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No Mistletoe Required

3.43  ·  Rating Details ·  111 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
Dan Beckins isn't sure how he let his best friend con him into volunteering to build Santa's Winter Wonderland at the local hospital. He's got no problems with charity work, but anything Christmas-related is off-limits ever since he lost his parents on Christmas Day years ago. The only bright spot is working with smoking-hot Anna Smith.

Anna Smith loves Christmas and volunt
Published November 5th 2012 by Carina Press
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Liz F
Dec 19, 2012 Liz F rated it really liked it
Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley.

No Mistletoe Required by Jeanette Murray is a delightful novella that has the feel of a full novel. Don’t let the blurb or back cover description turn you off. I promise, you won’t be depressed when you read this!

As you may have guessed from the title, this story takes place around Christmas. Christmas is a really crappy time of year for our hero, Dan Beckins. When he was younger, he lost his family as Christmastime and since then, it’s seemed
Dec 30, 2012 Natalija rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
"No Mistletoe Required" is not your usual Christmas novel for the reason that it touches upon some serious subjects such as health issues, death and grief. This notwithstanding, it's a heartwarming and sweet reading for the holiday season. The characters are interesting and well developed, but, while I absolutely loved Dan, I never really warmed up towards Anna. There was just something that held me back from enjoying her character to the hilt. Other than that, I'm glad I read it, and I would re ...more
Allison (The Allure of Books)
You guys, I am more than a little obsessed with Christmas-themed books this year. It seems like almost every day lately that I hop onto g-chat to tell April about another one (or five) purchased on Amazon. So, when I saw No Mistletoe Required by Jeanette Murray available to review on NetGalley, it was a no brainer.

Anna Smith loves Christmas – and she especially loves helping orchestrate a Winter Wonderland display at the local hospital. She has a deeper connection to the hospital than most peopl
Hsiau Wei
Nov 15, 2012 Hsiau Wei rated it liked it
This book tell the story of season of giving evolving around Dan and Anna. Anna is a cancer survival and is the main person behind the charity drive where Dan has volunteered his help. Unlike most people, Dan is adverse to Christmas season and doesn’t seem to enjoy the season at all. Anna, who wanted everyone to enjoy the season as much as she did, is determine to change his mind and as she is attracted to him and decided to make him as a nice holiday flings. The reason for having a fling as opp ...more
Diah Didi
I always enjoy story with seasonal theme.. I don't celebrate Christmas. But I know and do enjoy the joy that come along with it.
For this story, I understood why Anna wanted Dan to feel the joy, to enjoy the moment. But I also understood Dan's lack of enthusiasm. Not that I've experienced what he'd been through, but there were the times that I couldn't enjoy the those kind of moments, no matter how excited people around me.
The problem with novella is that most of the time it's too short to explor
Kathie (katmom)
Oct 22, 2012 Kathie (katmom) rated it really liked it
Thanks, NetGalley and Carina Press, for giving me the opportunity to read NO MISTLETOE REQUIRED.

This was a charming little story with a lovely Christmas theme.

Dan is pretty much a grinch, but he has a pretty good reason for feeling that way.

Anna loves Christmas and her goal to give ill children a good memory with her Santa Workshop is a worthy one.

I was impressed with the skill that Ms. Murray showed in bringing these two polar opposites together.

It was sweet, spicy, touching and enjoyable.

A v
Laurie Carlson
I HIGHLY recommend this novella for those who like/love contemporary romance! The only reason for it just being short of a 5-star rating from me is that it is too short, even if it is a novella! Imagine if it were a full length novel, it would have been even better! I can see so many possibilities with it.
I really enjoyed this story, even though it is short. (Ho, hum.) I really liked how well this story was written, too. A full-length novel would really enhance this story as I really enjoyed the
Laura Summers
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Here’s the thing, I love Christmas, I love romance and I’m not adverse to a nice dose of cheese. NO MISTLETOE REQUIRED has all three in spades. It’s a light, quick Christmas read, but at the same time it does have a slightly sad undertone.

Our hero and heroine are in charge of setting up a grotto for sick children in hospital when they meet. But, Dan our hero suffered a terrible tragedy at Christmas when he was a boy and has never celebrated it since. And, Anna,
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Are you still trying to decide what Christmas themed romance book to read this year? Add this one to your list, this was an heartwarming and highly emotional read. My emotions were on a constant rollercoaster.

Anna is the "Christmas cheerleader", she loves the holiday season. She displays so much enthusiasm and Christmas spirit, it wouldn't surprise me to find that she has a private shuttle with a direct flight to the North Pole and to the b
Dec 03, 2012 Sandy rated it liked it

NO MISTLETOE REQUIRED is the November 5, 2012 release by Jeanette Murray. Like most holiday novels, the requisite HEA is not missing from Jeanette’s storyline, but getting there was a bit of a struggle.

Dan Beckins is a divorce lawyer whose view of the holidays has been marred and forever tainted by the automobile accident that killed his parents on Christmas Day so many years ago. When his buddy volunteered them to help with the building of the annual Wint
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
Nov 05, 2012 Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews rated it really liked it
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4 Stars

I hate to admit it but as I’ve gotten older I’ve become somewhat of a Grinch about Christmas. My problem with Christmas is that it’s become to commercial and the “season” now starts in October which is just crazy to me. Dan Beckins has a really good reason for hating the Christmas season but when his friend volunteers him to help out at a children’s hospital and he meets Anna Smith, he find his anti-Christmas feelings flying away fast
Cocktails and Books
It's a bit early for the holiday reads, but this was one that I had to pick up as a "filler read" because it was on my phone and I needed something to read while I was waiting around. I'm glad I had it, because it was a very cute story about learning to appreciate the holidays and not fearing the future.

Anna Smith is full of Christmas cheer and to loves to spread it around...especially at the hospital's children ward, a place she spent time as a teen. She wants the children fighting cancer to ha
Stephanie Collins
Nov 05, 2012 Stephanie Collins rated it really liked it
This was a heartwarming quick read. You feel for both of our main pair and want them to find happiness.

Dan has been a Scrooge around Christmas for most of his life so being tricked in to helping at the Children's Hospital over the holiday season isn't his idea of fun. He's surly but when he sees Anna from across the room he's very intrigued. He thinks she's one of the sorority sisters so therefore too young for him but when he finds out she's the advisor … he's a happy man! He pushes to get more
Dec 14, 2012 Becky rated it liked it
(3 1/2 stars) This was a cute little holiday story. Both the hero and heroine have some definite baggage. She had cancer as a child, suffered through a more recent breast cancer scare, and is now afraid to get into a relationship without having a clear bill of health first. As a result, Anna Smith has decided she's a fling-only girl for two years, at which point she should know whether or not her most recent health concerns are over. Dan Beckins lost both of his parents on Christmas when he was ...more
Nov 02, 2012 Desty rated it liked it
Shelves: novel, english, e-book, romance
Dan Beckins is a lawyer who doesn't like Christmas season, since his parents died by accident on Christmas day when he was young. But he can't resist when his friend Geoff con him into volunteering to build Santa's Winter Wonderland at the local hospital in the name of charity. And then he met Anna Smith, a big brown eyes and shorty nurse. She is loves Christmas and volunteering at the hospital, where she spent her teenage time as one of the patient. She is also a cancer survivor (leukemia and b ...more
Oct 14, 2013 Angel rated it it was amazing
No Rules Required… Anymore

Mistletoe and love are synonymous when it comes to the Holidays. This standalone story is a classic example of how love and an open heart go hand in hand.

Dan is a divorce lawyer and a Grinch, at least when it comes to Christmas. He avoids and despises everything about the Holiday. However, he often does charity projects and is signed up for one at the local children’s hospital. Much to his dismay and his friend Geoff’s chagrin they are signed up to build a Christmas se
Melinda Dozier
Nov 28, 2012 Melinda Dozier rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-copies
I have to admit that I definitely judged this book by its cover. Can you resist this hottie on the cover? I love his smile and his longer hair. Cute! And he wasn't a disappointment in the story either. Sweet Dan Beckins is "forced" to help build Santa's Workshop at the children's hospital, even though he hates the season. There, he meets Anna, a cancer survivor who turns out to be an advantage to working there. Ana's character is a formidable one. She goes for what she wants and guess who that i ...more
Jan 12, 2013 Vox rated it liked it
Yeah. This one. Um ... well ... it's cute.


We have Anna, a petite little thing who enjoys volunteering at the hospital, particularly at Christmas time. She is determined that the children there get to visit Santa and have a few minutes of peace outside of their illnesses, so she gathers together sorority girls from the local university to help out. Dan shows up to help out and is drawn to Anna. He finds himself unable to stay away from her. But Anna doesn't make it easy for him. But unlike An
Tina "IRead2Escape"
If you are looking for a quick, uplifting read to get you in the mood for the holidays this is the one for you. No Mistletoe required is a sweet, quick read that covers a whirlwind of topics in very few pages.

Dan Beckins hates anything to do with Christmas. That's why he can't believe he is helping his friend to build a winter wonderland for the local children's hospital. He even finds the cute, college fraternity girls annoying with all of their glitter, shiny lights and Christmas cheer. That
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No Mistletoe Required is a sweet Christmas novella about two people who need to “step outside of themselves” and really and truly enjoy life and all it has to offer. I can’t imagine what Dan and Anna have actually had to endure during the course of their lives. I love Christmas and I can’t say that I wouldn’t be like Dan if I lost my entire family on Christmas Day. The same can be said for Anna, I would feel bad abou
No Mistletoe Required is a relativity short read. It's almost about as long as a novella.

It follows Dan who's all bah humbug about the holidays which is pretty justified when you learn why. I'd be pretty torn up about it too but I don't know if I would go as far as ignoring Christmas! It also follows Anna who basks in the holiday spirit. But she's bah humbug about relationships when it comes to her "deadline" for also a pretty justified reason when you learn why.

(I think the blurb is a bit spol
Andrea Guy
This is a short holiday novella from Jeanette Murray. It has all the elements of a great book, but it suffers because of the length. (Only about 70 pages). There's so much to Dan and Anna, that giving them such a short story doesn't seem to be fitting. Both characters have a lot of past baggage that is getting in the way of their relationship.

Its the baggage that really weighs the story down. Not bad writing, not even a bad story line. This plot would have been great if it were even about 90 pag
Sonya Heaney
This was a great romantic Christmas novella, a little emotional with the hospital aspect, but I didn’t find it sickly sweet.

Both Dan and Anna were likeable leads, both with reasons to feel strongly about the holiday season. Dan hates the occasion because it was when he lost his parents, whereas Anna loves it with dogged determination, because of her past Christmas experiences as a cancer patient.

Jeanette Murray writes characters who feel realistic for their ages, and I loved their interactions.
Elle (LitSiren)
Dec 06, 2014 Elle (LitSiren) rated it really liked it
4 stars

Two tortured souls met and they seemed couldn't separate from each other.

Dan lost his parents when he was young and worst of all, it happened on all favourite season, Christmas day. He sort-of a bit Grinch until he met Anna, one of the cancer survivors. She changed every of his perspectives about Christmas and he grew feelings for her, so did she, and he learnt something her that made he cared for her as whole.

Although there was no declaration of love as the story went, I felt it that it
Nov 12, 2012 Kimberly rated it really liked it
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This is a cute short holiday story. It is only about 70 reading pages so it is perfect for that quick read snuggled up on the couch by the Christmas tree with the fireplace lit.

Because it is such a short story everything happens really quick... the whole “love at first sight” thing which is hard for me... but that being said it is such a cute story it is worth the read. I enjoyed the characters and even though it is short you do feel the connection as wel
Mar 23, 2016 Jess rated it liked it
"3 out of 5 stars, one Ebenezer Scrooge-type of guy meets the one Holiday Cheer-filled woman who is able to turn his life upside down and show him what the spirit of Christmas is all about.

This sweetly written contemporary romance keeps you laughing the whole way through. I liked how Ms. Murray handles both Anna and Dan’s background stories, making the readers sympathize with the characters while still getting into the holiday spirit of it all! Together I found..."

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So, what are my thoughts on this book? Well I thought it was cute and quick. I liked the idea of the grinch like love story. I also liked their back stories and how they came to be where they are today. I felt more with Dan than I did with Anna.

I get where Anna was coming from but I wanted to throttle her for pushing away something amazing because she was hung up in her head. There were times that I did not feel the connection wit
Nov 20, 2012 Carol rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, christmas
No Mistletoe Required by Jeanette Murray is a charming Christmas romance, a perfect way to start the season. It's a short read, I probably read it in an hour give or take, but with a limited cast of characters and settings, it worked. I truly liked the couple and wanted things to work out between them.

This one really has all the ingredients it needs to for a sweet Christmas romance. A likeable pair, some glitter, some bad puns. It made me smile. It's about learning to appreciate the holidays and
Dec 10, 2012 Yazmin rated it really liked it
A sweet and emotional short read.

Dan Beckins doesn't celebrate Christmas since he lost his parents on Christmas day when he was a child. And the closer he is to the holidays the more moody he gets. But this year his friend conned him into volunteering to build Santa's Winter Wonderland at the Children's Hospital. While he is reluctantly there helping, he enjoys watching Anna Smith, the leader of the college Kappas volunteering there too. Read More...
Paula Ratcliffe
Nov 16, 2012 Paula Ratcliffe rated it really liked it
This was a cute story about Dan and Anna. Dan Beckins has a big problem with Christmas as his parents died on Christmas along time ago. When his friend signs him up to volunteer at a local hospital at Christmastime he meets Anna Smith who loves Christmas and wants to give back to the hospital where she was treated for Cancer as a child.

Both main characters have much to over come and accept somethings aren't in their control and the whole better to loved and lossed then to never love at all. Def
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