Menorahs and Mistletoe by Jess Roth ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

MenorahsandMistletoeLGTitle: Menorahs and Mistletoe

Author: Jess Roth

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Catt Ford

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 12/01/2015

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Bisexual, Contemporary, M/M Romance, Winter Holiday


If nothing else, Hanukkah this year will be interesting. Single dad Martin’s six-year-old daughter, Sara, is determined to get him a new “friend.” Martin isn’t even sure he wants to step back into the pool, much less go out with the mall elf they met while shopping for gifts. But he’s starting to get to know the cute receptionist at work, Tim, and thinking maybe the whole dating thing isn’t such a terrible idea. Too bad things are never that simple.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Advent Calendar package “Sleigh Ride”.

My View:

Here I am using the term “sweet” again to describe a holiday story. I would love to come up with some better adjectives, but “sweet” just fits so often. Holiday stories, whether in print or on the TV have a formula. You are a fan of the genre, or you aren’t. If you are a fan of the genre, and especially if you are a fan looking for a story about Hanukkah rather than Christmas, you will likely enjoy Menorahs and Mistletoe.

Menorahs and Misletoe has a precocious six-year-old looking for love for her dad, and a dad who isn’t looking for love… until he is. Said dad is a bit oblivious. I am not a huge fan of the obliviousness of the main character being the main source of “tension”. It is what leads to the inevitable and predictable misunderstanding and “broken heart”. It is also that obliviousness that leads the main character to question everything.

From the main romance perspective, it was fast. One date fast. However, this isn’t a case of the two MCs riding off into the sunset. It is more of a case of the MCs seeing where things can go.

I wanted to love this story, but in the end, I can only say that I enjoyed it well enough.


Menorahs and Mistletoe on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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