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The Christmas Proposition

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  789 ratings  ·  86 reviews

It's Christmas in Epiphany, Pennsylvania—the busiest time of year for Mel Halner. But running the family Christmas tree farm has worn down his love for the happiest season of all, and lately Mel's been wondering what if he'd said yes to a ticket out of town with millionaire Bryce Campion three years ago.

Bryce isn't used to people saying no to him, and he can't forget Mel

Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 95 pages
Published December 5th 2011 by Carina Press
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On the fifth day of Christmas KA Mitchell gave to me!! A sweet little story that was SUPER SMUUUUUTTTYYYYY!!!

Melchior Halner is SOOOOO neurotic. He lives in the small town of Epiphany, Pennsylvania, and he runs his family tree farm. The best thing that has happened to Mel was a short affair with Bryce Campion a couple of years before. Bryce owns the mining company that has been working in town, and was for all intents and purposes sex on legs....Filthy, delicious sex....And Mel liked him A LOT,
Heather C
Dec 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was a great Christmas novella. The sex was hot and the ending was sweet (although a bit rushed). I really like the story overall. I kinda liked both MCs even though Mel was a whiny idiot and Bryce was a controlling ass. There were quite a few smutty scenes between these two; I'm just sad I didn't get the chance to see them do it in the barn!
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
This holiday novella came packed with the three S’s.
Sassy, silly and smutty.
I loved it!
Okay, I loved it until one scene and then I really really liked it.

Full review to come...

Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.3 Stars

While we don't get the Meet-Cute for these guys as part of the story, I still felt like this was a complete and heart-warming Holiday story. Heck, the Christmas setting was almost incidental...because this was about second (or third) chances to go after what you want, and about pulling together to make something wonderful happen for the special people in your life. I loved how real the characters felt. Bal didn't move back to take over the farm and Cas is a recovering addict...who is a
Dec 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Whoa. What I learned from The Christmas Proposition:

1. Attic sex is hot. And that's not a euphemism.
2. Christmas trees are meant to be enjoyed at all hours of the day, and from all sorts of angles.
3. Buying your significant other a Range Rover should not be considered an engagement ring, but it's still a pretty bad ass move.
4. Like a good Boy Scout, one should always be prepared - with at least lube and a chain. Not necessarily to be used at the same time.

4.5 stars out of 5. Loved this short st
Oct 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-contemporary
K.A. Mitchell, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways... Another winner! A lovely little Christmas short about two men who try for a second chance at love. Simply delightful! Recommended!
Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm, romance, mm-xmas

Melchior Halner is stuck running the family’s Christmas tree farm but he has lost his Christmas spirit and is desperately looking forward to his upcoming vacation I was counting down the hours until I could escape this Christmas hell for a glorious week in sunny St. Thomas.
With a brother who moved to California, a sister in and out of rehab Mel felt obligated to take over the family farm after his parents were killed when a sleeping driver drove them into a cement overpass support but he is no
2.5 Stars

Mel Halner is running the family Christmas tree farm in Epiphany, Pennsylvania. Bryce Campion is a millionaire and Mel's former fling/maybe-something-more, who Mel worries he let slip away three years prior. When Bryce is back in town for Mel's BFF's wedding, the two pick up where they left off. This time around, however, the carefree fling turns more serious and the two will have to push aside their fears of vulnerability to obtain their very own HEA.

This one was sexy, smutty, and kind
Dec 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This review was originally published on my blog Joyfully Jay as part of my review of the Men Under the Mistletoe anthology

Melchior Halner runs a Christmas tree farm that has been in his family for generations. This year he is dreading the holiday season and looking forward to getting out of town to St. Thomas for his best friend Tiffany's wedding. He is feeling burdened by the constant farm work and still missing his boyfriend, Bryce Campion, whose job took him out of town after a few intense mo
MsMiz (Tina)
Nov 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: glbt-all, pdf
3.5 - This one completely worked for me and I enjoyed the story. Mel runs his family tree farm in Epiphany PA. He is the responsible family member. This Christmas he was supposed to go to St. Thomas for his best friends wedding when it all goes to hell and their wedding planner has stolen all the money and ran away. So the wedding has to be at the tree farm. Mel was more excited for the fact that he was going to get to spend 2 weeks with the love of his life, who walked away 3 years ago. The sto ...more
Jan 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m-romance, holiday

2.5 Stars rounded up. It was ok. The characters didn't grab but it was cute with lots of hot sex.
Mel, the responsible one in his family (as well as the gay one), stayed behind to tend the Christmas tree farm while the two important lovers in his life moved on. Now one of them is back and he seems as into Mel as ever -- but does he want commitment? And if he does -- does Mel?

Although it's filled with graphic gay sex scenes, I found this short story unconvincing. It reads like chick lit, and the narrator’s voice persisted in sounding like a woman to me, no matter how many times he mentioned h
Jan 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: queer, romance
This one is mostly sex, sex and more sex. Not badly written, and with a bit of emotional engagement if you can get into the characters, but I really don't think I'll remember it in a week or two -- and I think that says about all I need to say about what I think about it. There was even an attempt at angst, but considering I didn't care enough about the characters yet -- and was pretty sure of a happy ending -- it fell flat.
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Adorable! A great, "getting into the holiday mood" story. This is the time of year I read the Christmas books and this one, for sure, will get you into the spirit. It's a love story. It's about making sacrifices for love and reaping the wonderful rewards! This is a book with all the Christmas feels!
Dec 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I just loved this short story....loved it a lot. It was sweet, sexy, funny, sexy, a bit of OMG angst...just a bit, and did i mention sexy? I just adore KA Mitchell's writing and this short was a good teaser or prequel for a full length novel...please?
Dec 19, 2014 rated it really liked it

Like the hallmark films I devour this time of year. A fab book to get one into the feeeeeelz of Christmas. Yum.
Cristina Myers
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
I’m struggling with this one...

This was a struggle since beginning to the end. I did not enjoy this...what I have to think now is “was my struggle with author or the story” ...maybe I’ll find out in next K. A. Mitchell’s book.
That was a unconventionel christmas story. Not so much about christmas but about the relationship between the MCs. Well done, good to read and not too predictable. Put a nice spin on an often saccharine sweet theme for a book. ...more
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
This was very sexy and funny.

I will say at once what didn't convince me and I think wasn't really explained until the end: Bryce, the owner of Campion Gas company, probably had a personality transplant between his first separation from Mel and their reunion. I get that he didn't want to pressure Mel and he was waiting for him to decide, but it was still a long time.

Anyway, I adored Mel, because I felt for him: stuck in his parents' farm, while his siblings are chasing their lives, he finally has
Ula'ndi Hart
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I know, I’s NOT Christmas! But what the hell? I do as I please and this pleases me.

Overall book rating: 3.5
Audio Book: James de Grassi - 4
Book Cover: 3

This mostly saddened me. Then again, I’m in an emotional mood. So that might have been a factor.

Mel’s life is one sad story to me. Not because of any “BIG” thing. Yes, he lost his parents, but that’s not really it. I just feel as if he is one of those people who got stuck where he never really should have been. And stayed because he tho
Dec 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novella, romance, m-m
I think this was my favorite book of the series. While I enjoyed all 4 of the books, I just found Bryce Campion to be extremely sexy and I love his character. Mel helps his family run a Christmas tree farm in Epiphany, PA. He is excited about going to his best friend's location wedding and has taken 2 weeks off. When the wedding planner splits with the money, Mel has to help plan a last minute whirlwind wedding at the Christmas tree farm. Bryce Campion is the owner of a gas company that is worki ...more
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: not-necessary
Read as part of the anthology Men Under the Mistletoe

I like snarky characters & Mel was pretty snarky. He was also a 'yes' man who put responsibility before his own happiness. Bryce was a bit of a Prince Charming character but he balanced Mel's internal dialogue well. Together they made for a wonderful couple. This story kept me on my toes because I felt like there was some background missing & the author assumed I knew things despite them not actually being stated. Apart from that, it w
Would have loved to see more of the relationship development between the two characters - I think the sex scenes were more than half the story... I like them sometimes, but not so much that it completely overshadows the plot. Mel and Bryce are interesting characters that could have definitely been explored more deeply. I just felt that their backdrop - farmer (for lack of a better word) and an oil driller. These two had such rich personalities that the sex completely did a disservice to them. I ...more
Nov 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Second chance romance novella. Loved this story, all set round the hosting of a friends last minute wedding at the family Christmas Tree farm. Mel was a little whiney at times and Bryce not only the controlling boss of a multi-million dollar gas company, but doesn't like to take no for answer in his personal life (although it has taken him 3 years to return) he goes into control-mode and their relationship picks up straight away. There was enough background story to run with the plot without too ...more
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m-romance
Very much sex. Very much testosterone. Very little plot. Even for a novella. This story is one of those that seems to be written for women by a woman. The characters seem more like women in men's bodies.
Dec 08, 2011 rated it liked it
3.10 stars
A pretty good Christmas story. You will find plenty of sex, there is heaps of it, which overshadowed a promising relationship. It fell flat due to the length and obvious sex instead of more plot and focus on the dynamics between the MC's.
Dec 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, m-m
This was nice. A Cinderella story, sort of, which is always fine for Christmas. I found the "Top or bottom" issue a bit overdone, and the way Mel reacted to Bryce' announcement was really childish; I'm totally with Cas here.
Lee Brazil
Dec 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Nice... I really enjoyed this story.
Dec 07, 2011 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I was kind of expecting more from this author. The sex was out of this world hot but I couldn't bring myself to like Mel. I thought he was a whiny little bitch for most of the book.
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, holidays, contemporary, pdf
Whoa! Oh my, but this is a hot one ;-)

Mel and Bryce had what appeared to be a fling a couple of years before. Mel never forgot Bryce though and it seems Bryce didn't forget Mel either. When Mel's BFF has a wedding snafu that results in a mad scramble to pull of her nuptials at Mel's Christmas tree farm, well all sorts of craziness ensues.

There is family drama with Mel's sister and brother (and his wife), past family tragedy and Mel's feeling of obligation to his family business, his land and h
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K.A. Mitchell discovered the magic of writing at an early age when she learned that a carefully crayoned note of apology sent to the kitchen in a toy truck would earn her a reprieve from banishment to her room. Her career as a spin-control artist was cut short when her family moved to a two-story house, and her trucks would not roll safely down the stairs. Around the same time, she decided that Ch ...more