Review: The Mistletoe Trap (Cindi Madsen)

The Mistletoe Trap
Series: Heart in the Game, #2
Author: Cindi Madsen
Publication Date: November 16, 2020
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Genre: Holiday, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★


From the moment Julie sees her best friend, Gavin, in the airport, it’s like no time at all has gone by instead of months and months. No matter how long they’ve been apart, their relationship has always been steady, comfortable, and decidedly just friends. Even though their meddling parents have hung what seems like unlimited amounts of mistletoe everywhere she goes this holiday season, Julie knows some things will never change.

Gavin is well-aware his family’s wanted him and Julie to get together since forever, even though he’s been friend-zoned since they could talk—and he’s been happy to play that role. After all, as the new starting quarterback for the San Antonio Mustangs, he’s got enough on his plate without adding romance to the mix.

But between playing elves in the holiday bazaar to nights spent one-on-one watching rom-coms or soaking in their town’s hot springs, suddenly the “reverse parent trap” they’ve fallen into is actually starting to work. But this could be one scheme where letting themselves get trapped might be way too dangerous.

From the very beginning, I knew The Mistletoe Trap was going to be my kind of holiday romance. It was so fun from the start that I didn’t notice it was in third person (and normally that’s a turn off for me). The humor was there and so was the chemistry. I loved the friendship Gavin and Julie had going on. They were friends underneath it all, and that made their new found attraction to each other all the more entertaining and special. All the hoops their hilariously devious family members put them through to push the together helped move the romance forward in the best of ways. The only small complaint I have is how LONG it took Gavin and Julie to move past friendship. I wanted more of them acting on their love for each other than I got. Other than that, The Mistletoe Trap was exactly the holiday romance I was hoping would be.

16 thoughts on “Review: The Mistletoe Trap (Cindi Madsen)”

  1. Madsen has been delighting me lately. I have been working my way through her backlist, because her books are fun and light. So glad this was a hit for you. It sounds adorable.

    1. It was adorable! It’s on NG, if you use that. You’ve read her Getting Hitched in Dixie series, right? That’s my favorite of hers.

  2. Friends to lovers is my favorite, so I’ll definitely have to try this out. Plus, humor, sweetness, romance and Christmas! I need all the good vibes right now!

  3. This sounds so good Deanna, nice review. I have read two other books by Cindi Madsen and enjoyed them, so I am looking forward to this one. And it is Christmas too.

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