ARC Review: The Mistletoe Trap by Cindi Madsen

Thank you so much to Entangled Amara and Netgalley for letting me read the Mistletoe Trap early! Since the holiday season is almost upon us, it’s time to really get into everything Christmas- that means more Christmas themed books, Hallmark Channel Christmas movies, and it’s almost time to put up the Christmas tree/other decorations! We may not really be doing anything for Christmas this year, but I’m 100% going to be taking all the pictures!

The Mistletoe Trap 5/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

From the moment Julie sees her best friend, Gavin, in the airport, it’s like no time at all has gone by instead of months and months. No matter how long they’ve been apart, their relationship has always been steady, comfortable, and decidedly just friends. Even though their meddling parents have hung what seems like unlimited amounts of mistletoe everywhere she goes this holiday season, Julie knows some things will never change.

Gavin is well-aware his family’s wanted him and Julie to get together since forever, even though he’s been friend-zoned since they could talk—and he’s been happy to play that role. After all, as the new starting quarterback for the San Antonio Mustangs, he’s got enough on his plate without adding romance to the mix.

But between playing elves in the holiday bazaar to nights spent one-on-one watching rom-coms or soaking in their town’s hot springs, suddenly the “reverse parent trap” they’ve fallen into is actually starting to work. But this could be one scheme where letting themselves get trapped might be way too dangerous.

Oooo this was one of my favorite tropes- friends to lovers. I thought Gavin and Julie were so freaking adorable and it was so cute the lengths that their families would go to in order to throw the two of them together. The fact that Gavin and his friends on the team would talk to Julie whenever she would call was the most adorable thing- I loved so so much about this book! It was the perfect, quick, adorable read! Was Gavin an idiot in parts? Of course! Was Julie oblivious in other parts? Definitely! Were there some great cringey parts that made me need to pause reading for a little bit? For sure. I loved all of the gross pathology facts that were spouted out randomly. The characters were all great and the plot was fun and didn’t ever drag. All in all, this was a great holiday romance and I highly recommend it!

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