Hate Me Under the Mistletoe
Series: Romancing the Rink, #1; Heller Brothers, #6
Author: Kelly Jamieson
Publication Date: October 26, 2021
Genre: Contemporary, Sports Romance
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½
What happens under the mistletoe stays under the mistletoe…
Amy’s life isn’t living up to the famous Heller family brand—her love life and her career—and she just wants to be alone for Christmas. So she takes off to a friend’s secluded mountain cabin. Ho fu*king ho.
Ryder’s workaholic tendencies have made him super successful in his business, but he hasn’t spent time with family for years. That’s all he wants this Christmas, plus a little down time at a cabin in the mountains. He loves Christmas and can’t wait for the family ugly sweater contest!
When Ryder walks in on Amy at an “awkward” moment, she can’t believe the man she’s hated since she was sixteen has shown up here. He has to leave. But Mother Nature has other ideas when a blizzard shuts down the entire region…
Amy thinks a good place for Ryder’s Christmas cheer is up his ass. Ryder thinks Amy’s grown up into a smokin’ hot babe. Christmas is all about giving, and he’s got a really big package for Amy. Maybe naughty is the new nice…
I have mixed thoughts on this one. The first couple chapters started out strong setting the scene for Amy and Ryder being trapped together. Once they were actually trapped together I had some issues with Amy’s animosity toward Ryder. I get she was in a bad place, but the grudge she was holding felt so juvenile. She was rude to Ryder simply because she had a teenage crush she didn’t reciprocate. I couldn’t stand her actions. I thought she needed to get over herself. Ryder was being completely pleasant to her. The fact that it lasted about half the book was a big turn off for me — even if the blurb did warn me.
It wasn’t until Amy gets over herself and gives into her attraction to Ryder that I started to enjoy the story. That’s when it truly started feeling like a cute holiday romance. I loved their snowed in time together and then in Garland Grove. The second half of the book was adorable. I wish I could have fast forwarded through some of the beginning anger to get to the fun sooner.
Overall, this ended up being a cute read. It wasn’t my favorite Kelly Jamieson book, but it was a good start to the Romancing the Rink series. I’m curious to see what’s next.