It’s a pleasure to be joining the blog tour for Lucy Coleman’s Magic Under The Mistletoe, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.
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, Leesa isn’t looking forward to the pressure of spending Christmas with her ex in-laws and is trying to find a way to make a clean break while causing as little hurt as possible.
Cary is also under pressure from his beloved grandmother, Cressida, who is desperate to see him settle down. He prefers to put his efforts into energy conservation rather than risk the unpredictabilities of a relationship and the thought of Christmas fills him with dread.
Fate intervenes in the guise of a snow storm, closing all the roads around the airport. Cary is able to get home thanks to a lift in an all terrain vehicle and rather ungraciously offers Leesa a lift. Arriving at his grandmother’s with Leesa gives Cressida entirely the wrong idea but suggests to Cary a way they could create a plan which would be beneficial to both of them.
His young lady? I don’t know whose head jerks back the furthest — mine or Cary’s. He casts me a warning glance, but does that mean I should jump in and correct her or not? To be honest, I don’t care. She can call me anything she wants as long as there’s a spare bed upstairs.
A relationship of convenience sets the scene for a slow burning story that takes place over the course of a year and includes family dramas, misunderstandings and second chances, so despite the title, Magic Under The Mistletoe isn’t the traditional festive romance you might be expecting. Cary was reluctant to disappoint his grandmother and desperately wanted her to stop worrying about him. Leesa needed to show her in-laws she was moving on with her life. The agreement she and Cary had seemed perfect for both of them but it did mean they had no choice but to become closer.
There are quite a few evolving story threads—Lucy Coleman includes some important topics and how they might realistically affect the people concerned. It took me a while to warm to Leesa and Cary but eventually they won me over. My favourite character was Cressida, a romantic novelist who wanted a happy ending for everyone. I loved the beautifully described and very festive ending.
About the Book
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 Christmas contract: They’ll spend half of the holidays with each other’s families, pretending to be a couple. Leesa knows the insufferably good-looking Cary will make her Christmas more bearable, but what happens after the last of the mince pies have been eaten…?
Leesa signed off on a sensible business agreement, but somewhere, amongst the fairy lights and carols something seems to have changed… It seems there might just be some magic under the mistletoe this Christmas!
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