Author Name: Annabelle Jacobs
Book Name: Magic & Mistletoe
Release Date: November 30, 2015
Pages or Words: 40,000 words
Categories: Contemporary, Humor, M/M Romance
Publisher: Annabelle Jacobs
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Christmas is Harry’s favourite time of the year, but it looks like he’ll be spending it alone. When it comes to the men he fancies, his luck is non-existent. Harry’s nerves always get the better of him—especially when he tries to talk to Andrew, the hot guy downstairs.
Everything changes when Harry meets a mysterious girl in the woods who professes to be a witch. He dismisses her claims, but when odd things start happening to him, he has to reconsider.
Andrew was attracted to Harry from the start, but their awkward encounters put him off. All goes well until Harry opens his mouth—and ruins it with his stupidity and silly comments. When Harry suddenly becomes more relaxed and they have a proper conversation, Andrew realises his first impression was wrong. As the days count down to December 25, they get swept up in the Christmas spirit and their relationship moves faster than either expected.
A little winter magic might have been the push they needed, but Harry worries that when it wears off, he’ll no longer be the man Andrew wants.
Harry didn’t need to look behind him to have his suspicions confirmed. The smug expression on Jason’s face said it all. “I hate you,” he whispered.
Jason kicked his shin. “Sit up, smile, and look happy to see him.”
Harry looked at the red takeaway cup topped with a mountain of whipped cream, and grinned. Instead of blurting out the first thing that came to mind—“Are you really gonna drink that?”—because God only knew what would happen this time to make him stop, Harry paused and took a sip of his coffee.
Andrew darted a glance between Harry and Jason, beginning to look uncomfortable, as though he thought he’d interrupted them.
Harry took a deep breath, then gestured at Andrew’s cup. “Is that one of the Christmas specials?” That wasn’t so hard, was it?
He relaxed a little as Andrew smiled at him and settled back in his chair.
“Yeah, it’s the gingerbread latte. I don’t normally indulge, but it’s bloody freezing out there today, and I fancied something delicious and bad for me.” His gaze caught Harry’s and lingered.
A flare of warmth filled Harry’s chest. This was flirting, right? It wasn’t his imagination.
Then Jason opened his big mouth and ruined the moment, saying, “Yeah, I think Kyle has that effect on a lot of people.”
Harry choked on his mouthful of coffee, just managing to swallow it instead of spraying it over the table. He glared daggers at Jason, who feigned innocence.
Andrew glanced over at the counter, then back at Jason, and laughed, his eyes crinkling at the edges. Harry bit his lip in frustration. Why couldn’t he get Andrew to laugh like that?
“Yeah,” Andrew said, “He’s not bad to look at.” Then his gaze slid back to Harry and his smile softened. “Not my type, though.”
Harry’s got a thing for the neighbor downstairs and unbeknownst to him, said neighbor feels the same. Only, every time he opens his mouth, he sticks his foot in it and Andrew is beginning to think he’s a total ass. Truth is, Harry’s painful shyness prevents him from showing Andrew that, beyond the words that tumble without thought, he really is a great guy. But it’s Christmas and the magic of the season brings Harry face-to-face with Melia, the witch in the woods, who finds him amusing enough to help.
Though I wouldn’t call him “smooth,” Harry’s suddenly able to talk to Andrew without making a total ass of himself. Through small, unexplainable mishaps, anonymous text messages and twinkling mistletoe, they are thrown together and the sparks fly. Everything seems to be going wonderfully and with Christmas fast approaching, they are both dreaming of their first holiday together. The little panic attack moment was cute, as was the realization that Harry didn’t need magic to keep his man.
I really loved the moment towards then end when they declare their “like” for one another and, considering the time frame of the book, I would have been happy with that as the foreshadowing of their HEA. The “I love you’s” shortly thereafter didn’t have the same impact for me.
Overall, a cute holiday read with likable MC’s, engaging secondary characters, a quirky witch with purple hair. Wins all around.
4 🎁🎁🎁🎁 from Dawn
Harry, a sweet, shy and socially awkward man meets Melia in the forest. Melia gives him the ability to think before he speaks, something Harry desperately needs. Harry really likes Andrew but every time he runs into him he puts his foot in his mouth. Andrew, who lives in the same building as Harry, has a crush on Harry but every time he’s run into Harry, Harry acts like an idiot.
Thanks to Melia’s magic, Harry stops saying the first thing that pops into his head and is finally able to stop acting like an idiot around Andrew.
Thanks to Harry’s friends and some magical help from Melia, Harry and Andrew finally get to know each other and discover the beauty of magic and mistletoe and Christmas spirit.
Annabelle Jacobs wrote a sweet love story that made me believe in a little magic at Christmas.
Meet the author:
Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with her three rowdy children, and two cats. An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They’re usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.
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