Reviewed by Becca
TITLE: The Mistletoe Kiss
AUTHOR: Ruby Moone
PUBLISHER: JMS Books LLC
LENGTH: 89 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 9, 2017
Widowed bookseller Lawrence Fenton has spent a lonely lifetime hiding who he is. He has convinced himself his feelings for his far too young, gorgeous, but troubled assistant Christy Shaw are nothing more than pride in his protégé and concern for his plight.
Christy’s life involves walking fine lines: one between his mother and his abusive stepfather, one where he must keep his needs hidden, and hardest of all, one where he must keep his feelings for his serious employer to himself.
Lame since birth, Lawrence cannot imagine anyone wanting him, least of all Christy. But when Christy’s life threatens to spiral out of control, Lawrence steps in. Then Christy’s emotions spill over into a kiss under the mistletoe at Christmas. Will Lawrence be able to face the long-buried truth about himself and keep Christy by his side?
What a great little Christmas book. And yes I know Christmas is over but so what. Christmas books are still good all year round. This one is one I will love to read over and over. It’s always wonderful when 2 people can finally come together and love each other. Especially around the holidays when times are so lonely.
When bookstore owner Lawrence first laid eyes on Christy, he was struck by a thunderbolt. But in that day and age, you could be arrested or even killed for liking another man. He could tell by looking at him that Christy needed help. So he decided to take Christy on as his assistant. Christy brought a life to the place and in him that he never thought he could feel again. But Christy is barely holding it together. Being beaten by his stepfather so often and trying to take care of his mom and step siblings has left Christy tired, hungry, and in need of a friend. Christy has also been hit with the thunderbolt but is afraid Lawrence doesn’t feel the same. But time and circumstances are throwing them together and it’s time for both to fess up about how they feel or stay silent forever.
I don’t know which of these two I love more. Lawrence, with all he’s been through, has more or less given up on life. He does what he has to to get by and that’s basically about it. He can’t express how he feels sexually without some drastic repercussions and with his leg and hip messed up, he never dreams that he can find someone to love him. He breaks my heart. Everyone deserves love no matter who they are or what they look like. And then there’s Christy. Abused by his stepfather so often, still missing his father after his death, afraid he’s going to lose his mother by his step father’s hand, so cold and hungry because he can’t afford food and clothes (thanks to his stepfather), and then now in love with someone who is afraid won’t love him back. My heart bleeds for him too. He doesn’t deserve what he’s getting. He’s such a sweet ray of sunshine. And life is doing all it can to beat it out of him. But that sweet little boy does all he can to stay strong. These two have just had so much done to them. But they still get up to fight another day. No matter how bad some days they don’t want to. They just need each other to make it through life and move on.
Christmas seems like the time of year when everything just comes to a head. The loneliness of so many, the heartaches of the year, things that just never seem to go right. So when someone comes along that brightens your life, grab ahold with both hands and don’t let go. Everyone deserves to be loved no matter what.