Published by Astraea Press on December 8th 2013
Genres: Historical Romance, Holiday Romance
Source: Self Purchased
According to Caroline "Kitty" Tyndall's friends, a young lady who's gone two seasons in London with nary a nibble from a prospective suitor is well on the way to spinsterhood. But what's a girl to do when she's never been kissed, and the worldly man she wants regards her as a child?
Hugh McCollum spends his days as a stable hand staying out of trouble and saving for his planned emigration to America. When Lady Caroline asks him to teach her how to kiss so the man she's set her cap for will find her more sophisticated, he knows he should run in the other direction. But when a pretty young woman falls into his arms and begs for his help, what's a red-blooded man to do but oblige?
If learning to kiss leads Kitty to love, will the man of her dreams be the man of her heart?
In Teach Me Under The Mistletoe we have a story that is set in Regency England. Our hero, is a stable groom working along side with his brother, just waiting for the right time to leave England and head to America. Then he runs into the lovely “Kitty” his boss’s daughter and a lady of the Ton. Kitty has her eyes on a certain gentleman but she knows that she must get creative to pique his interest. So she employs the help of Hugh to train her in how to kiss. They begin meeting in secret, having picnics in the cool weather and keeping warm under the mistletoe with kisses and passionate embraces. But Kitty will need to choose between a horrible match or the man she has fallen in love with.
This was a cute romantic read….but very short and sweet. Under 200 pages….but it flew by pretty quick and I grew to really like both of these characters. We have the setting of the whole “forbidden romance” theme going on and it really appealed to me with Kitty and Hugh. The author balanced it well out as far as the romance is concerned. It was a slow and steady built up of emotion and feels. What I felt was missing was the Christmas feel to the story. The only relevance it had to Christmas was them kissing under the mistletoe. And there was a second love plot with Kitty’s sister that I wanted to see more especially since this is a single title. The ending wasn’t as satisfying as I would have liked….it had a more HFN feel than a HEA (which is my preference especially when its not part of a series). But other than these aspects…I really enjoyed this story. It had charm and a classic romantic feel to it. There wasn’t much conflict….or there was but not a heavy level of intensity to it. It was more lighthearted and fun at times which is what I was in the mood for.
So if you like the lighthearted romances than I would recommdn this one. But for myself I did feel like some things were missing from the romance since I always crave more depth and emotion. But it was a sweet diversion from the stresses of life.