Friday, 19 December 2014
The Kiss Before Midnight by Sophie Pembroke
Published by Harperimpulse
Purchase from Amazon here
Heading home to Liverpool for Christmas, Molly Mackenzie isn’t just looking forward to the mulled wine and mince pies – she’s got high hopes for who she’ll find under the mistletoe this year!
Unable to forget the delicious near miss with her brother’s best friend, Jake, last New Year’s Eve, Molly’s got a new resolution at the top of her list: seduce Jake and get this crazy chemistry out the way before it has serious repercussions on the rest of the Mackenzie family.
Only Molly has underestimated the magic of the holiday season… The more stolen moments in the snow that she shares with Jake, the more determined she is to make it a whole lot more than just a kiss before midnight.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without the festive warmth of a heart-meltingly romantic novella from Sophie Pembroke!
I am loving all the Christmas stories around at the moment, and this is no exception. Its romantic, festive, and uplifitng. It definitely left me feeling that warm happy feeling, But it's also very touching, both from a loving family perspective, but also from following two people who obviously really care about eachother but both unsure.
Molly has moved to London and is about to go home for the family Christmas and new year. We meet her at the office drinks and telling her friend, under duress, about Jake and their kiss last New Year's Eve.
Ahh Jake. I loved Jake. He is best friends with Molly's brother, and has been part of their family unit for many years. He has lost his parents so spends Christmas Day and new year with their family. But things feel different this year after kissing Molly last year. He hasn't seen Molly since and has avoided her, but realises that he doesn't view her like a sister...definitely not!
Molly is also thinking along the same lines and with some encouragement from her friend she decides that she is going to seduce Jake over this break. This flirtation and seduction starts sooner than expected when he is roped in to collect her from the train station when bad weather affects the trains.
We spend much of the story watching the cat and mouse chase. They both very much want to take things further but the family are wary of what may happen, and Jakes motives. This continues until finally something happens.....but will it be a happy ending? I can't possibly tell!! It's worth reading to find out though!
My favourite character is Jake. I loved him from the start. Although portrayed as a nit of a player I didn't see that. I felt like he was vulnerable and genuine in his feelings. I felt so sorry of him as I could see that he was worried that he was imposing and out of place being there for Christmas. I just really liked him and wanted him to be happy.
I also enjoyed Molly. She felt like she could be a bit of a live wire with a naughty glint in her eye. But she was very well written in also showing her insecurity and questions. She seems like a great young lady who you would love to go out for a night with and just hang out with. I liked seeing her questioning her decisions, and it was well written in how things change and come together.
The family are so sweet in their traditions, and it did feel like I was viewing a family's perfect Christmas. All together, totally united and happy, making merry and joining together with family and friends to show how important they all are to eachother. It made me quote sad to think of those who dream of these scenes and are dreading their own Christmas for whatever reason.
This is a really enjoyable novella packed with fun, flirtation, love and family. I would recommend this book to get you all loved up and ready to enjoy the festive period. I will be looking out for more of Sophie's work - definitely!
Thank you to Harperimpulse who kindly provided a copy in return for an honest review.