Magic Under the Mistletoe
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...more
After Leesa finds her marriage ending in divorce ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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.
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Thank you Netgalley and Aria for this ARC in exchange for my honest review
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 ...more
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. ...more
- 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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!
Magic Under the Mistletoeis an ...more
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 ...more