The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans

Elise was planning to spend her holidays as always; alone. However, when a handsome stranger approaches her with a proposition, she finds it strangely attractive. Nick is a partner in a law firm and looks like one of those eligible bachelors from the magazines. He offers Elise to make a contract to pretend a couple for the duration of the holidays. This way he can attend his office parties with a girlfriend and avoid the annoying “why a handsome and successful man like you doesn’t have a date?” kind of questions. Elise, on the other hand, is always in the shadow of her more pretty friends and it can be a good opportunity for her to show off an amazing boyfriend. The contract is discussed and signed.

Elise enjoys Nick’s attention to the details and the effort he makes to make her happy. Slowly but steady their fake relationship turn to Elise into something more, she’s falling in love with Nick, but does he feel the same way to her? Even if he did, can he still love her if he finds out Elise’s secret?

It was one of those times when I was staring for an hour on a blank page having no idea what to write. It was as if the author mish-mashed my brain. I had a feeling that the two halves of the book were two different novels. The first is light and fluffy romance but then the author decided it lacks drama and depth and turned the course 180 degrees and added a few flashbacks, so the characters have some issues to deal with. Very, very, very bad issues… I feel the drama was so forced.

The second problem I had with the book is the “save the girl” plot when there is a woman who is waiting to be saved from her meaningless and miserable life by a handsome, smart, confident and very rich man. I’m not an extreme feminist and I do appreciate men being gentlemen and all, but I think that we all are masters of our own fate. And, shouldn’t wait for someone to save us. I’m for mutually beneficial relationships.

One of the rare moments when I can say that I liked the movie more than a book.

Rating: 2/5


2 Comments Add yours

  1. janieleeds says:

    I liked the book, but read it a long time ago so I don’t remember enough now to compare it to the movie. But I really liked the movie too. 🙂

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