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A Touch of Mistletoe

A Touch of Mistletoe - E.E. Ottoman, Talya Andor, A.F. Henley, Megan Derr, J.K. Pendragon This anthology consisted of five short holiday stories, some of whom are new authors to me, Megan Derr being the only one I’m familiar with. All stories, like the title implied, built around the mistletoe. Overall these were quite entertaining holiday tales.

In Here for You by [a:J.K. Pendragon|5357770|J.K. Pendragon|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1414866110p2/5357770.jpg], a bereaved widower met a young Korean who left his life to take care of his dying father. Warren, blind since birth, never thought of himself other than straight; his attraction to Kyung unsettled him. Kyung, for his love and devotion to his father was not without drawback, he had burden of his own. The interactions and chemistry between these two were pretty low-key to me; the storyline a bit sedate. I usually expected a rather fast pace in short story as there were only so much rooms for them to develop. But this was a sweet GFY story with low level of angst. As the starter to the anthology this was to wet your appetite for more. 2.75 stars from me.

The Christmas Spirit by [a:Talya Andor|6527821|Talya Andor|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/user/u_50x66-ccc56e79bcc2db9e6cdcd450a4940d46.png] was a paranormal detective story set in Japan. Ash Harmon was a Southern gentleman, a paranormal investigator who opened shop in Shinjuku. He was hired to solve the haunting happening surrounding Hanabishi Yuki, a famous young Japanese ice skater. I liked that although there was instant attraction between these two MCs, either didn’t jump right into action. Also that when Ash—being the older and more cautious of the pair—restrained himself from acting on the attraction, Yuki the lively younger one was persistently doing the chasing. I was happily cheering for this cute couple to get on with their proper courting. This was an angst free mistletoe flavor holiday story. Could be my love of yaoi manga influenced the feeling of reading this story. 3 stars for this one.

Next came the Grinch of the anthology, a grumpy Mr. Scott Misener in A Beautiful Thing by [a:A.F. Henley|6535954|A.F. Henley|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1352670112p2/6535954.jpg]. This was an almost typical holiday story, a Dickens’s Christmas Carol of the anthology, in which fate’s interference represented by Dru the Mistletoe Fae. Typical though it might be, this was a truly entertaining one, baring the too coincidental and rush ending. 3 stars.

Ad Meliora by [a:E.E. Ottoman|6426133|E.E. Ottoman|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1381241009p2/6426133.jpg] is the F/F story in this anthology, the one had An-An and MC (yes, that’s one of our MCs name) going to a mansion in the wood to exorcise the curse and demon killing family member of the manor. For demon-busters story, this one was barely on the surface for me; the terror of the said curse was said but not felt. Compared to the other stories, this one had pages of smutty scenes, and the mistletoe appearance was quite prominent. 2.5 stars.

In Two Parts Mistletoe by [a:Megan Derr|1427650|Megan Derr|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1301681375p2/1427650.jpg] we met Master Potion and Master Secretary in their quest to save a young Lord from the effect of love potion during the Frost Days (that’s like Christmas on this story’s universe). Like the premises, the plot, the pulls between the two main characters, Kingston and Hux. I like this story best from all as it simply drew me in into the thick of from mundane activities to pressing actions and even the steamy scenes. 3.5 stars for this story!

Note: ARC was kindly provided by Less Than Three Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.