Title: Mistletoe and Mr. Right
Author: Sarah Morgenthaler
Series: Moose Springs, Alaska #2
Genre: Holiday Romance
Length: 12 hours (400 pages)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca; Tantor Audio
Release Date: October 6, 2020
Source: Library (Libby app)
Recommended for fans of: Hallmark Christmas movies
Content Warnings: car accident, near drowning, sexual harassment
How the moose (almost) stole Christmas.
Lana Montgomery is everything the quirky small town of Moose Springs, Alaska can’t stand: a rich socialite with dreams of changing things for the better. But Lana’s determined to prove that she belongs…even if it means trading her stilettos for snow boots and tracking one of the town’s hairiest Christmas mysteries: the Santa Moose, an antlered Grinch hell-bent on destroying every bit of holiday cheer (and tinsel) it can sink its teeth into.
And really…how hard could it be?
The last few years have been tough on Rick Harding, and it’s not getting any easier now that his dream girl’s back in town. When Lana accidentally tranquilizes him instead of the Santa Moose, it’s clear she needs help, fast…and this could be his chance to finally catch her eye. It’s an all-out Christmas war, but if they can nab that darn moose before it destroys the town, Rick and Lana might finally find a place where they both belong…together.
Holiday books have been very hit or miss for me, and this one fell right in the middle. It started off strong, making me laugh out loud in the first chapter with amusing narration, banter, and a ridiculous premise (the Santa Moose??). But ultimately I found this to be a fairly average romance.
I thought Lana and Rick’s romance was cute, but a little bit boring. They come from different backgrounds, but they were both mature adults who were always attracted to each other and perfectly capable of making their own decisions about what they wanted in life. Their relationship lacked the tension I like in a romance.
I also felt like the plot became meandering as the book went on, becoming a series of seemingly random and disjointed events. I seriously considered DNF-ing this book because it just wasn’t holding my interest, but it was worth the read for the hilarious squirrel B&B scene.