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Christmas and romance are in the air... It's December 23rd and while everyone else is rushing home for the holidays, workaholic Leesa Oliver is dreading switching on her out-of-office for the festive season. And it seems her equally driven boss, Cary Anderson, isn't relishing spending Christmas at his family's country estate either. So together, they draft an unexpected Christmas and romance are in the air... It's December 23rd and while everyone else is rushing home for the holidays, workaholic Leesa Oliver is dreading switching on her out-of-office for the festive season. And it seems her equally driven boss, Cary Anderson, isn't relishing spending Christmas at his family's country estate either. So together, they draft an unexpected Christmas contract: They'll spend half of the holidays with each other's families, pretending to be a couple. Leesa knows the insufferably good-looking Cary will make her Christmas more bearable, but what happens after the last of the mince pies have been eaten...? Leesa signed off on a sensible business agreement, but somewhere, amongst the fairy lights and carols something seems to have changed... It seems there might just be some magic under the mistletoe this Christmas! Praise for Lucy Coleman: 'A deliciously heart-warming romance that will make you swoon and will sweep you off your feet' Dash Fan. 'I soon became addicted to reading this book' Amanda Oughton. 'I loved everything about this book, for me it was perfection' Joanne Dibb. 'This is the first book of Lucy Coleman's that I've read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I now, most definitely, have to read all her work' Gia T. 'This fabulous author has done it again!' Stephanie Nouzerines. 'An enjoyable romance, full of vivid imagery and believable characters, and for the most part is positive and heartwarming' Jane Hunt. 'Another sophisticated, tender, intriguing tale by Coleman' Zoe Willams.


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Christmas and romance are in the air... It's December 23rd and while everyone else is rushing home for the holidays, workaholic Leesa Oliver is dreading switching on her out-of-office for the festive season. And it seems her equally driven boss, Cary Anderson, isn't relishing spending Christmas at his family's country estate either. So together, they draft an unexpected Christmas and romance are in the air... It's December 23rd and while everyone else is rushing home for the holidays, workaholic Leesa Oliver is dreading switching on her out-of-office for the festive season. And it seems her equally driven boss, Cary Anderson, isn't relishing spending Christmas at his family's country estate either. So together, they draft an unexpected Christmas contract: They'll spend half of the holidays with each other's families, pretending to be a couple. Leesa knows the insufferably good-looking Cary will make her Christmas more bearable, but what happens after the last of the mince pies have been eaten...? Leesa signed off on a sensible business agreement, but somewhere, amongst the fairy lights and carols something seems to have changed... It seems there might just be some magic under the mistletoe this Christmas! Praise for Lucy Coleman: 'A deliciously heart-warming romance that will make you swoon and will sweep you off your feet' Dash Fan. 'I soon became addicted to reading this book' Amanda Oughton. 'I loved everything about this book, for me it was perfection' Joanne Dibb. 'This is the first book of Lucy Coleman's that I've read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I now, most definitely, have to read all her work' Gia T. 'This fabulous author has done it again!' Stephanie Nouzerines. 'An enjoyable romance, full of vivid imagery and believable characters, and for the most part is positive and heartwarming' Jane Hunt. 'Another sophisticated, tender, intriguing tale by Coleman' Zoe Willams.

30 review for Magic Under the Mistletoe

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill

    What do you do when you don't have time for love? What a cute, festive, fun story this was. Leesa Oliver might have met her match for the title "workaholic" with her boss Cary Anderson. Working on a project day and night, they almost miss Christmas. While neither want to admit they are dreading going home for the holidays...they are. They both are tired of the endless questions about if they have met anyone yet....and then they have an idea.... After Leesa finds her marriage ending in divorce tha What do you do when you don't have time for love? What a cute, festive, fun story this was. Leesa Oliver might have met her match for the title "workaholic" with her boss Cary Anderson. Working on a project day and night, they almost miss Christmas. While neither want to admit they are dreading going home for the holidays...they are. They both are tired of the endless questions about if they have met anyone yet....and then they have an idea.... After Leesa finds her marriage ending in divorce thanks to her husband and her BFF, she immerses herself into her work even more. How difficult would it be to fake a relationship with her handsome boss Cary? I mean he is gorgeous and can be quite charming when he wants to be. After all, he was named after Cary Grant. His grandmother that raised him is a famous romance novelist that Leesa is enamored with. So why can't this little arrangement work? They named their arrangement The Santa Clause! How cute is that?! When normally grumpy, uptight Cary is forced to turn on his charming side for the family affair, well Leesa could find herself actually liking him.........quite a bit in fact. Hmm what is a girl to do? Usually I would think okay here is where we just wait for them to get together. Yet this book had me guessing almost to the very end. Even though they clearly had some attraction to each other, they were both so unwilling to be in a relationship. Perhaps the best part of the book was the lovely Cressida- novelist and Cary's grandmother, she was old time glam and I loved her! Were they able to fool Cressida and the rest of the family? At some point the facade has to end, right?! Filled with great Christmas spirit and a whole bunch of family drama, this was a perfect holiday read!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Whispering Stories

    Book Reviewed on www.whisperingstories.com Lessa Oliver is late back from working in Australia as the CEO of the company she had been working with, Cary Anderson, kept on changing his mind on what he wanted and now she is sat in economy on the long flight back to the UK for Christmas with a screaming toddler on one side and a fidgeting woman on the other, whilst Cary is relaxing in first-class and sending her email after email of more changes he wants. On arriving at Cardiff airport it seems that Book Reviewed on www.whisperingstories.com Lessa Oliver is late back from working in Australia as the CEO of the company she had been working with, Cary Anderson, kept on changing his mind on what he wanted and now she is sat in economy on the long flight back to the UK for Christmas with a screaming toddler on one side and a fidgeting woman on the other, whilst Cary is relaxing in first-class and sending her email after email of more changes he wants. On arriving at Cardiff airport it seems that a huge snowstorm has descended on Wales meaning that Lessa is going to have to stay at the airport as all the roads are shut. However, Cary is staying with his Grandmother just a mile from the airport and enlists the help of a friend to collect them on his rough-terrain vehicle. When they arrive at Cary’s Grandmother’s house she mistakes Lessa for Cary’s girlfriend and Cary doesn’t want to upset her so they decide to play along. How will the two workaholics fair having to let down their guards and be open and relaxed with one another? This is the first book by Lucy Coleman I have read and I enjoyed every minute of it. I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t like other fake romance novels that I have read or movies that I have seen. The plot was superb and the book was really uplifting, comforting and festive. It was an emotional read at times and most certainly heart-warming. I loved the characters, though Cary did take some getting used to as he is a person who likes to be in charge of all situations and a bit of a control freak at times. From the opening scenes on the flight back to the very last page, this book kept me captivated. I very much doubt this will be the last Lucy Coleman book I will read!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    Such a fun festive story! The fake romance trope is one of my absolute favorites! Lucy Coleman has put a bit of a new spin on it wrapped it up in Christmas paper and put a bow on top! Lessa and Cary are both workaholics. Working together on a project and almost cannot believe that they are going to be interrupted by Christmas. Neither of them are looking forward to going home for the holidays, but after a bit of a misunderstanding they decide to make a pact. The Santa Claus pat, both of them wi Such a fun festive story! The fake romance trope is one of my absolute favorites! Lucy Coleman has put a bit of a new spin on it wrapped it up in Christmas paper and put a bow on top! Lessa and Cary are both workaholics. Working together on a project and almost cannot believe that they are going to be interrupted by Christmas. Neither of them are looking forward to going home for the holidays, but after a bit of a misunderstanding they decide to make a pact. The Santa Claus pat, both of them will accompany the other to their families and pretend to be a happy couple. Should be easy right? And it will get their families off their backs. I’m certain you all think you know where this is going, but I have to say the journey was a bit longer and more involved than I was anticipating. These are too complicated characters with some baggage who are convinced they do not want any romantic entanglements. this book had all the feels and festive vibes you want from a Christmas romance. Lessa and Cary were good people who you really wanted the best for. Two people that were so perfect for one another, and neither of them could see it. The secondary characters were delightful especially Cary’s eccentric grandmother who happens to be a romance author. This is a definite must read for all Christmas romance lovers. The perfect blend of slow burn romance and holiday cheer! This book in emojis 💼 🎄 💞

  4. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    Heartfelt, festive, and romantic! Magic Under the Mistletoe is a lovely, character-driven rom-com that sweeps you away to the city of Cardiff and into the lives of the devoted, workaholic Leesa and the arrogant, successful Cary as they discover that there may be more to their relationship than just work, pretend feelings, and fake dating. The writing is warm and light. The characters are hardworking, complex, and supportive. And the plot is an irresistible, wintery treat bursting with heart, humou Heartfelt, festive, and romantic! Magic Under the Mistletoe is a lovely, character-driven rom-com that sweeps you away to the city of Cardiff and into the lives of the devoted, workaholic Leesa and the arrogant, successful Cary as they discover that there may be more to their relationship than just work, pretend feelings, and fake dating. The writing is warm and light. The characters are hardworking, complex, and supportive. And the plot is an irresistible, wintery treat bursting with heart, humour, self-discovery, secrets, heat, spirit, chemistry, Christmas cheer, and familial drama. Overall, Magic Under the Mistletoe is another cosy, uplifting, delightfully enchanting story by Coleman that is the perfect holiday choice for any blustery afternoon read. Thank you to Aria and NetGalley for providing me with a copy in an exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Finitha Jose

    The fake date trope has been used and reused by many authors but one could never get tired of this storyline. So when I got this book, I was expecting a very predictable albeit relaxing storyline. Suffice to say, I was never prepared for this unique take on such an age-old storyline. Leesa Oliver is not a swooning heroine; she is a businesswoman keeping to the realities of life. Wedding? Been there, done that and now it is over. So a business contract to pretend to be someone's boyfriend (even i The fake date trope has been used and reused by many authors but one could never get tired of this storyline. So when I got this book, I was expecting a very predictable albeit relaxing storyline. Suffice to say, I was never prepared for this unique take on such an age-old storyline. Leesa Oliver is not a swooning heroine; she is a businesswoman keeping to the realities of life. Wedding? Been there, done that and now it is over. So a business contract to pretend to be someone's boyfriend (even if he is a hot CEO), is not supposed to be hard. Surprisingly, she keeps to her bargain. There is an attraction for sure, but both know from their experience that chemistry won't necessarily mean a happy marriage. As you must have guessed by now, this is a slow-burning romance. Written solely from Leesa's perspective, we come to know of a really powerful and caring woman who comes to her decision with the head as well as her heart. And it is not simply about two lovers. This is also the story of two families mending their inner struggles with the help of these two brilliant, brave people. Spanning from one Christmas to another, this also brings the two families together as an ideal marriage should be. They are really an entertaining bunch, especially Cressida, Cary's grandmother. I relished each moment with her as if I have read all her romance works. Beginning with a Christmas where winter roars with fury and ending in the next year under the mistletoe, Lucy Coleman has produced a well crafted, brilliantly engineered Christmas story to remind us once again that the season is magical whether we believe it or not. So hop on guys, we are in for a ride . . .

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sentranced Jem

    Reading a Christmas book in the middle of the year? Why not.
I was in the mood for a romantic book set in the middle of winter, with Christmas lights and mistletoes… I got exactly that. Magic Under the Mistletoe by Lucy Coleman was such a fun read. 3.5 stars

  7. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    Leesa Oliver would rather not be heading home for Christmas, which is fitting because her boss, Cary Anderson, feels the same way. For the two workaholics, the holidays are always the same—nestled among the festivities are the nagging questions and familial disappointments. But this year is going to be different after the pair draft a simple contract: split the holidays with each other’s families and pretend to be a couple. It’s supposed to be all business and totally practical, but what happens Leesa Oliver would rather not be heading home for Christmas, which is fitting because her boss, Cary Anderson, feels the same way. For the two workaholics, the holidays are always the same—nestled among the festivities are the nagging questions and familial disappointments. But this year is going to be different after the pair draft a simple contract: split the holidays with each other’s families and pretend to be a couple. It’s supposed to be all business and totally practical, but what happens when a simple romance of convenience blossoms into something more? Nothing quite brings people together like not wanting to do something, and there’s perhaps no greater motivation to act than to get people off your back. Author Lucy Coleman snatches these driving motivators and uses them to weave this delectably romantic tale. With an aversion to the holidays and separate families pushing and pulling, it makes perfect sense that these two sensible coworkers would enter a mutually beneficial pact. Relationships of convenience rest entirely on whether they’re believable, and this unique hook centered around pleasing families more than works. Since Leesa and Cary are work colleagues with their guards usually up, this forces their relationship to naturally develop, but on a truncated timeline. They have to become close to each other in order for their ruse to be believable. It helps that they’re so perfect for each other, even if they don’t realize it. In the opening pages, Coleman carefully lays out all the reasons for Leesa to not like him—seemingly uptight perfectionism chiefly among them. However, underneath their work wrappings, they’re really two individuals with an inherent need to please other people—almost to the point of formality. And while this can sometimes lead to frustrating situations, the ultimate result is a sweetly crafted relationship. That’s not to suggest Coleman keeps it all light without a bit of drama. Leesa struggles through some very serious topics that are handled realistically. Similarly, Cary has a complicated family dynamic, particulary with his utterly charming grandmother, Cressida. However, Coleman finds plenty of levity for balance. A large chunk of the action takes place across the Christmas season and there’s all the magic of snow, a big meal, and presents. Coleman has no problem letting her characters have fun, but she also pushes for something deeper with a careful twist and surprise or two. Complex and heartfelt, it’s the perfect seasonal romance that has no problem taking the slow, sensible route to a festive ending. Note: I received a free ARC of this book through NetGalley. Review also posted at https://pluckedfromthestacks.wordpres...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Gilbey

    A unique take on the fake date trope. Wow there is a lot of story in this book, there are so many threads, characters, storylines, with more developing the whole time, that by the time I'm trying to write this review, I can't work out what was early enough in the book I dare comment on. Cary and Leesa start as colleagues and get to know each other a bit better on a long haul flight back from Sydney and then with some bad weather, Leesa ends up going to Cary's family home for the night. Neither o A unique take on the fake date trope. Wow there is a lot of story in this book, there are so many threads, characters, storylines, with more developing the whole time, that by the time I'm trying to write this review, I can't work out what was early enough in the book I dare comment on. Cary and Leesa start as colleagues and get to know each other a bit better on a long haul flight back from Sydney and then with some bad weather, Leesa ends up going to Cary's family home for the night. Neither of them are particularly relishing their Christmas this year, Leesa it turns out for incredibly good reason. Even as we got to know Cary better, I still couldn't quite gel with him, I can't put my finger on it. I liked him, I just didn't fall for him at all. I loved his grandma though, Cressida was wonderful. Actually I loved all of Cary's family more than Leesa's. There are all manner of secrets and surprises to be uncovered as you turn the pages, its certainly a book that keeps you on your toes. Plenty going on in it, but equally really easy to follow. At times I wanted to slam Leesa and Cary's heads together, at others I wondered if we learnt a bit too much about their working lives. I really felt for Leesa at times, and the rest I wasn't as sure. I suspect that had I connected to characters a bit more, I would have enjoyed the book even more, than I did. But that is more down to personal preference than anything particularly wrong with the book. It is a really enjoyable story, and where Christmas is involved it does feel festive, especially the finale. Thank you to Netgalley and Aria for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    I dnf'd at 15%. The dialogue was unwieldy and consisted of info-dumps, the grandmother was rude and nothing seemed to flow. I dnf'd at 15%. The dialogue was unwieldy and consisted of info-dumps, the grandmother was rude and nothing seemed to flow.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Hayley

    I was drawn to this book by the gorgeous festive cover and I’m really happy to say that the novel really lives up to it! Magic Under the Mistletoe opens on 23rd December as Leesa is flying back to England to spend Christmas with her ex in-laws. The man she is working for, Cary, is on the same flight but whilst he’s up in first class, Leesa is crammed in economy and he keeps sending her more edits to do. As they finally land in England the snow is falling heavily and there’s no way for Leesa to ge I was drawn to this book by the gorgeous festive cover and I’m really happy to say that the novel really lives up to it! Magic Under the Mistletoe opens on 23rd December as Leesa is flying back to England to spend Christmas with her ex in-laws. The man she is working for, Cary, is on the same flight but whilst he’s up in first class, Leesa is crammed in economy and he keeps sending her more edits to do. As they finally land in England the snow is falling heavily and there’s no way for Leesa to get where she’s going right away so Cary offers to take her to his family’s home. Misunderstandings happen immediately when Cary’s grandmother assumes Leesa is his girlfriend and no one corrects her. This leads to Leesa and Cary forming a pact where they’ll pretend they’re together to help each other out over the holiday season! This novel spans the course of a year but it opens with Christmas and it ends the following Christmas so there is a lot of the festive season in the book, which I loved. The year-long timespan gives space to really get to know Cary and Leesa, and they both have issues in their lives. There is some tough themes in the novel but they are handled really well and in a believable way. It’s cleverly handled because it grounds the book in reality but there is a real sense of fun and festivity throughout, and this is how real life is. I loved Cary’s grandmother Cressida, she was adorable and I want to adopt her as my gran! She is desperate for both of her grandsons to be happy and loved but she’s never too interfering. I also loved the house she lives in – it’s a huge house but it sounded so cosy and warm. I could totally picture the huge Christmas tree in the hall and the decorations running throughout the house. It really made me feel festive as I was reading, and I already want to re-visit! This is the first book I’ve read by Lucy Colman but it definitely won’t be the last! Magic Under the Mistletoe is a gorgeous, warm-hearted novel that will give you all of the Christmas feels! I recommend it! This review was originally posted on my blog https://rathertoofondofbooks.com

  11. 5 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    Leesa Oliver should have been home a week earlier with her feet up relaxing to prepare for spending Christmas with her ex-in-laws, not on a crowded plane with a rowdy toddler, kicking her in the face. Her boss, Cary Anderson, the reason she is so late getting back to the UK from Australia, also wishes he was not on the plane, but it is because he dreads spending Christmas with his family. Cary has a self-described dysfunctional family, and Leesa is supposed to buoy up her inlaws after the death Leesa Oliver should have been home a week earlier with her feet up relaxing to prepare for spending Christmas with her ex-in-laws, not on a crowded plane with a rowdy toddler, kicking her in the face. Her boss, Cary Anderson, the reason she is so late getting back to the UK from Australia, also wishes he was not on the plane, but it is because he dreads spending Christmas with his family. Cary has a self-described dysfunctional family, and Leesa is supposed to buoy up her inlaws after the death of Gwen's mother and the defection of their son, Leesa's ex-husband who is now in a relationship with her best friend. Arriving in December 23rd in Cardiff with blizzard conditions, road closures and both dreading being with their families, they make it to Cary's family home with his grandmother, Cressida, assuming they are a couple. Cary's grandmother, who raised him, wants him to find a woman to love and settle down, Leesa wants to free herself from her ex-husband's family. They come up with a plan. They are going to split the holidays with each other’s families and pretend to be a couple. It’s supposed to be a business arrangement, but we all know the best laid plans do not always work out. This is similar to the trope of co-workers pretending to be dating to get their parents off their back, but this one is just a bit different. I really liked the characters in this story. Cary and Leesa are both workaholics, running their own businesses. They have both been hurt romantically and decided that they do not need a romantic relationship. As they got to know each other I like how they share their secrets and feelings with one another. Cary was somewhat brusque at the beginning, but as he got to know Leesa, he loosened up. It was nice to see their relationship change and blossom slowly into a romance. I really liked Cary's grandparents. They were very different and had their own secrets and issues to deal with. That was another storyline that was very interesting and added another dimension to the story. This story takes it's time. It starts just before Christmas, but there is a full year before the characters get their Happily Ever After. It is not all light and airy, there is some turmoil and some difficult issues to deal with. My one complaint is that the story is a bit long. There is a lot of discussion about work, that I could have done without. Saying that, I did enjoy this story. It is a story where love and time helps heal emotional wounds and enables several characters to find magic under the mistletoe. If you enjoy romance, especially festive stories, with family drama, then you need to pick this one up. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lisa M

    2-3 stars, the storyline wasn't quite what I expected from the synopsis. Also in fairness to this book, I had just read before it an absolute corker of a crime story and so I really wanted to stick with crime genre but BorrowBox threw a couple of Christmas books at me early 😆 2-3 stars, the storyline wasn't quite what I expected from the synopsis. Also in fairness to this book, I had just read before it an absolute corker of a crime story and so I really wanted to stick with crime genre but BorrowBox threw a couple of Christmas books at me early 😆

  13. 4 out of 5

    Caitlyn Lynch

    This is being billed as a Falling In Love One Christmas story, but don’t be fooled. It’s actually a story which begins at Christmas with two people who are in no way ready for a relationship agreeing to Fake Date to help take the pressure off from their families. Over the course of a full year, they slowly get closer and it’s at the SECOND Christmas together the romance really comes to fruition. There’s a lot to like about this story; the author doesn’t shy away from some difficult topics, includ This is being billed as a Falling In Love One Christmas story, but don’t be fooled. It’s actually a story which begins at Christmas with two people who are in no way ready for a relationship agreeing to Fake Date to help take the pressure off from their families. Over the course of a full year, they slowly get closer and it’s at the SECOND Christmas together the romance really comes to fruition. There’s a lot to like about this story; the author doesn’t shy away from some difficult topics, including (trigger warnings apply) past partner violence and the emotional aftermath of a miscarriage and marriage breakdown. Both protagonists have loving families they don’t want to disappoint, but neither of them are in the right headspace for a relationship, as well as both being in business situations that demand all their time and energy. However; Leesa, in my opinion, was a lot more justified in her caution than Cary, who frankly came across as a selfish swine a lot of the time. The heroine even THINKS this, when he pulls a petulant sulk and won’t respond to calls and messages for days after he can’t get through her assistant to talk to her ONE TIME. She even has to go rescue him from his own idiocy when his family call her in concern. Leesa’s way too nice to put up with a petulant manbaby, and I really wanted to tell her that there are plenty more fish in the sea, some of whom might even listen and think about other people’s feelings sometimes instead of their own. There’s a good basic premise here but it was really thrown off by Cary being such a selfish swine, and the book is just way, way too long. There are a lot of scenes included that don’t advance the plot in any way, they’re just filler, and there’s line editing needed as well. Classic example is in conversation when characters keep using each others’ names in dialogue when talking to each other; real people don’t do that. You might use someone’s name once, to get their attention, but not in ways such as “I understand why you think that’s a good idea, Cary.” and a couple sentences later “Cary, I’ve seen the reaction you get from women…” If there are two people in a room, they KNOW who they’re talking to. Putting names in like this makes the dialogue sound weirdly stilted - as does the lack of contractions the author is also prone to, which makes every conversation seem incredibly formal. I wanted this to be a charming, feel-good Christmas-themed rom-com, and it unfortunately misses on almost every count (there’s a reasonable amount of Christmas cheer). It needs a thorough content and line edit and Cary needs a character revision to make him worthy of being a romance hero instead of a jerk; he starts off a jerk at the start of the book and never really gets over himself. Literally until about the 25% mark I was still waiting for the REAL hero to turn up. Two stars for an unfortunately disappointing read. Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book via the publisher’s representative.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Gaele

    Leesa has been working non-stop on a client’s video presentation, in Australia. Flying back home to the UK in coach, her client, Cary, doesn’t seem to be able to let down or stop working, when all she wants to do is have the toddler in the middle row quieten down and just relax after all of the stress. But, nothing is quite as simple as it seems, and she’s returning to a Christmas celebration that she isn’t at all looking forward to. Her ex-in-laws have ‘cleared the decks’ for her to spend the 3 Leesa has been working non-stop on a client’s video presentation, in Australia. Flying back home to the UK in coach, her client, Cary, doesn’t seem to be able to let down or stop working, when all she wants to do is have the toddler in the middle row quieten down and just relax after all of the stress. But, nothing is quite as simple as it seems, and she’s returning to a Christmas celebration that she isn’t at all looking forward to. Her ex-in-laws have ‘cleared the decks’ for her to spend the 3 days with them – after her former mother-in-law is still grieving from the loss of her own mother. Conflicted with the memories the holiday will bring, and feeling bad for being the wedge between her ex and his family, she’s trying to find a way to ‘cut ties’ with the family without causing too much damage. But a massive snowstorm with only someone from Cary’s grandmother’s house to rescue them as the roads are closed, she’s thrown into seeing him in a new, less business-centric light, and things are intriguing. Cary’s grandmother is putting a similar pressure on him to ‘settle down’ and the two decide to ‘pretend’ to be a couple – making a firm pact for rescue and ‘face time to lessen the pressures for a relationship for Cary and to help convince Leesa’s ex-in-laws that she’s moved on from the tragic ending of her marriage to their son. What’s most intriguing in all of this is the similarity in personality between the two, and how when Cary listens to Leesa discussing her business and struggles – the two find that they have plenty in common and can bounce ideas off of one another. But, the constant lying is getting to Leesa, and she finds herself far more involved in her feelings for Cary than he seems to be. With family (well-meaning but interfering) several failed relationships that ended with tragedy or simply were a series of miscommunications, and Leesa’s innate ability to see to the heart of a problem, listen to what is said, and finding her own feet in her rapidly growing business, the story moves quickly with plenty of heart and laughter. There is plenty of romance as well, even as both Leesa and Cary are consistently battling their attraction and worries about ‘being enough’ for one another – but with the magic of a lovely old house and grounds, plenty of heart and family and the addition of a giant winter fete – the story is easy to follow and utterly enjoyable. You’ll want to be stranded with the two, or intrigued by Cary’s business ideas and sense – all while hoping the two find a way to work out their issues to take a chance. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed

  15. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Clarke (Love Books Actually)

    This is my first time reading a Lucy Coleman book and after reading the synopsis I wanted in! Now I know the fake date trope has been done many times before but I have to admit I’m a big fan and I love those ‘will they won’t they’ storylines. But this story took me by surprise, it had a depth that I wasn’t expecting, the author putting her own little twist on it and I really enjoyed, it. There were also mini storylines for many of the characters running throughout the background making this so m This is my first time reading a Lucy Coleman book and after reading the synopsis I wanted in! Now I know the fake date trope has been done many times before but I have to admit I’m a big fan and I love those ‘will they won’t they’ storylines. But this story took me by surprise, it had a depth that I wasn’t expecting, the author putting her own little twist on it and I really enjoyed, it. There were also mini storylines for many of the characters running throughout the background making this so much more than a fake date trope story. The story kicks off on the day before Christmas Eve on a long haul flight to London having not long left Australia. Having worked on a project together, Leesa and Cary are nothing more than work colleagues, so much so Cary leaves Leesa to sit cramped in economy while he settles into business class. After a bad snow storm stops Leesa from getting to her final destination for the holiday season. Cary takes charge and offers to take her back to his Grandmothers rather than leaving her stranded at the airport. It’s not long before they both declare how much they are dreading the family festivities they have in store. This leading to them agreeing to a contract to be each other’s plus ones to keep the pressure off. The whole book was written through the eyes of Leesa and at times I would have loved to have been able to get an insight into Cary’s thoughts but that’s me being nosey and wanting to know his thoughts and feelings which of course never happens like that in real life and so it had me hooked wanting to get through to the end to find out how the story ends. As I said before running throughout the background of Leesa’s and Cary’s fake date trope was a series of mini storylines for the other characters either involved with Leesa or Cary and these little twists kept me intrigued but I won’t divulge any of them so as not to ruin the story for you! I wanted to connect to the character of Cary much more than I did, I wouldn’t say he was cold or nasty but more of a closed book making it tough to warm to him. This goes back to me wanting to be able to read from his point of view; that might have helped me to feel connected to his character. It didn't spoil the book for me however, I just didn't fall in love with him as much as I have done previous male characters. My favourite character had to be Cary’s Grandmother Cressida. A wonderful and interesting character that you wish you knew in real life. You could feel the love and warmth she showed to her family and even Leesa who she welcomed in as one of her own without a second thought. This book had lots of festive moments which I loved but this can easily be read anytime of year. Magic Under the Mistletoe is an emotional and heartwarming read that will leave you feeling uplifted. I’m now intrigued to read another of Lucy Coleman’s books! Big thanks to Lucy Coleman and Rachel Random Resources for the ARC which I have reviewed honestly.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Shalini

    I usually don't read romance but sometimes the cover of the book just draws you in. The same happened when I looked at this cover. I was entranced, something about the lone woman against the backdrop of the snow gave me hope. And I started reading. Lucy Coleman is truly an author who can write the depths of romance. The trope sounded familiar a clause between two coworkers who pretended to be in a relationship just to get the relatives off their backs. And love happened between the two. The charac I usually don't read romance but sometimes the cover of the book just draws you in. The same happened when I looked at this cover. I was entranced, something about the lone woman against the backdrop of the snow gave me hope. And I started reading. Lucy Coleman is truly an author who can write the depths of romance. The trope sounded familiar a clause between two coworkers who pretended to be in a relationship just to get the relatives off their backs. And love happened between the two. The characters, Cary and Leesa, had depth in this book, they had a past, and they knew where they were going in life. Both had been hurt in love, yet the succeeded well enough in their careers. Maybe they recognized each other in their hurt. Cary was the gallant gentleman who stole away my heart too. Lucy Coleman's writing had a sense of timelessness where family and relationships mattered. Cary's family, with all its skirmishes were still a delight to read. I loved the grandmother Cressida who tugged at my heartstrings. Her story of loss and love brought a sharp pain which gentle as I turned the pages. A slower and a longer read as compared to my other books, it kept me engrossed in the lives of these characters. It was time and love which slowly healed their broken hearts to make them whole again, ready to love and find their magic under the Mistletoe.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Shaz Goodwin

    https://www.jerasjamboree.co.uk/roman... Leesa and Cary, both workaholics, are using work to help fill the gap from emotional wounds. They make a great couple! and even though their ‘relationship’ is a contract that suits them both, the friendship that develops is founded in respect and trust. The events that leave them vulnerable are slowly revealed. One scene over the Christmas period had me re-evaluating very quickly. Spending time at the Anderson country manor introduces Cary’s grandparents, b https://www.jerasjamboree.co.uk/roman... Leesa and Cary, both workaholics, are using work to help fill the gap from emotional wounds. They make a great couple! and even though their ‘relationship’ is a contract that suits them both, the friendship that develops is founded in respect and trust. The events that leave them vulnerable are slowly revealed. One scene over the Christmas period had me re-evaluating very quickly. Spending time at the Anderson country manor introduces Cary’s grandparents, brother and neighbour who all bring even more intrigue and feeling into the story. My heart ached for Matthew and I loved Cressida. I wish I had known her as that unbridled young lady, full of energy and verve. Definitely a force to be reckoned with! Magic Under the Mistletoe is such a heart-warming story. It has everything I want in a feel-good read. A great cast of characters that have hooked in my emotions and brought tears as well as a sense of belonging and warmth (I LOVED the Winter Wonderland party. Perfection!). Christmas romance movies are my guilty pleasure … I would love to see this on the screen! If you’re looking for a romance read to warm your soul, this is for you.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Frenchorchidea

    it was the first time for me to read a book by Lucy Coleman. I really enjoyed the first chapters from "Magic under the mistletoe" but the more i got into the book the more I found myself a bit disappointed. It was not what I was expecting from this book. It was too sad, too serious for my liking. But the writing style is good and I am sure this book can a hit with many of you. It was just not for me. it was the first time for me to read a book by Lucy Coleman. I really enjoyed the first chapters from "Magic under the mistletoe" but the more i got into the book the more I found myself a bit disappointed. It was not what I was expecting from this book. It was too sad, too serious for my liking. But the writing style is good and I am sure this book can a hit with many of you. It was just not for me.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Brimble

    Magic Under The Mistletoe was my first festive read of the season and it didn't disappoint - with the wonderful backdrop of a grand country house and a rich cast of characters, this Christmas romance has it all! Our hero and heroine, Leesa and Cary are introduced as they fly back from Australia after a business trip but the weather upon landing means Leesa is prevented from going home. She reluctantly joins Cary at his grandmother's house (a famous romance author, no less!) where the pair of them Magic Under The Mistletoe was my first festive read of the season and it didn't disappoint - with the wonderful backdrop of a grand country house and a rich cast of characters, this Christmas romance has it all! Our hero and heroine, Leesa and Cary are introduced as they fly back from Australia after a business trip but the weather upon landing means Leesa is prevented from going home. She reluctantly joins Cary at his grandmother's house (a famous romance author, no less!) where the pair of them are drawn into a 'relationship of convenience.' Magic Under The Mistletoe is filled with tension, family dynamics, tentative love and so much more - a really great read!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Way-Way Pee

    I was unable to connect with the characters or the story. I did not feel any chemistry or tension between any of the multiple storylines.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Allyn Wise

    Really 2.5. I liked the story, but felt that the author didnt know how to write certain scenes, so just left them out.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Susan in Perthshire

    I think there was a potentially good story lurking here but I'm sorry I found it was far too long and rambling. There was so much padding and I ended up skim reading about 30% of it. I lost interest in the characters. The first chapter should have warned me as it went on forever; and the key points that we needed to learn about the characters and the situation were belaboured so much that I lost interest. I think a good editor would have pruned a lot of the unnecessary prose and pointless dialog I think there was a potentially good story lurking here but I'm sorry I found it was far too long and rambling. There was so much padding and I ended up skim reading about 30% of it. I lost interest in the characters. The first chapter should have warned me as it went on forever; and the key points that we needed to learn about the characters and the situation were belaboured so much that I lost interest. I think a good editor would have pruned a lot of the unnecessary prose and pointless dialogue and we would have ended up with a better book. I didn't dislike the story - but I thought the execution was lacking - hence 2 stars.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Reading Mom.me

    This was a very sweet story and I loved Carry and Leesa so much but this book was way longer then it needed to be. It just seemed to go on and on with nothing overly exciting ever really happening. I just wish it had been shorter because I would've rated it higher. Thank you Netgalley and Aria for this ARC in exchange for my honest review This was a very sweet story and I loved Carry and Leesa so much but this book was way longer then it needed to be. It just seemed to go on and on with nothing overly exciting ever really happening. I just wish it had been shorter because I would've rated it higher. Thank you Netgalley and Aria for this ARC in exchange for my honest review

  24. 4 out of 5

    booksofallkinds

    *I voluntarily reviewed this book from Netgalley. It's September and I know for some people that is far too early for the 'C' word but not for me who cannot wait for mistletoe and chestnuts roasting on an open fire. So when I got the opportunity to read MAGIC UNDER THE MISTLETOE by Lucy Coleman I couldn't wait to jump in and I was not disappointed. After a super stressful work project with Cary Anderson, Leesa is looking forward to getting a break from him when they get off the flight from Austra *I voluntarily reviewed this book from Netgalley. It's September and I know for some people that is far too early for the 'C' word but not for me who cannot wait for mistletoe and chestnuts roasting on an open fire. So when I got the opportunity to read MAGIC UNDER THE MISTLETOE by Lucy Coleman I couldn't wait to jump in and I was not disappointed. After a super stressful work project with Cary Anderson, Leesa is looking forward to getting a break from him when they get off the flight from Australia. But she isn't looking forward to spending Christmas with her ex-mother-in-law because she knows that she needs to make a clean break of things but this is the hardest time of year for her for so many reasons ... For Cary, work is everything. He knows the hurt and pain that relationships can cause so love is not something he is willing to invest in as the odds are just too high. Helping the world conserve energy and be more green through his business is the most important thing in his life, even though his beloved Grandmother cannot understand that. She wants him to find true love and Cary is dreading Christmas where the woman who means most to him will push her opinions on him. He would love to skip Christmas if he could. But fate has other plans and when a storm sees Leesa and Cary stuck together, a plan to appease everyone is hatched. What if they could act like each other's significant others when needed but just be friends in reality? It is the perfect relationship for these two ambitious, career-minded people. But sometimes love has other ideas ... First of all, while this story does start and end at Christmas, the plot covers an entire year for these characters so isn't just for readers of Christmas romance. From misunderstandings, heartache, confused feelings, and family dynamics, MAGIC UNDER THE MISTLETOE by Lucy Coleman is a warm and emotional story that will really warm your heart. I felt for what Leesa had been through in the past and could understand her reticence about relationships. Cary's grandmother is a vibrant, fun character and it was great getting to know her. MAGIC UNDER THE MISTLETOE by Lucy Coleman is a festive story about taking chances and accepting the past and will definitely please romance fans everywhere.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Ryan

    Leesa Oliver and her client, Cary Anderson, were flying back from Australia after filming a promotional video. Cary is a stickler for detail and the schedule had already over run. Even now, on the flight home, Leesa was inundated with texts from Cary, in his comfortable first class seat, with his ideas about improving the video, while she was stuck in economy next to an excitable toddler. All she wants to do is relax and unwind but that’s looking less and less likely. To make matters worse, Lees Leesa Oliver and her client, Cary Anderson, were flying back from Australia after filming a promotional video. Cary is a stickler for detail and the schedule had already over run. Even now, on the flight home, Leesa was inundated with texts from Cary, in his comfortable first class seat, with his ideas about improving the video, while she was stuck in economy next to an excitable toddler. All she wants to do is relax and unwind but that’s looking less and less likely. To make matters worse, Leesa isn’t looking forward to the pressure of spending Christmas with her ex in-laws and is trying to find a way to make a clean break while causing as little hurt as possible. Cary is also under pressure from his beloved grandmother, Cressida, who is desperate to see him settle down. He prefers to put his efforts into energy conservation rather than risk the unpredictabilities of a relationship and the thought of Christmas fills him with dread. Fate intervenes in the guise of a snow storm, closing all the roads around the airport. Cary is able to get home thanks to a lift in an all terrain vehicle and rather ungraciously offers Leesa a lift. Arriving at his grandmother’s with Leesa gives Cressida entirely the wrong idea but suggests to Cary a way they could create a plan which would be beneficial to both of them. A relationship of convenience sets the scene for a slow burning story that takes place over the course of a year and includes family dramas, misunderstandings and second chances, so despite the title, Magic Under The Mistletoe isn’t the traditional festive romance you might be expecting. Cary was reluctant to disappoint his grandmother and desperately wanted her to stop worrying about him. Leesa needed to show her in-laws she was moving on with her life. The agreement she and Cary had seemed perfect for both of them but it did mean they had no choice but to become closer. There are quite a few evolving story threads—Lucy Coleman includes some important topics and how they might realistically affect the people concerned. It took me a while to warm to Leesa and Cary but eventually they won me over. My favourite character was Cressida, a romantic novelist who wanted a happy ending for everyone. I loved the beautifully described and very festive ending.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    Well, this is by Lucy Coleman so, if you enjoy her stories like I do, you just know it will be a delightful, heartwarming and enthralling read - and it really is! Lessa Oliver is a something of a workaholic but no where near as much as CEO Cary Anderson, who she has been working for in Australia. His pernickety attitude and perfectionism have nearly driven her and her cameraman, Jeff, to distraction. He made them work days when they should have returned home and now it is December 23rd and even Well, this is by Lucy Coleman so, if you enjoy her stories like I do, you just know it will be a delightful, heartwarming and enthralling read - and it really is! Lessa Oliver is a something of a workaholic but no where near as much as CEO Cary Anderson, who she has been working for in Australia. His pernickety attitude and perfectionism have nearly driven her and her cameraman, Jeff, to distraction. He made them work days when they should have returned home and now it is December 23rd and even on the flight home he's emailing changes he'd like making to the video they're making for him! Blizzard conditions, road closures and both dreading being with their families for Christmas leads to a mutually beneficial contract to spend half the holidays with each other's families whilst pretending to be a couple. Can they fake the romance and keep the families from discovering the truth? What happens when the attraction between them grows and it isn't quite so fake? Is their a chance for romance this Christmas for this couple? I enjoyed how the couple's romance slowly developed as they started to get to know each other. As they start to warm to each other, getting to know the person behind the mask and their history, it makes a lovely festive read - even if it isn't really Christmas yet! Both of them have been hurt in love but made a success of their jobs. I really liked Cary's grandparents, though for very different reasons, and their relationship has its own secrets which are an intriguing part of the story. This is a story where love helps heal emotional wounds and enables several characters for find their own "Magic Under the Mistletoe". I requested and was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest review after choosing to read this fantastic festive read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    AnnMarie

    Magic Under the Mistletoe is a standalone novel by Lucy Coleman. What starts out as an employer/employee relationship turns into a farce where they make a deal to pretend to be in a relationship. It is what they considered the best way to keep their families happy. Cary Anderson the boss wants his grandmother happy because she despairs of him finding a new love after his ex left him. Leesa Oliver, the employee, is trying to keep her ex-in-laws happy by attending Christmas festivities with them. Magic Under the Mistletoe is a standalone novel by Lucy Coleman. What starts out as an employer/employee relationship turns into a farce where they make a deal to pretend to be in a relationship. It is what they considered the best way to keep their families happy. Cary Anderson the boss wants his grandmother happy because she despairs of him finding a new love after his ex left him. Leesa Oliver, the employee, is trying to keep her ex-in-laws happy by attending Christmas festivities with them. But it has to be the last time so she thinks that by having a new boyfriend she can make the break easier for them. Of course the more time they spend together, more than they thought they would when they came up with the plan, the more they realise that maybe they don't want to just pretend anymore. The problem is that they both know that attraction doesn't make for a happy ever after. They both fight the good fight to keep being just friends but will they decide that life is too short to not take risks? This story wasn't your run of the mill pretend to be in love to actually falling in love story. It wasn't all hearts and roses. It was emotional, funny in parts, sweet in others and darn right heart jerking in others. I love a book that can give me all the feels! I loved the characters, especially Cary's grandmother who is a famous romance author, she was a delight to read about. This book was a lovely festive read and despite running at a slower pace than I normally like, I am still happy to recommend it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amanda (Books, Life and Everything Nice)

    Thank you to NetGalley, Aria, and Lucy Coleman for an ARC ebook copy to review. As always, an honest review from me. Like: - fun, sweet wintertime romance - Still realistic because there are some family and life struggles presented (allows the characters to be well created) but also still retains its romance novel quality - The author writes consistently good winter holiday romances Love: - one of the main characters is a romance author - Picturesque setting Dislike: - wasn't as captivating for a Thank you to NetGalley, Aria, and Lucy Coleman for an ARC ebook copy to review. As always, an honest review from me. Like: - fun, sweet wintertime romance - Still realistic because there are some family and life struggles presented (allows the characters to be well created) but also still retains its romance novel quality - The author writes consistently good winter holiday romances Love: - one of the main characters is a romance author - Picturesque setting Dislike: - wasn't as captivating for a holiday romance as I had hoped - simply put, it didn't pull me into the story, wrap me up in the holiday feels and make me feel a part of the festive holiday season - The family tension - there's not a lot of it but any will always take away from the enjoyment of a book for me, due to personal triggers Wish that: - I wasn't so busy so I could take time to truly enjoy this wonderful novel - I related more to the main characters Overall, a decent holiday romance novel but definitely not my favorite that I've read recently. I've read and thoroughly enjoyed another book by this same author, so I have high hopes for her next book. To be fair, I was very busy and stressed while reading this book, so I couldn't relax and become immersed in the world like I usually do.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Deborah J Miles

    This story is about Cary Anderson, the exacting CEO of Solar Powered Solutions, and Leesa Oliver, whose company, Dynamic Videography, makes promotional videos. Written in the first person from the perspective of Leesa, we begin the story with Cary and Leesa flying back from Australia where they have been working - he is enjoying all the benefits of First Class while she struggles not to lose her temper with a boisterous child in Economy, and cope with Cary's incessant stream of emails. When they This story is about Cary Anderson, the exacting CEO of Solar Powered Solutions, and Leesa Oliver, whose company, Dynamic Videography, makes promotional videos. Written in the first person from the perspective of Leesa, we begin the story with Cary and Leesa flying back from Australia where they have been working - he is enjoying all the benefits of First Class while she struggles not to lose her temper with a boisterous child in Economy, and cope with Cary's incessant stream of emails. When they finally land in Cardiff, there is a snowstorm and the roads are impassible. Cary has ceased to be 'all business' and has offered Leesa a lift with him in a range rover, driven by a family friend, Robert. They arrive at his grandmother's home, a Victorian country manor house, where Leesa is introduced to Cary's Grandmother, novelist Cressida Anderson. Cressida is expecting 35-year-old Cary to settle down, so to avoid a difficult Christmas holiday, Cary convinces Leesa to pretend to be his girlfriend. They agree to a verbal contract they call a 'Santa Clause'. Leesa also has demands this Christmas, and Cary is called to rescue her from her ex-husband's parents house following an unexpected upset. Naturally, things get more interesting and emotionally complicated as time goes on. There are lots of secondary characters involved in subplots of their own which serve to make Leesa and Cary consider what they each want from life. My favourite character would have to be Leesa. She seems quite level-headed for the most part, and very different from her younger sister Beth, who comes over as the spoilt child in the family. This story is well-written, and I found it very enjoyable. Definitely one to add to your Christmas list this year!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Els

    We all have to work for a living, but sometimes work becomes the most important thing in our lives due to some dissapointments in the love department. Throwing yourself into your job seems to be the only thing that matters and the right thing to do in order to protect yourself against another heaartbreak. On the other side there is your family. They know what you went through but they hope you will find the strength to move on. They hope that Cupid is waiting around the corner, aiming one of his We all have to work for a living, but sometimes work becomes the most important thing in our lives due to some dissapointments in the love department. Throwing yourself into your job seems to be the only thing that matters and the right thing to do in order to protect yourself against another heaartbreak. On the other side there is your family. They know what you went through but they hope you will find the strength to move on. They hope that Cupid is waiting around the corner, aiming one of his arrows your way. There is one solution to make them happy, to get them off your back and keep the wall you have built intact. Sounds like a foolproof plan, doesn’t it? A story full of love, lost and fourd. 4 stars. Thank you, Lucy Coleman and Rachel’s Random Resources. https://bforbookreview.wordpress.com

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