I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Under the Mistletoe With Me by Kristen Proby
Series: With Me in Seattle #1.5
Published by Brilliance Audio, Self-published on December 13, 2012
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Isaac and Stacy Montgomery have been married for ten years. They have a beautiful new baby girl, Isaac’s construction business is thriving, and Stacy enjoys being a stay at home mom, reviewing sexy romance novels for her blog. With a very large extended family, and the many privileges they enjoy, Stacy will be the first to admit that they are blessed beyond measure.\r\n\r\nWhen suspicious phone calls and text messages begin, Stacy questions Isaac’s faithfulness for the first time in their marriage. She knows that a new baby brings changes into a relationship, but has the stress of parenthood sent Isaac into another woman’s arms, threatening to destroy their marriage?
I’m not going to get all long-winded on this one. I didn’t enjoy it and the fault is partly my own. Under the Mistletoe with Me is a sweet audio novella, don’t get me wrong. But at just over two hours, it took me longer to get through this than the other audios I was listening to around the same time, because it was too sweet with very little conflict. I don’t know if Proby felt that conflict was not needed in a story this short, but I like some at least. It felt like the dramatic parts of the story are contrived. Example: she thinks he’s cheating because he took some phone calls she didn’t know about. Perhaps this is where backstory would have helped me. Is there a reason she felt like that? It just felt like an overreaction to me, perhaps because I don’t know these characters. And also, that issue gets resolved basically in the beginning so there is nothing left to drive the story. Blah. The rest of the novella just takes you through the holiday season, to a nice ending, but nothing spectacular. I say the fault is partly mine, because I didn’t do my research so I had no background on the series it is a part of. I find that most holiday books and novellas can be read as standalones. Not Under the Mistletoe with Me. I really feel like you need the backstories on characters to really get into it. This is something I might recommend if you know the series; otherwise, I wouldn’t bother.
Ehhhhh. Jennifer Mack was alright, but she didn’t do male voices convincingly and all her female characters sounded the same. Eric Michael Summerer’s voice is…amazing. Too bad he only narrated the epilogue.