Review: Mistletoe & Mr. Right by Sarah Morgenthaler

Title: Mistletoe & Mr. Right (Moose Springs, Alaska #2)
Author: Sarah Morgenthaler
Release Date: October 6, 2020
Source: ARC from the publisher
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How the moose (almost) stole Christmas.

Lana Montgomery is everything the quirky small town of Moose Springs, Alaska can’t stand: a rich socialite with dreams of changing things for the better. But Lana’s determined to prove that she belongs…even if it means trading her stilettos for snow boots and tracking one of the town’s hairiest Christmas mysteries: the Santa Moose, an antlered Grinch hell-bent on destroying every bit of holiday cheer (and tinsel) it can sink its teeth into.

And really…how hard could it be?

The last few years have been tough on Rick Harding, and it’s not getting any easier now that his dream girl’s back in town. When Lana accidentally tranquilizes him instead of the Santa Moose, it’s clear she needs help, fast…and this could be his chance to finally catch her eye. It’s an all-out Christmas war, but if they can nab that darn moose before it destroys the town, Rick and Lana might finally find a place where they both belong…together.

The Tourist Attraction is one of my favorite reads so far in 2020. It’s the best kind of fluff – it made me smile nonstop, laugh out loud at times, and I had an epic book hangover after I finished. I was a bit apprehensive reading Mistletoe and Mr. Right at first, because I was terrified I would compare it to The Tourist Attraction at every page. Well, did I end up comparing both books? Of course I did, and here’s my verdict – Mistletoe and Mr. Right is a fun, easy read, and a strong sequel to The Tourist Attraction! Second book syndrome who?

Mistletoe and Mr Right picks up a year after the events of The Tourist Attraction – our heroine, Lana, is fresh off buying most of the businesses in town, and she still hasn’t endeared herself to the townspeople of Moose Springs. Desperate for their friendship and approval, Lana embarks on a quest to catch the Santa Moose, a moose who destroys all of the town’s Christmas decorations every Christmas. She enlists the help of her best friend Zoey (also the heroine of the first book), and now Lana juggles overseeing the building of a new condominium with catching a moose that not even the most skilled tracker in Moose Spring can catch.

We met Lana in The Tourist Attraction, but we barely got to know her. We only saw Lana through Zoey’s eyes, but I have to say that she’s the character in this world that intrigues me the most, and I was so excited to have her as a main character. I love peeling back Lana’s layers – she’s more than her bank account, and it broke my heart to see her try so hard to win the townspeople’s friendship. I loved the scenes with Lana and Zoey, and seeing how much Lana treasures Zoey. We also get to see all the pressure Lana has on her shoulders with her family not so thrilled with her business plans in Moose Springs, and the pressure she feels as the heir apparent of a business empire. Lana is strong and confident, and I could not get enough of her!

I’m not going to lie – I was not expecting Rick to be Lana’s love interest! Rick is the owner of a business that caters to Moose Springs locals, and like all Moose Springs locals, Rick is not a fan of the tourists… except Lana. Rick has been through a lot – his wife left him, and he’s also raising his nephew whose family was killed by drunk tourists. With his business not performing well (meaning he owes rent money to Lana) and him not communicating with his nephew, Rick is stressed, to say the least. He also hasn’t been out with women since his ex-wife left, and it was great seeing him face his fears and gather the courage to ask Lana out, who he has liked for a while.

Lana and Rick’s relationship development is very slow burn. Despite running into each other for years, they don’t really know each other, and I enjoyed watching them slowly fall in love. They do have serious issues to tackle before they can pursue a serious relationship, and I love how everything was tackled. There was a strong emphasis in Lana and Rick choosing to face their issues and to fight for their love, which is always a plus in any romance story.

All in all, I’m so happy with this sequel! It’s so atmospheric, and it’s the perfect light, comforting read. Also, I was so hooked in Lana and Rick’s relationship that I almost forgot about the Santa Moose!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

8 thoughts on “Review: Mistletoe & Mr. Right by Sarah Morgenthaler

  1. This looks like a series I should add to my Christmas reading list! You’ve written a brilliant review, and I also love fluffy, light reads. They bring some light into these dark times we’re all facing. It’s good to switch from my usual psych thrillers to a lighter holiday/romance read.


  2. Yay, I’m glad that this book did not disappoint!

    I’ll definitely have to check it out. I love Christmas books (and Christmas in general, teehee) and I’m always looking for books to read to get into the holiday spirit. Plus, it’s a romance! All my fave things! 🙂

    Thank you for such a great review and for putting these books on my radar!! ❤


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