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Under the Mistletoe is the newest installment in Jill Shalvis’s Lucky Harbor series and provides long-time readers a quick update, while giving new readers a tantalizing glimpse into her wonderful little town. Mia, who first appeared in The Sweetest Thing, is coming home for her aunt Chloe’s Christmas Eve wedding and asks her boyfriend Nick to come with her. Nick refuses, leaving Mia to wonder where their relationship is heading.

When I hear that Shalvis has released a new book, my first response is “Gimme, gimme, gimme!” and this one didn’t disappoint. It’s short, less than 100 pages, but packs a lot into a short space. It’s not as detailed as one of her longer novels, which is to be expected, but it is still full of heart and fun.

Both Mia and Nick have some issues resulting from their childhood – Mia was adopted and Nick spent his in foster homes. Mia reacts by needing to have people close to her but Nick is the opposite, wanting his space. Both have to evaluate where they want their relationship to go when these opposing needs collide.

Under the Mistletoe will bring readers a little Christmas cheer all year long. Those who have read Shalvis’s earlier stories will love getting an update on Maddie, Tara and Chloe. If you haven’t visited Lucky Harbor, this is a good place to get a quick taste. You’ll likely find yourself heading out to get her backlist.

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