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Blog Tour: Mistletoe and Mr. Right by Lyla Payne {Review+Giveaway}

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Mistletoe and Mr. Right
    by: Lyla Payne

Publication Date: Oct. 6, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Source: Physical Copy received via the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 368 pages
Order Links:  Amazon| B&N | Indiebound | iBooks | The Book Depository
My Rating: 4/5 stars

In "Mistletoe and Mr. Right," Jessica (not Jessie) takes a flying leap and follows her boyfriend home for the holidays for Christmas break, sure that Ireland will provide the perfect backdrop to the beginning of their happily ever after. But it turns out his family--and his gorgeous ex-girlfriend--don't feel the same way, and the only person making the trip worthwhile is the local farmhand, who has a way of showing up when Jessica needs him most . . . and least.

The holiday hijinks continue in "Sleigh Bells and Second Chances," when Jessica's best friend makes her own way across the pond! Christina Lake does not want to be away at Christmas, but it's her duty to babysit one of London's hottest bands at their last-minute concert on Christmas Eve . . . even though she had a fling with Cary, the band's lead singer, that never officially ended. Now forced to reconnect, Christina is starting to think that maybe London is exactly where she's supposed to be to get the perfect New Year's kiss--at least until she finds out that he's been lying the whole time. Can Cary find a way to prove himself before the clock strikes twelve? Or will the New Year ring in a new romance?

Lyla Payne wraps up two perfect holiday novellas, ties them with a ribbon of romance, and tops them with a light dusting of snow. Perfect to curl up with under the tree. Just add hot cocoa!

 
 
Now that Thanksgiving is over, I just love getting into the Christmas spirit with some holiday reads! I jumped at the chance to read these two novellas and I am so glad I did! They were both a lot of fun and put a big old smile on my face.
 
In the first novella, Mistletoe and Mr. Right, we journey to a small town in Ireland where Jessica has decided to surprise her boyfriend of 4 months by showing up for the holidays. Obviously, things don't quite go as planned and that's what makes it so much fun. Jessica is a planner through and through, so to see all her well-laid plans go up in smoke was quite humorous. I did feel for her though because she thought she was going to Ireland to secure her plans for a future with Brennan and that is not the case at all. Brennan isn't very thrilled to see her and it's just an awkward situation. The bright spot was Grady, who is not only a close friend of Brennan's family, but also works for them. Grady seems to always show up to witness Jessica's less than perfect moments. There is a connection between the two, but with Jessica there to visit her boyfriend, it's not one they can really explore.
 
I loved seeing things come together for Jessica though. While she might have gone to Ireland with different expectations than she left with, I think it was a great life lesson to her. Sometimes the most unexpected things can be the most welcome!
 
The second novella, Sleigh Bells and Second Chances, follows Jessica's best friend, Christina to London. I am such a sucker for second chance romances, so I was really excited to read about Christina and the boy that broke her heart four years ago. Having reconnected with her old fling Cary, for work purposes, it is evident things are not over for the two. They still have unbelievable chemistry and while Cary was the one to walk away without a word, he isn't ready to let go Christina go this time. He wants to spend time with her again and while she makes it clear that they can only be friends, he definitely holds out hope for more. This novella was steamier than the first and I enjoyed seeing Cary and Christina give in to that simmering attraction.
 
We get some great secondary characters as well. I loved Christina's stepmother and stepsisters. They ended up being just the kind of people Christina needed, so I'm glad she decided to give them a chance. We do also get to check in with Jessica and Grady, which was also a lot of fun.
 
I loved that both stories were set abroad and it was fun to experience some of the cultural differences each place had to offer. Overall, these novellas were just what I needed to kick off the holiday season!
 


Lyla Payne is the USA Today bestselling author of the Whitman University series, the Lowcountry Ghost books, and the holiday novella Mistletoe and Mr. Right. She graduated from Texas Christian University with a degree in film but no desire to tackle Hollywood, and made it through three quarters of an M.A. in ancient history before writing took over. She lives in the Midwest with her two dogs, two cats, and the characters in her head. Find her online at lylapayne.com and on Twitter: @Lyla_Payne.


 
 

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3 comments

  1. Ahh Christmas novellas! I love Christmas novellas! They always help to get me in the Christmas spirit and these sound so fun. Awesome review!

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  2. I wasn't in the mood for holiday novellas when the signup form went out for this one, but I've seen so many good reviews that I had to buy it. Of course, I've been in the mood for holiday books so that helps too. :) Great review! I'm looking forward to reading this one soon!

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  3. I love holiday books. It really makes my heart happy to read books in the season they're written.

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