A review by emily_mh
The Mistletoe Motive by Chloe Liese

lighthearted relaxing 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


This book had one of my favourite set-ups for romance: he’s been pining forever, there’s a You’ve Got Mail twist, AND there’s the perfect amount of jealousy from the hero. As well as this, it’s super Christmassy. I think a bookshop in wintertime is automatically so, but add in a Christmas sales competition and decorating and themed events, and it becomes even more so. 

While I was really enjoying the romance, it lost me in the end. Some of the language ended up being a little TOO cringey for my liking, I wanted the love declaration to go a little differently, and I don’t think the epilogue should have been set 9 years later. 

As a side note, the playlist the author includes for the book was a WONDERFUL addition. It really set the atmosphere for each chapter and enhanced the Christmassyness. 

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