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Book Review: The Mistletoe Kisser by Lucy Score

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Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Series: Blue Moon #8
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Recommend to Others?: Yes
Favorite Quotes: (see end of post)

ABOUT: “Just because I don’t run around with a stupid grin on my face all day every day doesn’t mean I’m grumpy.”

Ryan Sosa, grumpy former corporate accountant, has had it up to here with surprises. He didn’t see getting fired coming. And he certainly didn’t anticipate flying across the country to the world’s hippie-est, happiest, most annoying town to save his great-uncle from some mysterious emergency.

Not only is there actual snow on the ground, but the town of Blue Moon appears to have decked its halls with elves on psychedelics. But he doesn’t have time to be snarky about the impending Winter Solstice and Multicultural Holiday Celebration—whatever the hell that is. Not when he’s got a farm to save, a free-range sheep that he may or may not have nudged with his stupid microscopic rental car, and some small-town veterinarian telling him she can’t take the animal off his hands.

Dr. Sammy Ames has a practice to manage and a fundraising crisis to attend to. She doesn’t have time to deal with a big-city grouch who doesn’t remember being her first kiss ever. Especially not since he wants to dump a sheep named Stan on her. So not happening. No matter how cute—and naked—Ryan is when he’s drunk.

Besides, as soon as he solves his uncle’s problem, he’ll be on the first flight out of Blue Moon, never to return again.

It will take a Winter Solstice Miracle or perhaps some matchmaking interference from the Beautification Committee to get these two to see eye-to-eye under the mistletoe…unless they got the Wrong Ryan after all.


My Review: Lucy Score’s stories are always so nice and sweet with plenty of feel-good moments and interesting main characters. The Mistletoe Kisser is such a sweet holiday romance that I enjoyed reading and made me smile a lot.

Ryan’s grump pragmatism made for hilarious, adorkable moments any time he came into contact with the happy, smiley, brazen friendliness from the people of Blue Moon. Life for him is a carefully calculated plan and any deviation is an error.

I loved how Sammy tried to build a life for herself on her own terms around her deep love of animals. She will go above and beyond to help animals and people but has never put herself first.

Sammy and Ryan are very cute together. I love how they met and every comical encounter with each other since. Although neither wants to get too swept up in their obvious attraction, the more time they spend together – and challenge each other – the harder it is to say goodbye for good to what they’re feeling.

The only thing I didn’t like was the Beautification Committee and how they go about matchmaking. While this is the first book I’ve read in the Blue Moon series, I’m more than familiar with the well-intentioned ways of people in small town romance stories. The Beautification Committee’s practices did not sit well with me even if they do have a very good track record. They go too far in trying to make Sammy happier.

All that aside, The Mistletoe Kisser is full of holiday magic and pleasant, romantic surprises that’s worth the read.

Favorite Quotes

‘Compatibility is important,’ she conceded. ‘But there’s also something to be said for finding someone who challenges you, who makes you a better version of yourself.’

Until you start taking care of yourself, no one else is going to excavate under the layers of exhaustion and pathological helpfulness and self-neglect to find your sexy center.

Whatever you think you’re proving by being the first in line to volunteer or the one to never say no isn’t worth never getting what you want. Sometimes you have to say no to everyone else so you can say yes to what’s important to you.

More By Lucy Score

By A Thread

Protecting What’s Mine

Heart of Hope

2 replies on “Book Review: The Mistletoe Kisser by Lucy Score”

Glad you liked it too! The story kind of had How the Grinch Stole Christmas vibes but for adults 😂


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