Book Review – Gingerbread Mistletoe by Amy Aislin

Lighthouse Bay #2
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 182
Characters: Jeff/Mika
POV: 3rd
Genre: Contemporary, Series

The last thing Jeff wants is to spend time with the man who totaled his car—the one he spent years restoring with his late father. But if he wants to resurrect his childhood town’s annual outdoor hockey tournament, he’s got no choice.

The last thing Mika wants is to work with the guy who took off right after the accident, without ensuring he was okay. And working together on organizing Jeff’s proposed tournament sounds like a complete nightmare. He’s got enough on his plate after surviving cancer.

Sparks fly as they’re forced to work together, but is that enough for them to set their differences aside and pull off the tournament in only two weeks? Or will they prove to be immune to the magic of Christmas?

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This is the first story I’ve read by this author, and I was drawn into Jeff and Mika’s story immediately. I love small town settings, and have added the first one in the series to my paperback wishlist as I haven’t read it. I also loved the magic realism part of the story with Jeff’s father. It rounded out the perfect ending wonderfully well.

I enjoyed the family feel of the story, not only with Jeff and Mika’s family, but within Mika’s group of friends in Lighthouse Bay too. I thought it was very much a story about family, past, present, and future. I liked how the author didn’t shy away from Mika’s physical issues after his treatment, and treated it with the seriousness it deserved. His reaction, rather than the illness itself, is the focus of the story which is how it should be. I loved how gentle Jeff is with Mika, and how they’re both wary of risking their hearts, yet falling for each other.

I thought this was a lovely sweet story, and I loved that they were both older MCs. Wooing with inflatable Christmas lawn ornaments is totally a sign of true love. I love how their pasts catch up with their present, and the twist with Jeff and his brother, Leo.

I loved this fabulous read with all the feels and I’ll be looking out for more in this series, and by this author.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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