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What Happens Under the Mistletoe

(Sinful Suitors #1.5)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  978 ratings  ·  239 reviews
New York Times bestselling authors Sabrina Jeffries, Karen Hawkins, and Candace Camp, and USA TODAY bestselling author Meredith Duran come together for a sizzling historical romance holiday anthology.

Stunned by the heat of an unexpected kiss on a cold winter’s eve, two strangers from vastly different worlds turn hotheaded principles into burning passion in Sabrina Jeffries
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 27th 2015 by Pocket Books
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Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
What Happens Under the Mistletoe is definitely a must-read if you're in the mood for a good and quick holiday read. All of the novellas in this anthology are well-written, nicely paced and pleasantly executed. There were some that shined more than others, but all of them were really very enjoyable.

(I guess it goes without saying that I have different parameters for judging novellas than a full-length novel. I'm more lenient to the lack of character development, and the lack of proper build-up in
~**Anna**~ A Romance Reader
The Heiress and the Hothead- Sabrina Jeffries: 3 stars

It was ok. I liked Stephen and Amanda but some scenes were too far fetched. I like Sabrina Jeffries writing though and I remember reading her books way back when. I should start reading her again.
Mary - Buried Under Romance
Love it for the Meredith Duran story :)
Anna's Herding Cats

Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.

Sweet, spirited full of saucy adventure. Jeffries, Hawkins, Camp & Duran charmed with a lovely Christmas anthology. I love Christmas stories. There's something so warm and cozy about them and the four novellas in What Happened Under the Mistletoe hit just the right spot. Each was the perfect length for a cold winters night in front of a roaring fire. The romances were quick but nicely done. A little heat, a lot of attraction
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Thank you for the gift, swift marvel elf!
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review posted on Got Fiction?

I read this one for the Meredith Duran story, but ended up loving all of the stories!

The Heiress and the Hothead by Sabrina Jeffries -3 stars

This was my least favorite, but only because of a couple things.The hero has been reporting on the substandard work conditions in the mills. He's riled some people, but being a second son, his brother wants him to be more respectable. So when he is invited to stay through Christmas with friends and family, he isn't thrilled. But
What Happens Under the Mistletoe by Sabrina Jeffries, Karen Hawkins, Candace Camp, and Meredith Duran is a 2015 Pocket Star Publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher as an XOXpert, the official street team of XOXO After Dark.

Every year a slew of holiday anthologies hit the market ranging from syrupy heartwarming tales to silly and funny capers, all centered around the most anticipated holiday of the season. But, few of these compilations have a star studded group of seaso
The Heiress and the Hothead by Sabrina Jeffries
Series: Sinful Suitors (Book 1.5)

Stunned by the heat of an unexpected kiss on a cold winter's eve, two strangers from vastly different worlds turn hotheaded principles into burning passion.

I loved this story. Having read The Art of Sinning, the first book in the Sinful Suitors series, I was intrigued by Jeremy's sister Amanda. She is an independent woman who owns and runs the family mills in America. One reason for being in England is to find out wh
Oct 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Historic Romance/Christmas 4 Short Stories

The Heiress and the Hothead by Sabrina Jeffries

A fun read, notwithstanding the improbability of that scene in the burning mill.

Twelve Kisses to Midnight by Karen Hawkins

Not a fun read, too much angst. This is a second chance story where the reason they broke up is too flimsy to support the premise of still being in love with each other.

By Any Other Name by Candace Camp

By far the most enjoyable of the four stories, the writing is effortless, the dialogue
‘Tis the season for Romance anthologies showcasing the spirit and love of Christmastime. The collection of stories in What Happens Under the Mistletoe all bring that wonderful sense of the holiday to four very different couples who all find love in the most unusual ways.

Please read my full review at Romantic Historical Reviews
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
A delightfully frothy anthology with some of the best historical romance authors around, a great way to get into the Christmas spirits.
3+ Stars

A holiday anthology with four well-known historical romance authors on offer. Why not?

I have never read books of Candace Camp and Meredith Duran before, though I heard of their names. Karen Hawkins however, was one of my favorite historical romance authors and I've read a couple of Sabrina Jeffries series. And nothing could go wrong with holiday stories, right?
Well, this time and especially for me, that assumption is proven right.

What Happens Under the Mistletoe is a collection of entert
The Heiress and the Hothead by Sabrina Jeffries - 4 stars
I really loved this one, especially Amanda who was a working woman, American mill owner, opinionated, ginger-haired, took no nonsense from anyone (handsome, stubborn lords in particular) and my name twin. Amanda and Stephen had a love-hate/adversaries to partners thing going on and their chemistry was intense. The only part that bothered me plot-wise was (view spoiler)
Oct 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley and Pocket Books for the ARC. My honest review below.

As many of my Goodreads friends know, I am a card-carrying Meredith Duran stan. The highlighter feature on my e-reader gets a good workout whenever I read one of her books. Of this particular collection, I read her novella and Sabrina Jeffries'. I'm familiar with Jeffries and own a couple of her books but have never read her stuff before. I might come back to the other stories closer to the holidays.

The Heiress and the Hoth
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The heiress and the hothead by Sabrina Jeffries
Lord Stephen writes angry news articles about mills. Amanda owns mills. The whole mill thing was not exactly romantic (only North and South can do that.) But they will dance around each other and fall in love.
But that smexy scene, seriously. No, not then and there. Ugh.

Twelve kisses to midnight by Karen Hawkins
I have a problem. I forget short stories SO FAST. Luckily I had written lovers trapped by snow cos I can hardly remembering that the story en
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
When you are ready to shut down and escape the holiday madness, there is nothing like a great story to help you. This fun collection is a perfect choice with 4 quick and easy stories in one collection.

Anthologies like this are always a fun way to relax. When you only have an hour or so, you can read a full story and be completely entertained. This one offers 4 stories by 4 wonderful authors that are masters in the historical romance genre.

I have read books by Sabrina Jeffries and Meredith Duran
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Four fun Christmas stories and as the title suggests they all have a kiss under the mistletoe. I had two favorites in the collection. My very favorite was Sabrina Jeffries The Heiress and the Hothead. This one featured the mill owning sister of Jeremy from a previous story. I just knew she needed a romance and an HEA . Jeffries provide the perfect one.

My other favorite was Sweetest Regret by Meredith Duran. I loved both Lucas Goodwin and Georgie. Theirs was not a smooth path to an HEA but it was
Kristina Birch
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful Regency Christmas anthology from some the best in the business. Each story tells the story of a couple who are united or re-united under the mistletoe. However, each story stands along and maintains the author’s normal style and voice. Sabrina Jeffries creates a fun mistaken identity turned clash of wills tale, which also gives a bit of social commentary about the treatment of mill workers during the era. Karen Hawkins gives a more Duchess Tasha in an old lover’s story, my personal f ...more
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved every second of this,review to come!
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 review to post shortly
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
The Meredith Duran is pulling the rating of this thing up. Basically, read that story, and don't bother about the others. Okay, maybe read the Karen Hawkins. It improves significantly as it progresses.

The Sabrina Jeffries is problematic. There's an American mill owner and a British younger son who's exposing horrible employment practices at mills. Except of course she's a paragon of a mill owner, and they fall in insta-love, and she goes on about how her father doesn't compromise, and she needs
Oct 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars - My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin:

“The Heiress and the Hothead” (Sinful Suitors, Book 1.5) by Sabrina Jeffries
Sparks fly when an English journalist hell bent on mill reformation meets a spirited American mill owner in “The Heiress and the Hothead.” I’ve been waiting for Amanda and Stephen’s story ever since Sabrina Jeffries teased their attraction in The Art of Sinning and I wasn’t disappointed. Both Amanda and Stephen have caring hearts
Maria Rose
This lovely Christmas collection of historical romance novellas all have the theme of mistletoe kisses resulting in some sweet and sexy stories. The following is a review for all four titles.

The Heiress and the Hothead by Sabrina Jeffries

This was a lovely story, with some action and suspense in the mix too. Amanda is an American heiress and a mill owner . She's visiting her brother in England, and meets Stephen at a house party. As a younger son, Stephen is making his own way in the world and w
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing

My Holiday Pick

What Happens Under The Mistletoe
Historical Christmas Romance anthology.
I love these authors I have previously read all of them for the exception of Meredith Duran, but believe me I will read her now. I put this under the naughty list because the common theme with all these novellas, stealing kisses under the mistletoe.

The Heiress and the Hothead
by Sabrina Jeffries
The youngest brother of a marquess, Stephen Corry, has made a name for himself as a journalist is visiting
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
WHAT HAPPENS UNDER THE MISTLETOE is a wonderful Christmas-themed anthology by four historical romance superstars. I reviewed the novellas in the order in which they appear in the book.

In THE HEIRESS AND THE HOTHEAD by Sabrina Jeffries, Lord Stephen Corry is a guest at the manor of American artist Jeremy Keane and his wife Yvette, when he mistakes Amanda Keane, his sister-in-law for a friend, and decides to kiss her under the mistletoe anyway. Amanda is the owner of a cotton mill in America, Ste
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Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Heiress and the Hothead

A sweet enough story, about a reporter who’s tackling inhumane working conditions in mills and a woman who owns a mill. They get off to a bad start when the reporter (quite understandably) is wary of anyone who runs a mill, and our American heiress’s delicate sensibilities are upset by this. (Okay, so, clearly I’m biased in their argument. The whole thing had shades of #NotAllMillOwners to it. And FFS, the guy wasn’t even all that offensive; it felt like the woman was
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A delightful collection of stories set during the Christmas season.

The Heiress and the Hothead by Sabrina Jeffries
Amanda is the mill owning American heiress that Stephen wants to interview, as he’s a writer trying to expose the mistreatment of mill workers in England and he’s hoping she can give him some insight since she’s been touring some of the English mills. They start off on the wrong foot and it goes downhill from there, but eventually disagreements turn into cooperation, and we see a lov
Barbara Rogers
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I received a free eARC of this book -- and I'm so very glad I did.
What Happens Under The Mistletoe -- WOW!! Four of my favorite authors in one book – and the stories are all wonderful, sweet tales of romance.

The Heiress and the Hothead by Sabrina Jeffries – In this story, you reconnect with several of the characters from the first book in the ‘Sinful Suitors’ series. If you haven’t read that one yet – be sure to read it too! Amanda Keane is the owner of several American mills and Lord Stephen Co
3.5 stars; Pretty cute all around!
It's that time of year again! Bring on the holiday-themed novella! What Happens Under the Mistletoe is a collection of 4 Christmas-themed novellas by 4 awesome HR authors. The novellas are all technically part of series, however, it's easy-peasy to read them as standalones.

All four stories all have a similar theme of mix-ups and missed opportunities and true to the title, a lot happens under the mistletoe!  They're quick and cosy and perfect for a night
...seasonal traditions enhance the moment!

Christmas time brings forth those traditions that can be employed to advantage for many a tardy or fledgling romance. This mix of seasonal stories sparkle with wit, humour, and romantically subdued longing. An enjoyable selection of Happy Ever After (HEA) works. I do like to have short, sweet stories from time to time, able to be read in bite sized chunks.

The Heiress and the Hothead by Sabrina Jeffries
Answering a friend's call to help stir a would be sui
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Sabrina Jeffries is the NYT bestselling author of over 50 novels and works of short fiction (some written under the pseudonyms Deborah Martin and Deborah Nicholas). Whatever time not spent writing in a coffee-fueled haze of dreams and madness is spent traveling with her husband and adult autistic son or indulging in one of her passions—jigsaw puzzles, chocolate, and music. With over 9 million book ...more

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Sinful Suitors (6 books)
  • The Art of Sinning (Sinful Suitors, #1)
  • The Study of Seduction (Sinful Suitors, #2)
  • The Danger of Desire (Sinful Suitors, #3)
  • The Pleasures of Passion (Sinful Suitors, #4)
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