The Mistletoe Effect (Ele’s Review)

Author: Cate Ashwood
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: December 9th 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 116
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Although Christmas is his favorite time of year, all is not merry and bright for Danny Ellis. After being laid off and facing eviction, he’s eager to make a fresh start. When a friend mentions an opportunity in Sin City, he packs up and heads west. Unfortunately, plans run awry when his truck breaks down a little more than halfway there and he’s stranded in the cold with no money, nowhere to stay, and no way to get to Vegas.

‘Tis the season, but not for Merrick Holland, who loves being a part of the community in the small town of Rowley Bridge. Christmas has been a little tainted since his father died three years ago, and when people start to deck the halls, he withdraws. When Merrick finds a man asleep inside his bakery one morning, rather than call the police, Merrick makes him a cup of coffee, and after hearing his story offers him a job and a place to stay.

The two men strike up an unlikely friendship, but with Christmas only three weeks away, could a little holiday magic bring them together??

This was just lovely! Warm, fuzzy, completely angst-free but with the right amount of feels.

What we have here is a homeless guy who breaks into a bakery , and the bakery’s owner who has sworn off Christmas.See how this could have easily been an angstfest? Except it wasn’t. It was just…sweet. Like cookie glaze.

Danny is just passing through the town where Merrick lives, and his time is limited since there’s a job opportunity waiting for him in Vegas. In the meantime, it doesn’t hurt to stay and help the kind baker who gave him a temporary job, and a roof over his head.

I loved how Merrick isn’t your typical holiday grinch who just loaths everything Christmas. Merrick is just having a hard time with this time of the year because it reminds him of his father’s death. He’s very pleased and happy when Danny brings the holiday spirit with him.

“…since Danny had come bursting into his life he found that Christmas felt less like a sad celebration, like Danny had taken his tarnished heart and made it new again. Christmas felt new again.”

I loved the quiet times the men spent together in the middle of the night getting to know each other, baking, or icing cookies!

And right where I thought that the angst was about to make an appearance…well, it didn’t. The “resolution” was sweet, honest, and swoon worthy.

This is very much insta-lovey which usually isn’t my cuppa, but hey….it’s Chriistmas!

Recommended for a sexy, sweet and angst-free Christmas read.

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