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The Mistletoe Motive by Chloe Liese

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nineinchnails's review

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lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

this was really cute! i don't really gravitate towards novellas but i was trying to avoid a book slump before it came (hoping that worked) so it's what i needed today. i actively avoid holiday romances but it wasn't too obnoxious with the christmas stuff in this book. enemies/rivals to lovers would work better in a full-length book imo because there's time for a more natural development but i still enjoyed this! the characters don't have much depth and they're pretty frustrating but overall it was a fun and easy read. 

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kelly_e's review against another edition

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funny hopeful lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

Title: The Mistletoe Motive
Author: Chloe Liese
Genre: Romance Novella
Rating: 3.75
Pub Date: December 1, 2021

T H R E E • W O R D S

Brief • Angsty • Steamy

📖 S Y N O P S I S

He loathes the holidays. She loves them. She’s full of festive cheer. He’s brimming with Bah, Humbugs. Besides unreasonably seasonable names, the only thing Jonathan Frost and Gabriella Di Natale have in common is a healthy dose of mutual contempt. Well, that and the same place of employment at the city’s most beloved independent bookstore, Bailey’s Bookshop. But when the store’s owners confess its dire financial state, Jonathan and Gabby discover another unfortunate commonality: the imminent threat of unemployment.

With the Baileys’ requests to minimize expenses, win new customers, and make record sales dancing in their heads, Jonathan and Gabby conclude—barring a financial Christmas miracle—one of them will soon be cut from the payroll. Neither are willing to step down from their position, so they strike a bargain: whoever has more sales in December gets to stay on in the new year; the loser will resign. With a lifetime's worth of festive tricks up her sleeve, Gabby should easily outsell her nemesis, except the unreadable Mr. Frost’s every move seems purely designed to throw her off her game.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, Gabby's deceptive ex won't quit pursuing her, and her anonymous online friend suggests they take a break. Worst of all, as the pressure mounts to save the bookshop and her job, Gabby meets a new, tender side of Jonathan. Is this the same man she's called her cold-hearted enemy?

Maybe he’s got a motive she just can’t figure out—or maybe Jonathan Frost isn’t as chilly as she once thought. Maybe Jonathan and Gabby already know—and love—each other in ways they never thought possible.

💭 T H O U G H T S

Chloe Liese's Bergman Brothers series has quickly become a favourite romance series of mine, so I was interested in picking up The Mistletoe Motive when I stumbled upon it at a local garage sale. Knowing it also takes place in a bookstore was the icing on the cake, and it was one of the holiday books I put on my TBR for the holiday season.

With strong You've Got Mail vibes this open door, grumpy/sunshine romance was a quick, fun holiday read. The bookstore setting was fantastic. The writing was accessible and flowed easily. Even though everything is fairly predictable, I enjoyed how Johnathan and Gabriella really opened up to one another and how they come together to save the bookstore.

Chloe Liese is known for writing romance with diverse characters, and here she offers positive, authentic representation of neurodivergence, specifically autism; asexuality, specifically demisexuality; and chronic illness, specifically Type I diabetes. She details in her author's note at the beginning that two of these are her lived experience and how she uses her own experiences to shape her characters.

Overall, The Mistletoe Motive was fun, steamy holiday romance I enjoyed. At 179 pages, this novella explores so many things, but it never felt like I needed more. It's probably not a book I'd consider re-reading, yet I definitely look forward to continuing to explore Chloe Liese work and would recommend this as a cozy holiday read.

📚 R E C O M M E N D • T O
• readers looking for a bookstore romance
• fans of enemies-to-lovers trope
• Hallmark movie enthusiasts

🔖 F A V O U R I T E • Q U O T E S

"Just because you’re loving them differently than they love doesn’t make it any less loving. My mom says there are countless kinds of love, and love enough for everyone. That love is an infinite resource whose expressions are just as innumerable." 

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jennp28's review

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medium-paced
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

4.0

Sweet and spicy holiday romance. With a bookstore!

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andeng's review

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adventurous challenging emotional hopeful informative inspiring lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0


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brynn_books's review against another edition

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emotional lighthearted relaxing medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

This was such a cute romance book! It was perfect for the holiday season. 

I really liked how the author had a playlist song for each chapter. It really helped me immerse myself in the story more. 

I liked the autistic, demisexual, and type 1 diabetes representation. Overall, this was a really good book.I would highly recommend reading it if you're in need of some festive joy. 

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evelynyle_88's review

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funny lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

The Mistletoe Motive by Chloe Liese

World building : ★★★★★
Character development : ★★★★★
Plot : ★★★★★

The Mistletoe Motive is the book that make me suddenly fall in love at the first time reading. This book is a fast-paced book for many reasons. I love that there's autistic representation here; which connected to Disability December and also Christmas vibes too.

We followed the journey of Gabriella Di Natale and Jonathan Frost that I guess so funny here. Their enemies to lovers trope I can feel it here. Such a clever, funny, beautiful and cute Christmas story with a neurodivergent main character.

Brilliant!

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nicolewhopickedthisbook's review against another edition

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emotional funny hopeful lighthearted fast-paced

4.0

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sdupont's review against another edition

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emotional funny lighthearted medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

What a cute Christmas novella! In true Chloe Liese fashion this book delivers great dialogue/banter between the two love interests. The Mistletoe Motive is a cross between Pride and Prejudice and You’ve Got Mail (but better). I definitely recommend this novella for fans of a quick holiday romance read!

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krystalframe's review

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3.5


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booksbyantheia's review

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funny hopeful lighthearted relaxing medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0

No sé por qué me tomó tanto tiempo terminar este libro, pero sé que me arrepiento eternamente de haber pausado mi lectura en el capítulo dos y no seguir después. Porque este libro es PRECIOSO.

Gabriella y Jonathan son todo lo que mi corazoncito romántico necesita y necesitaba. Y con una puesta en escena como la Navidad, el romance y esa sensación dulce en el pecho están aseguradas completamente. Creo que no voy a poder quitarme la dulzura y la valentía de Gabby de la cabeza, mucho menos el carácter y lo HERMOSO de Jon del corazón.

Ya tengo (re) lectura para esta Navidad, y voy a leerlo con plena alegría y felicidad. 

PD: ese epílogo me dejó DE CAMA.

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