Title: The Hazards of Mistletoe
Series: Hazards #4
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 20 Nov 2014
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
One snowy Christmas Eve, one mistletoe kiss, one friendship changed forever.
Don’t underestimate the power of mistletoe. It looks innocent enough, but a single branch has the potential to change your life. One mistletoe kiss led to the most embarrassing night of my life, but thankfully by the next Christmas I ended up exactly where I was supposed to be.
Although we haven’t encountered the main characters in the previous books in the series, the thread of the series evolves surrounding the sorority house the girl characters belong to. the connection is strengthened with the inclusion of Jade, who if you remember played a large role in The Hazards of Sex on the Beach.
Although the story plays out in dual narrative, Glen has so many secrets it is difficult to fully understand his actions until he decides to reveal the truth.
Savannah is THAT girl where Christmas is concerned – just imagine a female version of Elf (LOL) She has a strong relationship with her parents following their divorce. Although her mother’s boyfriend is slowly undermining their relationship by excluding her from family events leading to reduced self-confidence. Savannah spends Christmas with her father and grandparents in the luxury ski resort of Vail. A picture perfect white Christmas comprising skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating and hot chocolate – the whole Christmas ideal. Right down to the handsome son of the family friends, Glen.
Somehow, Glen and Savannah manage to maintain their friendship year round although they only see each other at Christmas. It is obvious from the outset that they have an undeniable connection as well as electric chemistry. Unfortunately, when the opportunity for them to progress their relationship arrives it becomes a case of wrong time, wrong place leaving Savannah humiliated. My heart literally bled for Savannah at he way events played out, the rejection was cutting and undermined her fragile self-esteem.
The year without contact between Glen and Savannah incorporates huge changes for them both. As always, Alyssa Rose Ivy manages to convey the idea of identity beautifully within her writing. Savannah’s growth and development within the narrative helps put into perspective just how deeply events can change and shape us. Although outside opinion on the changes in Savannah tend to focus more on the negative rather than the positive without actually discussing them with her. Issues such as body image and self perception are also touched upon within the plot. Glen has his own personal growth throughout the story but for me it was Savannah that I empathized with the most.
I really liked the inclusion of Dalton and Laney, I hope to see more of them in the future. The portrayal of the family dynamics was refreshing and realistic, with divorce and re-marriage at the center.
As the events of Savannah and Glen’s reunion play out a deeper level of understanding or Glen’s actions is achieved. For all the problems in his life, he has really taken charge of his own destiny. As well as owning the regret he feels for the way he handled the situation with Savannah. Determined to at least rekindle their friendship, he embarks on a plan to woo her I love the romantic wooing
The Hazards of Mistletoe perfectly encompasses the ideal of the season being about forgiveness and togetherness. It is the season for romance including second chances. The Hazards of Mistletoe is a perfect Christmas read where you can curl up on the sofa tucked in a blanket sipping hot chocolate *BLISS*