by Andrea Boyd
Publication Date September 5, 2018
Genres: Clean Romance, Christmas
Setting: South Carolina Contemporary
Written for: Adults
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Chase Spencer had been firmly planted in the friend-zone ever since he first met Rachel Anthony back when they were in grade school and it looks like that’s where he’s destined to remain. And her latest scheme is bound to be torture. She wants them to help break the Guinness World Record for the most couples kissing under the mistletoe at one time. How should he handle this? Should the kiss be a chaste, friendly kiss like she envisions? Or should he do it in a way that leaves Rachel without a doubt that he wants to be more than friends?
It had always been Rachel’s dream to break a world record, and who better to do it with than her best friend Chase? And it wasn’t as if they hadn’t kissed before—sixth grade, spin-the-bottle at Iona Puckett’s party—a peck of the lips and it’d be over. Except she missed the part where they had to hold the kiss for ten seconds. And no one warned her of how she would feel afterwards—confused and longing for more. How can she convince Chase to change her status from friend to girlfriend?
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The concept behind Mistletoe Kiss was cute and is a trope I enjoy a lot – best friends for life decide to be part of an attempt to set a world record. The conflict – Chase is in love with Rachel but fears that telling her will ruin their friendship. And the record they are attempting to break involves kissing. On the lips. For ten seconds.
I liked Chase and his insecurity, though that also frustrated me. I loved the sweet closeness of his big family and the way they practically adopted Rachel years ago. His younger brother, Zane, was funny with his cocky “I know more about girls than both my big brothers” attitude.
Some of the family traditions they had were fun. Like the gingerbread competition. The things the “boys” did to their creation were funny. The Christmas karaoke that they did every year was another great one. I enjoyed how much enthusiasm they put into these things.
Rachel was a little too clueless. It bothered me that she would think that sitting on Chase’s lap was okay. (This isn’t a spoiler, really – it happens on the first page.) As adults, that just seems inappropriate, especially at work. Yeah, it was used to show how Chase felt about her and to establish her effervescent and affectionate personality, but it still bothered me.
I found that I was only partially emotionally invested in the story.