Saturday, 9 November 2013
Review: Under the Mistletoe by Kate Kingsley (Novella)
Publisher: Unlocked Books
Released: October 31st, 2013
Ness is looking forward to hanging out in Brooklyn with her girlfriends over Christmas, while also deciding what to do with her life, and getting over her split with Jay the jerk. She's not thrilled then, when her mum tells her that she's bought her a ticket to England to spend some time with her dad in the countryside. Spending the festive period with a bunch of sheep and cows is not Ness's idea of a good time. And though her arrival does nothing to change that, she soon has a major distraction in the form of Dominic Dumont, whose parents own the massive stately home where her dad is caretaker. Despite being upper class, arrogant, selfish and reckless, Dominic soon starts to work his charm and Ness begins to find it difficult to ignore him. A game of 'Seven Minutes in Heaven' results in the hottest kiss Ness has ever had in a cupboard full of coats, and when the two of them get lost in the mist out in the grounds, they cling to each other - with and without their clothes on...
Under the Mistletoe is one of five Christmas novellas being published by Unlocked Books as eBook only. Kate Kingsley, author of the Young, Loaded and Fabulous series, has penned this one, and it's great to read something new from her. She's excellent when it comes to writing for young adults!
In this novella, eighteen-year-old Ness has been sent from her home in Brooklyn, NY to spend time with her caretaker dad at a country estate in England. She's seen as the help's daughter by most people there, except for Dominic Dumont, whose parents own the estate. Things between them heat up pretty quickly, and Ness soon starts to think England isn't so bad after all.
Under the Mistletoe is just short of a hundred pages long so is obviously quite a quick read. Taking this into account, I was surprised by how much character development Kate Kingsley managed to fit in. I easily felt like I knew Ness and Dominic and really wanted to read more about them. That's my only problem with novellas: they're frustratingly short!
I enjoyed this sneak peek into Ness and Dominic's Christmas break and hope Kate Kingsley will write more like this, and maybe even revisit them one day. I'd love to know what happened next. I'll check out the other Unlocked novellas too, just in case they're as good as this one!
* Note: There are a few steamy scenes in this novella, so maybe don't read unless you're 15+.