Book Reviews

Mistletowed by Tara Lain at Down the Lain Books

Genre Gay / Bisexual / Contemporary / Menage MMF / BDSM / Erotic Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 28-November-2019

Book Blurb

Five friends, one piece of mistletoe. Christian Elliott has the perfect life -- right girlfriend, right job, right house and car. How come he’s only really happy when he’s with his best friend, Jason? Melanie Cantrell has everything she wants. Why won’t she stop mooning over her yoga teacher? Buttercup Allender adores her stable life with Winston. But she can’t give up her secret desire for BDSM.

Stir them all together at a holiday party with a beautiful rock god and a submissive stockbroker and what do you get? It could be love or they could be Mistletowed.


First edition published by Loose Id, 2011. This book is a slightly revised edition of that previously published work.

Book Review

According to the Urban Dictionary, mistletowed means – “The act of being dragged out of the ditch of your holiday blues and bitterness by a hot kiss received under mistletoe at a random holiday party.” Combine that with the fact that the mistletoe in this story is magical and can bring soul mates together and you have the main premise on which 'Mistletowed' by Tara Lain is built. The characters in this story are very mismatched. They are vaguely unhappy, but not enough to do anything about it. So, they blunder along, with unfulfilled lives and continue to make choices which are detrimental for themselves and others involved.

This is a well written, complex story, with wonderfully eccentric and totally unforgettable characters. I'm amazed with Tara's ability to weave them in and out of each other's lives and end up with all of them working out what's best for everyone in the end. Yes, they all cheat and deceive, but that's what happens to someone without insight, who hasn't looked inside of themselves; someone who's afraid to shake things up too much, who settles for the status quo rather than stepping out of their comfort zone and reaching for a future with someone who has the ability to really rock their world. Until they can face their unhappiness and are willing to do something about it, their actions, motives, and compulsions will be cloudy; therefore, they continue to be deceitful and unfaithful to others because, by not seeing their problems, they're deceiving and being unfaithful to themselves.

I enjoyed this clever, lighthearted story and was thoroughly entertained as I followed its characters through humorous, outrageous, entertaining, and profound circumstances all moving toward finding truth. If you want to read a story which is different, with mystical elements intertwined with the old-fashioned power of love to shine through, then you will enjoy 'Mistletowed.'


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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 97 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 07-December-2013
Price $0.99 ebook
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