Faking Under the Mistletoe, by Ashley Shepherd
Faking Under the Mistletoe by Ashley Shepherd
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
This was such a nice idea: A Christmas romance! Ok, the author added “office romance”, “enemies-to-lovers” and “fake dating to evoke jealousy in an ex” but if that actually had worked out, I probably would have loved it.
The beginning is very promising even: The banter between our heroine, Olivia, and her grumpy boss, Asher, is amusing, sometimes even witty and almost always funny.
The atmosphere is charged between both of them and had Shepherd kept doing this, added some kind of conflict to solve before the “happily ever after”, everything would have been great.
»“Cozied up on the couch. Snuggled under blankets. Snow falling outside. Christmas movies. Cake. We’re living a Lifetime special.”«
When I read that, I was sure this had to be great! And it was until I came to the second half of the book which manages to derail it completely…
If you still want to read this book, take care, huge spoilers follow…
Last and least, I do enjoy a certain amount of well-written smut in a romance. In this case, the “build up” is rather nice but (anti-)climaxes in a meagre »“Well,” I say after I’ve been sufficiently ravished.«…
Ultimately, “Faking Under the Mistletoe” started with a bang, went shortly serious and ended in a whimper.
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