Series: Mistletoe Key #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: November 6, 2017
Format: eBook, 144 pages
How I got it: I bought it!
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
Reading Challenges: 2018 Tackle My TBR Challenge
Mistletoe Key takes Christmas traditions very seriously. So when Eliza Hart advocates for a gender-inclusive Santa late one night on public radio, she inadvertently sets off an historic island-wide scandal. After years away, she’s just returned to the island but once again she’s persona non grata, fighting the patriarchy one Santa suit at a time.
Tiki bar owner Shep Butler had a childhood crush on Eliza and while she’s stirring up trouble in town, he can’t help the feelings she’s stirring up in him. He’s always been fascinated with her eyes and her freckles, but now her grown-up feminist opinions are a package deal and maybe even a deal breaker.
On an island where Christmas is celebrated 365 days a year, can Eliza and Shep find room at the inn for different opinions – and love – before politics and tradition tear them apart?
In Review: My Thoughts
The blurb for Resisting Santa definitely piqued my interest, but it was the dedication — “for nasty women everywhere” — that solidified my choice to read it. When I got just a couple pages in and saw that Eliza was every bit the feisty feminist that I am, I knew I was going to love it. I wasn’t wrong.
Don’t expect steam and a lot of sexy times from Resisting Santa, but the romance is so cute I could easily look past that. Eliza and Shep had awesome chemistry and he was so far gone over her I found it adorable. Opposites attract and their romance was proof of that. I really liked both of the characters, but unsurprisingly, Eliza was my favorite. I appreciated her passion and willingness to stand up for herself and related somewhat to her years spent catering to the thoughts and opinions of others instead of making herself heard. I side-eyed Shep a little in the beginning, but he ended up being a great hero.
I think it probably goes without saying I loved the political aspects of Resisting Santa, too. (The title alone should’ve made me realize I would.) Of course, I recognize they won’t be for everyone. I might not have agreed with everything and even found some of it a little heavy-handed at times, but overall I enjoyed the way things were presented in this quirky little town. This was a sweet, flirty and funny holiday romance that I devoured quickly. I don’t know if I could live in Mistletoe Key, but it was a lot of fun to visit!
Eliza wasn’t that girl anymore. The one who apologized for doing nothing wrong. For taking up space. For having an independent thought in her head.
Mistletoe Key was an island where Christmas was celebrated, every single, tinseled day. Everyone played a time-honored part. You were an angel, a reindeer, a cookie-maker, an elf. You were a carol-singing mermaid or a Santa-bearded hockey forward. You dressed in sparkly leotards, danced under the twinkle lights, smiled for the tourists. And it was the best place to live on Earth.
And all of a sudden, her will to smash the mother-elfin’ Christmas patriarchy was renewed.
What’s the last new adult book you read and loved?