Book Reviews

The Mistletoe Kiss by Ruby Moone at JMS Books

Genre Gay / Historical / 19th Century / Erotic Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 19-December-2017

Book Blurb

By 1816, widowed bookseller Lawrence Fenton has spent a lonely lifetime hiding who he is. He has convinced himself his feelings for his far too young, gorgeous, but troubled assistant Christy Shaw are nothing more than pride in his protégé and concern for his plight.

Christy’s life involves walking fine lines: one between his mother and his abusive stepfather, one where he must keep his needs hidden, and hardest of all, one where he must keep his feelings for his serious employer to himself.

Lame since birth, Lawrence cannot imagine anyone wanting him, least of all Christy. But when Christy’s life threatens to spiral out of control, Lawrence steps in. Then Christy’s emotions spill over into a kiss under the mistletoe at Christmas. Will Lawrence be able to face the long-buried truth about himself and keep Christy by his side?

Book Review

‘The Mistletoe Kiss’ is a delightful Christmas tale set in London in 1816. The descriptions of people’s daily lives, the food they ate, and the clothes they wore made me feel as though I was watching a historical BBC drama. But at the heart of everything were the two main characters who stole my heart from the beginning. Christy and Lawrence have such a hard time of it, both wondering if they are alone with their feelings. Then there is the age difference of about fifteen years, the fact that being gay is illegal, and both men are deeply insecure. Their journey isn’t easy, but I was compelled to follow their story from the moment I read the blurb, and am happy I picked up this book to read.

Christy is young, exuberant, loves books, and is fighting to work himself out of abject poverty and an awful family situation. He has been to war against Napoleon, but some of what he had to do on the battlefield is less scary than what he faces now. He has finally found work in Mr. Fenton’s bookstore, but he is constantly afraid his abusive stepfather will ruin it all for him. Christy is a good person – he tries to take care of his mother as best he can, but it is all a bit much. He is happiest when he can focus on his work, adding ideas to help his employer sell more books, but it is the deep attraction to Mr. Fenton that he does not know what to do with.

Lawrence Fenton is a widower, very lonely, and somewhat grumpy. He has become a lot more sociable since Christy started working for him, but he isn’t exactly a social butterfly. This stops him from selling more books, so hiring Christy was a wise decision. At least that is what he tells himself to explain how much he likes having Christy around… When Lawrence can’t hold back any longer and steps in to take a more active role in protecting Christy, Lawrence sets in motion a series of events that lead to a result neither man had ever dared hope for – and I cheered them along every step of the way.

If you like Christmas stories in historical settings, if you believe mistletoe might have some “magical” properties, and if you’re looking for an entertaining, sweet read with just a touch of drama and suspense, then you will probably like this novella.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 89 pages/26600 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 09-December-2017
Price $3.99 ebook
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