Review copy provided by Sourcebooks in exchange for an honest review.
With the state of the world, I just want to fast-forward to Christmas and the end of the year. Fortunately, I was given the opportunity to read Mistletoe & Mr Right by Sarah Morgenthaler as an advanced copy – Sourcebooks basically brought Christmas early to my Kindle. Needless to say, I dove straight into it, and back into the small town of Moose Springs.
How the moose (almost) stole Christmas.
Lana Montgomery is everything the quirky small town of Moose Springs, Alaska can’t stand: a rich socialite with dreams of changing things for the better. But Lana’s determined to prove that she belongs…even if it means trading her stilettos for snow boots and tracking one of the town’s hairiest Christmas mysteries: the Santa Moose, an antlered Grinch hell-bent on destroying every bit of holiday cheer (and tinsel) it can sink its teeth into.
And really…how hard could it be?
The last few years have been tough on Rick Harding, and it’s not getting any easier now that his dream girl’s back in town. When Lana accidentally tranquilizes him instead of the Santa Moose, it’s clear she needs help, fast…and this could be his chance to finally catch her eye. It’s an all-out Christmas war, but if they can nab that darn moose before it destroys the town, Rick and Lana might finally find a place where they both belong…together.
After reading (and adoring) The Tourist Attraction earlier this month, it was pretty much a forgone conclusion that I would be reading the rest of the Moose Springs series. Sarah Morgenthaler really nailed the whole small-town vibe in Mistletoe & Mr Right – even from the first couple of pages, I could smell the reindeer dogs cooking in the Tourist Trap and see the snow on the mountains. If the Moose Springs series doesn’t make you want to visit Alaska, I don’t know what will. Her world building skills were strong – and her ability to build chemistry was even stronger.
In terms of the story itself, one of the major plotlines was about Lana fighting with her family over her controversial acquisition of most of the commercial properties in Moose Springs. Though she made the purchase with good intentions, she faced opposition from both the townspeople and the people on the board of her company. The biggest source of tension is her cousin Silas, who is vying to become the heir of their family’s company and to undermine Lana’s decisions at every turn. My one issue with this book was the lack of resolution of this family company drama – it was left very open ended. I’m hoping the next book tackles the resolution.
Lana is everything I look for in a leading lady – she was a strong bad ass with realistic flaws and a really good heart. Her main struggle throughout the book was trying to find a balance between her work life (and familial obligations) and her blooming romance with Moose Springs resident Rick. Honestly, what I liked most about this book was how well Rick and Lana fit together – they constantly supported each other, didn’t try to take more than the other was willing to give, and were generally very respectful of each other’s boundaries. Even their major conflicts were fueled by misguided attempts to do what was right for the other person. Their chemistry was off the charts, and they definitely gave Graham and Zoey a run for their money.
Mistletoe & Mr Right is perfect fare for this holiday season – reading it is like stepping in front of a fireplace after being out in the snow – it’s warm and cozy and perfect at the end of a long day. It’s a great follow up to The Tourist Attraction – and a great set up for the upcoming Enjoy the View. I can’t wait to read Easton’s love story (hello quiet gruff male lead) this January. If you’re looking for other wintery romances, check out One Day in December 4/5