This month I received an advanced copy of Katie Kisset’s “Kissing Mr. Mistletoe”.
It is exciting to have this opportunity to once again read another one of her amazing stories, give my thoughts on it and share them with others just in time for the holidays.
Ms. Kisset has included in her book, “Kissing Mr. Mistletoe” images of Christmas on the first page of each chapter. This is a nice touch. It is of the opinion of this writer that simple images that reflect the story help readers like myself to stay in the mood of the story. These images help to set the tone of the story and allow the reader to visualize even more the setting. I hope that she will consider doing this in her future works. Furthermore, Ms. Kisset implements music into her stories. Every so often throughout this story, the reader will see the title and artist of a song. It seems that Ms. Kisset is inspired by music at key points in her stories. At the end of the book, like her last book, “Just A Kiss”, Ms. Kisset has created a literary soundtrack. She mentions that if her story had a soundtrack these are the songs that would be playing and in the specific order that she listed them. This is a great idea. I’ve never seen this done before.
As I began my journey in Napa Valley, I wondered if this story would be similar to the last one. I was pleasantly surprised to see that although the romance tone was there, this love story carried a few steamy scenes and I felt an emotional connection to Monique and Trace. It could be somewhat due to the fact that it is a holiday story, but I also feel that creating a character who is a single mom, struggling to care for her daughter and forget about the deadbeat father and ex, which allowed me to relate more to Monique. I’ve learned that in order to really engage a reader, that the writer needs to create dynamic characters and characters that a reader can relate to. Yes, this is a fiction story and one that focuses on a steamy romance between two former lovers, but it carries meaning and hope through all of its fantastical words.
Monique and Trace haven’t seen each other in six years. He left to became a big country star and she stayed behind in the Napa Valley region because that is where she felt she belonged, and not on the road with a singer who could fall easily into the traps of fame and fortune. Trace comes back into her life six years later. He is not back for her initially, he’s back to sell his family’s land and the business on it. Trace plans on being there only a week, but things begin to change after bumping into Monique and her daughter Adele.
With that said, each of Ms. Kisset’s stories so far have been wonderful. I love that they both carry a mixture of love, romance and a few steamy scenes. It is refreshing to see this kind of class in romance. Ms. Kissett doesn’t just focus on the sexual aspects, she creates background for the characters so that her readers will care about them. The setting is very vivid. Anyone who picks up this book will crave wine, cheese, crackers, and some Christmas cheer. It is the perfect read for a brisk afternoon, or chilly night by the fire. Before embarking on this story in Napa Valley, I prepared a light snack to take with me. A platter of cheese from Cabot’s’, Tuscan cheese focaccia crackers, a nice tossed salad and carrots. My beverage of choice for early afternoon was a bottle of fresh crisp water and a kale and berry smoothie. Wine is for later. Merry Christmas and enjoy another great romance with Katie Kisset.