Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Probability of Mistletoe by E.J. Russell – Stocking Stuffers

When software engineer Keith Trainor decides to start his own company, he knows exactly who he wants as his partner: Parker Mulvaney, his best friend from high school. But in the ten years since graduation, their contact has dwindled to nothing, and it’s all Keith’s fault. If he hadn’t tried to kiss Parker under the mistletoe at the winter formal their senior year, Parker wouldn’t have bolted. At their ten-year reunion, Keith intends to do everything in his geeky power to make amends.

Parker should have known that scheduling the reunion the day before Christmas Eve was a recipe for a headache of monster proportions. But when Keith sends a text that he’ll be attending, the evening doesn’t look so bleak. Can an unnecessary makeover, a nostalgic breakfast, an abortive shopping trip, and a whole lot of mistletoe culminate in a long-overdue first kiss?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Parker is a joiner and a planner. Keith is an introvert. They balanced each other out perfectly, from freshman year on, as best friends with secret romantic feelings. An almost-kiss underneath the mistletoe removed the possibility of an 'us' for the teenagers.

Using the 10-year class reunion as an excuse to reconnect, with a business proposition in hand, Keith is going to get his best friend back, and he's hoping to become Parker's partner, in more ways than one.

The Probability of Mistletoe was surprisingly in-depth for so few pages. It was the perfect escape during a stress-reducing bubble bath. This is a second-chance, friends-to-lovers storyline, featuring all the anticipation as both characters fear, worry, and wonder if the other is feeling the same as they do in return.

The small cast of side characters – Parker's family – were delightful in the holiday setting, giving off the warmth, amusement, and embarrassment most feel during family gatherings.

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/M Second Chance Romance

Parker and Keith have a history that is a decade long. Despite their distance, both have had feelings for each other since high school. When a misunderstanding, insecurities, and being young get in their way, they drift apart.

Keith is ambitious, but he's also shy. While he has a plan to get his best friend back in his life, he is also hoping that his plan will allow them to have a much different relationship. Parker has always been a planner and part of a group. He knows that his choices changed their relationship all those years ago and is excited to see his friend again.

The family is hilarious and so genuine in this story. I think that these two will make it on both accounts and it was fun to see them reconnect. It's a sweet, second chance, friendship/romance story that's just the right length.

E.J. RUSSELL—certified geek, mother of three, recovering actor—spends her days wrangling data and her evenings and weekends wrestling words. Her daily commute consists of walking from one side of her office to the other, from left-brain day job to right-brain writer’s cave, where she’s learned to type with a dog attached to her hip and a cat draped across her wrists.

E.J. is married to Curmudgeonly Husband, a man who cares even less about sports than she does. Luckily, C.H. loves to cook, or all three of their children (Lovely Daughter and Darling Sons A and B) would have survived on nothing but Cheerios, beef jerky, and satsuma mandarins (the extent of E.J.’s culinary skill set).

E.J. lives in rural Oregon, enjoys visits from her wonderful adult children, and indulges in good books, red wine, and the occasional hyperbole.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Stocking Stuffers: The Probability of Mistletoe by E.J. Russell to read and review.

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