Bookclub (4 1/2 stars)
Romance Reviews Today
“…a potent fusion of sweetness and sensuality.”
Kristin Hardy continues Holiday Hearts with Under the Mistletoe
(4.5), a potent fusion of sweetness and sensuality. Graced also
by a strong plot and well-motivated characters, this is far from
just another Christmas romance.
“…a truly dynamic story that is perfect for Christmas.”
Hadley never for a minute thought that her new job assignment was
a chance to prove herself; it was banishment pure and simple. When
she meets the man in charge of her new assignment, her banishment
doesn’t seem so bad after all.
Stone has always worked harder and jumped higher than any other
employee at Stone Enterprises. She has to, she has more to prove
then they do, she’s the boss’s daughter. But that didn’t
prevent her from being recently demoted, and Hadley is not looking
forward to her new job assignment. Being banished to the wilds of
New Hampshire to revamp the family’s latest acquisition, an
ancient, run down hotel, is not how she planned to spend her Christmas.
Top executive one day, flunky the next, thanks to her father whom
she could never please, and not from a lack of trying. Well, she
is going to do the job that she was sent to do, to again do exactly
what her father wants. Woe to those at Hotel Mount Jefferson.
Trask loves his job. In fact, it’s more than just a job; it’s
in his blood. Being the manager of Hotel Mount Jefferson has its
problems, and headaches for sure, but he wouldn’t give it
up for anything. He wonders if the new owners will feel the same
way about the hotel as the previous owner, Whit Stone did. Hopefully
he’ll get the chance to ask them if they ever decide to show
is prepared to battle the existing manager if need be to ensure
that her father’s wishes are fulfilled to the letter. She
is not prepared for the utterly amazing looking manager of the hotel,
Gabe Trask. Her attraction to him is inappropriate, but the butterflies
that take over in her stomach with his every glance are defying
all logical ways of thinking. Could any good come from a relationship
with Gabe? Or is she about to risk all she knows for the love of
one special man?
the Mistletoe by Kristin Hardy is a truly dynamic story that
is perfect for Christmas, and makes a wonderful accompaniment to
Where There’s Smoke. From the amazing characters,
to the vivid setting and not to mention the incredible romance,
this author’s style is a joy to read. I can’t wait to
see what happens to Jacob in the third book in the Holiday Hearts
trilogy, Vermont Valentine!
“…a superb, heart-warming tale that is just right for
the holiday season.”
her life, Hadley Stone has tried to be a substitute for the son
her father never had, but always she has failed in his eyes. As
a "punishment" for her latest failure while working for
Stone Enterprises, she is sent to check out an old hotel in New
Hampshire that is part of her late grandfather's estate. Arriving
at the Hotel Mount Jefferson, she immediately is struck by the beauty
of it and discovers the people running it are charming and devoted
to the hotel. Hadley also encounters the man running the hotel...Gabriel
Trask. Having been taught by her father to not let emotions run
a business, she nonetheless finds her herself falling in love with
both the hotel and its handsome manager.
has put his heart and soul into running the Hotel Mount Jefferson.
He knew when the owner passed away that there may be changes, but
he isn't expecting the hurricane called Hadley that comes storming
into his life. Her cost-cutting suggestions threaten not only the
staff of the hotel, but the core of the hotel. It doesn't help that
he's also attracted to her, but her resistance to letting him get
close to her puzzles him. If she succeeds in doing what she came
to do, can their relationship be sustained?
the mountains of New Hampshire in the days before Christmas, Under
the Mistletoe is filled with lots of emotion amidst the turbulent
changes that are in store for Gabe and Hadley. Gabe's life has revolved
around running the hotel and he has plans to make it even better.
Unaware at first who Hadley is, he finds himself attracted to the
lovely stranger staying at the hotel. But once she reveals her identity,
suddenly it's a battle for his livelihood. Can he convince her that
he knows what's best for the future of the hotel?
doesn't really want to be in New Hampshire, but when her father
orders her, she knows she has no choice. Her relationship with her
whole family is frail, and the fact that her father didn't get along
with his own father troubles her upon learning what people here
have to say about her grandfather's generosity. In the end, who
will Hadley decide is right, her father or Gabe?
a beautiful, moving story Under the Mistletoe is. From
the start, Hadley's anguish over her relationship with her family
and a feeling of "where do I go from here" show[s] her
sensitive side. Getting to know Gabe, she learns what is right for
the hotel, but persuading her father is going to be the most difficult
thing she's done in her life. With New Hampshire in the winter as
a backdrop beautifully described, it made me, a warm weather person,
want to go there. Kristin Hardy has penned a superb, heart-warming
tale that is just right for the holiday season. Cuddle up with Under
the Mistletoe for a captivating holiday romance.