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Must Love Mistletoe (Holiday Duets #1)

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  928 Ratings  ·  81 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--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 eggn
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published November 28th 2006 by Christie Ridgway
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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.
Sep 14, 2014 Gale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 23, 2016 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a sweet, well-written story. Bailey has returned to her hometown to help her parents run the family business, a Christmas themed store, through its busiest season, December. She is surprised to discover that her high school boyfriend, Finn, is also back, taking care of his grandmother. The sparks are flying, but can they overcome what separated them before and the walls between them now? This can be read as a stand alone book, though it is the first in a two book series with related cha ...more
Rosemary K
Oct 17, 2014 Rosemary K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Carol Boyle
Dec 01, 2015 Carol Boyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved Must Love Mistletoe. Your heart goes out to Bailey who professes to hate Christmas yet she takes a leave from her job as an attorney and goes back to her hometown to take over her parents Christmas store until Christmas Day. Temporarily living next door to her parents is her first love, Finn, who has issues of his own. This is a great Christmas story filled with love, humor, sadness and some sexy scenes. Not only do we get to follow along on Bailey and Finn's journey back to each other but ...more
Dec 07, 2015 Dawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Bailey left town after high school, she left behind her family, her friends and her first and only love, Finn. Now, she's back to help her mother run the family business; unfortunately, for this Scrooge, it's a Christmas store.
Finn fell in love with Bailey when they were kids and was devastated when she left him, but it helped him become an adult. He is a reformed bad boy, who grew up to be a Secret Service agent. After an injury, he has taken a leave of absence, so he's back in town to tak
Bernadette Long
Dec 11, 2015 Bernadette Long rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bailey Sullivan returns to Coronado to run her family's store, The Perfect Christmas, while her mother and step-father are absent from the store in December. She has stayed away for ten years and all of her past experiences have soured her enjoyment of the Christmas holiday. She never thought that she would run into her ex-boyfriend, Finn Jacobson, after she also left him behind all those years ago.

Bailey is in for a memorable Christmas holiday as she revisits those Bad Boy memories and makes ne
Julia David
Feb 19, 2016 Julia David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bailey has loved Finn since they were kids. She was the good girl and he was the bad boy. She left early for college and didn't even tell Finn why. Ten years later, she comes home to help out with the family business only to find that Finn is staying at his grandmother's house, right next door to her mother. Finn has changed and she really likes the new Finn, but she will not get involved because she knows that kind of thing can't last. Should Finn try to change her mind or should he just move o ...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
Apr 18, 2011 Tanith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 30, 2011 Kimberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 21, 2011 Kimberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 25, 2014 Jackie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 12, 2014 Melinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 26, 2011 Donna Hatridge rated it really liked it
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
Dec 02, 2015 Jeni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this story. I liked both Bailey and Finn. While I understood where they both got their issues, I did think the not communicating their issues took longer than it needed to. But at heart, Bailey was really a nice person who wanted to help others and Finn really was a good guy, they just had to work out their issues. I liked the secondary characters as well, Bailey's mom and stepdad, their friends.
Sheila Schwartz
Nov 12, 2015 Sheila Schwartz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Sep 16, 2014 Kimberley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
This was a great Christmas story. I loved that it was set in Coronado, CA, one of my favorite places. I loved that there was so much more to the characters and the story than just a simple plot. I don't really want to read the second book in the series, so I was a little sad we didn't get more of a wrap-up of what happens with Bailey and Finn.
Nov 14, 2015 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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.
Dec 31, 2009 Holly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
I wasn't too impressed with this book though it was intriguing enough to want to finish. Each chapter being a day in the month of december was a unique idea. So much happened in the last chapter and the ending was so abupt it was hard to process and left me thinking what the heck just happened!? and now what?!
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