Faking Under the Mistletoe

Ashley Shepherd

fiction contemporary romance
lighthearted fast-paced

327 pages | first published 2019

Olivia Langley is the human embodiment of Christmas cheer, and she has absolutely no problem spreading it around for all to hear.

Christmas sweaters? She has twenty. Christmas cookies? She’ll take three dozen. Christmas movies? Yeah, she’s seen them all.

So it’s no surprise when she’s put in charge of Loveridge & McGowan’s holiday festivities. Secret Santas? Yep. Ice skating? Of course. Holiday trivia? Duh. Christmas-themed bar crawl? That’s one big jingle bell hell yes.

Kissing her boss at a Christmas tree lighting in front of his ex-girlfriend? Well… it is the season of giving.

And Olivia does not come with a gift receipt. No exchanges. No returns. No refunds. All sales are final.

In an effort to ungrinch the grinchiest man she’s ever met, Olivia enlists herself, Santa’s Executive Helper, to scheme up a plan that includes sleigh rides, snow days, and one too many mistletoe kisses, which certainly gets Asher’s tinsel in a tangle.

She’s pretty sure that she sleighed this whole fake dating thing.

Well… until she realizes there’s nothing fake about her feelings for Asher, and suddenly tangled tinsel, unsolicited Christmas trees, and celebrity heartthrobs are the least of her worries.

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funny 90%
lighthearted 80%
emotional 25%
hopeful 15%
sad 15%
adventurous 10%
relaxing 10%
inspiring 5%


fast 55%
medium 45%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 60% | Character: 20% | Plot: 20%

Strong character development?

Yes: 62% | No: 25% | It's complicated: 6% | N/A: 6%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 82% | It's complicated: 17%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 56% | Yes: 25% | It's complicated: 12% | N/A: 6%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 68% | No: 18% | It's complicated: 6% | N/A: 6%

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