mistletoe between friends book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

In the Mistletoe Between Friends and The Snowflake Inn bundle, author Samantha Chase gives us two amazing stories about love blooming during the most wonderful time of the year–Christmas!

Two best friends. One plan. When lifelong friends Lily Cavanaugh and Cameron Greene hatched a plan to keep their parents from setting them up with hopeless dates, they never expected that it would end up the way it did.

Lily has had a crush on Cameron since a late night party when she was a teenager, but she’s never told him about her feelings. And when he talks to her about pretending to date to keep their parents off their backs, she jumps on the chance, hoping that her crush will turn into something between them.

Cameron is an outsider to most of the world, but not with Lily. She is one of the only people who understands him, and he has been in love with her because of it for most of his adult life. When he offers up a fake relationship to keep their parents from interfering in their love lives and she doesn’t turn him down, he hopes that their fake relationship will bloom into a real one.

Mistletoe Between Friends is a cute novella that put a smile on my face from the very beginning. Although there are many ‘fake relationship turned real relationship’ love stories, this one was different from any of the others I have read.

Cameron is borderline genius, and this gives the story a new perspective. His social awkwardness makes him lovable, and the work he puts into showing Lily how he feels is sweet. Lily is strong-willed and free-spirited, giving us the perfect counterpart for Cameron.

Although the story line is predictable, it is a perfect feel good story that shows us the magic of Christmas.

In The Snowflake Inn, Grace Brodie and Riley Walsh clash from the moment they meet, but will their dislike of each other still be there when the holidays end?

Grace Brodie has lost a lot in her life – her parents, her job, her home – so when her newfound friend Corinne asks for her help with running a B&B, she jumps on the chance. The first six weeks are great for her, but then Corinne’s son shows up out of the blue.

Riley Walsh has spent the last ten years of his life in the Marines. However, when an injury ends his military career, he has no idea what he’s going to do with his life. His mom has been pushing for him to run the family B&B, but he has no interest in it. What he doesn’t expect is to go home to talk his mom into selling it and being faced with Grace, Corinne’s new friend, who is helping her run the business.

Will Grace and Riley be able to overcome their differences in time for the holidays?

The Snowflake Inn is my favorite of the two books in this bundle. Both characters are stubborn, giving the book a comical edge at times. They are also well-rounded, each with their own past issues to cloud their judgement. We also get to see a few scenes from the point of view of Corinne – Riley’s mom and Grace’s friend – which makes the book that much better.

I’ve always loved Samantha Chase’s writing style, and this novel is no different. Honestly, it may even be better than many of her other ones. The story is witty and romantic with the tone light-hearted most of the time.

All in all, this bundle is a great escape from holiday stress, and I would recommend it to anyone who loves romances.

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Bethany Kelly is currently getting her MFA at Goddard College and has a BA in English. She is a writer, editor, and stay-at-home mother and wife who spends her spare time (when she has some) reading and cooking.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Sourcebooks Casablanca. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.