Thursday, November 17, 2016

MUST LOVE MISTLETOE by Christie Ridgway

Series:  Holiday Duets #1
Author:  Christie Ridgway
Publish Date:   11.28.2006
Publisher:  Avon Books
Category /Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Holiday Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Grammar/editing:  A – near perfect
Received from:  Amazon purchase
Goodreads link: Must Love Mistletoe
Date completed: 11.16.16

Description from the publisher:
Bailey Sullivan can't stand Christmas, even though her family's business is a store specializing in the perfect holiday. But now her hometown's chief supplier of rooftop Rudolphs and treetop angels is in danger of going under--it's up to Bailey to save the shop.

She has it all planned: She'll arrive on December 1 and be gone by Christmas. Plus there's always spiked eggnog to ease the pain. But "Humbug" Bailey's not the only one home for the holidays. Finn Jacobson--legendary local bad boy-turned-Secret Service agent "and" Bailey's long-lost high-school sweetheart--is once again the boy next door. Only this time he's "all grown up," and the sparks are flying faster and hotter than ever!

Bailey believes in true love about as much as she believes in Santa Claus. But as the holiday draws closer, she's starting to think about one thing she'd like to find under her tree . . .


“God, bless us, every one!”  (Tiny Tim, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Charles Dickens)

“Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.”  (Susie, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, Philip VanDoren Stern)

“She believed in him, them, magic.  How else… would the girl next door get the bad boy of her dreams?”  (Bailey, MUST LOVE MISTLETOE, Christie Ridgway)

MUST LOVE MISTLETOE is the first book in the Holiday Duets series.  Each is to be a stand-alone story of one couple’s path to happiness.

It is no secret that I love second chance romance stories, especially Christmas romances.  Bailey and Finn are the epitome of a holiday romance done right.  They are reunited when family obligations return them each to the small vacation-resort town where they had first met.  Her bad boy is all grown up….. his GND (girl next door) is all grown up….and together, the steam is as thick as the California fog at the beach.

This was the first book I have read from Ms. Ridgway.  I definitely want to read more. 

One final note:  Hallmark Channel has had ten years to discover this book.  I think we need to help them!  This would make an amazing addition to the Hallmark Channel’s Holiday movie selection.  I would even include the Christmas facts – on pretty cards like in silent movies.

Holiday Duets series:
  1. Must Love Mistletoe
  2. Not Another New Year’s
Also from Christie Ridgway:
  • Do Not Disturb
  • The Thrill of It All
  • Wish You Were Here
  • This Perfect Kiss
  • Not Just the Nanny
  • Bachelor Boss
  • Nothing But Blue Skies
  • Right by Her Side
                        See more at:  Goodreads author page:  Christie Ridgway
Three Kisses Series:
          1.      Crush on You
          2.      Then He Kissed Me
          3.      Can’t Hurry Love
Malibu and Ewe Series:
          1.      How to Knit a Wild Bikini
          2.      Dirty Sexy Knitting
          3.      Unravel Me
Rock Royalty Series:
          1.      Light My Fire
          2.      Love Her Madly
          3.      Break on Through
          4.      Touch Me
          5.      Wishful Sinful
          6.      Wild Child
          7.      Who Do You Love

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