Blame it on the Mistletoe by Nicole Michaels

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Sometimes all it takes is a leap of faith for Christmas to work its own magic in BLAME IT ON THE MISTLETOE

’Tis the season for small-town Missouri boutique owner Brooke Abbott to get crafty. Much as she adores making art for art’s sake—decorating windows, designing ornaments, crafting the perfect present for under the tree—this Christmas she needs the gift of good customers. Lots of them. Sweet Opal Studios will go under if she can’t do some serious business before the New Year…and she has no time to lose. What Brooke needs is an honest-to-goodness miracle. Instead, she finds a burglar lurking in the back room of her shop. And here she thought the holidays couldn’t get any worse!Or maybe things just got a lot better. Turns out the burglar is none other than Alex Coleman—local bad boy slash legendary heartthrob, childhood best friend to Brooke’s older brother, and…future landlord? That is the question. He’s come home for the holidays to see his grandmother, make peace with his distant mother, and settle his grandfather’s estate, an estate that includes the building that houses Sweet Opal. What he never expected was to bump into a grown-up Brooke, whose spirit, charm, and irresistible good looks give him pause. Should he go back to Oregon as planned, or give small-town life a chance? The only thing Alex knows for sure is that before he walks out that door, he’s going to get Brooke beneath the mistletoe, where anything can happen…

4 stars****

Great Christmas story... short, sweet, heartfelt and schmexy! I don't think they can really blame it on the mistletoe but hey, nice try!
Loved Brooke and Alex... He was the older brother's best friend she had a crush on in High School. She was the little sister of his best friend... so, off limits right?? Well, things are different now that everyone is all grown up!
Brooke just came out of an abusive relationship and is trying to get her life back on track by starting her own business. Alex has come back into town after being away for a long time to quickly take care of family business. He gets a few surprises while he is there... and finds himself drawn to the now all grown up and beautiful Brooke. Alex is now an older, rugged bearded man... not quite the same as her teenage crush but he still catches Brooke's eye and eventually her heart.
Big brother is still a little over protective... but, with good reason. He loves his baby sister... and, only wants her to be happy.
These types of stories never get old... young crushes that eventually grow into long lasting friendships and eventually love. Love it every time...
Great addition to the Christmas pile...

ARC was provided by St. Martin's Press