JUST ONE MORE KISSThere s no place like home for the holidays And the Lucky Harbor Bed Breakfast is bursting with festive lights and good cheer But for Mia, Christmas is turning out to be anything other than merry and bright Her recent break up with her boyfriend Nick has made her return bittersweet But then a surprise arrives, when Nick follows her to town bearing gifts and asking for forgivenessNick grew up without a family of his own so he s overwhelmed by the love that Mia receives from all her relatives, gathered together to celebrate the season Under their watchful eyes, Nick finds earning back her trust the hardest thing he s ever had to do If he succeeds, he will receive the greatest gift of all, Mia s love for a lifetime, words May I should have known better I didn t like Mia when she was introduced in the second book of this series Now, I m not adopted and don t know anyone who is adopted But she was such a brat she was 17 herself and yet came in with an attitude of well, of course you took the easy way out by just getting rid of me, giving me up and never looking back I don t think many, if any parent, chooses adoption lightly And I d think that in this day and age, at 17 you d be mature enough to at least May I should have known better I didn t like Mia when she was introduced in the second book of this series Now, I m not adopted and don t know anyone who is adopted But she was such a brat she was 17 herself and yet came in with an attitude of well, of course you took the easy way out by just getting rid of me, giving me up and never looking back I don t think many, if any parent, chooses adoption lightly And I d think that in this day and age, at 17 you d be mature enough to at least understand that, even if you still have mixed feelings over the whole thing And she was so horrible to Tara, but so nice to Ford, and never really seemed to give them credit for the fact that they too were only 17 when Tara was pregnant, no money, no idea of their future, doing what was hard but still best for both themselves and their baby Fiction always makes adoption sound so horrible the adopted kids never feel like they belong, never feel like they are good enough, and never feel complete until they find their birth family, even if they had a wonderful life with their adoptive family I hope in real life it s not so dismal.So now 5 years later, and Mia is 22, dating a nice guy for the past 6 months SIX months, not six years They ve never said ILY, never discussed a future But she surprises him with a plane tix back to see her birth family who she is of course very close to, to the point where her birth parents are referred to as Mom and Dad which really bothers me, as she has wonderful parents who raised her from birth for a family wedding He does not want to go he s an orphan, product of the Foster Care system, and was spooked at the idea of meeting her whole family and the unspoken commitment that would mean So she takes off in a snit, w o talking to him or telling him how she feels or why she s upset He of course immediately hops a plane after her Her birth mom says well, he let you go so he s gotta earn your heart back Really She ran off and didn t even try to have a conversation about it or understand where he was coming from Just got pissed and hurt and ran away and of course her family takes her side But, he is there, proves himself to her, and they end up HFN with a strong HEA indicated in their not too distant future Ech, that s an awful long ranty review for a tiny short story w not much substance, but for some reason this hit all of my annoyance buttons And one last thing he has a ring for her He has never said ILY, not sure what exactly he wants, but somehow he manages to have purchased a ring for her before all of this went down Makes no sense And Carlos, her first love he showed up 4 months ago to propose but now he s got a new girlfriend who is his true love Pretty quick moving Last rant she says her bday is the next month It s a Xmas book, so that means her bday is in January Yet he gives her a ring w sapphires her birthstone Um, nope January is Garnet, September is Sapphire Romantic, sexy, sweet Under the Mistletoe is a Christmas novella from the Lucky Harbor series and, like everything Jill Shalvis writes, is a very charming story And, it s the perfect way to kick off my holiday reading Just onekiss.There s no place like home for the holidays And the Lucky Harbor Bed Breakfast is bursting with festive lights and good cheer But for Mia, Christmas is turning out to be anything other than merry and bright Her recent break up with her boyfriend Nick ha Romantic, sexy, sweet Under the Mistletoe is a Christmas novella from the Lucky Harbor series and, like everything Jill Shalvis writes, is a very charming story And, it s the perfect way to kick off my holiday reading Just onekiss.There s no place like home for the holidays And the Lucky Harbor Bed Breakfast is bursting with festive lights and good cheer But for Mia, Christmas is turning out to be anything other than merry and bright Her recent break up with her boyfriend Nick has made her return bittersweet But then a surprise arrives, when Nick follows her to town bearing gifts and asking for forgiveness.Nick grew up without a family of his own so he s overwhelmed by the love that Mia receives from all her relatives, gathered together to celebrate the season Under their watchful eyes, Nick finds earning back her trust the hardest thing he s ever had to do If he succeeds, he will receive the greatest gift of all, Mia s love for a lifetime.I truly enjoyed this book, but I wish it had been longer It takes place five years in the future and Mia Tara and Ford s daughter from The Sweetest Thing has been away at college, growing up and falling in love It would have been nice to have a deeper glimpse into this part of her life, but all in all, it s a great story It s a happy for now tale with the promise of a beautiful happily ever after down the road, and because Mia and Nick are young and just starting their lives and careers, I wouldn t have it any other way.This novella took nothan an hour to read, so if you re looking for a Jill Shalvis fix, or needing something quick to read for a Christmas themed challenge, then this is a great book to choose My thanks to netgalley.com and Forever, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing, for giving me a copy of this story for review It was such a pleasure First off, this is a novellaa really short novella, which is disappointing since the story felt totally rushed, and just when I felt like I was starting to like the hero, the story ended color me shocked when this already short novella ended abruptly at 55% the remaining 45% consisted of previews for other books in the series I really hate when publishers do that Grrr.My second problem was that I was extremely disappointed to realize that Mia s HEA didn t involve her Lucky Harbor boyfri First off, this is a novellaa really short novella, which is disappointing since the story felt totally rushed, and just when I felt like I was starting to like the hero, the story ended color me shocked when this already short novella ended abruptly at 55% the remaining 45% consisted of previews for other books in the series I really hate when publishers do that Grrr.My second problem was that I was extremely disappointed to realize that Mia s HEA didn t involve her Lucky Harbor boyfriend, Carlos I thought the two of them made such a sweet couple, and when i saw this was about Mia, I just assumed that this was their story But noshe has moved away and fallen for another man, and Carlos has another girlfriend sniffle SoI guess because of that, and due once again to the shortness of the story, I wasn t really happy with who she ended up with Nick may have grown on me over the course of a full length novel, but he didn t make that great of an impression on me in this super quick holiday story.On the bright side, it was great to see Jax Maddie Chloe Sawyer and Tara Ford Mia s parents once again I do love the residents of Lucky Harbor and while I have enjoyed the last couple of books in the series quite a bit, it was wonderful to see the original 3 couples once again.So, this may have fallen a bit flat for me, but I am still a huge fan of the series and beyond excited that there areadventures in Lucky Harbor on the horizon.More book reviews can be found on my blog I thought this was my first story from Jill Shalvis, but it turns out that I ve read one of her books Animal Magnetism.I m not a big fan of short stories, but this one is okay Although I admit it is even shorter than I thought Probably, if I had read other books in this series before and knew the characters, this experience would be evenenjoyable for me But I still appreciate well constructed characters and a good story.Due to the simplicity of the plot, this story is rather directed I thought this was my first story from Jill Shalvis, but it turns out that I ve read one of her books Animal Magnetism.I m not a big fan of short stories, but this one is okay Although I admit it is even shorter than I thought Probably, if I had read other books in this series before and knew the characters, this experience would be evenenjoyable for me But I still appreciate well constructed characters and a good story.Due to the simplicity of the plot, this story is rather directed to fans of this series Reading it without knowing the other characters is fine, but not as great as could be otherwise