Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Ten(ish) Favorite Books I Read During 2013

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Top Ten Books I Read In 2013

Or, ten favorites that I read in 2013:


Read this year but were published before this year:

1. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell - my thoughts

2. The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick - my thoughts

3. The Scorpio Races by Mattie Stiefvater - 


Read this year and published this year

4. Nowhere But Home by Liza Palmer - my thoughts

5. Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole - my thoughts 

6. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo - my thoughts 

7. Sever by Lauren DeStefano - my thoughts 

8. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi - my thoughts 

9. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell - my thoughts 


Read this year, representing indie publishing:

10. Escaping Me by Elizabeth Lee - my thoughts

11. Drop Everything Now by Alessandra Thomas - 
thoughts coming soon, just finished - LOVED. 

12. GREED by Fisher Amelie - my thoughts


Read this year, will be published soon:

13. The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski - my thoughts 

14. Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaria - 
just finished, thoughts coming soon - LOVED.


It has been a really great year for books 
it has also been a great year for 

I've loved getting recommendations from 
other readers and bloggers 
and I've loved that some have trusted me enough 
to take some of my recommendations. 

Each of these have been rated 5-stars on my Goodreads
page (the two for which reviews have yet to go live will 
also receive 5-stars on Goodreads). 
Leave me your link so I can visit
and check out "favorites" lists!


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Monday, December 30, 2013

The End of My Blogging Year, 2013

This is the star on top of my tree.

Hooray for making it through another year, right? 
WHEW, you guys, 2013 was a tough one for this gal - 
there were seriously some times in my own personal life that 
I wasn't so sure that I would make it!! 
I've been going days at a time, minutes at a time for a little while now. 


But I did make it and I am making it - here I am now, in fact, sitting here talking to you like you all are right in front of me. That is one of the things I love about you all so much - you're so easy to talk to! As this year comes to a close and another one is about to begin, there are just a few bookish things that come to my mind. Without getting into my 'regular' life, my blogging life is absolutely amazing. There are no friends quite like my book friends and I believe in my heart of hearts that you all know that - whether I talk to you on the regular or not. We are a community that sticks together, that gets to know one another in varying degrees, and tends to respect one another - for that, I am truly grateful. 

I wouldn't have it any other way and 
I am honored every day to call you all my people. 

With that in mind, I want to talk books and bookish for a little bit: 


I was fortunate enough to go to Book Expo America in New York City this past year. No pictures needed here because they won't do it justice. And neither will my words. But, seriously, NEW YORK CITY. Whoa.

First of all and most importantly, I will say that there is nothing quite like putting faces and precious voices to the blog names and twitter handles I've known for so long. To have these people that I truly call friends and reading friends become fully-fleshed, real, breathing people right in front of my eyes was a wondrous thing and I can't wait to do it again in 2014. 

ALSO, it was a dream come true to be in NYC for the first time - a bit overwhelming for this small-town Southern girl at first, but by the end of the week I was IN LOVE with the city and I've thought about it EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. since leaving it. I can't wait to go back and DOGGONE IT after the year I've had, New York should probably be ready for ME


2013 Reading Challenge

2013 Reading Challenge
Asheley has completed her goal of reading 150 books in 2013!

Well, isn't this something? I never thought I'd make it to 150, but it just goes to show you that people that don't think they have time to read really can find time to read. My number includes books that range in size from novellas all the way to the doorstopper Anna Karenina as well as a ton of audiobooks, so it isn't like I was just actually SITTING ON MY BUTT reading all day, every day. Not possible in my life, people! A ton of this reading was happening while I was doing other things. I won't get on my soapbox about this, but I will say that I'm happy I achieved this goal and am excited to try to continue reading at this level in the coming year.

I will also say that I will not be participating in any challenges in the year 2014. 
Except for this Goodreads thing-y that I have pictured up above, which I do not really consider a challenge - in my opinion, it is more like record-keeping.


Next up, over the last two months I have had to take a MAJOR blog break that has been due to some stuff beyond my control - we all have stuff in life that pops up unexpectedly: sickness in our family, personal issues, things like that - and for some reason a dumptruck unloaded on Asheley in November and December. 
My blog has been super slow and my reading of other blogs during those two months and in the months before that time was dwindling and then pretty nonexistent, which makes me incredibly sad. 
While I don't really make New Year's Resolutions, I do intend on getting back to at least part of my old super-awesome-commenting self. Part of what I love about blogging is the READING OF OTHER BLOGS. That's how it all began for me, you guys. Before I wrote one, I read many. And I read a bunch before I EVER had the nerve to begin leaving comments. And when I started leaving comments, my comments turned into novels. Before you know it, I made some friends from my rambly thoughts left in the comment-boxes on the pages belonging to other people. 

I'm sure you guys miss it too - everyone loves getting comments from others
and I feel bad when I cannot leave them or even read what you all spend time writing. 

So, while I have started blogging again - HALLELUJAH! (This is so important to me!) - I also am working up to a point where I am soon able to carve out some time to sit down and read your blogs again. Please, please, please be patient with me as I'm having to completely restructure my life - this isn't necessarily a bad thing but it does involve a ton of trial and error, and I don't intend to give up my reading of blogs, I'm just slow on the come-around. I'm coming back. Be ready! 


Finally, while I could really talk for ages about just about anything, 
I want to end with this: 

I've had a heck of a blast over the past month-ish reading 
seasonal/holiday books. 

WHAT IS THIS? I've never been this person before! 

I was inspired last year by another blogger and her love for seasonal books throughout the year and I thought to myself HEY! I CAN DO THAT TOO! only I didn't really get to reading these seasonal books until the end of the year this year, particularly when I was looking for something on the lighter side as I was having ALL THE DRAMA IN MY LIFE. 

Do you know what? I realized that I had a great time matching the books to the holiday and season even though I've ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS thought it to be a little on the dorky side (don't think me rude, I'm just being honest about my own thoughts - and now I see the error of my ways!). 

FOR SURE, in 2014, I plan to incorporate more of the seasonal and/or holiday books and novellas into what I'm reading. They're fun and I like them, doggone it! I don't want to wait until the end of the year, though, so I think I may just get started soon. You'll have to wait and see what I come up with if you stick around here. I've already made some plans. 

Since I got started a little on the later side this year, 
I want to list what I DID read and review on the blog lately: 

It seems like I read more holiday stuff than this, but this is what I have reviewed for you guys. Stop by if you will and let me know what you think. I think they all will fit just nicely throughout the year even though they are technically holiday reads, and the first two listed are novellas so they are quick and fun. 


I think that's enough for now - Thank you all for being my reading friends and for reading my thoughts, as crazy and long-winded as they are. Thank you to the ones that leave me comments because they really brighten my day and mean a lot to me. Thank you for taking the time to give a book a chance because of something I said. Thank you for sharing your opinion with me, be it whether or not you liked a book or whether or not a book I'm talking about sounds like it might be for you. I welcome any and all discussion - that's the entire point of my little corner of this internet. 

I hope you've had Happy Holidays and here's to a great year ahead! 

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Marina Adair Review

Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Marina Adair
Series: St. Helena Vineyard #1
Publish Date: October 16, 2012
310 Pages
Source: Kindle loan via Amazon Prime
Find It: Goodreads / Amazon / B&N

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. (from Goodreads) 

Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Marina Adair

My Thoughts:  When the holiday season was creeping closer a while back and I was browsing for a fun holiday read, Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Marina Adair caught my eye. It ended up being one of my first and favorite seasonal books this year. I'm so glad I impulsively made the decision to read this one because it set a great tone for me in terms of having fun with these fun, snowy, holiday books and it also gave me a new series to read. I was charmed right off the bat. 


The first thing you need to know is this:
Regan Martin fell in love with a man.
That man was married. She had no idea. 
Regan didn't find out the man she loved was married until she was halfway through a pregnancy - carrying his child! Mean ole' Richard vanished, leaving behind both pregnant Regan AND his wife Abby (scumbag!).  

Richard's wife Abby was broken-hearted - as was Regan - and her brothers wanted to kick Richard's butt in a big way. But Richard completely vanished, so they did the next best thing: they spent years and years making 'his mistress' pay for what 'she did' - breaking up Abby's marriage. FORGET THE FACT that Regan didn't know he was married. FORGET THE FACT that Regan was now a single mother and it's been several years. They did everything in their power to make sure her reputation was ruined and that she suffered. And man, they really made her miserable - or at least they tried, giving no thought to what it would do to Regan or to her child. 

But Regan was resilient. She had a sweet little girl to raise. She couldn't let thing after thing after event get her down. When job opportunities kept falling through in her chosen field (the wine industry, also Richard's field, also Abby's field), she just stood back up, shook it off, and kept going. Eventually, she thought, something would work out. 

The second thing you need to know is this:
FINALLY! Regan has been offered a job
and it is looking like a DREAM for her!
First of all, it's the Christmas season and great things are supposed to happen at Christmas, right? 

Second of all, this new job is in a new town which offers a chance to start completely over - a fresh start - perfect! When Regan visits the town, it looks so wonderful - just like the perfect place to raise her daughter Holly. There are decorations everywhere and it has that perfect small-town feel to it. She just knows right from the beginning that she wants to settle down there. Regan hopes beyond hope that this job will work out for her. 


What Regan doesn't realize is that this new job comes with a new boss - one of the DeLuca Brothers. What does this mean? Well, the DeLuca Brothers are Abby's brothers, the very men that have been making her life a living hell for the past few years. 

Just when she thought she had finally, finally, finally moved beyond that - just when she thought she had found a breakthrough - just when she thought she had gotten around her reputation - here it is, ready to slap her in the face again. At Christmastime. In this new, perfect town. Where she has been staying just long enough for her daughter to make a couple of new friends and fall in love with the place, thinking this is their new home. 

Regan hates the thought of moving her daughter away from here. She is determined that if she possibly can, she'll make it work. For Holly. 

The third thing you need to know is this:
I love it when an author takes a character and makes me HATE 
him/her, and then makes me FALL HARD for that same character - 
all in the space of one book. 
Gabe DeLuca, Regan's new boss, is the brother that seems to have spearheaded all of the tricks and maneuvers that have cost Regan so much over the past few years. To say that I despised him from the beginning is quite an understatement. A chance meeting puts Regan and Gabe together outside of a grocery store at the beginning of the story and I was so angry at how cocky and just awful he was to her. Despite his sexiness and the tension between the two every time they were on a page together, it took me a little while not to smirk at him and want to slap him...just a little bit. 

By the end of the book, however, I wanted to reach through the pages and HUG HIM. And I love that. I won't lie, you guys. It took me a while to get to that point, but MAN OH MAN I loved the ride. 


Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Marina Adair is a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful romance story for several different reasons and I'm SO GLAD that I stumbled upon it while I was browsing Amazon one night looking for something to read. First of all, it begins the St. Helena Vineyard Series, which I love, because I didn't have to skip any books to read it (I hate skipping books!). I simply started at the beginning and my next read will be the second book - WIN! Also, instead of being just romance, romance, romance - you guys, there is quite a bit of fun and humor infused into this story and I thought that was really great. Another thing that I really loved about this one is that there are so many different types of relationships in this book and they all demonstrate love - there are sibling relationships, parent-child relationships, friendship relationships, and of course the romance that is the slow burn made of all things wonderful

Regan Martin is a fantastic female lead - she is fiesty and independent, two things that I love about a leading lady. When life knocks her down, she gets right back up and takes it like a woman. She protects her daughter with a ferocity that I respect and love and know well. She is driven to succeed in her career field even though there is a huge powerhouse of a company that is trying to keep her down - I love that she takes a deep breath and gets back out there, determined that eventually there will be someone, somewhere that will hire her. For all of her strength, though, she has some pretty big vulnerabilities - she's only human, after all. She is a single mother that was ALSO wronged by the same man that wronged Abby, yet she has no one fighting for her. She has an entire family and town believing that she knew that that no-good-for-nothing man was married when she was in love with him, carrying his child, believing they would be together forever - because of the stubborn DeLuca Brothers. Nobody really knows nor understands nor cares the pain that she went through when Richard left her, the pain that she goes through when she sees his features in her child's face, and the pain that she endures when her daughter asks about her father. Like other single mothers, Regan is also doing everything alone - in her case, acting as both parents - so she is often tired and has to wear her strong-mom face and always appear happy, and like nothing is wrong, even when things are crashing down around her. So, yeah, in my book, Regan Martin is fierce. I love her so much. Particularly since she is able to maintain a sense of humor about everything, through everything. 

Gabe DeLuca - he is something entirely different. I have already admitted that I didn't like him initially, and I feel pretty sure that was purposefully done on the part of the author. Gabe is wealthy, along with his brothers, and he is handsome. He is obnoxious and arrogant. He is confident and wears this well. Still, he is known and well-liked around the town, and basically when he request something, IT HAPPENS. While I clearly didn't like him from the beginning, it was pretty obvious that I was the only one because the town certainly loved him. For all of his 'good' qualities, he seemed to have an equal number of things he needed to work on - and I loved watching him develop as a character throughout this story. I don't want to spoil anything like why or how this happened, but it was lovely to watch the heart of this man melt - for more than one reason - and it is part of what made this book so great to me. 
Backing up: When the DeLuca Brothers realize WHO exactly they have coming to work for them, it's no-brainer that they'll make her leave or make her miserable until she does...HOWEVER there is a very interesting kink in their plans. A twist, of sorts. AND I LOVED IT. It's here that Regan's strength and determination shine through. It's here that we really get to know her daughter, who is absolutely precious. It's here that we get to know some of the quirky and colorful townspeople. And it's here that we get to watch Gabe soften his heart a little bit because, well, he has to. But eventually, he wants to. 
And then soon, there is a swoony-swoony something there between Gabe and Regan and sweet little Holly. OH IT IS SO GOOD. 
Kissing Under the Mistletoe warmed my heart and made me happy, and I will likely be reading it again as a holiday read. I will definitely be continuing with the series. It appears, at a glance, that these books are set up like many companion series, with each book featuring a sibling - I love series like this and I love sibling relationships, so I'm interested in seeing what this family has to offer. And so far, the books all seem to feature a season or a holiday, which is really fun as well for those that enjoy seasonal reads. I personally will probably just pick them up at random now that I have met the initial characters. 

I recommend Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Marina Adair to fans of Adult Contemporary Romance, fans of holiday/seasonal romances with some lighthearted humor inside, books with strong relationships, and fans of swoons, steams, and slow-burn relationships.


Kissing Under The Mistletoe will appeal to fans of:

Adult Contemporary Romance/ChickLit
Holiday Reading
Romance: No Triangle. Slowly Developing.
Swoony, Steamy, Slow Burn.
Great Relationships.
Great Small-Town Setting.

Kissing Under The Mistletoe by Marina Adair
is currently available for purchase.


Have you read this book?

It was such a pleasant surprise for me 
and I'm excited to continue with series! 
I loved it. 

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Bella Andre Review {with Audiobook Notes}

Series: The Sullivans #10
Publish Date: September 24, 2013
400 Pages
Source: Book - Kindle purchase, 
Audiobook - Audible purchase
Find It: Goodreads / Amazon / B&N

For Mary Sullivan Christmas is, and always has been, about family. And this year is no different. As she awaits the arrival of her eight children and their partners at the cottage in Lake Tahoe, she hangs the ornaments that they made for her over the years. Each decoration brings with it a tide of memories, all of which she holds dear to her heart. But when she comes across the oldest ornament, the one her beloved husband, Jack, gave her on their very first Christmas together, Mary is immediately swept back to the first days of their whirlwind romance, to the love that would be the foundation on which they built the family she is so proud to call her own. Join the Sullivans this Christmas for a story that explores the wonder of the holidays, the meaning of family and a love that transcends time. (from Goodreads) 

Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Bella Andre

My Thoughts:  I love Bella Andre and her romances because they are the perfect mix of swoony, steamy love with a huge, loving family and also a story mixed up in there. But I also love that I can listen to them via audiobook while I follow along in print - and I love that Bella Andre and her team provide that service for those of us that enjoy it. Even though it goes against pretty much everything in me to read series books out of order, when I saw Kissing Under the Mistletoe for a fantastic price (I'm nowhere near that far in the series yet!) AND that it had an audiobook to match, I couldn't help myself and one-clicked my way into a happy holiday read that made me feel good and happy and want to dance around my kitchen while I cooked, cleaned, and listened to the story of this particular part of the Sullivan family.  

OH HOW HAPPY I was that I jumped ahead and read this book! Such a great holiday story!


The first thing you need to know is this:
The book opens with a prologue that grabs your heart. 
If you aren't hooked and in love with the book before the end of this prologue, you must be a robot. And I sincerely mean that. 

Mary Sullivan is decorating her tree and in doing so, she is pulling out some extremely special ornaments one at a time. She has a story for each ornament - each one was made especially for her by one of her children. This is the perfect opportunity for us not only to learn the story behind the ornament but, more importantly, get a sense of - and a memory-jog - of who each child is, where they are in the birth order (because there are several), and how much she loves each of them. 

And then she comes to a very special ornament, which leads to the story behind this book...

The second thing you need to know is this:
Mary is a beautiful, well-known model. She is 
working one day when Jack sees her working. 
See, Jack and his friends are the makers of a product that they just know will sell and become a big hit this Christmas season, but they are having trouble finding investors. They've been turned down and are worried that their hard work, dedication, and the money that they've put into their prototype will be for nothing. When Jack sees Mary working, his first thoughts are of how absolutely, stunningly beautiful she is...but he also can't help but think that with someone of her popularity and likability behind their product, sales would undoubtedly do well over the holiday season, putting them in a comfortable position in their business. 

Jack ends up taking Mary out - Mary is also smitten with Jack. He appears to not be phased by who she is - he may not even know who she is! - and he treats her with respect and admiration and his eyes tell her that he really likes her. They have a marvelous time...until Jack mentions that he would like to maybe, possibly, hopefully have her on board for their product campaign. UGH! 

Right away, Mary gets angry. She should've known better! She's been used in the past before and she isn't about to fall into that trap again! She's up and out of there before Jack even knows what has happened - how could she fall for his sweet words and those eyes? She's been hurt one too many times and she isn't stupid! The nerve of this man! To want to use her like this! UGH.

It takes a while, but Jack convinces her that he 1) shouldn't have even brought up his work nor the project and that 2) his real reason for taking her out was purely HER. He convinces her of his feelings and so on, and so forth (not giving away details) and BOOM! a romance is born. IT IS A GOOD ROMANCE. 

The third thing you need to know is this:
Just in case you didn't catch it, 
Jack and Mary are the parents of the Sullivan siblings - 
all eight of them. 
I have to admit that I wasn't sure how much I would love reading about the parents of these Sullivans that I love so much. Would I be reading about older people? Would their story be as romantic as the Sullivan siblings? Would there be the element of family running through that I ABSOLUTELY LOVE? 

The answer to these questions is that Bella Andre did what she does best:  She made Kissing Under the Mistletoe just as wonderful as any of her other Sullivan books, and I actually forgot for a large portion of the book that these were the parents of all of the children. This book felt just as swoony and steamy and romantic as the others, and it never had that parent-feel (I know that sounds weird, but I was really worried, you guys!) Also YES, there is an element of family running through this story, and it is really great - it's just a little bit different than what we are used to. I loved it! 


Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Bella Andre was of course great to listen to and read, particularly as it was a holiday story and I read it smack-dab in the middle of the holiday season. I fell hard for Mary instantly - particularly with her back-story - and I loved Jack instantly as well. Their love story, and this book as a whole, felt like a movie that I was watching in my head and it was wonderful. 

Mary came to the United States years ago to work as a model and found great success, but the situation in which she left her family was less than ideal. They did not approve of her choices and as a result, she hasn't had any contact with them in many years. Mary longs for a family connection - doesn't have one - and feeds this longing by mentoring a group of up-and-coming younger models. This is great for her as she is ready to exit the business as a model but ready to take on other roles within the industry. In truth, she met Jack at a great time in her life but it was initially hard for her to see that, and the reason for this is because she had been hurt and taken advantage of several times in the past by men that wanted to use her for her status, her beauty, things like that. Mary didn't really know what it felt like to be loved, to be adored, to be respected in the way a woman should be. THAT coupled with her longing for a family left her really missing out on some of the joys of life - and MAN Jack was perfect for her because he was ready to shower her with exactly what she needed and wanted. 

Jack reminded me of a Steve-Jobs-type character - not that he was a copycat of Jobs or anything, but Jack and some of his friends had dreams and aspirations of creating things, of being on the cutting-edge of what was new in technology. These guys would live together, work together, have pizza-and-cold-coffee while they worked late into the night as they went all-in on each project. While they felt confident that they finally had just the thing with this latest venture, investors just weren't biting...until they brought Mary along on their pitches. This was, of course, after Jack had brought her on board. Between the work on their project, the sales, and such - somehow Jack and Mary were able to find time for a budding romance that turned into a flaming romance that turned into so much more. I loved Jack and his ability and insistence to put down work and focus on Mary when it was evident that she needed some attention or when he just wanted to give her attention - he was never too goal-oriented for his lady, and I loved that about him. 

But really, for me, it was Mary that made this story. She was able to juggle the romance, the work with Jack, a change in the direction of her career, mentoring younger models, and a rift in her family with plenty of grace and dignity. In all of these things I just mentioned, there are plenty of things that happen, and it is often Mary at the center of it all, being the troubleshooter or peacekeeper or the one making things happen. It is not a surprise to me that she is the glue that holds the Sullivan family together. 

Kissing Under the Mistletoe is a great holiday adult contemporary love story. BUT! I wouldn't hesitate to read it at any time throughout the year. It IS a holiday story and it DOES have a holiday title, but it isn't so obnoxiously holiday that it would be awful to read at any other time. ALSO: It has plenty of romance and passion and there are some steamy moments in there. You guys know that I have more of these Bella Andre books at the ready for when I want some more Sullivans in my life! 

Audiobook NotesThe audiobook format of Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Bella Andre is published by Oak Press, LLC and is 7 hours, 55 minutes, Unabridged. It is narrated by Eva Kaminsky, who seems to be the voice of The Sullivans! I love that! Eva Kaminsky does a great job voicing the Sullivan characters and I always get excited when I purchase a Bella Andre audiobook and see that this audio reader is narrating. I would recommend these audiobooks to fans of this series hearing the books makes reading the books extra fun, and part of that is due to having a great narrator. 

I recommend Kissing Under the Mistletoe to fans of Adult Contemporary Romance, fans of holiday romances/stories, books with strong family relationships, and fans of swoons and steams. Now that I've jumped way ahead and read the tenth book, I'm planning to go back and pick up where I left off. This holiday book was as fun as it could be. I loved it. Also, I think that it is important to note that while I skipped ahead and read this tenth book, I do not feel that I spoiled any of the books that I haven't read yet - so in that case, I suppose this one could potentially be read as a standalone, although I do recommend reading the entire series. 


Kissing Under The Mistletoe will appeal to fans of:

Adult Contemporary Romance/ChickLit
Holiday Reading
Romance: No Triangle. Slowly Developing.
Swoons and Steams!
Great Setting(s). 
Strong Family Relationships

Kissing Under The Mistletoe by Bella Andre
is currently available for purchase.


Have you read any of Bella Andre's books?

Would you jump ahead
to read a holiday book like I did? 

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