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Magic Under the Mistletoe

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  236 ratings  ·  72 reviews

Christmas and romance are in the air...

It's December 23rd and while everyone else is rushing home for the holidays, workaholic Leesa Oliver is dreading switching on her out-of-office for the festive season. And it seems her equally driven boss, Cary Anderson, isn't relishing spending Christmas at his family's country estate either.

So together, they draft an unexpected

Kindle Edition, 334 pages
Published September 5th 2019 by Aria
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Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
What do you do when you don't have time for love? What a cute, festive, fun story this was. Leesa Oliver might have met her match for the title "workaholic" with her boss Cary Anderson. Working on a project day and night, they almost miss Christmas. While neither want to admit they are dreading going home for the holidays...they are. They both are tired of the endless questions about if they have met anyone yet....and then they have an idea....

After Leesa finds her marriage ending in divorce
Whispering Stories
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Lessa Oliver is late back from working in Australia as the CEO of the company she had been working with, Cary Anderson, kept on changing his mind on what he wanted and now she is sat in economy on the long flight back to the UK for Christmas with a screaming toddler on one side and a fidgeting woman on the other, whilst Cary is relaxing in first-class and sending her email after email of more changes he wants.

On arriving at Cardiff airport it seems that
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such a fun festive story! The fake romance trope is one of my absolute favorites! Lucy Coleman has put a bit of a new spin on it wrapped it up in Christmas paper and put a bow on top! Lessa and Cary are both workaholics. Working together on a project and almost cannot believe that they are going to be interrupted by Christmas. Neither of them are looking forward to going home for the holidays, but after a bit of a misunderstanding they decide to make a pact. The Santa Claus pat, both of them ...more
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Heartfelt, festive, and romantic!

Magic Under the Mistletoe is a lovely, character-driven rom-com that sweeps you away to the city of Cardiff and into the lives of the devoted, workaholic Leesa and the arrogant, successful Cary as they discover that there may be more to their relationship than just work, pretend feelings, and fake dating.

The writing is warm and light. The characters are hardworking, complex, and supportive. And the plot is an irresistible, wintery treat bursting with heart,
Finitha Jose
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The fake date trope has been used and reused by many authors but one could never get tired of this storyline. So when I got this book, I was expecting a very predictable albeit relaxing storyline. Suffice to say, I was never prepared for this unique take on such an age-old storyline.
Leesa Oliver is not a swooning heroine; she is a businesswoman keeping to the realities of life. Wedding? Been there, done that and now it is over. So a business contract to pretend to be someone's boyfriend (even
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
Leesa Oliver would rather not be heading home for Christmas, which is fitting because her boss, Cary Anderson, feels the same way. For the two workaholics, the holidays are always the same—nestled among the festivities are the nagging questions and familial disappointments. But this year is going to be different after the pair draft a simple contract: split the holidays with each other’s families and pretend to be a couple. It’s supposed to be all business and totally practical, but what happens ...more
Rachel Gilbey
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
A unique take on the fake date trope.

Wow there is a lot of story in this book, there are so many threads, characters, storylines, with more developing the whole time, that by the time I'm trying to write this review, I can't work out what was early enough in the book I dare comment on.

Cary and Leesa start as colleagues and get to know each other a bit better on a long haul flight back from Sydney and then with some bad weather, Leesa ends up going to Cary's family home for the night.

Nov 13, 2019 added it
I dnf'd at 15%. The dialogue was unwieldy and consisted of info-dumps, the grandmother was rude and nothing seemed to flow.
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Leesa Oliver should have been home a week earlier with her feet up relaxing to prepare for spending Christmas with her ex-in-laws, not on a crowded plane with a rowdy toddler, kicking her in the face. Her boss, Cary Anderson, the reason she is so late getting back to the UK from Australia, also wishes he was not on the plane, but it is because he dreads spending Christmas with his family. Cary has a self-described dysfunctional family, and Leesa is supposed to buoy up her inlaws after the death ...more
Leesa has been working non-stop on a client’s video presentation, in Australia. Flying back home to the UK in coach, her client, Cary, doesn’t seem to be able to let down or stop working, when all she wants to do is have the toddler in the middle row quieten down and just relax after all of the stress. But, nothing is quite as simple as it seems, and she’s returning to a Christmas celebration that she isn’t at all looking forward to. Her ex-in-laws have ‘cleared the decks’ for her to spend the 3 ...more
Hannah Clarke (Love Books Actually)
This is my first time reading a Lucy Coleman book and after reading the synopsis I wanted in!

Now I know the fake date trope has been done many times before but I have to admit I’m a big fan and I love those ‘will they won’t they’ storylines. But this story took me by surprise, it had a depth that I wasn’t expecting, the author putting her own little twist on it and I really enjoyed, it. There were also mini storylines for many of the characters running throughout the background making this so
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I usually don't read romance but sometimes the cover of the book just draws you in. The same happened when I looked at this cover. I was entranced, something about the lone woman against the backdrop of the snow gave me hope. And I started reading.

Lucy Coleman is truly an author who can write the depths of romance. The trope sounded familiar a clause between two coworkers who pretended to be in a relationship just to get the relatives off their backs. And love happened between the two.

Shaz Goodwin
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it

Leesa and Cary, both workaholics, are using work to help fill the gap from emotional wounds. They make a great couple! and even though their ‘relationship’ is a contract that suits them both, the friendship that develops is founded in respect and trust. The events that leave them vulnerable are slowly revealed. One scene over the Christmas period had me re-evaluating very quickly.

Spending time at the Anderson country manor introduces Cary’s grandparents,
Rachel Brimble
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Magic Under The Mistletoe was my first festive read of the season and it didn't disappoint - with the wonderful backdrop of a grand country house and a rich cast of characters, this Christmas romance has it all!

Our hero and heroine, Leesa and Cary are introduced as they fly back from Australia after a business trip but the weather upon landing means Leesa is prevented from going home. She reluctantly joins Cary at his grandmother's house (a famous romance author, no less!) where the pair of them
Susan in Perthshire
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
I think there was a potentially good story lurking here but I'm sorry I found it was far too long and rambling. There was so much padding and I ended up skim reading about 30% of it.

I lost interest in the characters. The first chapter should have warned me as it went on forever; and the key points that we needed to learn about the characters and the situation were belaboured so much that I lost interest. I think a good editor would have pruned a lot of the unnecessary prose and pointless
Aug 27, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a very sweet story and I loved Carry and Leesa so much but this book was way longer then it needed to be. It just seemed to go on and on with nothing overly exciting ever really happening. I just wish it had been shorter because I would've rated it higher.

Thank you Netgalley and Aria for this ARC in exchange for my honest review
Cathy Ryan
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Leesa Oliver and her client, Cary Anderson, were flying back from Australia after filming a promotional video. Cary is a stickler for detail and the schedule had already over run. Even now, on the flight home, Leesa was inundated with texts from Cary, in his comfortable first class seat, with his ideas about improving the video, while she was stuck in economy next to an excitable toddler. All she wants to do is relax and unwind but that’s looking less and less likely. To make matters worse, ...more
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I voluntarily reviewed this book from Netgalley.

It's September and I know for some people that is far too early for the 'C' word but not for me who cannot wait for mistletoe and chestnuts roasting on an open fire. So when I got the opportunity to read MAGIC UNDER THE MISTLETOE by Lucy Coleman I couldn't wait to jump in and I was not disappointed.

After a super stressful work project with Cary Anderson, Leesa is looking forward to getting a break from him when they get off the flight from
Well, this is by Lucy Coleman so, if you enjoy her stories like I do, you just know it will be a delightful, heartwarming and enthralling read - and it really is! Lessa Oliver is a something of a workaholic but no where near as much as CEO Cary Anderson, who she has been working for in Australia. His pernickety attitude and perfectionism have nearly driven her and her cameraman, Jeff, to distraction. He made them work days when they should have returned home and now it is December 23rd and even ...more
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Magic Under the Mistletoe is a standalone novel by Lucy Coleman.

What starts out as an employer/employee relationship turns into a farce where they make a deal to pretend to be in a relationship. It is what they considered the best way to keep their families happy. Cary Anderson the boss wants his grandmother happy because she despairs of him finding a new love after his ex left him. Leesa Oliver, the employee, is trying to keep her ex-in-laws happy by attending Christmas festivities with them.
Amanda (Books, Life and Everything Nice)
Thank you to NetGalley, Aria, and Lucy Coleman for an ARC ebook copy to review. As always, an honest review from me.

- fun, sweet wintertime romance
- Still realistic because there are some family and life struggles presented (allows the characters to be well created) but also still retains its romance novel quality
- The author writes consistently good winter holiday romances

- one of the main characters is a romance author
- Picturesque setting

- wasn't as captivating for a
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
We all have to work for a living, but sometimes work becomes the most important thing in our lives due to some dissapointments in the love department. Throwing yourself into your job seems to be the only thing that matters and the right thing to do in order to protect yourself against another heaartbreak.

On the other side there is your family. They know what you went through but they hope you will find the strength to move on. They hope that Cupid is waiting around the corner, aiming one of his
Deborah J Miles
This story is about Cary Anderson, the exacting CEO of Solar Powered Solutions, and Leesa Oliver, whose company, Dynamic Videography, makes promotional videos.

Written in the first person from the perspective of Leesa, we begin the story with Cary and Leesa flying back from Australia where they have been working - he is enjoying all the benefits of First Class while she struggles not to lose her temper with a boisterous child in Economy, and cope with Cary's incessant stream of emails.

When they
Aug 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
This just didn’t work for me. I felt like the whole romance was just too forced. The relationship between Cary and Leesa remained so formal throughout the book, it was cringeworthy at times. The way Leesa interacted with Cary’s family, her own family, and her ex’s family was just odd and unnatural.

The premise was good but nothing else held up for me here. My copy was provided by NetGalley for review all opinions are my own.
Jo Shaw
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Having just finished reading Lucy Coleman’s Winter 2018 novel Snowflakes over Holly Cove for a blog tour, I couldn’t resist launching straight into reading her brand new release, Magic Under the Mistletoe, which for me really ramped up the festive feeling.

I really loved the concept of agreeing upon a contract between Leesa and Cary, to make life easier when they both were focusing fully on their careers, amidst pressure from their families to settle down. From the outset I loved Leesa, she is
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
I’ll admit that a focus on the world of work isn’t always the way to win me over – Leesa’s growing video production business is both her passion and obsession, and there’s also quite a lot about Cary’s eco-business and all the corporate shenanigans going on around him. But in this book, I thought it all worked really well – the characters are particularly strongly drawn, with interesting histories and different reasons not to be looking forward to their Christmases – and their business focus ...more
Sandy Barker
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully-written, realistic story of love, loss, and finding your way. I found the characters believable - flawed, yet lovable - and the storyline intriguing. I wanted to keep reading, but I didn't want it to end. Just beautiful.
Angel Hatfield
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Leese thought the mere thought of Solar Powered CEO- Mr. Cary Anderson wasn’t doing her blood pressure any good. It was December 23rd and cary wants to talk about his shot and Leesy thought not until after the Christmas holidays. Leese’s company was Dynamic Video. Leese had been due to fly home a week ago with her cameraman and long-time friend Jeff martin. But The CEO -Cary- didn’t just deviate from the shoot he wanted her to re-write bits of it. When they finally finished filming, he still ...more
Lynn (Ellesea Loves Reading)
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Two career-driven people burdened by familial expectations at the most wonderful time of the year!!

Leesa Oliver and Cary Anderson are work colleagues, expected to spend the Christmas festivities with their families after returning to the UK from a hectic business trip in Australia. Both are lacking the seasonal spirit and bad weather on arrival at Cardiff Airport means plans must be changed. Leesa reluctantly accepts Cary's offer of help only for it to lead to a misunderstanding. Therefore they
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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When the invite to take part in this blog tour popped into my inbox, I didn’t even need to read the blurb to know I wanted to take part. Knowing it was a book written by one of my favourite authors was enough for me. I have previously read and lovedThe Secrets of Villa RossoandA Greek Affairby Linn B. Halton so I knew that a book written under her pen name Lucy Coleman would be right for me. And it was!

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From interior designer to author, Linn - who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman - says ‘it’s been a fantastic journey!’
Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and is excited to be writing for both Harper Impulse (Harper Collins) and Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus); she’s represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.
When she’s not writing, or spending