A Mistletoe Affair by Farrah Rochon. Harlequin Kimani Romance. 2014.
This was my second read of a contemporary category m/f romance that hits all the marks for a holiday romance, and it was just as satisfying as the first read. This has a crush that’s lasted for years, a heroine who gave herself a makeover inside and out, and a single dad hero experiencing his first Christmas with his infant son. I really enjoyed this one!
I love the way Rochon’s worldbuilding works in this story, creating a small town with a vibrant Black community and Black-owned businesses, and intertwined families that have a mix of long term connections that include drama between families, old friends that are also business partners, and a range of holiday traditions. This is the third in the Wintersage Weddings series, about longtime friends who are business partners, each by a different author, and I want to read them all.
This book really satisfies on the holiday romance front, with a first date to go pick out and decorate a tree, going to see Christmas lights, a Christmas parade, and a Kwanzaa celebration. There is even a snowed-in moment! It has some very sweet bits with the kiddo, and a lovely romance arc that is interwined with these holiday moments.
It has a bit of that magical feel to it that some holiday romances bring, where I’m along for the ride, even when things seem a bit easier or go more smoothly than is fully realistic. I was on board for all of that, enjoying watching these two MCs come together over the holiday season.
There are two subplots, and while I liked them both, I was especially into the heroine arc around standing up for herself more and proving to herself that she could do what she set her mind to do. I loved watching her be all proud when she didn’t let people walk over her and especially liked the way she stood up to her family. I also really enjoyed the storyline around the float in the Christmas parade. I liked that the hero believed in her all the way through, and that she supported him to work through his arc as well. In general they made a good team, and I was rooting for them..
- Black MCs
- Black woman author
Content Warnings (in white, highlight to read)
Evil ex who has no interest in parenting. Sex on the page.
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- I have had some contact with the author on Twitter
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