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Rule #4: You Can't Misinterpret a Mistletoe Kiss

(The Rules of Love #4)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  708 ratings  ·  60 reviews
A mistletoe kiss is just a simple kiss, right? Wrong.

All I want to do during this Christmas break is survive. A week at the cabin with our family’s friends/rivals, the Stephensons, every yuletide activity is turned into a competition where my family must win. Every. One.

Yep. Lots of Christmas spirit around here.

But, I've survived past holidays, there's no reason why
Kindle Edition, 128 pages
Published November 9th 2018
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Hallie Szott

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Julie Carpenter
3.5* rounding up

This has been such a fun series to read and enjoy. I thought that maybe book #3 would be the end, but I was pleasantly surprised and excited to see there would be a #4. Yay! And just in time to gear up for the Christmas reading season. This is a YA series and I think that teens are going to really love the books in this series. Others who are YA fans will probably enjoy them as well but I really think they are a great fit for the YA age group. I've definitely enjoyed my time spen
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it

This is a very cute young adult romance set at Christmas. Young love, first love. Very sweet. I loved the reminder that Christmas isn't about being perfect or having perfect activities. It's about love. And family.
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Bad Influence

He’s the family’s best friend but he’s also a bad influence and Ava’s too good for him... right?? Ava feels that she’s just the dorky little sister and bad boy Jacob will never see her as anything else... But when the families start to unravel from too much competition, will the truth finally come out? Who is the “real” bad boy and will the families ever recover? Will friendships be severed forever?
Katie W
Best friends and worst enemies pretty much sums up the relationship that Jacob's and Ava'a families have with each other and Christmas is a perfect time to keep the competition alive and well. Jacob has the rap of being a bad boy, but Ava can't ignore the attraction she feels towards him and the feeling she has that there is more to meet the eye where he is concerned. Ava, on the other hand, is innocent and naive.

The pull of this opposites-attract, friends-to-lovers chemistry is undeniably sweet
Lisa Swinton
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
A cute romp through the teenage world of angst and crushes.

Two competitive families go on holiday together in a cabin in the woods. Sounds like a recipe for disaster, and there is plenty of that.

All the parents are over the top.

There are secrets and deep misunderstandings. And the kids eventually call the parents to correct their foolish ways.

If you're looking for a romantic comedy holiday style, then you have the right book.
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5 Star Kindle Unlimited Read

This is a wonderful YA series for High School age teens. It full of first love and the gentle emotion that surrounds it. Plus, this one had an edgy side of how parents can be wrong and the cruelty of the wrong assumptions. On a side note, it can take the adult reads down memory lane with their first crush as well. A welcomed read for any YA, NA, or parent alike.
Cute heartwarming story. Everything resolved easily, and it was fairly obvious what happened, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Happened to read it for Christmas in July!

Reading scavenger hunt: plant/flower in the title
Under the mistletoe where you will be kissed 💋

•••• there’s a possibility of a few spoilers here and there because I couldn’t shut up and not put a spoiler ALERT in my review••••

•**** This story will get a 3.5 star because it was good enough to read! So here’s my little short review:

Hmm, this book was alright wasn’t my cup of tea maybe because I’m so not into Christmas books too much. But this series; it has alright series.. not good, but it will keep you
Yames Bond
Sep 10, 2020 rated it liked it
This YA sweet romance book was something I wished was longer.
The story was weird but worked out with the crazy parents and the competition, nevertheless I kind of wonder how the dynamics were so cool when both families had their teenagers involved in robbing a store and one of them being at blame while the other was just tagging along... I mean, really? 🤨 And here’s where I feel that it was kind of rushed because maybe they worked it through but we did not have time to know that part of the stor
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
It was a fine book.

There just wasn't much to it. There were a few things going on but they were all very surface level issues.

It was evident from the beginning that something more was going on between Andrew and Jacob. After we found out what it was, there was no resolution between the boys. Sure their families knew the truth, but what happened to their friendship afterwards?

I really disliked the mothers. Both of them were very accusatory of Jacob and later Andrew. They literally called their s
Karen Voitik
Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it

>Book Review – Rule #4: You Can’t Misinterpret a Mistletoe Kiss
>I am an independent reviewer. This book is the 4th in the Rules of Love series and ends in an HEA. This story has 2 very unbelievable families in it. These families make a competition out of everything, to the point of being ridiculous. The kids don’t even have fun anymore. Ava is the oldest daughter of one family. She has a crush on the oldest bad boy son of the other family, Jacob. Jacob was sent away for a semester as punishment
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
The truth will set you free

Ava is so over her family's competition with the Stephensons. She's also trying to figure out what's up with Jacob Stephenson - who used to be best friends with her brother, before he got in trouble, but now they don't speak to each other anymore.

This is a really good story, and it has some funny moments, but also some serious ones as the parents of the two families - esp Jacob's - have some issues, & it just made my heart hurt, esp for Jacob.

Once you find out what'
Penny Leidecker
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed every book I’ve read by this author and I wasn’t disappointed with this read. The Stephenson family and the Rogers family are best friends, but they are always competing to be the best family. They’re all spending Christmas together and when Ava learns Jacob, her longtime crush, will be there, the butterflies start. Can Jacob and Ava be together since Jacob and Ava’s brother, Andrew, are no longer best friends? Of course, there has to be a competition between the families concerni ...more
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
As a grown woman with a teenager, there’s something about YA books that you can’t get from any other genre. For me, it’s all about nostalgia. This is now the second book I’ve read from this author and I’ve been hit with that wonderful feeling both times!
I loved Ava! She was sweet and completely likable! But what I truly admired about her was that she didn’t give up on Jacob and kept pushing for the truth! And put all the parents in their places!!! Jacob’s parents were so horrible to h
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great read at Christmas or anytime. Another fun book in the series. This is my fifth in the series. They don’t have to be read in order. Young love is fun. Jacob is friends with Ava’s brother. Well, that is until last year when Jacob robbed a gas store. Now Ava is seeing Jacob for the first time since he was sent to live with his Aunt. It’s Christmas and with Ava and Jacob’s parents everything is always a competition. This Christmas everyone has to figure out how to move forward after the robb ...more
Dec 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I’ve enjoyed reading/listening to many books where the main character is in high school, but this book made me feel too old for it. I found the main character to be quite dramatic about her crush and her use of “literally” grated on me a few times. I did appreciate that she stood up for mistreatment and helped to fix some wrongs that she found. The parents were over the top and I was quite surprised that they’d push their teens into a better mistletoe kiss (especially given their reaction to som ...more
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Two families spending Christmas together but let competition get in their way of really celebrating. Love Ava even though there were a few times when she sounded disrespectful to her parents - even though I understood why. Jacob was a sweetheart with her and I felt for him. This book was a romance but really more about finding out the truth, forgiveness, and reconciliation. The author did a great job of keeping me guessing - I thought I had it figured out but I was wrong. Thought the narrator di ...more
Lori R
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story because of Ava Rogers , who was tired of the constant competition between her family and the Stephenson family. She is quite mature for her age. I also liked that telling the truth and forgiving were important elements in this story. Leave it to the children to put the fun back into their Christmas and win the Christmas tree contest. I received an advance copy of this book and I willingly chose to write an honest review.
Megan Besing
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute for christmas

The 1st book in this series is still my favorite. And I know what was going to happen in this story from the get go. (It was similar to another book I read) however, it was good enough to keep reading to see how it played out. Liked the main characters. The competition stuff wasn't my favorite. But it was a twist on the plot, so that was nice. Overall a good Christmas read
Raveen Vann
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This is one really interesting and wonderful book. Absolutely amazong series. Ava and Jacob were so great together. Of course there are definitely complications as in there parents are best friends but have to compete on everything and hes her brothers ex best friend. She knows there more to the story than they are letting on. She has had a crush on for a long time and isnt going to let anything stop her and determined to make this Christmas fun again.
Misty Goan
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable quick well written sweet clean holiday romance. This short engaging storyline was beautifully narrated with good expressions. This YA romance was fun, competitive, Christmas themed, tension, frustration, and past hurts. The characters were well developed, interesting, witty and realistic as they journey towards a sweet and wonderful ending. The narrator does an amazing job of vividly describing scenes, emotions and characters.
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite YA book from this author so far. The family conflict seemed so real and true to life. I could really relate to it. I was drawn into the story from the beginning. I felt Ava's frustration. I liked how she tried to think through everything but still followed her heart. This is a cute, clean and fun holiday YA romance. ...more
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Can be the mistletoe the only reason for Ava and Jacob to kiss? Jacob is Eva's brother best friend. Or was just six months ago. Now the two families are together to celebrate Christmas but there is a tension between the two families. Can Ava bring the Cristmas spirit back and make Jacob notice her? The audiobook is great. I received a free copy of this book and I voluntarily review it ...more
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Twas a good book

Romance during Christmas break? Secrets? Friendly competition? What a crazy time! 😂 It was a pretty good book but had its faults. The big secret was predictable so it wasn't much of a secret. Some of the attitude towards Jacob was uncalled for and bothered me. Overall, this was a pretty quick read and was easy to get through.
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Christmas spirit

Just like the other books in this series this is a standalone clean romance. Kissing happens and it is adorable. As long as you don't read too much into the plot holes this is a great holiday read. Cute, funny, and has a not so bad bad boy.
Teya Teya
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great, sappy, cheesy, Christmas romance to start off the Christmas season! I loved it! I loved the sap, I loved the coming into maturity love romance story. I love the getting to the truth and really celebrating in the moments that matter. Great job!
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Super cute, light, sweet, fluffy love story. Everything about how it would end was 100% obvious from the beginning, but that's ok. It was fun, and it was short enough that finishing it didn't even keep me up late. <3 ...more
Nov 26, 2018 rated it liked it
A very cute Christmas-y read. There were 1-2 typing errors and one blatantly misspelled word. I saw the twist coming from a mile away, but overall I enjoyed this adorable high school Christmas romance. It has helped put me in the Christmas spirit.
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Plot had a lot of potential but fell flat again

Again the story was too short and quick to read. It is hard to get invested when it is over so quickly. There needed to be more buils up.
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