Review: NO MISTLETOE REQUIRED by Jeanette Murray

About the book:

Dan Beckins isn’t sure how he let his best friend con him into volunteering to build Santa’s Winter Wonderland at the local hospital. He’s got no problems with charity work, but anything Christmas-related is off-limits ever since he lost his parents on Christmas Day years ago. The only bright spot is working with smoking-hot Anna Smith.

Anna Smith loves Christmas and volunteering at the hospital is one of her yearly highlights. She had leukemia as a teen and then a breast cancer scare in her mid-twenties, and is now operating under a self-imposed rule that she can’t have a relationship until the doctors give her a clean bill of health.

A little fling might be permissible, though, and sexy lawyer-turned-carpenter Dan seems like the perfect candidate. But when chemistry flares and the two start forming a real connection, will Anna run away before like turns to love?

NO MISTLETOE REQUIRED was an okay read. It’s short and I felt that the length really hindered the story in this instance. Both Dan and Anna have pasts that have led them to have differing opinions about Christmas. Anna loves the holiday and Dan hates it. Their relationship happens quickly and Dan changes his entire outlook seemingly overnight. The characters have depth that needed a longer story length to be explored and for the changes to feel more realistic. The writing is great and the romance had potential.

the book girl gives NO MISTLETOE REQUIRED a 3/5

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