Harlequin American, Apr 2009, $4.99
In Mistletoe, programmer Chloe Malcolm envies her recently deceased sexagenarian Aunt Jane Walters who was the ultimate free spirit; the complete opposite of her “programmed” niece. Perhaps it was the asthma that Chloe suffered from as a child or her parents’ reaction to it; only Aunt Jane made it seem inconsequential by nicknaming her “Wheezy”. She wishes she could be more like her beloved late aunt.
Chloe’s best friend Natalie Young convinces her to attend the ten year high school reunion. Also there is Dylan Echols, a former major league baseball player and the hunk she wanted back then, but was to shy to come out of her mouse hole; rationalizing it was an unrequited infatuation. Aunt Jane sent Chloe one last package, a sexy dress that shows off her assets. She wears it to the reunion and attracts Dylan. However, reticent Chloe cannot deal with it so adopting her aunt’s confidence she tells him her name is C.J. He realizes C.J. is Chloe, but says nothing as he is curious and attracted.
The second Mistletoe contemporary romance (see MISTLETOE BABY) is an entertaining lighthearted frolic. Dylan is a terrific male lead, but the amusing story line belongs to the heroine who falls in love and believes he reciprocates but not with Chloe. Fans will enjoy his efforts to prove otherwise and her struggles to keep the personalities of C.J. and Chloe straight.