ARC Review | Christmas on Mistletoe Lane by Annie Rains

Christmas on Mistletoe Lane by Annie Rains
Series: Sweetwater Springs
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: September 25th, 2018
ARC from the publisher

This USA Today bestselling author invites you to the delightful small town of Sweetwater Springs where the magic of Christmas brings two strangers together in this “story you won’t forget” (RaeAnne Thayne, New York Times bestselling author).

Christmas is coming to the North Carolina mountains, and the air is fresh and crisp and filled with promise. After the devastating loss of her job in the big city, the small town of Sweetwater Springs feels like heaven to Kaitlyn Russo. She’s inherited her grandparents’ charming (if a little rundown) bed and breakfast, and it’s just the new lease on life she needs. Only “heaven” comes with a catch – and a handsome and completely infuriating one at that.

After what he hopes will be a quick trip, Mitch Hargrove wants nothing more than to put his hometown in the rearview mirror. But his plans get derailed when he learns he’s now half-owner of the Sweetwater B&B. The fact that he’s given only two months to make the inn a success is a huge problem, but it’s his pretty – and incredibly headstrong – partner who’s the real challenge. With the holiday fast approaching and a grand re-opening looming, will Mitch keep running from the ghosts of Christmas past . . . or will he realize the true gift he’s been given?

| Book Review |

I knew the second I finished book three in the Sweetwater Springs series that I’d be going back to read the rest. Small town romances seem to be my favorite these days, and I think it’s because the authors spend as much time developing their characters as they do the town; the relationships don’t typically feel rushed or insta-lovey, and when I walk away, I feel like they’re in it for the long haul. In Christmas on Mistletoe Lane, Kaitlyn and Mitch have a long road ahead of them. Mitch is dead set on leaving town the first chance he gets, and Kaitlyn is still skittish after an incident that left her scarred. Kaitlyn and Mitch are thrown together when they both inherit her grandparents bed and breakfast, and while it would be easy enough to part ways, a clause in the will prohibits that from happening. Kaitlyn talks Mitch into sticking around for the requisite two months it will take to satisfy the will, and that’s when things take off.

I loved both of these characters. Who doesn’t fall for a hero who thinks the world of his mother? And I love reading about a heroine who is motivated and knows what she wants. It makes me want to be a stronger, more focused person. I also loved the history that Mitch had with Kaitlyn’s grandparents; that they had a light hand in helping raise him and that he was able to give Kaitlyn insight into who they were and the previous traditions they had with the bed and breakfast just made their connection even more powerful. I loved the guests at the B & B; they felt fleshed out while not taking over the story, and I am so intrigued by Paris and his easygoing nature. He seems to have a heart of gold, and I am dying to get to his story!

A few things that left me unsatisfied was the swiftness with which Kaitlyn’s relationship with her parents was healed and the way she butted into a situation with two of her guests. The way that situation was resolved felt so oversimplified, and I’m not a fan of characters putting their nose where it doesn’t belong.

Despite those things, I enjoyed Christmas on Mistletoe Lane. I love the town of Sweetwater Springs and all of its residents. I can’t wait for more of them to find love and for their relationships to grow even deeper. Knowing I get to visit this town through so many more installments leaves me feeling so happy! If you’re looking for a town to get lost in, I recommend that you pick this book up!

| Rating |

Series: Sweetwater Springs

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  1. I’ve noticed a few books form this series when they released and thought it sounded good. Love the small town slow burn romances, too. This is neat how family plays such a big role in it all.

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