wish it had spicier smexy times.
It’s a fluffy holiday read with low angst and a little bit of heat.