Title: Mistletoe and Mr Right
Author: Sarah Morgenthaler
Publishing: Sourcebooks Casablanca, October 6, 2020 – Romance
Lana Montgomery is everything the quirky small town of Moose Springs, Alaska can’t stand: a rich socialite with dreams of changing things for the better. But Lana’s determined to prove that she belongs…even if it means trading her stilettos for snow boots and tracking one of the town’s hairiest Christmas mysteries: the Santa Moose, an antlered Grinch hell-bent on destroying every bit of holiday cheer (and tinsel) it can sink its teeth into.
And really…how hard could it be?
The last few years have been tough on Rick Harding, and it’s not getting any easier now that his dream girl’s back in town. When Lana accidentally tranquilizes him instead of the Santa Moose, it’s clear she needs help, fast…and this could be his chance to finally catch her eye. It’s an all-out Christmas war, but if they can nab that darn moose before it destroys the town, Rick and Lana might finally find a place where they both belong…together
Mistletoe and Mr Right is the second in a series from Sarah Morgenthaler, following Tourist Attraction, which I did not read. However I don’t feel like you need to read the first to read this one, it also acts as a great stand-alone. But if you want to invest some time in some of the more minor characters in Mistletoe and Mr. Right, I suggest reading Tourist Attraction.
The location really set the book for me, putting me in a Christmas mood with its snowy location of Moose Springs in Alaska. I think living in the south always has me wanting the cold and the snow when Christmas comes around, I mean Hallmark practically makes it mandatory in the movies. And yes, this book would fit perfectly in their seasonal lineup as a Christmas movie.
The main character Lana wants more tourism for Moose Springs, while the townspeople don’t necessarily want change, especially when she is buying up all the buildings, so she tries to win them over by capturing the moose eating all the Christmas decorations. ( Honestly, I liked the moose better than anyone in the book ) . I did not connect AT ALL with Lana, her overuse of the word darling grated on my nerves quickly. I can’t imagine anyone using it that much, it just felt fake and forced.
The romance with Lana and Rick moved slowly, but I guess not everyone can find love at first sight. While I did like the way she helped him and he supported her, I found the lack of chemistry between the two very sad. It did have its moments, it is a rom-com, so there were some funny parts that I laughed at, and though the romance fell flat for me, it is in the book and others might find it perfect.
I didn’t hate the book by any means, I just felt it was lacking something, it still made a great quick cozy read for winter. SO grab a warm throw, curl up on the couch with it and some hot cocoa and enjoy!