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Gingerbread Mistletoe

(Lighthouse Bay #2)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  111 ratings  ·  82 reviews
The last thing Jeff wants is to spend time with the man who totaled his car—the one he spent years restoring with his late father. But if he wants to resurrect his childhood town’s annual outdoor hockey tournament, he’s got no choice.

The last thing Mika wants is to work with the guy who took off right after the accident, without ensuring he was okay. And working together o
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 199 pages
Published November 17th 2020
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Don't shoot me for bah-humbug-ing all over this holiday romance, but I couldn't get into the Christmas spirit.

This is my second book by Amy Aislin, and it's my second one that I didn't really enjoy. I don't think she is the author for me, I'm afraid. It might just be me as all of my friends seem to enjoy Gingerbread Mistletoe, so take my review with a grain of salt.

I found Gingerbread Mistletoe to be incredibly boring. I fell asleep while reading it 4 nights in a row (!), and I had to push to g
Kelsey Renae
Nov 05, 2020 rated it liked it
*** I received an eArc from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.***

This was a pleasant surprise for me. Both main characters have interesting and natural arcs that progress organically throughout the story. Both characters are going through a transitional period in their lives and do not make the best first impression of one another.

A year passes and eventually, both must work together on a community project. Both characters share an instant connection and the chemistry is readily fe
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was just delightful, a real treat for the festive season with a romance which just naturally progressed through the normal hiccups without any overly dramatic intervention.

I liked book one in this series, but this one just shades it into top spot because while I adored Zach in Christmas Lane Holland was harder to warm up to. Here, instead, both Mika and Jeff were easy to like characters even if Jeff was a bit grumpy at the start.

This small town setting really suits these festive-y romances
True Loveislovereview
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq, 2020
Jeff left Lighthouse Bay when he was eighteen. The whole family moved away.
After his father died two and a half year ago, his mind travels back to his youth, he decides to travel back, after more than twenty year, to Lighthouse Bay to find... maybe a piece of his beloved father.
He and his dad worked together for years on an old-timer. A year ago he finished it himself and took a ride until some stupid guy totaled this car. Mad, disappointed but mostly angry, he drove away and left the apologizin
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, holiday, 2020, mm

There's always a second chance and later explanation for Mika after what he had done in the past to Holland Christmas Lane , and it's all make sense to me.
Enter Jeff who's still cannot let go of his past and together they're trying to deal with that.
I liked how much efforts Jeff did after he set his mind that he wanted Mike all for himself, speaking of a real efforts!
I always love stories with little town setting, reminds me of my own hometown, and one little town in UK where I dreamt to spend m
Nov 04, 2020 rated it liked it
[I received a digital arc for an honest review]

Gingerbread Mistletoe
is the second standalone in her holiday romance series, Lighthouse Bay.

Jeff is a workaholic who is use to spending his holidays alone. He usually spends December in sunny LA but this year chooses to return to his hometown of Lighthouse Bay in hopes of reconnecting with the spirit of his dad. He decides to resurrect the tradition of the towns holiday hockey tournament but in order to do that he needs to the help of Mika.
Kristine (A Cozy Booknook)
Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, 2020
This is a sweet story that started to get me in the holiday spirit. I delighted in this story, these characters, and the sense of community that came together within the pages. Both Jeff and Mika are at turning points in their lives and I enjoyed following along on their journey. This book reminds me of all the Hallmark movies so if you enjoy those, you really like this.
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a smile-while-reading, feel good, holiday hit for me! Mika and Jeff are sweet. Jeff doesn't hold back on making his intentions clear, in the most adorable way. And the story is centered around holidays in a small hometown, so there's lots of cute events and shops and I don't know, I just loved it. Add that touch of Christmas magic, which you can't really question.

I mean, these two had a misunderstanding at the start, but afterwards, it was mostly them slowly falling for each other whil
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Ruthie – ☆☆☆☆
This is the second book in the series – the previous one I read back in 2018 when it was published, and I still remembered the fun of Zach and Holland and all the angst of Lighthouse Bay’s formal Christmas celebrations. I was, therefore, really happy to go back and join the team again. If you haven't read Christmas Lane, I would definitely recommend that you do – and you will m
Book Gemz
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What I liked...

This book did a great job drawing you into the story within the first few pages. It is a romance story that I would call a slow-build-love some might say enemies-to-friends. Either way, it is a HEA story, but the fun of it comes from how they get to that happily ever after.

The main characters were well developed. I enjoyed that the story had two mature men that came with their own baggage & histories. Jeff is a father of two grown children, has been married, and apparently has dat

Yep, I still want to pack my bags and move to Lighthouse Bay. Once again the setting shined as brightly as the characters and the story. I love this little town, and the people in it, so much!

Gingerbread Mistletoe is a wonderful small town, holiday romance. It'll put you in the holiday spirit for sure- and couldn't we all use more of that this year?
It's such a heartwarming, sweet read, with some definite heart-tugging moments. Mika and Jeff are complete opposites in many ways, but so alike
Ruthie Taylor
Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is the second book in the series - the previous one I read back in 2018 when it was published, and I still remembered the fun of Zach and Holland and all the angst of Lighthouse Bays formal Christmas celebrations. I was therefore really happy to go back and join the team again. If you haven't read Christmas Lane, I would definitely recommend that you do - and you will meet Mika and understand a few things about his
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This is a fun Christmas read. It’s almost sickeningly sweet, soppy and more than a little twee but it is full of Christmas schmaltz and cheer. Christmas is the only time of year I tend to enjoy unashamedly sentimental romance, and this year, as our second national lockdown makes November feel even colder and darker, I’ve started on the Christmas cheer a little bit early.

CEO Jeff and actor Mika both find themselves back in thei
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Gingerbread Mistletoe is another wonderful festive read from Amy Aislin.
So, whilst the first meeting of Jeff and Mika was definitely not under the best of circumstances, when they are introduced to each other again a year later they manage to work together to bring a hockey tournament back to Lighthouse Bay at Christmas, just like from when Jeff lived there as a boy. And if they happen to grow closer, building up a smouldering connection and slow burn attraction then all the better. What makes
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
⛄ Sigh...

“Sometimes things don’t look so bad from a different perspective,”

I don't even know where to start
Do you know the saying about six degrees of separation?
This was that with the sweetest (Jeff is such a romantic) holiday miracle twist
And Mika is one of those rare individuals that radiates happiness ( didn't start his life that way - but life's experiences changed that)

Great cast. Easy to follow with a complete storyline. Light angst. Family and friends.
This had it all.

Holiday Miracles?
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderfully festive read. It's emotional and compelling and the characters are so easy to become invested in. I really liked both Jeff and Mika, and my heart bled for both of them and what they'd been through. It's an interesting start for them as well, going from animosity to forced proximity, to something magical and genuine that progresses naturally. For all the past hurt, there is more healing and love, and pure joy, as these two hold on to each other for a heart warming HEA. And t ...more
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing

A holiday romance guaranteed to make you smile and crave snickerdoodles and gingerbread men. I adore the way Jeff wooed Mika, so original and creative, and just like Mika I found him hard to resist. “You know, I thought I came here to find my dad. Turns out I found myself instead. And you.” So many beautiful emotions with Mika and Jeff. They may have gotten off on the wrong foot—or car—but they sure know how to bring on the holiday cheer, joy and feel-good moments. This wonderful, hea
Jennifer Reilley
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Whenever I see Amy coming out with a new book, I know it’s a must read. I loved Christmas Lane and couldn’t wait for this book. Let me say Amy did not disappoint me at all.

First off, let’s start with that cover. These covers are so beautiful. They just put you in the holiday spirit and capture what is inside that cover.

Let’s talk, Jeff and Mika. Two men that have had unsuccessful relationships. One is a workaholic and the other ruined his last relationship. These guys are so sweet with each ot
Sharing The Book Love
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I enjoyed this Xmas novella with Jeff returning to his home town, bumping into an old hmm antagonist/ acquaintance who well annoys him at first but then connection happens and this story just works.

I like that both Jeff and Mika are similar age, its a nice change from my recent reads.
Nov 18, 2020 rated it liked it
I received a free copy to read and review for Wicked Reads

This was a low angst book. So low I found myself being bored. I couldn't connect with the characters and I found myself skimming the book hoping it would get better. No such luck. I'm sure others will enjoy this, just wasn't for me.
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm on a roll for reading wonderful books this week! This was a really sweet romance with a lot of Christmas spirit ;) Def recommended adding to your Christmas TBR!
This review and much more can be found at Love Bytes Reviews

Note: While this is the second book in this series, it works perfectly well as a standalone. In fact, I haven’t read the first book yet, but I’m about to rectify that 😉

Well I just loved this story. It has all the elements – a disastrous first meeting, a surprise second meeting in a return to the hometown, a grumpy CEO, a holiday market (oh how we will miss those this year), a secret illness, a lonely holiday saved by doing things for o
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was absolutely lovely! I adore festive romances and this one did not disappoint.

The first thing I’d say is that I haven’t read the first book in the series but didn’t feel like I was out of the loop in any way. It’s definitely a book that can be read as a standalone, but based on how good it was I’m definitely going to be going back and reading the first one.

I have a particular fondness for stories where the main characters have a disastrous first meeting and then go on to fall in love. T
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: purchased, ku, blog
A wonderful Christmas story!

I read my first book by Amy Aislin just over three years ago and she quickly became one of my favorite authors. Her stories never fail to move me in so many ways. Her writing is richly descriptive and always paints a vivid picture in my mind as I read.

The blurb tells you the basics of the story but it can't really convey how deeply moving this book is. It's a slow burn story with minimal sexy time but I love those kinds of books from time-to-time. Jeff was very close
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What an intriguing little book. It has a nice mix of several interesting elements. A romance is brewing in this tale and add a small dash of paranormal. I was hooked almost from page one. It is refreshing to read about an older MC for a change. Jeff is 46 and feeling very isolated. Divorced with his two children living their own lives and dealing with a giant hole his beloved father’s death left him is a lot for someone to deal with. Even his mother has moved on and is in a meaningful relationsh ...more
Emily Hernandez
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Though I was a little iffy about the start, this story gave me all the warm Christmas-y feels with a hefty dose of sweet romance. 

Jeff and Mika's disastrous first meeting set the tone for this emotionally-charged story. I could feel every ounce of Jeff's grief over losing his dad, right down to his misplaced anger at Mika for wrecking one of his last physical memories of his dad. I barely got a glimpse of Mika in that prologue, but even I could tell that something was very wrong in his life. A y
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Amy Aislin is still a new author to me but I really enjoyed reading her first Lighthouse Bay book with Zach and Holland. This story follows Mika, Holland's ex-boyfriend, and Jeff a Lighthouse Bay resident who moved away when he was eighteen.

Jeff's father died two and a half year ago, and he remembers the old town where he grew up with his family and the town his father loved. He decides to go back for a visit after more than twenty years away and to take some much needed R&R from his corporate
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I’ll admit right away that I’m a sucker for feel-good holiday stories, and this one does it very very well. There is so much more to Gingerbread Mistletoe than the central love story; it’s a journey to discover ones self, the importance of family, and taking a chance.

Jeff and Mika were wonderful, both hurting and lost in their own way and their gradual pull to each other from anger to love was joyful to read. You really really want that HEA for them. I hadn’t read book 1 in the Lighthouse Bay s
Autumn Breeze
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gingerbread Mistletoe by Amy Aislin had everything—a horrible first meeting, a startling second meeting, and all the reluctance and sexual tension anyone could ask for. Plus, cream filled snicker-doodles.

Jeff was a good guy under it all. He was also a workaholic who was lonely. The one month a year he takes off—December—he usually enjoys in LA. But, after the car he lovingly restored with his now deceased father is "totaled" he's spending Christmas in his home town, hoping to find his father in
Kera (featherboundbooks)
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was such a great romance. And it 100% gave me all the Christmas spirit! And it’s based in my home state of Maine! That is always a win for me!

Jeff decides to spend his Christmas in his old hometown, Lighthouse Bay, Maine to feel closer to his deceased father. He hasn’t been back there really for almost 30 years, but with his own two children off doing their own things this holiday season, Jeff is feeling a bit melancholy.

While roaming the town, he comes across an old photo of the annual Chr
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