I put all my other books on hold so I could dive into this seasonal romance, Faking Under the Mistletoe by Ashley Shepherd over Christmas. I loved it. I literally LOL’d several times while reading it. I won’t repeat my entire review (if your interested, my Goodreads review is here), but I do have to say that I absolutely admire the way Shepherd incorporated a challenging subplot that tackles sexual assault, something that is so relevant today. Shepherd makes it drive the second half of the plot, rather than tacking it on formulaically.
If I had to critique anything, which is difficult to do, I would say the child character Chloe is more precocious than I tend to prefer, but she is a refreshing delight (and sometimes convenient plot device). Ultimately, her place in this fairly diverse cast worked for me.
There are some steamy bits, and protagonist Olivia is incredibly confident in her own skin and talks about her body in only positive ways, but nothing too explicit, if that’s a concern for you.
You can get Faking Under the Mistletoe here.
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