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Friday, December 2, 2016

In Mistletoe by Tammy L. Bailey - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Suze
Grace's family is everything to her. Ever since her father left them Grace has been taking care of her mother and younger sister Danielle. When Danielle disappears shortly before her wedding Grace wants to bring her back. Her sister's happiness is important to her and Grace doesn't hesitate, she spends her savings on the trip and takes time off work. She immediately travels to Mistletoe, which is the place her sister is supposed to be. Grace needs to find somewhere to stay and therefore she's being introduced to Ayden. He has a big house and he has the space to put her up, but in exchange he wants something from Grace that might cost her a lot more than she initially bargained for.
Ayden doesn't mind sharing his home with the very pretty Grace. Her arrival is actually quite convenient. His sister wants him to go to the annual Mistletoe Christmas Dance and has advertised this all over town. Ayden is popular and a lot of women have offered themselves already. To get his sister off his back Ayden asks Grace to pretend to be his girlfriend. In exchange he will help her with her mission to find her sister. It seems like the perfect bargain, but their deal might bring complications. Will they both get what they want in the end?
In Mistletoe is a heartwarming winter story. I immediately loved Grace, she's as sweet as the pastries she bakes. She's kind and caring and she kept surprising me with her actions. Ayden has built a solid wall around his heart. He's honest about his intentions, but because he's a nice guy women tend to forget he isn't available for more than just a casual fling, so he's broken a lot of hearts already. He's chivalrous and charming and he's also really endearing, which is a dangerous combination. I couldn't wait to find out if those walls could be broken down. Ayden deserves more than just hookups, even though he thinks they are exactly what he needs, and Grace shouldn't settle for a guy who keeps dropping her for other women. Grace and Ayden are perfect for each other. There's a connection on many different levels and that made this story both fascinating and incredibly romantic.
Tammy L. Bailey has chosen a wonderful setting for her book. Mistletoe is a cute village with lovely inhabitants. The snow and Christmas cheer are making the story dreamy and festive. Together they're providing the ideal situation for a beautiful blossoming relationship. I loved the vibrant descriptions of both the town and the characters. There are many fun details and quirks, which constantly made me smile, while there's a good emotional basis as well. In Mistletoe is a fantastic warm and friendly story.
In Mistletoe is perfect for readers who like sweet small town romances with amazing inspiring main characters.
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About Tammy L. Bailey
Tammy L. Bailey grew up in historical Appomattox, Virginia and moved to Ohio the day after she graduated high school. A third generation veteran, she joined the Army National Guard in 1988, served five years in the active duty Army, and retired as a Master Sergeant from the Ohio Air National Guard in 2011. She is a wife and a mother of two boys. She is a huge Jane Austen fan and loves watching Jane Austen movie adaptations.

When she's not writing contemporary or historical romance, she enjoys Star Wars movie night with her 10-year-old son and going to drumming practice with her 13-year-old son. Fall is her favorite season, the B-17 is her favorite plane, and Hawkeye is her favorite Avenger.

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“Do you like rum cake?” he asked to keep himself from having to reevaluate all the reasons again. He admitted Wilhelmina Hawthorne’s dessert was more alcohol than flour, but anything to keep Grace from leaving him to go check her text messages in case the damn wish somehow made it through…not that he believed in the folklore in the first place.

“Sure, but I’m not very good with liquor.” She tucked a piece of dark hair behind her ear.

He chuckled, imagining her getting wild and disrobing on top of his antique coffee table.

“So, what happens with you and alcohol?”

She smiled. “I don’t take off my clothes, if that what you’re asking.”


She laughed but lifted a dainty finger as if to give him a warning. “I fall asleep, so I can have some cake, but keep in mind there’s a very good chance my face will fall flat into the plate after my third bite.”

“I’ll take that chance.”

“It’s your call.” She shrugged. He left her to retrieve Wilhelmina’s prized rum cake, deciding to

bring the entire Bundt-shaped dessert with two forks resting on each side. When he entered the room, he found Grace sitting in quiet contemplation, her attention focused on the dormant redbrick fireplace. Since he’d installed the gas furnace several years before, he’d not

had any desire to light the fireplace up again, even when his dates hinted several times of how romantic it would be to cuddle before a crackling fire.

“Are you cold?” he asked.

She peered up, startled. “No, I’m fine.” She tried to stifle a shiver, and he sat the plate down and ambled away to retrieve some logs from his deck. Despite not using the fireplace, he understood the importance of keeping it ready for emergencies. It took several minutes, but he managed to build a popping fire, the sweet aroma of sizzling sap filling the space with a comforting fragrance. She moved to sit beside him, bringing the blanket his mother made with her.

“This feels wonderful.” Grace closed her eyes and let the flickering light kiss her cheeks.

“Yes.” He sat captivated by her entranced features, realizing how he’d reminisced about kissing her, every glorious inch of her. “Are you ready for some football…and cake?” He projected his voice above the tone of his own thoughts. Her lids flew open, and he wondered where she’d been these last few moments, and with whom. The thought unsettled him.

“Are you ready to carry me up a flight of stairs?”

He cocked his head and narrowed his eyes. “Only if you’re fully naked.”

“How did I know you were going to say that?” She sighed and maneuvered around so the cake sat between them on the short coffee table. As he flipped the game on and muted the volume, she lifted a small bite to her lips when he reached out to stop her.

She gave him a quizzical look. “What’s the matter?”

“How about we make this interesting?”

She drew back, and he knew she didn’t trust his motives. “How…interesting?”
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  1. Great sounding book. I like the sound of having such a caring sister. Sounds like Ayden needs a caring woman.

  2. I enjoy books set in small villages, because there's more characters (the townspeople).

    Does Danielle disappear before Grace's wedding or her own?

  3. I liked very much this review of "In Mistletoe" so inspiring main characters

  4. I apologize for doing this so late. Thanks so much for the lovely review.