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Published by Carina Press
Released on November 21, 2013
While I know what Hanukkah is, I can’t say I know much about it nor the Jewish religion. So I wondered how a Jewish romance was going to make its way into a Christmas romance. Matzoh and Mistletoe was a fairly quick romance story between people who have known each other for five years and while one was married, they both felt the attraction. Neither did anything about it other than wanting to spend time together. Let me explain.
Every Christmas, Rebeccah Rickman volunteers through her synagogue for her mitzvah, a good deed. She assists the local police department so others can spend time with their family at Christmas. It can be as much as riding along with a police officer, to providing coffee to them at the precinct. Every year police officer Jeremy Kohler requests Rebeccah to ride along with him. In fact he volunteers to work each Christmas and Easter, just to spend time with her. He knows she is married and never makes any overtures, but he is extremely attracted to her.
Rebeccah is a good Jewish girl…well I probably shouldn’t say that since her ex-husband verbally abused her with those words. While she is attracted to Jeremy, her marriage is where she puts in all her effort. When things go sour in her marriage, she divorces her husband, but doesn’t go running to Jeremy. She has things she has to work out on her own.
Now they are both single. He’s not exactly any denomination of religion that I saw in the story, but she is very active in her Jewish community. But Jeremy is a Dom and while he is willing to give it up for Rebeccah, he senses she is a submissive. When they get down to business on Christmas night, the two decide they need to get to know each other and head off on a four day getaway into the wilderness to explore their budding desires in D/s.
Rebeccah has a lot to learn and overcome in the story while Jeremy has to decide just how much he is willing to give up for what he thinks could be the love he is looking for. I loved the fact that while these two know each other, they don’t know each others desires. They still have to move along slowly to see if they fit. And while they seem too, they get a happy for now ending. I really wondered about this because there is a lot these two still have to overcome in the way of religion, before they can become a family with marriage.
While it is named Matzoh and Mistletoe, it doesn’t throw the Jewish religion in your face. You are introduced to some customs and food that educated without pushing. The D/s is light, but it is what most of the book is about. There is romance, long walks, strip poker and even a visit from the ex-husband to keep the story moving along. A delightful way to start the Holiday season with a look at D/s, religion and how to overcome fears and move on to a future.