Mistletoe Me, Baby by Katie Reus

She needs a fake fiancé…

With the holidays fast approaching, Miranda Flores makes up a fake fiancé so her well-meaning family will get off her back. She just never expected them to suddenly show up on her doorstep a couple weeks before Christmas, wanting to spend the holidays with her. So she turns to Nolan O’Connor, her sexy best friend, and asks him for the favor of a lifetime: she needs him to act the part of her fiancé until her parents leave town.

He wants forever…

Pretending to be engaged to the woman he’s already fallen for? No problem. Nolan agrees to Miranda’s fake engagement scheme because as far as he’s concerned, she’s the one. But he plays his role too well, because soon the entire town thinks they’re engaged and things get more complicated—especially since he can’t pretend with her anymore. Then tragedy strikes and Miranda tries to shut him out, but Nolan won’t let her. He’ll do whatever it takes to convince her that he wants to make her his forever.

Titles in the O’Connor Family series include:  Merry Christmas, Baby – Tease Me, Baby – It’s Me Again, Baby – Mistletoe Me, Baby

Title:  Mistletoe Me, Baby
Series:  O’Connor Family #4
Author:  Katie Reus
Genre:  Contemporary Christmas Romance
Published:  November 7, 2017
Publisher:  KR Press
My Rating:  4 stars

I’m always up for another visit to Holly, North Carolina – especially when Nolan gets his chance to shine in Mistletoe Me, Baby.  Although Nolan wants much more than friendship with Miranda she’s always placed him firmly in the best male friend category. To be fair, she has a lot on her plate so for the time being Nolan has been somewhat content to keep her close however he can manage.  Yet his golden chance for more arrives with a surprise visit from Miranda’s parents… and maybe she’s been telling them about the man she’s going to marry except he totally does not exist.  One friend to friend favor later and Nolan finds himself happily engaged, and intends to remain that way.  Now all he has to do is convince Miranda that she has room for him and for them in her hectic life.

Rough patches happen in every life, we cannot avoid them.  When Miranda’s life is hit with tragedy her reaction is to pull away from Nolan.  He won’t let her for she needs him now more than ever.

I’ve enjoyed the O’Connor Family series.  I’m always given a realistic story with believable characters.  Mistletoe Me, Baby was no different.  Nolan and Miranda were that unique couple who could count on their friendship as much as their love for each other.  Yes, Miranda’s instinct is to shut Nolan out but that didn’t last long.  I was emotionally involved in their story.  Full of the delights and annoyances of small town living, loving family all around and a couple who have long passed the friend zone, even if it took them a bit to realize that.  I love this one and would recommend this story and the entire series to any reader who loves small towns, lively secondary characters who get to tell their own stories, and a realistic situation for a couple to deal with.  This one is a Christmas gift you give yourself.  Enjoy.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

*This review also is on Keeper Bookshelf*

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