Under the Mistletoe
by Jill Shalvis
Lucky Harbor #6.5 (novella)
There's no place like home for the holidays. And the Lucky Harbor Bed & Breakfast is bursting with festive lights and good cheer. But for Mia, Christmas is turning out to be anything other than merry and bright. Her recent break-up with her boyfriend Nick has made her return bittersweet. But then a surprise arrives, when Nick follows her to town bearing gifts-and asking for forgiveness.
Nick grew up without a family of his own so he's overwhelmed by the love that Mia receives from all her relatives, gathered together to celebrate the season. Under their watchful eyes, Nick finds earning back her trust the hardest thing he's ever had to do. If he succeeds, he will receive the greatest gift of all, Mia's love for a lifetime.
I feel a little mean giving this novella such a meh rating, especially since it DOES also give us a brief glimpse of Chloe and Sawyer--my utmost favorite Lucky Harbor couple. Unfortunately, the glimpse is simply too brief for my liking.
I know, I know. Chloe and Sawyer already got their book. This novella is about Mia and Nick.
It's a cutesy and teeth-achingly sweet short romance story, but the events and our main couple's behavior was so over-dramatic that I found myself rolling my eyes on several occasions. To be totally honest, I was never really able to relate with Tara and Ford's daughter, Mia in the third Lucky Harbor book--her development wasn't entirely fleshed out. And while I'm glad that she gets a nice Happily Ever After in a short story, I don't feel like this story was totally necessary.
AND it infringed upon Chloe and Sawyer's wedding day as well, which makes me a bit disappointed. As my favorite Lucky Harbor couple, I would have liked for these two to get a special epilogue or novella for their wedding...
Er... yeah... Moving along...
Anyway, like I said, the novella is cute and sweet, but I just couldn't find myself understanding what the conflict truly was, though I DO see what we were trying to make of the conflict. That whole thing where Mia was always the one to pick the people in her life and never the other way around, and for once, she wanted someone to pick her.
Except, as an adopted child, even with feelings of abandonment, it doesn't escape my notice that... well, didn't her adoptive parents pick her to be a daughter, part of their lives?
Anyway, this short seemed like a pretty flimsy plot, with some super cheesy dialogue in the end when Nick was trying to win Mia back. Still, once again, it's cute and it's sweet, so we get points for that.