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Messages and Mistletoe: H. M Shander

Posted on November 11, 2023 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in Reviews / 7 Comments

Messages and Mistletoe delivered a sweet but predictable Christmas Romance. The story demonstrates how one spends their time searching for that special someone, whilst failing to realise the very person they are looking for is right before their eyes.


Messages and Mistletoe: H. M ShanderTitle: Messages & Mistletoe
Author(s): H.M. Shander
Published by Self Published on November 8, 2023
Pages: 172
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
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Format: eArc
Purchase: Amazon

A Christmas rebellion. An anonymous online connection. A breath-stealing rendezvous beneath the mistletoe.
Tired of the same old Christmas traditions and grappling with unrequited love, Natalie waves goodbye to the festivities for a year and swaps snow for sun on a Caribbean cruise. Amidst the roof top pool and warm ocean breeze lies a promising chance at a new beginning - a singles' cruise brimming with attractive bachelors ready to sweep her worries away. Including the one who’s already trying to capture her heart.
In the weeks leading up to her rebellious departure, Natalie encounters Hermes, an enigmatic and charming stranger while in the virtual waters of the Cruisin’ for Singles chat room. Their online connection flourishes into an intoxicating dance of desires and secrets, stoking a yearning for a real-life encounter.
As the clock ticks toward Christmas Eve, they hatch a whimsical plan to meet under the mistletoe. Will this magical rendezvous shatter Natalie's Christmas dreams or kindle a newfound Yuletide passion?

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Messages and Mistletoe was a quick read. The story flowed seamlessly. Despite the predictability, the story held my attention. I needed to see the heroine’s reaction on discovering the identity of her online friend. That aspect of the story had me smiling from ear to ear.

Now, although I enjoyed the build up to the final outcome, I had issues with the characters. Information on the hero was limited, rendering it difficult for one to connect with him. One does not get an idea of his true feelings until the end. As a result, I found it difficult to accept the hero’s feelings for the heroine, thus the romance lacked substance.  All the focus was on the heroine, who rode an emotional rollercoaster for most of the story.

For a Christmas romance, the holiday theme was sorely lacking. It never left me longing for the festivities. Also, the heroine was supposed to meet her online connection under the mistletoe. They did meet, but no mention was made of the mistletoe.

The story ended on a positive note, with all parties involved sailing into their happily ever after. This is my first time reading the author’s work, and Messages and Mistletoe elicited mixed reactions. I enjoyed some aspects of the story and some not so much. However, I wouldn’t hesitate to read another of her books. 

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