It Must’ve Been the Mistletoe By L.P. Dover Release Date: December 15, 2017 Publisher: Books by L.P. Dover LLC Standalone Number of pages: 247 Kindle Edition Source: ARC from Net Galley Romance/Holidays Rating: PG Read 12/18/17 to 12/22/17
The time-travel aspect of this story was lovely. I really enjoyed Adeline’s journey and experiences. Yet it seems like a running them with me and this author that there is always something that throws a monkey wrench into my ratings of her stories.
I have been reading L.P. Dover’s Breakaway series and love the chemistry and heat she is able to infuse into her couples. My issues are with her attention to detail…or lack thereof. I have always wanted to read another book by her outside of that series to see if she just didn’t know hockey or if it’s a regular problem. I fear, after reading this story, it may be a regular problem.
This story, while quaint and heart-warming, presented me with inaccuracy after inaccuracy. As usual, there are some things I can overlook in a book…as long as it doesn’t take me out of the story and it’s not a repetitive issue. I’m not going to inundate you with all the incorrect details here, but there was one that was glaringly obvious given the name of this book. Mistletoe is NOT red, it is white. Yet we have a whole novel full of mentions of the red mistletoe. Ugh! If you’re going to write a story about mistletoe maybe you should Google an image of the true plant in order to make sure you’re describing it correctly.
On top of the numerous mistakes in details, and even timelines, the characters in this story laughed a LOT. More particularly, they giggled. Even the men. Apparently, the people of Asheville are very jolly! By half-way through the book it got to be very obnoxious.
I am so frustrated with this author. Mostly, because I can really see her potential. It is HUGE. Her storylines are always great concepts. In her steamier books (this one is very sweet) the chemistry is phenomenal. That shows me she has the chops to be a fantastic writer. But she either needs to start doing a bit of research for her stories or get some good beta readers who can put the brakes on when there are too many problems with the details in a book.
**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review**