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Mistletoe at Midnight By LB Gregg

Owen McKenzie has traveled to Vermont to spend an old-fashioned Christmas with his family when he finds himself staying at the same inn as his first love. Owen is disconcerted to realize he's still attracted to Caleb Black but refuses to pursue him. Caleb left him once, and Owen's not going down that road again.

Caleb is ready for a second c
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Published December 6th 2010 by Carina Press
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Nick Pageant
Nov 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, holiday
BR with Mishy!

Nice collection of varied Christmas novellas. HO HO HO.
Nov 24, 2013 rated it liked it

3.5 Stars

So, I never knew this anthology existed and I’m kinda floored at the pure muscle in this book! I mean, you’ve got 4 of the very best M/M writers around contributing and just thinking about diving in made me excited! Plus, I’m totes in the holiday spirit so ya kinda can’t go wrong…ermm…can you?


I adored this story. It’s a long, lost flame story about 2 boys who met and fell in first love in high school until one leaves suddenly and without wo
Very good anthology, but unfortunately I didn't like all 4 stories
I don't know if it's fair to give 5 stars to an anthology with 2 amazing stories, and another 2 that I have trouble to finish it.

So, an overview vote would be 3 stars, but I prefer to give 1 to 5 to each story too.

Mistletoe at Midnight, by LB Gregg

Main characters: Owen (narrator) and Caleb Black.
I had a huge problem reading this book...all the flashbacks.
I'm not complain about the fact that there is this past and present momen
Dec 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Better than I expected. Two stories featured rekindling of old flames and the other two were new found love. Perfect holiday rom com fare.
Jan 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Dina by: Eyre Monroe
This anthology contains four stories that take place during the holidays, but the only one that fully integrates the season into the plot is the third.

I had a problem deciding how to rate the book as a whole, because I loved one of the stories and disliked another. As usual, I did the math (added all the individual ratings and calculated the average rating) but that resulted in 3 1/2 stars. Should I round it up or down? Well, I decided to round it up because there was only one story I didn't lik
Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Listening to . . .

Mistletoe at Midnight by LB Gregg, read by Max Bellmore - 3.5 stars
I love this lost and found Christmas love story. Pretty traditional stuff full of warm and fuzzy feels. This is the first time I've heard Max Bellmore and I liked him a lot.

Nine Lights Over Edinburgh by Harper Fox, read by Jack LeFleur - 3 stars
This reminded me of a Jo Nesbo story with the addition of the MM romance of course. I absolutely love Jo Nesbo's work and the mood in this one was similar but not quite
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
First Story: Mistletoe at midnight by L.B Gregg 3.5 stars, was cute but the numerous and random flashbacks got boring and didn't add to the story, they got confusing and made me disengage from the story.

Second Story: Nine Lights Over Edinburgh by Harper; could not finish, never got into the story

Third Story: I heard him Exclaim by Z. A. Maxfield 5 stars. I loved the characters and their development. I loved Poptart the very adorable 5 year old girl. A great holiday story so cute with a very ha
Mistletoe at Midnight by LB Gregg 4♥s

This was cute, sexy and just fun. All of the things that LB Gregg does best made this quite an entertaining little holiday read.

Owen and Caleb get a second chance after being apart since high school. They end up reuniting when Owen is spending the holiday with his family. Because of the whole fam being there, crazy shenanigans ensue.

The side-characters were memorable and fun, the dialogue was funny and the romance was sweet. It really was just a nice, feel-
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
Mistletoe at Midnight by LB Gregg, narrated by Max Bellmore - 3.5 stars

Sweet second chance romance. I think I enjoyed the meddling family and friends as much or more than I enjoyed Owen and Chad.

Max Bellmore is new to me but he did a good job differentiating all the people and bringing the emotion during the whole Dad thing. I'd give him a listen again.

Nine Lights Over Edinburgh by Harper Fox, narrated by Jack LeFleur- DNF

I can't get into this one.

I Heard Him Exclaim by ZA Maxfield, narrated b
These were sooo good in a comfort read, everything-will-be-all-right-cause-great-stories-will-always-be-awesome way. It made the events of the past week, my tentative move to BookLikes, and the resulting malaise ease a little. I listened to the four stories while crocheting charity teddy bears(badly! poor kids!), doing spring cleaning around the house and trying to revive a garden overtaken by winter weeds and snails (I've been on school vacation) and I thoroughly enjoyed every. single. one.

Sep 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: christmas, mm
Didn’t really like most of the stories, although the first one was quite good. So 3 stars it is.


It's time to spend a little time with the ghost of Christmas Past...

It's been 7 years since I first read these stories and I really enjoyed the stories contained within it. While I enjoyed some stories more than others for me listening to the audiobook was overall a 5 star experience and I really enjoyed this visit with the ghost of Christmas Reads much so that I'm thinking this might be the beginnings of a tradition...listening to Christmas stories on audiobook as I wrap Christmas p
Nov 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Excellent collection of four m/m holiday romances. From LB Gregg's trademark madcap romp to Harper Fox's angst-filled tale of a detective inspector possibly beyond redemption, each story shines. Highly recommended and very satisfying read.
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'll write a proper review once Goodreads stops malfunctioning and allows me to add in-review titles but...
I like neither Christmas stories nor novellas however all four of these are gems to be reread every December (Fox's is Hanukkah).
Four out of four 4/5*s.
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
Nov 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Nikyta *Miss Forgetful* by: Shanna
Mistletoe at Midnight by L.B. Gregg - 4 stars - My review

This was a great, humorous story about lost love and second chances. Both main characters and secondary characters were amusing with a plot that is very entertaining. The only fault this story had was the flashbacks were a bit annoying. With each start of a flashback it didn't seem to fit with the story.

Nine Lights Over Edinburgh by Harper Fox - 3 stars - My review

This story starts off very rocky and is extremely dark. I wouldn't really co
Jan 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt-romance
I’ve never been a big fan of the holiday story, but these titles (while set at Christmas-time) really weren’t about the holidays. These stories, while technically m/m romance, offer a lot more of a novel feel, and “Nine Lights Over Edinburgh” kept me at the edge of my seat. The characters were mysterious, and far from perfect – and I loved that. “Mistletoe at Midnight” was my favorite title in the series; I really enjoyed Owen and Caleb, and Owen’s family cracked me up. I liked that Owen’s last ...more
Dec 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
I bought this book, because I've read the blurp for one of the 4 short stories in it and wanted to read it, and thought with the titel, and it being Christmas, that what the hell.. Let me have all of them and give it a go..

And thank God for that! Such 4 very different stories, but all charming in their own way and full of love in all shapes and sizes..


I wrote a review for each short story as I read them, so I'll just post them here:

1. Mistletoe at Midnight By LB Gregg (4 stars * * * *)

This anthology contains four stories all centered around finding love during the Christmas holiday. The stories share the Christmas theme but are quite different one from the other and all are very well written.

In Mistletoe at Midnight by L.B. Gregg we meet former high school sweethearts Owen and Caleb. When Owen walks into the inn where he's spending Christmas with his family he's shocked to see Caleb, the man who'd broken his heart fifteen years earlier. A fun but interfering family, an ex une
Anna D.
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: holiday, m-m
Mistletoe at Midnight
3 stars
This was okay – in a good way. It’s not one I’d strongly recommend but I was happy to have read it. It was a little too contrived, like I was reading a Hallmark Holiday story. It was very sweet though. I didn’t fully love any of the characters…though I thought a few times how much I would rather read the story that was blooming between Ryan (Owen’s brother) and May (Caleb’s friend) – to me, that seemed like a more interesting romance than the MCs.

Nine Lights Over Edi
Fani *loves angst*
Well, this is my first m-m book and I have to say, it's so much more than I expected from the genre. I especially loved the fact that most stories seem to emphasize the emotional rather than the sexual part of the heroes' relationship.

Mistletoe at Midnight - 4.5 stars
A sweet and tender but sometimes funny story about two men who started a relationship as teens, only to meet again unexpectendly 17 years later. The whole family of one of the heroes is in attendance at this rustic lodge, trying to
Mar 24, 2011 rated it liked it
M/M romance, rated for enjoyment, not quality. Oh, and the “Holidays” in the title is there for alliteration, not multiculturalism. It’s more like His for Christmas Except Also There’s That One Jewish Guy. In no particular order:

ZA Maxfield, “I Heard Him Exclaim.” Schmaltz, and boy howdy. A mindlessly enjoyable story about two men finding each other, punctuated by some terrible writing. Seriously, check this out: “Chandler inched his way forward again, angling to either hit Steve’s sweet spot or
Dec 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
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Heather C
Dec 14, 2011 marked it as to-be-continued
Mistletoe at Midnight by LB Gregg

Nine Lights Over Edinburgh by Harper Fox

I Heard Him Exclaim by Z.A. Maxfield ★★★★☆
Cute story!! It started off a little slow but I really enjoyed it. There was a lot of "cheek flushing" and "blushing" so that got a little annoying. The "Poptart" was cute even though I usually do not like children in the stories I read. I still don't understand why this title was chosen and I could never remember it, so this story will always be Skinny Santa in my memory.
Kaje Harper
Jan 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Four well-written, different and heart-warming holiday stories from four of the top authors in the genre. Harper Fox's entry was darker than the rest, but solidly happy in its ending. Great characters are the order of the day here. The fact that there are even better stories out there by all these authors is a measure of how good these writers are, not a critique of this collection. (Do be aware that these stories are also available individually. I owned one already, but the collection was still ...more
Elle Beasee

LB Gregg - 3.5 stars
Harper Fox - 4 stars
Z.A Maxfield - 2.5 stars
Josh Lanyon - 4.5 stars

Props to Harper Fox, LB Gregg and Josh Lanyon for melting my insides with the cuteness in these stories (yet at the same touching, heartfelt, a little sad). Unfortunately Maxfield's dragged on a little too much for my liking but, all in all, a superb Christmas feel-good anthology :)
3.5 rounded up

Mistletoe at Midnight By LB Gregg ★★★★
Nine Lights Over Edinburgh By Harper Fox ★★★
I Heard Him Exclaim By Z.A. Maxfield ★★★
Icecapade By Josh Lanyon ★★★★
Overall a fabulous 4.5 star holiday series of shorts. I really enjoyed this book bunches. I can see myself re-reading a number of these stories for the holidays every year.

Mistletoe at Midnight by L.B. Gregg ★★★★★

Adorably sweet Christmas happiness! This is a perfect short story to me. I loved both characters! Lost love found again, wonderful!

Owen McKenzie is on his way to his new home in snowy cold Vermont where he’s soon to start his new job as the town vet. He’s bought a house and everything.
Dec 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
This was a fabulous anthology with four Christmas themed stories from four great authors. As a collection I would rate it with 5 stars, because each of the separate stories is worth the buy. Here's my take on each of them.

Mistletoe at Midnight
LB Gregg

5 out of 5 stars

This is a perfect holiday story! It has a fabulous love couple, some sort of Christmas miracle, an intriguing narrator's voice, this author's distinctive humor and an engaging plot.
Owen is the narrator of the story. He is a vet and
Nov 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
This review is a little awkward to copy and paste from my blog... I did it anyways but I hope it's not too strange. lol You can always come see it here:

For the anthologies that I’m reviewing this week, I’m going to try something new. Since the stories were short, I’m going to mimic them and do short little reviews. I know right?! What a concept. :)

Mistletoe at Midnight by LB Gregg

From Goodreads
Owen McKenzie has traveled to Vermont to spend an old-fashione

It was OK.

Unless you have the romance plan, I don't recommend it. I only liked 2 of the 4 stories, and they were shorter ones. The narration doesn't add any value... I suggest reading the stories you're interested in over the audio.


1. Mistletoe at Midnight By LB Gregg
Narrated by Max Bellmore. 2hr 40min.

Overall: 3☆
Story: 3☆
Narration: 2☆

The story was cute, I enjoyed it.

The narration wasn't so great... there was only a minute difference between each character voice, d
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