book reviews

Book Review: The Mistletoe Motive

Book Details:

  • Published Date: December 1, 2021
  • Author: Chloe Liese
  • Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Fiction, Adult, Holiday
  • Format: Audio (Kobo)
  • Narrators: Erin Mallon & Jacob Morgan
  • Length: 5hr 30m
He loathes the holidays. She loves them. She’s full of festive cheer. He’s brimming with Bah, Humbugs. Besides unreasonably seasonable names, the only thing Jonathan Frost and Gabriella Di Natale have in common is a healthy dose of mutual contempt. Well, that and the same place of employment at the city’s most beloved independent bookstore, Bailey’s Bookshop. But when the store’s owners confess its dire financial state, Jonathan and Gabby discover another unfortunate commonality: the imminent threat of unemployment.
With the Baileys’ requests to minimize expenses, win new customers, and make record sales dancing in their heads, Jonathan and Gabby conclude—barring a financial Christmas miracle—one of them will soon be cut from the payroll. Neither are willing to step down from their position, so they strike a bargain: whoever has more sales in December gets to stay on in the new year; the loser will resign. With a lifetime’s worth of festive tricks up her sleeve, Gabby should easily outsell her nemesis, except the unreadable Mr. Frost’s every move seems purely designed to throw her off her game.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, Gabby’s deceptive ex won’t quit pursuing her, and her anonymous online friend suggests they take a break. Worst of all, as the pressure mounts to save the bookshop and her job, Gabby meets a new, tender side of Jonathan. Is this the same man she’s called her cold-hearted enemy?
Maybe he’s got a motive she just can’t figure out—or maybe Jonathan Frost isn’t as chilly as she once thought. Maybe Jonathan and Gabby already know—and love—each other in ways they never thought possible.
This is an #OwnVoices story for its portrayal of autism by an autistic author.


This was a cute holiday themed romance story. I don’t typically get drawn towards holiday stories, but this was all over my Goodreads timeline and it was getting a lot of good reviews, so I decided to give it a go.

This was a pretty predictable romance, but it worked for me. I feel like the book was the perfect length for a romance and was extremely long for no reason.

Gabby and Jonathan were perfect. I think their characters were perfectly developed to where the chemistry made sense. I wasn’t confused about why they would be drawn to one another. Some romances have characters where the chemistry just doesn’t click, but this one worked.

Gabby is autistic and Jonathan has a “secret” as well. They both find it difficult to speak about their struggles, but they find trust in each other to eventually share those pieces of them and it was just…ugh…I loved it.

This book is compared to The Hating Game. I haven’t read this book yet, but it is on my TBR list. If you liked The Hating Game, then I would assume you will love this book as well.

My Rating:

4 star

Have your read The Mistletoe Motive? What’s your favorite holiday themed book?


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