Review: Blame it on the Mistletoe by Eli Easton

When physics grad student Fielding Monroe and skirt-chaser and football player Mick Colman become college housemates, they’re both in for a whole new education. Mick looks out for the absent-minded genius, and he helps Fielding clean up his appearance and discover all the silly pleasures his strict upbringing as a child prodigy denied him. They become best friends.

It’s all well and good until they run into a cheerleader who calls Mick the ‘best kisser on campus.’ Fielding has never been kissed, and he decides Mick and only Mick can teach him how it’s done. After all, the physics department’s Christmas party is coming up with its dreaded mistletoe. Fielding wants to impress his peers and look cool for once in his life. The thing about Fielding is, once he locks onto an idea, it’s almost impossible to get him to change his mind. And he just doesn't understand why his straight best friend would have a problem providing a little demonstration.

Mick knows kissing is a dangerous game. If he gives in, it would take a miracle for the thing not to turn into a disaster. Then again, if the kissing lessons get out of hand they can always blame it on the mistletoe.

If you're looking for a Christmas novella that'll get you in all the right places, then this is the one for you. Mick is the straight, ex-football player, girl chaser who has decided to spend more time away from his ex-team mates and more time studying. Fielding is the slightly eccentric, totally over mummied, genius who ends up as his house-mate. Despite the obvious differences between them they hit it off and become best friends. Mick enjoys introducing Fielding to life in general as he's been completely cosseted by his mum and Fielding helps Mick to see life in a different way. They were both great characters.

The plot of the story is just so crazy - but it works. They are so damn sweet together and truly the romance of it all will make you squirm - as I said before - in ALL the right places. It is cute and lovely and hot at the same time. It is Christmassy and snowy and just perfect. The ending may have gone a teensy bit too much HEA - but I can forgive it in a Christmas story. I want sweet and perfect. I want steamy and saccharine - a difficult combination to pull off, but Eli Easton manages it.

It's a short review but the essence of it is I absolutely recommend EVERYONE to read this book but especially those who love a bit of romance at Christmas.

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