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Must Love Mistletoe (Holiday Duets #1)

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  863 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Bailey Sullivan can't stand Christmas, even though her family's business is a store specializing in the perfect holiday. But now her hometown's chief supplier of rooftop Rudolphs and treetop angels is in danger of going under--it's up to Bailey to save the shop.

She has it all planned: She'll arrive on December 1 and be gone by Christmas. Plus there's always spiked eggnog t
Paperback, 358 pages
Published December 1st 2006 by Avon Books (first published November 28th 2006)
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I somehow got the mistaken impression that Must Love Mistletoe would be a lighthearted, witty romantic comedy, but it seemed that the author couldn't decide whether the story was supposed to be a comedy or a drama. While there were some humorous scenes that made me smile, there were others that I think were meant to be humorous, but to me, came off seeming rather silly and childish. The book also dealt with several heavier topics such as marital strife and death, b
I am a sucker for a good reunion romance, so when "Must Love Mistletoe" was recommended to me I had high expections. I was not disappointed.

Bailey Sullivan is the original Christmas Scrooge having spent several years working behind the scenes at "The Perfect Christmas", a business owned and operated by her family.

Bailey is forced to leave behind her life in LA and return home for the holidays to save the family business from going under after her parents separate. When she runs into her long-lo
3.5 stars. The secondary romance with Bailey's mom and Dan took up too much time. Plus they got the first love scene which threw me. I don't think the author dedicated that much time to Bailey and Finn. The characters acted immature at times. However, I did love Finn. I just wish the characters were more developed.
For your information: This is not a fluffy holiday story. This is the fourth time I’ve read Must Love Mistletoe by Christie Ridgway and it still slays me. Finn and Bailey have a tough road ahead of them – with different reasons – with their paths intertwining at many points.

I love Bailey’s character, as she grows, especially when she gets sentimental about something that is happening during this Christmas season. See, she is anti-holiday because of things that have happened in her past but this
Lexee Toste
This was an enjoyable read. Bailey and Finn were complex, well written characters but they did get on my nerves a little bit. They just needed to have better communication lol. They took too long to start actually talking and working through any of the stuff that they had going on. They were around each other and at first neither wanted to know what was actually going on with the other because they didn't want to get close again or have the other one think they cared so they refused to ask the q ...more
Must Love Mistletoe was not the best Christie Ridgway book I've read, but it was still a good read. I enjoyed getting to know Bailey, Finn,and their loved ones. I saw a lot of emotional growth in Bailey during the story but was disappointed in the lack of change in Finn. Since Finn went through such a dramatic, life-changing event, I expected to see more change in him. I don't feel he dealt with his emotional baggage as well as Bailey did.

The edition I read had a completely misleading cover on t
Rosemary K
Bailey Sullivan is back home. She is running the family store, A Perfect Christmas, since her mother and stepfather separated. She isn't in the holiday spirit. Everything gets worse when she finds her first love and next door neighbor, Finn Jacobson, is back visiting his grandmother who has been very ill. How will this holiday end? This is a wonderful story. The romance between Bailey and Finn is full of pain and passion. Their attraction is so powerful and so sensual that I was happy when they ...more
I like this one, and this is actually a reread because I'm on a kick of reading Christmas stories during the holidays this year. So I actually read this one for the first time like two summers ago. And even reading it during a ridiculously humid summer I felt...festive. The tiny town strung with lights all centered around The Perfect Christmas, the local landmark of a Christmas store stationed in an old Victorian home. The store is usually run by Tracy and Dan, but they're on the outs so their S ...more
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Bailey is a 20 something lawyer who hates Christmas. Which is funny, because her family runs a Christmas store. But when her parents fight, it's her who has to take care of the store. She can deal with it, until Finn, her ex-boyfriend, is staying with his family in the house next door.

It's not like she isn't still in love with him, right? After all, she was the one who left him, ten years ago. But the spark is definitely alive, because when she s
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I really enjoyed this book... Yes it is a light holiday read but I enjoyed it.

Bailey is coerced into coming home to run the family business The Perfect Christmas even though she hates the holidays. She runs into her first and true love Finn who was recently hurt in his line of work and comes back to town to take care of his ailing Grandmother. Bailey ran out on Finn when she graduated and Finn never knew why and now he wants to know, and he also finds he wants Bailey. Bailey was raised with the
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Christie Ridgway’s Holiday Duet Series includes Must Love Mistletoe and Not Another New Year’s. These two books go together with the characters being mentioned in both books. If you read one, you have to read the other. (It’s not really a requirement for reading the books, but come on, you’re going to love the characters.)

I will admit I read the books backwards. I originally attempted to read the books in order but t
The novel centers on Bailey Sullivan who left her hometown of Coronado the second she graduated. Despite the fact that she had plans with her neighbor’s bad-boy grandson Finn. Bailey and Finn spent every summer together, had a steamy teen romance and talked about plans after graduation. Bailey decided to to run before things got ugly.

Bailey is a bright, hard working lawyer who drops everything to come home for the month of December. Her Mom and stepfather have separated and someone needs to run
Wonderful read and I was laughing at the way a girl named after an iconic Christmas character and hates Christmas.

Bailey Sullivan comes back to her hometown to help her mom during the Christmas rush and is ready to hit the road at midnight on Christmas day. But her plans might get changed due to her old flame, Finn showing back up into her life.

A wonderful read about second chances and seeing if going back to the past and finding the answers is worth the risk.
Kristi Fenske
Tis the season to read a Christmas themed story which is exactly what Must Love Mistletoe by Christie Ridgway is. Bailey (Yes, like George!) Sullivan is a young woman thrown back to her home town of Coronado, California to run the family business, a Christmas store called The Perfect Christmas, in the midst of her mother and stepfather's marital turmoil. Bailey, who hates Christmas, is faced with keeping the business afloat while battling her feelings for her first love, Finn Jacobson, the bad b ...more
I read this book in one seating and thoroughly enjoyed it! It certainly delivered some laugh out loud moments as well as some sad seriousness. You just knew the two main characters had a deep love for each other beneath the hurt and it was just a matter of time before they worked it out. I also really loved that there was another story (and HEA) within the main story! It was a great book and I look forward to the next one in the series!
Donna Hatridge
A good romance for the holidays. This is Holiday Duet book 1.

Bailey Sullivan can't stand Christmas, even though her family's business is a store specializing in the perfect holiday. But now her hometown's chief supplier of rooftop Rudolphs and treetop angels is in danger of going under--and it's up to Bailey to save the shop.

She has it all planned: She'll arrive on December 1 and be gone by Christmas. Plus there's always spiked eggnog to ease the pain. But "Humbug" Bailey's not the only one hom
Sheila Schwartz
Hero and heartbreak and the journey to discovering your heart! The beauty of this story is that each emotion is wrung from your psyche and your heart and it leaves you laughing or struggling not to cry! I enjoyed the characters and their challenges in discovering what is more in escape or fighting for something you are afraid to lose! Great story and emotional climax!
Christmas is my favorite holiday, Christie Ridgway made me wish I was there in the Perfect Christmas shop. Bailey came home to take care of the family business. She was hoping to be in and out in 25 days. Little did she know she would run into Finn her first love. I loved the real life problems and feelings. I will definitely be recommending this book I loved it Kimberley
Here's a spicy Christmas story set in Coronado in Southern California. Bailey Sullivan returns home to help her mother with the family business, A Perfect Christmas. In this plot, the girl next door meets up with bad boy, Finn Jacobson, her first boyfriend. Lots of emotions to sort through which gives it more texture than your typical romance story. A nice holiday treat!
Thanks to CR's California Girls for the copy of this book.
I'm so angry with myself for not reading this sooner. I absolutely adored it. It was so good, in fact, that I stayed up until 6 a.m. to finish it.

Normally heroines like Bailey - who are jaded and cynical about men based on things that happened in their childhood - would annoy me, but she didn't. I think Ridgway did an excellent job of writing her as a balanced character. Yes, she was afraid of commitment and getting her heart broken, but that didn't stop her from caring. Sometimes in spite of he
Jessica Alcazar
This was just bad. And of course, there's a #2, which OCD me has to read so I can complete the bad circle.
But who knows, maybe I just wasn't in the right place to read this particular book at this time ... you know, cosmic alignment and all that...cuz i didnt HATE it, it was just bad .....
Going crazy reading Christmas books for the holiday, I picked this one up on Christmas Day. It was a good Christmas present. I really enjoyed this book.
Bailey came home for the holidays to help her parents run their Christmas-themed store while they sorted out their problems. She'd been running away from home for ten years because she wouldn't let herself get attached to anyone or anything.
I found both Bailey and Finn to be likable characters with real problems--maybe to an unbelievable degree
Not much to say about this one. It's a cute second chance at romance story with a Christmas vibe. I liked that Ridgway didn't over-do the fact that the story takes place around the holiday season. It felt natural and not gimmicky. My only problem with the book is that I got really frustrated with both Bailey and Finn. Their bitterness towards everything started to get a little wearing halfway through the book.

Despite my annoyance Ridgway has a light and funny writing style that kept me reading a
A bit too simplistic, especially regarding the heroine's hang-ups, why she left 11 years before the story starts and why she always feels like going away. However it was not unrealistic, nor seemed totally out of proportion. All the characters were really nice; the spirit of Christmas was really there, especially distasteful for the Scrooges of the world who of course end up not as indifferent as they seemed. The story happens on a short period of time, which both gives rhythme but also makes it ...more
Nice story but ... there is almost none left if you take away all the sex. I was looking forward to a romantic Christmas story (Miss Scrooge meets childhood sweetheart on Christmas) and was pretty contented after reading the first chapter. However from the second chapter onwards it was a string of flash-backs to former sex encounters of hero and heroine in their teens mixed with new ones (across the hedge, in the car, in the penthouse, in the store ... I don't remember anymore). The characters a ...more
Jessica Flaska
book wasn't too bad. it was enjoyable. it's about the woman who temporarily moves in with her mother till christmas to help out because her mother is going through something. she finds out that her old love returns as well and interesting things happen there. the only thing i didn't care for too much was how she made two of the men kind of demanding when it came to sex. the only times i have heard guys talk like that is in movies and the guy is usually a bad guy but there were no bad characters ...more
DNF at 23%. I'd forgotten how much I loathed Bailey. She's so self-absorbed. I also hated her depressed mother and the fact I have to read through her POV. Forget that… I read to be happy, not hear about someone's pitiful life and marriage and how her life is so worthless without a man. Blah, blah, blah. And she has to lean on her daughter like a crutch instead of standing on her own 2 feet. Sickening. *Cue the violins for the pity-party*. I hate this book and don't even know why I gave it 3 sta ...more
Brenda (b)
I enjoyed the book and felt touched by Bailey and Finn's stories, but this is another of those stories that I didn't think had a solid HEA. Personally, I like things to be a bit more spelled out at the end of the book. When I was done with this one, I wanted to know what happened to the store, if Bailey was able to become closer to her family, where she and Finn finally decided to call home and I would have liked to have been shown them working through their issues together. I liked the part of ...more
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