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Friday, February 5, 2016

Review: Teach Me Under the Mistletoe by Kay Springsteen


Print Length: 147 pages
Publisher: esKape Press (December 26, 2015)

From Goodreads.com: Caroline "Kitty" Tyndall is tired of being overlooked, considered a child by the man she desires. He likes worldly, more experienced women – something she’s not. So she convinces the new groom, Hugh McCollum, to teach her how to kiss the way a man likes to be kissed… 

All kinds of trouble could result from young Lady Caroline's request to teach her how to kiss. But Hugh had never been one to run from trouble... or a challenge. Besides, if no one found out, nothing would come of it, and it might prove an enjoyable distraction. 

After all, he was only supposed to teach her how to kiss. 

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My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

This was a cute and clean regency story that was perfect for the winter months! A quick read (it took me about a day and a half to finish), this story was impossible to put down. I had to find out what was coming - would Kitty manage to snare the man she had set her cap on? Was he even worth snaring? And what of Hugh - would he be able to let her go if it meant she would be happy? What would happen if they were caught during one of their lessons? The possibilities of this story were endless. 

The one thing that I have to say was probably the most enjoyable part of this story (for me anyway), was the way that it overlooked pre-conceived notions  of how things were supposed to be, and instead took a more realistic approach. This was truly a story where true love won out over all the obstacles in the way. 

On the flip-side of that, I felt that we were missing out on potential story arcs. We are introduced to a certain female character with whom Hugh's brother had a history - but she was only there for one scene and really didn't seem to serve much of a purpose aside from upsetting the Heroine. And what of Lord Randall? Did he ever find someone to love him for his flaws? 

All things considered I would definitely recommend this story to those that enjoy a well thought out (if a little unconventional) romance. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own. 

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Teach Me Under the Mistletoe is available from Amazon.com

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