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Love Under the Mistletoe: A Small Town Christmas Love Story

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  314 ratings  ·  117 reviews
Can a kiss under the mistletoe save Christmas?

Holly has always loved Christmas, but this year is different. As a school teacher, she's worried about her students, her dad, and her entire town. All of them are poised for a terrible Christmas, and there's nothing she can do about it. The only bright spot in her life is the mysterious man she meets at the holiday party.

Paperback, 260 pages
Published November 9th 2018 by Zirconia Publishing, Inc.
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Krista Lakes
I love the cheesy, oh-so-romantic holiday movies on Hallmark. They make me happy.

So, I wrote one.

Granted, mine has a little more steam (a lot more steam... they barely even kiss is most of those movies) but I think the heart is the same.

There's love, Christmas, magic, A scrooge, small town, billionaires, ski trips, teachers, hot cocoa, snow, Santa and mistletoe. This book has it all.

I hope it makes you feel warm and happy inside!
April Symes
Holly is a sweet person who is a gem. She is a teacher who was awarded a huge education award which she definitely deserved and won a ski trip as a side benefit becauseof it. It's there where she met sexy and handsome Nathan. They had this beautiful weekend. Their weekend together felt like some movie reel- like it unreal but most definitely fabulous. Then life gets in the way after their weekend together and it seems there are people trying to keep Nathan and Holly apart. Will they get their HE ...more
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I could see this as a movie on Hallmark.

We have a touch of a LOT of references to Disney princesses. First we have Merryweather, Flora and Fauna our "fairy godmothers" then we have our bookstore that we grew up in. Instead of dwarfs we have our children. But the most important part is our Prince Charming saving the town and making our dreams come true after he of course nearly destroys it.

If you are looking for a Hallmark Christmas special, this is the book for you
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
oh, this is the same author i read the other day .. i am almost positive ... gotta make sure? i loved this read more, 'cause it is Christmas ... Christmas always wins in my book. i can read it any season any time or night. i just love how it makes you feel and u just love seeing where the author will take ya. awesome-ness. great style. will read more from Krista soon enough. ( :
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I was half in and half out here. I was all in for Holly, her Dad's bookstore, the small town, her teaching and students . I enjoyed the skiing and the Colorado setting. The technology and small business aspect appeals to me also.

I was out
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Who doesn't just love a Christmas miracle? And with Merryweather and Flora behind the magic, love seems to be in the air.

Nathan, a CEO, and Holly, a teacher are brought together via some Christmas magic. I ADORED this story. I'm a sucker for the sappy, cheesy, sweet, and sexy Christmas stories, and this one I enjoyed to the end!
Emily Pennington
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Holly Jones graded her 2nd grade students’ class papers while she and her friend, Aliyah Jameson, were driving the snowy roads to the fancy Blue Aspen Ski Resort. The purpose of this trip, aside from a mini-vacation, was for Holly to receive the Educator’s Award for being the “best teacher in the nation”, a special honor since her students had nominated her! Aside from the award, the party held there would raise funds for scholarships. As they drove, Aliyah asked Holly if her dad was still closi ...more
Sharon  in SF
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
We have a modern day spin on The Christmas Story meets Cinderella featuring our Hero, Nathan, as a non-celebrating wealthy Scrooge, and our school teacher heroine, Holly. Nathan was raised by a father who taught him that making money at all cost was most important. Personal sacrifices should be made to ensure that money remains in abundance. Personal fun, happiness and "doing the right thing"? Bah humbug...overrated!

While on vacation in an exclusive ski resort (modeled after Aspen), he meets Hol
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2019
Lots of references to fairy tales, including the names of the three helpful sisters. Lots of nods to A Christmas Carol. Plus, every Hallmark Christmas movie ever made seems to have been the basis for this story. And it becomes a little ... much.

Some things - like Nathan's mantra "money is everything" - get repeated ad nauseam. Even after he begins to think otherwise, he keeps saying it. Little things get repeated like this often through the book, as though to remind the reader of something that
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Love Under the Mistletoe was the perfect story for me to read just before Thanksgiving. It put me in the holiday spirit by reminding me to read for pleasure and suspend reality and allow for the possibility of magic to give me my HEA. Lakes puts her spin on A Christmas Carol with this contemporary story about Holly Jones a delightful second grade teacher being rewarded with a weekend ski trip to Aspen to receive her Teaching Award for the year. It happens to be Nathan the all business a
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ms. Lakes has written a wonderfully cheesy Christmas romance that follows the classics. As the Grinch, you have boring, grumpy, hardworking CEO Nathan. The heroine is the overworked, happy Teacher of the Year Holly. Holly has won a free weekend at a fancy ski resort & a fancy party where her award is celebrated. After her friend & coworker succumbs to food poisoning, Holly runs into Nathan on the ski slopes & they end up having a great weekend. Now, the weekend is over & the real ...more
Donna Smith
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
A modern day Scrooge story told with a few angels and a lot of snow. Holly is a school teacher that has won a teacher of the Year award and a stay at a very expensive ski lodge. Nathan is a CEO that vacations at the same lodge and is presenting the award. They meet before the ceremony and have a strong attraction for one another. Nathan can let all his business life go for the time that hes there. He especially is happy to do so since his latest business deal has gone all wrong.
I enjoyed this s
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh my, talk about putting the cart before the horse. This is one exciting, entertaining, intriguing, gut-wretching, heart pounding, pulse racing, smooth flowing, page turning bombshell that's as riveting as it is captivating. I was a goner from the git-go. With a whirlwind of emotions and events that really make the storyline pop. All the twists and turns, unexpected circumstances and unpredictable surprises around every corner make for remarkable experience. As the drama,
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holly is a school teacher and has won teacher of the year and a trip away. Nathan is a billionaire CEO on vacation at the same lodge that Holly is at and is presenting the award for teacher of the year. When they meet the attraction sparks between them. While both are vacationing they give into each other and share their time together. However when Holly learns who Nathan is she tries to convince him to keep business in her town so no one will lose their jobs. Holly shows Nathan that there is mo ...more
Anita Byars
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Magical Christmas Romance! Krista Lakes know how to make all her characters dreams come true as well as her readers. You will be taken on a magical Christmas journey that is filled with passion, sweetness, heart and the real Christmas meaning. Utterly unique. She is an excellent writer with books that ooze heartfelt goodness. And gosh did I ever fall in love. This was blissful.

This story will make you swoon, as Holly Jones and her entire town are faced with a terrible Christmas. But when Holly
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Love Under The Mistletoe by Krista Lakes is a 4 star read.
Holly Jones is a 2nd grade teacher and she’s been awarded, Educator of the year, which she has to go to a swanky ski resort to collect her award, when her friend falls ill with food poisoning Holly must entertain herself. After bumping into Nathan a few times she realises they have a connection but it’s not until later she learns that his company is responsible for most of her town relocating to San Francisco after they bought out a comp
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Love Under The Mistletoe book has on-page sex but only mild cursing. Use your own discretion when reading.

This story was a little different than Ms. Lake's typical billionaire books. While it follows Ms. Lakes' formula in that financially-struggling Holly does meet and fall in love with a billionaire who woos her with things his money can buy while they're at a the ski resort, I really liked the way that once they got to her hometown, things changed. I adored how they got to know each other and
Luv 2 Read
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Krista Lakes makes falling in love an art form.

A beautiful story of a teacher who has a gift of making everyone feel special.
Nathan, a CEO of a very large company finds his soul mate on vacation.
Holly, had won the educators award, that her students have nominated her for.
She gets put up at the Blue Aspen Ski Resort, which is a swanky ski resort, where the award ceremony is going to be held.
She meets Nathan, as they were checking in.
When they meet again skiing, they find an attraction that is har
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Krista Lakes does it again! What a fantastic book! Had I fully known about this book prior to delving in I may have decided to skip it because books with magic in don’t normally do it for me but I’m so glad I gave this a chance as I loved it! Holly meets Nathan and they have a sudden attraction. They come across various bumps on the way to their happily ever After but thanks to some wonderful fairy godmothers casting a little magic when needed the story progresses beautifully! I adored the conne ...more
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This story is very simply one of the better ones I have read that happen around Christmas time. What beautiful story and actually a really great romance of the best kind. The story line is there, the characters are beautiful, both the main characters as well as all those on the sides, but probably one of the ones i liked the most was the old owner who was selling his company. Why I liked that guy, well, he has a clear view of life, dont vaste it on only money, people matter and I love that. Of c ...more
Tarah Didley
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow I mean this was a fun filled, fairy godmother, loved the feels type of book.

Holly is a dedicated teacher and her getting this award proves how much she is good and loves what she does.

Although her love life is like a Sahara dessert her best friend Aliyah convinces her to try and meet someone not knowing by bumping into the handsome stranger he would the one for her.

Nathan is a highly successful business man that this weekend getaway is needed in ways you couldn’t think. When a lovely stra
Anne Baker
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Christmas Miracle to Remember

This wonderful read is the kind that warms your heart and it does make you think of miracles that can happen and sometimes do in life, you just have to have hope and this wonderful story did that for me. Krista Lakes certainly knows what her readers want with this superb storyline set around Christmas time! The characters are absolutely adorable and makes one think of Christmas’ past in your childhood! A book I can only but highly recommend as the perfect must read
Kristen Lewendon
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I never would have considered mixing Cinderella with A Christmas Carol, but that’s exactly what this felt like. The story is witty and charming, a bit silly and oh so sweet. Holly’s an award-winning teacher whose students are her life. Nathan’s a computer genius who’s allowed his position as CEO to take over his life. A chance encounter at a ski resort sets some special holiday magic in motion. Are these two the answers to each other’s holiday dreams? With a little nudge they just might be. I lo ...more
Kelly DeMarco
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truly magical holiday romance

Love Under the MIstletoe by Krista Lakes is a very well written book full of holiday magic. I absolutely love holiday inspired romances and I adored this one. I really enjoyed all the settings and the ways in which Holly and Nathan kept bumping into one another and magically getting snowed in at a magical resort. While their lives are worlds apart, they share many similar interests.
The real magic happens when they are together and I fell in love with these two becaus
Terri Eaches
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Christmas Magic and Traditions

A great story from Krista Lakes that puts the sparkle and magic into the season. Holy is a second grade teacher on her way to receive an educators award at a luxury ski resort when she literally runs into billionaire Nathan. Nathan's life is his work and money but sometimes fate has other plans. Moving the technologies company out of Holly's hometown has dire consequences not just for the town, but Holly's heart. After meeting Holly, the numbers in his bank account
Debbie Caswell
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful cheesy sexy christmas romp With the usual grumpy christmas hater and the ever happy one trying to change their mind

Holly has won teacher of the year and her prize is a weekend at a top end ski resort where her prize will be awarded to her when her friend gets food poisoning she is left to her own devices so she heads to the ski slopes There she meets Nathan grumpy CEO he is boring and never relaxes but she has a wonderful effect on him and he actually starts to enjoy his weekend But
Stephanie Zuiderweg
Feel good but with problems

I was entertained. I was pleased with the ending. But a lot of this book needed work.
Clearly the author originally wrote this in first person and then someone did a bad job converting it to third, including mixing pronouns.
The "best friend" is a complete plot device, so much so that when he spends the afternoon at the school they both work at, she never stops in to meet him. In fact, I don't think they meet through the entire book. What kind of best friend is that?
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
School teacher Holly Jones is staying in Blue Aspen Ski Resort for the weekend to accept the Teacher of the Year Award, where she meets the handsome Nathan. Billionaire CEO Nathan Reed is on vacation in Blue Aspen Resort when he meets the beautiful Holly who makes him laugh and feel happy for the first time in ages. Holly and Nathan have a connection but with the most important things in Holly's life are her students and loved ones whereas for Nathan, it's all about the money, do they even stand ...more
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun, heart warming love story that you will not be able to put down!! You have a hard working, lonely CEO Nathan Reed and the over worked but fun loving teacher Holly Jones both at a luxury ski lodge for the weekend!! These two meet and there is Christmas magic that happens and it draws these two together!! These two have many obstacles to climb but with a little magic and hope, these two could be perfect for each other!! Nathan has to choose between a life of money, wealth and lonelin ...more
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holly loved living in a small town, everything about it. Until the small town was at risk of losing everything. But in this book she starts out by winning a trip to a first class ski resort for an award.
Nathan is the CEO of his company and his job involves buying smaller tech company’s to restore them to glory. But this time he found a company that doesn’t need restoring.
Both of them end up and the same resort for the award ceremony. Holly to win the award and Nathan to be the presenter of the
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Krista Lakes is a newly turned 30 year old who recently rediscovered her passion for writing. She loves aquatic life and running marathons. She is living happily ever after with her Prince Charming and her bouncing baby boy.