Title: The Mistletoe Pact
Author: Jo Lovett
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
First published: October 1st 2021
Publisher: Bookouture
Finished reading: September 19th 2021
Pages: 277

“She’d gone mad. She was behaving like a lovesick teenager. And she had a boyfriend.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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Right… I definitely didn’t expect to end up having this reaction to The Mistletoe Pact. I loved the sound of the blurb and it seemed like it would be a perfect Christmassy and light romcom to read in between my thrillers; sadly, the actual story is by no means the fun and uplifting holiday read it promises to be. There is a saying that if you don’t have anything nice to say, better say nothing at all… So I’m going to keep my rambles short and only state briefly what didn’t work for me to avoid these rambles turning into a full blown rant.

Oh yes, there is no doubt that The Mistletoe Pact and me didn’t get along. There were so many elements that didn’t work for me that I feel that it’s a miracle I even made it to the end… And I kind of wish I didn’t waste the time, because sadly the ending didn’t even make up for the rest of the story. To keep things short, this story is neither light and fun nor properly Christmas themed. Instead, it’s mostly a story where the two main characters are constantly pining over each other and neither realizes for a loooooong time that the other might have the same feelings. On top of this, the whole plot has both a love triangle and cheating vibe and that was just a huge turn off for me.

The story is told in a dual POV structure, which I normally do enjoy as long as the main characters are interesting and the different views are important to the plot. But guess what? I wasn’t impressed by either of the main characters, and both Dan and Evie felt a bit flat and repetitive to me. Not to mention self absorbed, highly frustrating and especially Evie with questioning moral behavior. I initially liked the present timeline with the Las Vegas wedding and the aftermath, but instead of building on that aftermath, The Mistletoe Pact mainly focuses on the past and has a lot of confusing flashbacks where you struggle to determine where in time the characters are and I think it distracted from the present situation too.

On top of this, it seemed like random plot twists, tropes and cliches were incorporated into the plot to make the story more ‘interesting’. Definitely a turn off as I don’t like things being made more complicated ‘just because’ without a proper development or place in the story. I also can’t say that I was a fan of the writing itself, which didn’t seem to flow all that well and the pace itself was considerably slow in parts.

As a whole, The Mistletoe Pact unfortunately turned out to be a real dud for me. Which is such a shame, because I was really looking forward to an uplifting Christmas romance!


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