Title: Magic and Mistletoe
Author: Annabelle Jacobs
Release Date: 30th November 2015
Genre: M/M Holiday Romance
Christmas is Harry’s favourite time of the year, but it looks like he’ll be spending it alone. When it comes to the men he fancies, his luck is non-existent. Harry’s nerves always get the better of him—especially when he tries to talk to Andrew, the hot guy downstairs.
Everything changes when Harry meets a mysterious girl in the woods who professes to be a witch. He dismisses her claims, but when odd things start happening to him, he has to reconsider.
Andrew was attracted to Harry from the start, but their awkward encounters put him off. All goes well until Harry opens his mouth—and ruins it with his stupidity and silly comments. When Harry suddenly becomes more relaxed and they have a proper conversation, Andrew realises his first impression was wrong. As the days count down to December 25, they get swept up in the Christmas spirit and their relationship moves faster than either expected.
A little winter magic might have been the push they needed, but Harry worries that when it wears off, he’ll no longer be the man Andrew wants.
Approx 40,000 words
This is the first year that I have read any Christmas stories and this is mainly due to the fact that I am more aware of my favorite authors releasing books at this time. Annabelle Jacobs is one of these.
When I hear the word ‘magic’ used in the context of Christmas I think about Santa delivering presents and the idea of goodwill to all people. Not ‘witch’ magic, as in the case of this story.
I loved the fact that Annabelle Jacobs makes specifically British references at the beginning of Magic and Mistletoe; the TV series, Merlin, Doctor Who and Dynamo. These firmly root the story’s setting without alienating the author’s international audience.
Annabelle Jacobs’ leading man, Harry, is probably seen as the antihero. I mean, this bumbling fool needs magic to help him pull the guy of his dreams! Yet, the thing is that Harry’s shyness and lack of confidence, particularly around Andrew are part of what makes him so lovable, and we desperately want the pair to have their HEA, with or without Melia’s influence.
Magic and Mistletoe has everything a Christmas story should – romance, hope, charm and well . . .yes, magic in both the literal and figurative sense! Make sure you add Annabelle Jacobs’ seasonal release to your Santa list!
About the Author
Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with her husband, three rowdy children, and two cats.
An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They’re usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.