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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Mistletoe: Four Holiday Stories

Title: Mistletoe: Four Holiday Stories
Author(s): Hailey Abbott, Melissa de la Cruz, Aimee Friedman, and Nina Malkin
ISBN: 0439863686
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.

"Curl up in front of a crackling fire with this collection of holiday treats from four of today's best-selling authors.

HAILEY ABBOTT (Summer Boys) spins a scandalous tale of one hot New Year's Eve party that will leave you breathless.

MELISSA DE LA CRUZ (The Au Pairs) puts a fresh, sexy spin on a holiday classic about love, lies, and the perfect present.

AIMEE FRIEDMAN (South Beach) tells the sassy tale of a New York City fashionista who finds true love in a department store on Christmas Eve.

NINA MALKIN (6X: The Uncensored Confessions) takes you to Hollywood for a magical holiday encounter that's right out of the movies.

As yummy as a mug of hot cocoa, as tantalizing as a kiss under the mistletoe, these stories are sure to warm you up on a chilly winters night."

I had intended to read this book over my holiday vacation a few weeks ago, but just didn't get around to it until today. Go figure. That's how things go sometimes, I suppose. I picked up this book because it sounded like the perfect holiday read while I was at home at the parents house - and I'm sure it would have been.

All of these stories are written by authors who have done successful chick lit books... so the theme through the whole thing is a lot of romance. Or lack there of. They were all pretty predictable, but that's one of the wonderful, safe things about chick lit. You can kinda see where things are headed.

My favorite story was probably the one by Nina Malkin - probably because it had a touch of the mysterious (but I've heard it's much like her new book. Hmm). I'm always a fan of Melissa de la Cruz, but I've only read her fantasy stuff up until this point. I really liked her story though - makes me think I might like her chick lit series too.

I've read a little by Aimee Friedman before (her graphic novel), but I liked this story better than that one. It was well done and had all the elements I was looking for in a holiday story. And I've never read anything by Hailey Abbott before, but her story was the easiest read. Hers was one that was pretty identifiable in real life - I feel like the coming-home-from-college-to-your-old-friends is a pretty well realized story. I did enjoy that one too.

I think this is a great read for the holiday season. It probably won't get much play for the rest of the year, but that's what it's intended for, right? It's also a fun collection of authors, so perhaps their fans will love this one.
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